About this project
Our little boy Camper painted this cool mountain so you could high-5 your computer screen. We did it! Together we totally got all we needed to make the first issue of Stay Wild in just 2 weeks!!!
Now what? We've still got time, so...
Let's fund a whole year's worth of Stay Wild! The Spring issue is totally happening now, but with the amount of support people have shown so far we're confident we can fund the Summer, Fall, and Winter issues before the kickstarter ends. $30,000 will do the trick.
What is this all about?
Stay Wild is a reminder that this right here, this right now, this life we hold in our very capable hands is an adventure!
Stay Wild is a free adventure magazine that brings the wonder of travel, the excitement of action sports and the beauty of outdoor lifestyles together in a way no other magazine can. Our large format (10X13 inches), full-color, quarterly printed magazine will be available for free at your favorite camp/surf/motor/cycle/skate/snow/art/coffee shops and mailed to subscribers around the world. Our awesome monthly videos and exclusive web content will be available at staywildmagazine.com and on our explosive social media lava flow (Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter).
Who's behind this free adventure magazine?
A world-wide network of sexy photographers, artist cartographers, athletic foodies, and adventurous trouble-makers. There is also a family behind this magazine. The Dad: Justin "Scrappers" Morrison is the creative director with over 10 years experience in the art/publishing/advertising world. The Mom: Amy Morrison is the practical business planner and head of environmental responsibility. The Little Boy: Camper Morrison is the president of Stay Wild's Adventure Club (a very special club with yellow beanies you can read more about in the rewards section).
You're totally invited to join us. In fact we really need your help in order to do this thing right! You know just as well as us that now is the time for this magazine to happen.
Your support will cover the cost of printing, so we can afford to make this inspiring magazine free to the public!
What will the money do?
Here's how we'll spend the $10,000:
$1,000: Kickstarter take a 10% cut
$7,000: Eco-groovy printing here in Portland, OR for issue #1 (10,000 copies)
$500: Distribution. Shipping 10,000 magazines to individuals and public locations isn't free. We'll also be delivering a lot of these in person. ROADTRIP!!!!
$1,000: Computer & Programs (Mac and Adobe). We need to get real gear in order to make this magazine over and over again. Luckily we know how to use the gear already!
$500: Paying for all the cool rewards we're offering. Making those yellow beanies, knives, socks, and stuff cost actual money!
If you scrolled through the rewards on the right you probably noticed we have a couple different types of subscriptions. The one thing they all have in common is getting the physical magazine mailed to you every time we make one! Below are some sample pages from the first issue...
The Athletic + Stay Wild Collaboration sock. The folks at The Athletic do great work and we're honored to make this high quality happy sock with them!
Stay Wild fancy t-shirt. Artwork originally designed by one of our most favorite wild men in the world Sean Morris has been translated into this 3 color beauty. Available in all sizes in men's and women's shirts.
Stay Wild's Adventure Club Membership:
A super official frame-worthy letterpress membership certificate (with your name on it), fancy yellow beanie w/ SW patch, t-shirt, socks, a subscription, plus random goodies in the mail throughout the year (like a pocket sized membership card that you can use as an excuse to get wild whenever you like!).
Original Stay Wild Art:
Art by Philip Morgan, 8.5” X 12”, acrylic paint on thick paper. Philip Morgan is a trippy artist from South Wales and we freaking love him! The first issue of Stay Wild features loads of Morgan’s art and a tiny interview.
Scott Patt is a wild man! He’s got a long history as a designer for giant companies like Nike, Converse, and Hurley. He’s a great surfer and an even better artist. Right now he’s in the middle of a year-long project where he makes a new painting every day for a series called “Bigger. Smaller. Funnier.” It’s all based on what he calls “things seen, objects found, notions noted and ironies observed.” Each new piece will be accompanied by a limited edition of 100 - 8.5” x 11” archival prints for purchase.
Justin Bauer rules! We met in Costa Mesa at Hurley’s HQ. That place has a lot of weird vibes, but Justin seemed totally unphased by it. He’s just super sincere and all about making rad stuff. He’s an abstract genius!
"Surfing Hulkster": original painting by Joseph Harmon, 10X12.25 inches, acrylic on paper board. Joseph Harmon makes art in a small town in Indiana, but his art comes from the bubble gum planet of Totally Awesomeanus! His colors make rainbows cry, his use of pop icons makes TVs cry, and his style makes the universe cry tears of joy.
Stay Wild art by Bwana Spoons, 6x6 inches, acrylic on paper. One day Bwana was swimming and soaking in a secret water hole on the east side of Mt. Hood in Oregon. The sun was starting to set when he noticed some bats. Just because he likes bats so much Bwana started chirping and clicking bat sounds. Then one landed on the brim of his hat. Hanging upside-down the bat must have been pretty ok with looking at Bwana's face because he napped on his hat brim for a while before flying away into the night. This is a true story. It's also proof that Bwana is a wild artist!
Stay Wild art by Souther Salazar, 3 1/2" x 2" x 3/4", mixed media. If you like beards, birds, axes, old pencils, and the kind of joy only art can bring than you already love Souther. He's a genius who can take the little things we overlook and make stuff from those common things that truly inspires us to see the world with fresh eyes. Souther and his lovely wife Monica started Action studios where the Stay Wild work space is. If it wasn't for them this magazine wouldn't have such an awesome place to work from.
"Stay Wild Fish" or "Too Cool Wave" by Scrappers, 5x7 inches, framed, acrylic on paper. Scrappers has been going around making art that's either titled "Stay Wild" or just has the words "Stay Wild" since he was a little baby teenager. Maybe that's why he's starting this magazine with his friends and family? If you're into his art should should totally get it while you can.
David Wien original Stay Wild painting, 10.5 X 14 inches, acrylic on wood, framed. We've heard him called an urban folk artist, but now that he lives in the Northern California Redwoods can we just call him a wild man? He's an awesome painter, a wood carver, a muralist, a skater, and just an all around good guy. He's also a member of the Red Clouds Collective that Stay Wild is collaborating on with a special knife with right now.
Porous Walker's adventure pack. Containing a 7x9.5 original Stay Wild illustration, 5 pockets, 5 straps, a couple snaps, zines, patches, stickers, vintage pens, multi-tools, compasses, and solid inspiration. We've pack and unpacked it like 5 times now. Camper's favorite part is the Goonies card with Sloth wearing his Superman shirt. Scrappers favorite part is the experience of it. At first it's all like "Oh, an adventure pack. That's cool." Then you open it and get some calls to action like "Breath", "Plant Trees", "Oh, look a skunk". Then opening one pocket after the other more little objects come out and trigger thoughts hiding in your brain just waiting for permission to come out and tell you to throw your phone off a cliff and go thrift shopping in nature. One of the pockets opens up to a 7x9.5 inch original illustration of a lady telling you how to stay wild. She's pointing to a flap of canvas that's covering the answer. We looked and totally agree with the answer. But then there are more hidden treasure and bags holding stickers, tiny tools, and just damn good goodies. We've never experienced art like this before and it's changing the way we want to experience art from here on out.
A Real Deal Adventure: Come with Stay Wild on a documented adventure as a member of The Adventure Club to be featured in a printed and videoed story. This adventure is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to work together to make something awesome. This trip will be a perfect combination of what you're into and what we're into since it will be custom designed to suit you. The basic idea here is that you and some other members of the Adventure Club go somewhere wild with a tiny film crew. You'll explore, you'll make stuff, you'll come back with a story that last a lifetime.
Let's Hook You Up with Advertising!
Half price ad space in the printed magazine (Summer, Fall, and Winter issues)
Your own full or half page in the magazine: in the Summer, Fall, or Winter issue. Use it however you like, we'll help you lay it out if you need. Maybe you make backpacks and want to reach our readers, or are a photographer that wants to show off your work? No matter how you want to full this blank page it's totally up to you.
Half priced sponsorship of a Stay Wild video featuring your product or service.
Here are a list of video's we'll be making next year to give you an idea:
-"She Flies with Her Own Wings". That's the Oregon State motto and the theme of this camping/motorcycling/surfing adventure on the Oregon coast. We'll be shooting this summer.
-Portland musician Lisa Schonberg (from Kickball and Explode Into Colors fame) goes into the wild to record natural sounds to take back to the studio where she plays along the natural sounds. We'll shoot this in a wild flower field up Mt. Hood. Here's the last one she did: http://www.lisaschonberg.com/2014/01/the-hylaeus-project-is-happening/
-Naked Surfing on Maui. Yup, that's all it is. A group of friends taking their clothes off and going surfing. It's going to be awesome!
-"A Skater's Guide to Cracks and Curbs" This is an ongoing video series about a local skater showing off their neighborhood and the little tiny cracks and curbs that are super fun to skate. We just shot the first one in Honolulu, but these spots will be shot soon; Portland, Ventura, Oakland, and Panama.
-"We Watch You Work" a video series where we watch makers make. This could even be about how you make the rad things you make. Here's a sample of the type of video that we made before starting Stay Wild with our buddy Alin Dragulin: https://vimeo.com/27609047
If you wanted to sponsor any of these videos we could get you non-cheesy product placement and your logo/website at the beginning and the end of the video.
If you're not interested in any of these videos but want in on another one, we're sure we can cook up something special just for you.
About 200 awesome people helped us reach our original goal half way through the month we had to reach it. So what are we going to do with the rest of the time we have before the kickstarter runs out? We're going to keep offering awesome rewards and try to reach an even bigger goal.
Let's fund a whole years worth of Stay Wild! The Spring issue is totally happening now, but with the amount of support people have shown we feel confident in finding funding for the Summer, Fall, and Winter issues as well.
$30,000 should do the trick. That's just $20, 000 more than what we've made so far.
Our bigger hope with Stay Wild is to continue sharing awesome inspiring stories that bring value to our lives and value to the magazine. By achieving that goal advertisers, collaborators, and other supporters will be more likely to work with us to make the magazine self sustainable.
If you've made it this far into reading our kickstarter that means you're really interested. So we owe you a big thank you. If you help this dream become real the world will be a better place. People will be reminded that life is too short to not treat it as an adventure. You'll probably see more smiles in your life? You'll definitely see some big smiles on our little faces!
Super-duper special thanks to all the folks who helped us get this kickstarter together: Truen Pence, Alin Dragulin, Mike Wilson, John Hook, Jonas Mao, Sarah Mirk, Kevin Willrick, Little Warrior, Andrew R. Tonry, Geronimo Getty, Deelay Ceelay, Thor from See See Motorcycles, Dirty Needle Embroidery, Monica Choy, Souther Salazar, Jeremy at The Athletic, Red Clouds Collective, Philip Morgan, Porous Walker, Joseph Harmon, Scott Patt, Bwana Spoons, Matthew Foster, Justin Bauer, Zach Johnsen, David Wien, Sean Morris, and this guy.
Risks and challenges
Someone told us recently "Starting a magazine is the stupidest thing you can do right now". Yup. They're right.
Staring failure down like it ain't no thang is super stupid. However, nothing great ever happens easily (sunrises and sunsets are exceptions to that rule).
If we don't get this project funded with your support that will be a real bummer (people will cry) because it'll mean we were wrong and that the support for a magazine like this isn't really there.
That said, we're working our buns off every day to make this magazine self sufficient, so without Kickstarter support, it will take longer, but we will get this magazine launched.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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