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Finally the entire original Skull-A-Day project by Noah Scalin in book form! Including never before seen bonus materials. Read more

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Finally the entire original Skull-A-Day project by Noah Scalin in book form! Including never before seen bonus materials.

Richmond, VA Art Books
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With your help all 365 of the unique skulls from my entire original Skull-A-Day year-long art project will finally be available in one beautifully produced book.

Outside of their online home only a fraction of the project has ever appeared in print – including in my first book SKULLS, a detailed look at the first half of the year in skulls, which is now sadly out of print. However, with encouragement and help from my friend Ward Tefft, owner of the amazing, independent Chop Suey Books in Richmond, Virginia, I’m proud to finally create the book I’ve always imagined for the project: a beautiful, high-quality hardcover volume of all 365 of my skulls sold at an affordable price and distributed through the newly created imprint Chop Suey Books Books.

This is the first chance to hold all 365 of my skulls in your hands in an easy-to-follow chronological format, giving you a uniquely detailed view of the breadth of the project. The book will feature 260 full-color pages in a hardcover binding. And I’ve even designed the entire book myself to best showcase the images.

In addition the book features a brand new foreward by Anna Dhody, the curator of the world famous Mütter Museum, alongside a new introductory essay by yours truly. I’ve also included a bunch of brand new anecdotes about the creation of the pieces, as well as some alternate images and process shots that haven’t been seen before.

ABOUT SKULL-A-DAY

On June 2, 2007 I had a vision: “I should make a skull every single day for a year.” The timing was perfect for such a random idea, because at that moment I was feeling completely stuck on a creative and professional level and needed something to get me inspired again. Two days later I set off on a journey that would completely transform my life.

While I expected I would have some fun and maybe get a bit of attention as a part of the process I could never have expected the actual results: multiple book deals; opportunities to speak about creativity around the world; a visit to the Martha Stewart show; exhibitions of my art in galleries and museums internationally. But most importantly it allowed me to connect with an amazing group of fans around the world whose enthusiasm and dedication for the project transformed it from a just a personal expression into a community of inspiration. The site continues today (version 8.0!) thanks entirely to the endless submissions from creative skull fans young and old, around the world!

The original pieces I created that year continue to inspire me to do new things and I am constantly amazed to discover how I apply the creative lessons I learned during the project to my life on a daily basis. 

ABOUT CHOP SUEY BOOKS

Founded by Ward Tefft in 2002, Chop Suey Books is an independent bookstore that has championed the cause of the printed word and local culture in Richmond, Virginia since day one. Home to tens of thousands of new and used books, the store has also organized and hosted many community events – supporting everyone from young creative writers to local crafters, artists and musicians.

The publication of Skull-A-Day is the store’s first foray into the publishing world, and marks the start of their imprint, Chop Suey Books Books. Rather than a typical publisher/author model, the goal is to create a new way to draw attention to local business, with a unique product, while truly supporting the work of artists and writers in the community.

INCENTIVES

Supporters have a wide range of opportunities to help bring this book to fruition:

  For $5 you will get: THANK YOU LEVEL I
A set of special Skull-A-Day pinback buttons, unique to this Kickstarter, to thank you for your support of the project.

For $10 you will get: THANK YOU LEVEL II
A unique letterpressed card thanking you for your support. Plus a set of Skull-A-Day pins.

For $24 you will get: THE EARLY BIRD SPECIAL (limited to 100)
Be one of the first 100 people to order a copy of the Skull-A-Day book and get a copy of it at a special Kickstarter pre-order price. Signed by Noah. Includes the pin back buttons and postcard. Domestic shipping included (please add $22 for international orders). If you’d like to pick this up in person at Chop Suey Books in Richmond, Virginia we will refund the $4 allotted for shipping here.

For $25 you will get: THE BOOK RVA - In-Store Pick-Up ONLY
The deluxe hardbound 250+ page Skull-A-Day book. Signed by Noah. Includes the pinback buttons and postcard. This level is only for people who can pick up a copy at the Chop Suey Books store in Richmond, Virginia in person!

For $29 you will get: THE BOOK - Shipped
The deluxe hardbound 250+ page Skull-A-Day book. Signed by Noah. Includes the pinback buttons and postcard. Domestic shipping included (please add $22 for international orders).

For $45 you will get: THE UNITED SKULL OF AMERICA (limited to 100)
The limited edition United Skull of America poster is 19” x 25” hand silkscreened in white on black acid-free paper. Plus get the deluxe hardbound 250+ page Skull-A-Day book. All pieces signed by Noah. Includes the pinback buttons and postcard. Domestic shipping included (please add $37 for international orders).

For $55 you will get: LASER LEVEL I (Limited to 100)
A unique laser cut wooden bookmark to put in your copy of Skull-A-Day, created especially for this Kickster by BIG SECRET. These will not be available anywhere else and once this Kickstarter ends no more will be made. Plus get the deluxe hardbound 250+ page book. All pieces signed by Noah. Includes the pinback buttons and postcard. Domestic shipping included (please add $22 for international orders).

For $75 you will get: SKULL ISLAND PRINT (Limited to 50)
A brand new limited edition archival ink print of the map to “Skull Island” day #268 of the original Skull-A-Day project. 8.5” x 8.5” (so that it will fit inside your copy of the Skull-A-Day book) on acid-free paper. Plus get the deluxe hardbound 250+ page book. All pieces signed by Noah. Includes the pinback buttons and postcard. Domestic shipping included (please add $22 for international orders).

For $125 you will get: LASER LEVEL II (limited to 50)
A special skull carved directly into your copy of Skull-A-Day! The back cover of the book is normally just blank white fabric, but your copy will feature a new layout of the skulls of day #191 carved directly into the surface courtesy of the laser experts at BIG SECRET. Plus get the deluxe hardbound 250+ page book. Signed by Noah. Includes the pinback buttons and postcard. Domestic shipping included (please add $22 for international orders).

For $200 you will get: THE SKULLEDELIC POSTER (limited to 50)
A copy of the rare gigantic limited edition Psychedelic Skull poster. This silkscreened poster is 24” x 36” and is printed in white on acid-free black paper. Plus the deluxe hardbound 250+ page Skull-A-Day book. All pieces signed by Noah. Includes the pinback buttons and postcard. Domestic shipping included (please add $37 for international orders).

For $225 you will get: A HAND PAINTED SKULL (limited to 10)
Own a piece of the 100 Painted Skulls project, a follow up to Skull-A-Day. Get one of the last remaining hand painted skulls created over the course of a year by Noah. Each one is a unique piece created in acrylic on a 4”x 4” wooden panel. Noah will select the right one for you! All pieces signed by Noah. Includes the pinback buttons and postcard. Domestic shipping included (please add $37 for international orders).

For $350 you will get: AN ORIGINAL PIECE OF SKULL-A-DAY ART (limited to 1)
Own a piece of the original Skull-A-Day project! Day #4 was created from bent picture hanging wire. Be one of the few people to own one of the pieces that are featured in the book, many of which have been on display in museums and galleries across the US. Includes a signed certificate of authenticity. Plus get the deluxe hardbound 250+ page Skull-A-Day book with a special inscription. Includes the pinback buttons and postcard. Domestic shipping included (please add $37 for international orders).

For $350 you will get: AN ORIGINAL PIECE OF SKULL-A-DAY ART II (limited to 1)
Own a piece of the original Skull-A-Day project! Day # 164 is a one-of-a-kind handmade action figure. Be one of the few people to own one of the pieces that are featured in the book, many of which have been on display in museums and galleries across the US. Includes a signed certificate of authenticity. Plus get the deluxe hardbound 250+ page Skull-A-Day book with a special inscription. Includes the pinback buttons and postcard. Domestic shipping included (please add $37 for international orders).

For $500 you will get: AN ORIGINAL PIECE OF SKULL-A-DAY ART III (limited to 1)
Own a piece of the original Skull-A-Day project! Day #113 was carved from a guitar pick. Be one of the few people to own one of the pieces that are featured in the book, many of which have been on display in museums and galleries across the US. Includes a signed certificate of authenticity. Plus get the deluxe hardbound 250+ page Skull-A-Day book with a special inscription. Includes the pinback buttons and postcard. Domestic shipping included (please add $37 for international orders).

For $500 you will get: AN ORIGINAL PIECE OF SKULL-A-DAY ART IV (limited to 1)
Own a piece of the original Skull-A-Day project! Day #188 was erased into the cover of a school notebook. Be one of the few people to own one of the pieces that are featured in the book, many of which have been on display in museums and galleries across the US. Includes a signed certificate of authenticity. Plus get the deluxe hardbound 250+ page Skull-A-Day book with a special inscription. Includes the pinback buttons and postcard. Domestic shipping included (please add $37 for international orders).

For $1,000 you will get: AN ORIGINAL PIECE OF SKULL-A-DAY ART V (limited to 1)
Own a piece of the original Skull-A-Day project! Day #107 was carved from an Apple Mac mouse. Be one of the few people to own one of the pieces that are featured in the book, many of which have been on display in museums and galleries across the US. Includes a signed certificate of authenticity. Plus get the deluxe hardbound 250+ page Skull-A-Day book with a special inscription. Includes the pinback buttons and postcard. Domestic shipping included (please add $37 for international orders).

For $1,000 you will get: AN ORIGINAL PIECE OF SKULL-A-DAY ART VI (limited to 1)
Own a piece of the original Skull-A-Day project! Day #216 was hand cut from copper. Be one of the few people to own one of the pieces that are featured in the book, many of which have been on display in museums and galleries across the US. Includes a signed certificate of authenticity. Plus get the deluxe hardbound 250+ page Skull-A-Day book with a special inscription. Includes the pinback buttons and postcard. Domestic shipping included (please add $37 for international orders).

For $10,000 you get: AN IN PERSON VISIT (US only) (limited to 5)
Noah will travel to your location (continental US only) to do a book signing/talk for a group of your choice and create an original skull art installation at a venue to be determined. Includes 10 copies of the deluxe Skull-A-Day book and 10 postcards and 10 sets of pins. Perfect for associations and businesses. Booked through The Alternative Speakers Bureau.

Risks and challenges

The book design is almost 100% completed and will be shipped to the printer for pre-press work soon, so the real risks & challenges will be around the printing & delivery side of things. In an effort to keep the book affordable for both wholesale and retail sales we’ve decided to print in China. The biggest challenge here is working with an overseas printer for the first time. We have lined up a great US based intermediary to help us along the way and in an ideal world we’ll have copies of the finished product in our hands by late September of this year. However, there’s always a chance that we’ll run into technical problems or delays in shipping. Both Ward and I are committed to getting this book out in time for Halloween, not to mention the end of the year shopping season, so we’ll be doing everything on our side to make sure the process goes smoothly and quickly. And of course we will be updating backers as we hear word on the status of the book, so you’ll know exactly when your copy will arrive!

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FAQ

  • No. This is a 100% new book. Some of you may remember that I had a book come out in 2008 featuring 150 of the skulls from my Skull-A-Day project. That book, titled SKULLS, was made when I was only half-way through my project and only reflects less than half of the actual images. In addition SKULLS went out of print a few years ago and is no longer available.

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    13 backers

    THANK YOU LEVEL I
    A set of special Skull-A-Day pinback buttons, unique to this Kickstarter, to thank you for your support of the project.

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    9 backers

    THANK YOU LEVEL II
    A unique letterpressed card thanking you for your support. Plus a set of Skull-A-Day pins.

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    100 backers All gone!

    THE EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
    Be one of the first 100 people to order a copy of the Skull-A-Day book and get a copy of it at a special Kickstarter pre-order price. Signed by Noah. Includes the pin back buttons and postcard. Domestic shipping included (please add $22 for international orders). If you’d like to pick this up in person at Chop Suey Books in Richmond, Virginia we will refund the $4 alloted for shipping here.

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    72 backers

    THE BOOK RVA - In-Store Pick-Up ONLY.
    The deluxe hardbound 250+ page Skull-A-Day book. Signed by Noah. Includes the pinback buttons and postcard. This level is only for people who can pick up a copy at the Chop Suey Books store in Richmond, Virginia in person!

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    89 backers

    THE BOOK - Shipped.
    The deluxe hardbound 250+ page Skull-A-Day book. Signed by Noah. Includes the pinback buttons and postcard. Domestic shipping included.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $45 or more

    52 backers Limited (48 left of 100)

    THE UNITED SKULL OF AMERICA
    The limited edition United Skull of America poster is 19” x 25” hand silkscreened in white on black acid-free paper. Plus get the deluxe hardbound 250+ page Skull-A-Day book. All pieces signed by Noah. Includes the pinback buttons and postcard. Domestic shipping included.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $55 or more

    25 backers Limited (75 left of 100)

    LASER LEVEL I
    A unique laser cut wooden bookmark to put in your copy of Skull-A-Day, created especially for this Kickster by BIG SECRET. These will not be available anywhere else and once this Kickstarter ends no more will be made. Plus get the deluxe hardbound 250+ page book. All pieces signed by Noah. Includes the pinback buttons and postcard. Domestic shipping included.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $75 or more

    8 backers Limited (42 left of 50)

    SKULL ISLAND PRINT
    A brand new limited edition archival ink print of the map to “Skull Island” day #268 of the original Skull-A-Day project. 8.5” x 8.5” (so that it will fit inside your copy of the Skull-A-Day book) on acid-free paper. Plus get the deluxe hardbound 250+ page book. All pieces signed by Noah. Includes the pinback buttons and postcard. Domestic shipping included

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $125 or more

    21 backers Limited (29 left of 50)

    LASER LEVEL II
    A special skull carved directly into your copy of Skull-A-Day! The back cover of the book is normally just blank white fabric, but your copy will feature the skulls of day #191 carved directly into the surface courtesy of the laser experts at BIG SECRET. Plus get the deluxe hardbound 250+ page book. Signed by Noah. Includes the pinback buttons and postcard. Domestic shipping included.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $200 or more

    5 backers Limited (45 left of 50)

    THE SKULLEDELIC POSTER
    A copy of the rare gigantic limited edition Psychedelic Skull poster. This silkscreened poster is 24” x 36” and is printed in white on acid-free black paper. Plus the deluxe hardbound 250+ page Skull-A-Day book. All pieces signed by Noah. Includes the pinback buttons and postcard. Domestic shipping included.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $225 or more

    3 backers Limited (7 left of 10)

    A HAND PAINTED SKULL
    Own a piece of the 100 Painted Skulls project, a follow up to Skull-A-Day. Get one of the last remaining hand painted skulls created over the course of a year by Noah. Each one is a unique piece created in acrylic on a 4”x 4” wooden panel. Noah will select the right one for you! All pieces signed by Noah. Includes the pinback buttons and postcard. Domestic shipping included.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $350 or more

    1 backer All gone!

    AN ORIGINAL PIECE OF SKULL-A-DAY ART
    Own a piece of the original Skull-A-Day project! Day #4 was created from bent picture hanging wire. Be one of the few people to own one of the pieces that are featured in the book, many of which have been on display in museums and galleries across the US. Includes a signed certificate of authenticity. Plus get the deluxe hardbound 250+ page Skull-A-Day book with a special inscription. Includes the pinback buttons and postcard. Domestic shipping included (please add $37 for international orders).

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
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    1 backer All gone!

    AN ORIGINAL PIECE OF SKULL-A-DAY ART II
    Own a piece of the original Skull-A-Day project! Day # 164 is a one-of-a-kind handmade action figure. Be one of the few people to own one of the pieces that are featured in the book, many of which have been on display in museums and galleries across the US. Includes a signed certificate of authenticity. Plus get the deluxe hardbound 250+ page Skull-A-Day book with a special inscription. Includes the pinback buttons and postcard. Domestic shipping included (please add $37 for international orders).

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    AN ORIGINAL PIECE OF SKULL-A-DAY ART III
    Own a piece of the original Skull-A-Day project! Day #113 was carved from a guitar pick. Be one of the few people to own one of the pieces that are featured in the book, many of which have been on display in museums and galleries across the US. Includes a signed certificate of authenticity. Plus get the deluxe hardbound 250+ page Skull-A-Day book with a special inscription. Includes the pinback buttons and postcard. Domestic shipping included.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    AN ORIGINAL PIECE OF SKULL-A-DAY ART IV
    Own a piece of the original Skull-A-Day project! Day #188 was erased into the cover of a school notebook. Be one of the few people to own one of the pieces that are featured in the book, many of which have been on display in museums and galleries across the US. Includes a signed certificate of authenticity. Plus get the deluxe hardbound 250+ page Skull-A-Day book with a special inscription. Includes the pinback buttons and postcard. Domestic shipping included.

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    AN ORIGINAL PIECE OF SKULL-A-DAY ART V
    Own a piece of the original Skull-A-Day project! Day #107 was carved from an Apple Mac mouse. Be one of the few people to own one of the pieces that are featured in the book, many of which have been on display in museums and galleries across the US. Includes a signed certificate of authenticity. Plus get the deluxe hardbound 250+ page Skull-A-Day book with a special inscription. Includes the pinback buttons and postcard. Domestic shipping included.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    AN ORIGINAL PIECE OF SKULL-A-DAY ART VI
    Own a piece of the original Skull-A-Day project! Day #216 was hand cut from copper. Be one of the few people to own one of the pieces that are featured in the book, many of which have been on display in museums and galleries across the US. Includes a signed certificate of authenticity. Plus get the deluxe hardbound 250+ page Skull-A-Day book with a special inscription. Includes the pinback buttons and postcard. Domestic shipping included (please add $37 for international orders).

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    AN IN PERSON VISIT
    Noah will travel to your location (continental US only) to do a book signing/talk for a group of your choice and create an original skull art installation at a venue to be determined. Includes 10 copies of the deluxe Skull-A-Day book and 10 postcards and 10 sets of pins. Perfect for associations and businesses. Booked through The Alternative Speakers Bureau.

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