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Wisconsinites know how to have a good time. Be smart, don't spill, act responsibly... and Drink Wisconsinbly! Read more

Milwaukee, WI Public Art
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Wisconsinites know how to have a good time. Be smart, don't spill, act responsibly... and Drink Wisconsinbly!

Milwaukee, WI Public Art
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Your bar, basement, or man cave is almost complete.

Neon signs are made using electrified, luminous tube lights that contain rarefied neon gas. This technique was first demonstrated in modern form by Georges Claude at the Paris Motor Show in 1910.



Fast forward 100 years... Wisconsin ranks #1 in the U.S. for bars and taverns per capita. And these many bars and taverns are adorned by many neon signs. In fact, satellite photography reveals the Badger state is illuminated with a beautiful neon red glow!

OK, I made up that last part, but the rest is true. We love our neon. So this is my contribution to this time-honored convention. I've done my best to keep the prices as low as possible, but the fact is each of these brightly-lit beauties is custom built by hand – some even with two hands. And your cost (pledge) includes shipping, which can run in the $100+ range for delicate delivery to your dainty little doorstep.



Of course, I could cut costs and outsource to someplace weird like China or Illinois. Nope. Not on my watch. Each sign is carefully crafted by the talented artisans at Fallon Neon in Antigo, Wisconsin. "Hey dat's up north der hey!"

I'm offering up several different pledge options. Thank you for your support Wisconsin. Let's do this!

"Drink Wisconsinbly" Neon Sign:

  • Size: 30" x 17.5"

  • Red/White (Badgers), Blue/Yellow (Brewers), or Green/Gold (Packers) neon mounted to a sturdy black metal frame

  • Warranty: 1 year on the power supply and any manufacturing defects on the glass

"I'm not Drunk - I'm from Wisconsin" Neon Logo Sign:

  • Size: 26" x 28"

  • White/yellow neon mounted to a sturdy black metal frame

  • Warranty: 1 year on the power supply and any manufacturing defects on the glass

"Drink Wisconsinbly" T-shirt:

  • Gildan classic-cut standard weight t-shirt for men and women – 100% pre-shrunk cotton

Risks and challenges

As long as we hit the pledge goal of $15,000 – these magnificent marquees will absolutely be made. Why $15,000? That's the magic number for getting the discounted bulk pricing. If we don't pre-sell a certain amount, each sign would cost twice as much.

We will do our best to get the neon to you as fast as we can, but quality control and quantity of orders will be factors in delivery time.

If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Drink Wisconsinbly!

– Richard

***** UPDATE *****
I'm getting feedback that the signs are a bit on the expensive side. Trust me... I get that. I wish I could sell them for less. But each one is custom made and that takes time. Fallon Neon needs to get paid for their work. And it costs around $100 to ship each sign. Depending on where you live, it can be much more than $100. Yeesh. And Kickstarter needs to get paid. And Amazon Payments gets their piece. And I'm even throwing in a 'free' tshirt. Not much left over for me at the end of the day. No worries... Drink Wisconsinbly!

– Richard

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  • You selected
    $10 reward

    3 backers

    No. 1: Show us some love. Chip in and help get the "Drink Wisconsinbly" neon signs made. And I'll help get your summer started off right by sending you two custom-made Wisconsin keychain+bottle openers and a bottle koozie.

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    $25 reward

    39 backers

    No. 2: Show us a little bit more love. Chip in $25 to help get the signs made and I'll send you a special edition "Drink Wisconsinbly" t-shirt. You can't buy these anywhere. Only available here on Kickstarter!

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    $250 reward

    0 backers

    No. 3a: ***NEW*** If we hit our goal, I've decided to hit the road and pick up a number of the signs from Antigo myself. If you are a bar/tavern/restaurant owner in the Milwaukee area, I can deliver the sign to you. So no shipping costs. Woohoo! Please contact me before you pledge so we can agree upon the location.

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    $350 reward

    12 backers

    No. 3: This is it! The "Drink Wisconsinbly" neon sign is the perfect addition to your bar, basement, or man cave. Hang your one-of-a-kind sign with pride and let the rest of the world know how Wisconsin does it! Your choice of Red/White, Blue/Yellow, or Green/Gold. You're also getting the special edition "Drink Wisconsinbly" t-shirt.

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    $1,000 reward

    2 backers

    No. 4: TWO SIGNS!! Yeah I said it... TWO. This pledge is for the real die-hard Wisconsinites. Our sign maker has agreed to create a limited number of special "I'm not drunk - I'm from Wisconsin" logo signs. They might be a bit pricey, but damn they are worth it. Let me be clear here... you're getting a "Drink Wisconsinbly" neon sign (any color combo) and a limited edition neon INDIFW sign. You're also getting FIVE of the special edition "Drink Wisconsinbly" t-shirts. Awesomeness.

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    $1,500 reward

    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    No. 5: This is the same deal as No. 4... but I'm hitting the road. This pledge is for Wisconsin taverns & bars only. I am going to personally deliver your two neon signs and five t-shirts – anywhere in the state! And while I'm there, I'm hanging out and taking photos to promote your establishment on the "I'm not drunk - I'm from Wisconsin" Facebook page (157K+ fans). Please contact me before you pledge so we can agree upon the location.

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