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An online & printed journal documenting & celebrating the best of contemporary culture in the North West of England.
An online & printed journal documenting & celebrating the best of contemporary culture in the North West of England.
110 backers pledged £3,135 to help bring this project to life.

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In May this year, the team here at Tusk Journal hope to launch their debut as a retailed publication - Volume 1: a printed celebration of contemporary culture in the North West of England, 96 pages of interviews, editorials, beautiful photography & art. 

We believe that Manchester & Liverpool are changing. With more galleries, festivals and talent emerging throughout the region, we see Tusk as a way of both documenting & celebrating this evolutionary period.

Covering three main fields of interest: Music, Lifestyle & Culture: Tusk Journal aims to illuminate the skies of the north with the sunshine styles of Paris with a host of interviews, reviews, editorials and updates from across the region we call home. Our team are passionate about profiling the finest musicians, exhibition spaces, cafes, artists and retailers; electing the local over the corporate, independent over blockbuster and cultural over the mainstream, every time.

At the moment, Tusk is ran alongside a host of part-time jobs and postgraduate bank balances. Established by group of passionate writers, photographers & designers, we're looking to provide a quality bi-annual publication which both documents and celebrates the changing landscape of England's North West, and we need your help.

With your kind donations Tusk will be able to cover the costs of printing & initial commissions, getting us off the ground and on our way to delivering a well considered and curated publication for people to enjoy. 

Volume 0

Tusk Journal Vol.0 Cover illustration by Kris Sale
Tusk Journal Vol.0 Cover illustration by Kris Sale

In December 2013, we released Vol.0 - a 64 page perfect bound publication offering an array of features, interviews and editorials with some of the region's finest independent companies & creatives (The Warehouse Project, Everything Everything, Liverpool Craft Beer Company and more). We released Vol.0 to see if A) we could manage the production/distribution of a printed journal and B) people would like it. Luckily for us, the answers to both A&B were a distinct and resounding 'yes'. With this experience already tucked under our belts, we feel more than ready to take on the challenges associated with Vol.1 and all future issues.  

Vol. 0 spread: A profile & interview with cover artist Kris Sale
Vol. 0 spread: A profile & interview with cover artist Kris Sale
Vol.0 spread: A feature on Independent Manchester record label Sways Records
Vol.0 spread: A feature on Independent Manchester record label Sways Records
Vol.0 spread: A profile and editorial piece on the Liverpool Craft Beer Co.
Vol.0 spread: A profile and editorial piece on the Liverpool Craft Beer Co.

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Rewards

Here's what you can look to gain by supporting us today...

LOVE LETTER: A loving, warm and hand written thank you note from our handsome editor. Add £1 to ship outside the UK.

DISPATCHER: Your name in Vol.1's 'Thank You' Page and a copy of Vol.1 delivered to your door. Add £2 to ship outside the UK.

BAG'EM & TAG'EM: Same as previous (Your name in Vol.1's 'Thank You' Page and a copy of Vol.1 delivered to your door) plus a limited edition screen printed Tusk tote bag in black. Add £2 to ship outside the UK.

ARTIST PACKAGE 1: Same as previous two (Your name in Vol.1's 'Thank You' Page, a copy of Vol.1 delivered to your door, a limited edition screen printed Tusk tote bag in black) plus an exclusive signed A3 Risograph print of Kris Sale's 'Kestrel' which featured on Vol.0's cover. Ships within the UK only.

SUBSCRIBER PACKAGE: Same as previous three (Your name in Vol.1's 'Thank You' Page, a copy of Vol.1 delivered to your door, a limited edition screen printed Tusk tote bag in black, a signed A3 Risograph print of Vol.0's cover art) plus an advance copy of Vol.2 (set to launch in November 2014). Ships within the UK only.

SUPER SUBSCRIPTION: Same as previous four (Your name in Vol.1's 'Thank You' Page, a copy of Vol.1 delivered to your door, a limited edition screen printed Tusk tote bag in black, a signed A3 Risograph print of Vol.0's cover art, an advance copy of Vol.2) plus a limited edition copy of Vol.0 (released in December 2013). Ships within the UK only.

ARTIST PACKAGE 2: Same as previous five (Your name in Vol.1's 'Thank You' Page, a copy of Vol.1 delivered to your door, a limited edition screen printed Tusk tote bag in black, a signed A3 Risograph print of Vol.0's cover art, an advance copy of Vol.2, a limited edition copy of Vol.0) plus a signed A3 Giclee print of Vol.1's cover art (yet to be revealed). Ships within the UK only.

Risks and challenges

There are obviously several hurdles which need to be assessed when planning a project such as this. Potential pitfalls include the aforementioned production delays and collaborator mishaps, although the team here at Tusk feel suitably equipped to deal with such issues.

We already have the majority of the editorial in place - all we need is a little boost to help cover the costs of both commissions (already scheduled/organised) and the print run itself (penned in for late - April/May 2014). We have a great relationship with Cambrian Printers and cannot wait to team up with the guys from North Wales once again.

The bulk of prints/rewards are already stocked and we are ready to roll with the distribution.

We have also selected the majority of outlets in which Vol.1 will be stocked - again saving precious time whilst also highlighting the copious amount of planning which has already gone into this exciting project.

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    ARTIST PACKAGE 2: Same as previous five (Your name in Vol.1's 'Thank You' Page, a copy of Vol.1 delivered to your door, a limited edition screen printed Tusk tote bag in black, a signed A3 Risograph print of Vol.0's cover art, an advance copy of Vol.2, a limited edition copy of Vol.0) plus a signed A3 Giclee print of Vol.1's cover art (yet to be revealed).

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