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Bandanas with extra pizzazz—early video games meet folk-art embroidery, plus energetic monsters.
Bandanas with extra pizzazz—early video games meet folk-art embroidery, plus energetic monsters.
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BADbandana 2: Pixels on a rampage

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I love traditional bandanas, but they need a little extra pizzazz. My design for BADbandana 2 features a host of menacing creatures—robots, monkeys, space invaders, giant snails, and much more. The visual language of BADbandana 2 celebrates the pixels of early video games and the gracious stitches of folk-art embroidery in a design that perfectly balances the beautiful and the silly. Each time you look, you’ll discover another treat.

Don with a paper prototype.
Don with a paper prototype.

I’m going to reproduce this drawing as a 21-inch square bandana. White creatures on a chili-pepper, fire-engine red background. These bandanas will be 100 percent cotton printed right here in the good-old USA. (Dyed, not that stiff, obnoxious silkscreening we all hate.)

What do you get? A total of more than 260 monsters and marvels. All combined into a serenely symmetrical composition that is an homage to the paisley-enriched bandanas of yesteryear.

A few of the monsters and marvels in BADbandana 2.
A few of the monsters and marvels in BADbandana 2.

Bandanas have so many uses in fashion, personal hygiene, and piracy. No one is going to want just one. So I’m offering reward levels of BADbandanas in packs of three.

BADbandanas make superb gifts. So even if you aren’t a big fan of bandanas, you may want to get a bunch to share with your friends, family, and favorite cowboys.

Do you need a reminder of how you can use your BADbandanas? 

Just a few of the gazillion uses for a BADbandana modeled by Don and dog. (Don’s the one wearing glasses.)
Just a few of the gazillion uses for a BADbandana modeled by Don and dog. (Don’s the one wearing glasses.)

WHAT ABOUT MORE CALAMITYWARE PLATES?

Yes, more Calamityware plate designs are coming in 2015. I’ll keep doing them until you’re sick of them...or I am. I hope calamitous bread plates, bowls, and mugs can get into the mix too. Watch for email updates or like the Calamityware Facebook page for fresh news. Meanwhile, if you have gaps in your Calamityware plate collection or need gifts, visit Calamityware.com. You’ll find BADbandana 1 there too.

Risks and challenges

The basic techniques of making bandanas are centuries old. But even this simple and mature technology can probably still go wrong in surprising ways. I’ve learned from my previous Kickstarter projects that fiascoes lurk everywhere.

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I can’t promise you that this project will unfold smoothly. It might. But based on recent experience, I doubt that. I’ll do all I can to anticipate problems and vanquish threats. For example, I’m now aligned with a new shipping team (Fulfillrite) for this project in hopes that your rewards will be sent in a much more timely and transparent manner. So far, they have been wonderful to work with.

Whatever happens, I promise to get my sponsors whimsical bandanas as soon as possible after the project closes. Your BADbandanas will reach you in good condition and be ready to enjoy—a distinctive blend of beauty, utility, and humor.

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    Set of three BADbandanas. Cotton fabric with stitched edges. More than 260 monsters and marvels on a chili-pepper, fire engine red background. Free shipping in US.

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    Two sets of three BADbandanas. Cotton fabric with stitched edges. More than 260 monsters and marvels on a chili-pepper, fire engine red background. Free shipping in US.

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    Six sets of three BADbandanas. Cotton fabric with stitched edges. More than 260 monsters and marvels on a chili-pepper, fire engine red background. Free shipping in US.

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    Ten sets of three BADbandanas. Cotton fabric with stitched edges. More than 260 monsters and marvels on a chili-pepper, fire engine red background. Free shipping in US.

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