We as men can get a lot of flak from our buddies for what we love if it is different from the "masculine" mainstream. It seems we are always trying to guard our masculinity—well, my friends, my brothers and sisters—that time is over.
I want to create the MAN card that is yours forever. That's right. No one can take it. No one can rip it up, punch a hole in it or stomp on it.
THIS STEEL MAN CARD IS IRREVOCABLE.
Because being a MAN isn't about doing what they say: it's about doing what you want.
This stainless steel etched MAN card gives you power. You can act how you want, love what you love, and not be in fear or being called out for it. Flash this card and your accuser will take a step back. For example:
You love Downton Abbey and can't wait until Season 4? That's great! You carry a MAN card in the brim of your bowler.
When you're in Vegas you order an Appletini? Whip out your MAN card along with your big tip.
Do you keep your Twilight books under your bed? Who cares? You have a MAN card and use it as bookmark.
Are you the best Zumba student? Show us your moves as well as your MAN card.
This card will fit in your wallet and you can show it to your buddies when you're explaining which Green Lantern is your favorite or lamenting why you didn't get a Comic-Con ticket. The MAN card also makes a great gift. I've offered multi-packs of MAN cards so you can give them to your fraternity buddies, groomsmen or men at your temple, synagogue or church.
What do the cards look like?
You have two options.
Presenting: THE LUMBERJACK
This stainless steel etched MAN card is for the man who likes to chop wood with an axe, who is prepared for the zombie apocalypse and eats a lot of bacon. If you are eating bacon right now while reading this, you need to be carrying this card.
You can also choose:
This stainless steel etched MAN card is for the man who likes the finer things. He knows what's fashionable, expensive and classy. He has bought everything on uncrate.com and THEN they put it on their site. He knows the best coffee spot in the morning and the best whiskey at night.
Can't choose which one fits you or the man in your life? That's ok, there is an option for two MAN cards. Funny that.
Want it personalized?
Just add $5 to your pledge for each card you want personalized. I will contact you directly or by survey if you want the card personalized. If your name is Joe "Ding-dong-llama-wanny-jumping-with-an-ice-pick-she-thinks-I'm-going-in." Smith, it might be too long. We are looking for 15-20 characters max.
There's a DELUXE VERSION?
Yes, at the $60 Tier, you can get SIX MAN cards and a Deluxe Bottle Opener MAN card. I don't expect you to give that away. That's for you. You'll impress your friends.
Here's what the DELUXE VERSION looks like.
Why did I design this?
I'm just tired of men defining what masculinity is and isn't for other men. I'm sick of other people having an opinion on my manhood if I happen to like Glee or Scandal. Now this project is a bit tongue in cheek, I hope men do not buy into this macho stereotype of what men are.
I wanted to design a product that symbolically freed men to love what they want to love without repercussion. I just got tired of hearing, "I'm going to take your man card for 'x' or 'y'." This MAN card cannot be taken—ever.
If I ordered more than one MAN card, which ones do I get?
I will send you a survey, asking you which ones you'd like. If you don't reply to the survey in time, I will send you LUMBERJACK cards.
Why do you need this kind of funding?
I want to have the volume high enough to provide the most cost-effective card and also launch this into a business if enough people want the card. I also want to provide the best product—the greatest MAN card ever produced.
This is actually a little bit cool—how can I tell other people?
You know this speech: twitter, facebook, friends, family. Who are the men in your life that need this card? Also, if you do tweet about it, I'd love to hear what you use it for. Some examples:
I ordered a spicy margarita at the restaurant. Before Bill the jackass said something I whipped out my #MANcard.
My buddy graduated with his Masters—MAN card given. #MANcard
Why did they kill off Matthew? OH MAN card, HOLD ME! #MANcard
Please use the hashtag: #MANcard so I can track your MAN card adventures.
If you have any contacts at manly blogs or sites (uncrate.com), I'd love make a connection. They can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for reading this far and choosing a MAN card that suits you and your friends.
Risks and challenges
I have someone ready to pump out these cards like a jimmy-hound once I get the funding. They have been in business for years. I don't expect any problems with demand if I need, say 10,000 cards. I think they'd send me flowers. And I'm cool with flowers. Here's my MAN card.
I do not have a lot of experience shipping and managing the "flow" of the business, but I wanted to start with something basic that I was proud and passionate about. I have a woodworker lined up for the speciality boxes and have a line or two on the cardboard designer.
If this gets extremely popular, I will have to figure out a way to keep up with the demand and handling the shipping. I will most likely find a distribution center to help me at that point.
Right now, since this is my first Kickstarter, I opened it up to the US only so I wouldn't screw something up. Most likely, I will open it up to International Backers and if it kicks, I'll be opening up a store. Either way, a MAN card will be in your hands!
The 2nd Most Interesting MAN in the World:
You get the business card sleeve, and I will engrave whatever personalization on that you would like. This is a great gift for Father's day, graduation, Bar Mitzvah or superhero induction.
This is the PRIMO case. This is a wooden display case that shows off your manhood. It comes with two personalized MAN cards and two brass balls to display to all of your friends, family and if need be, enemies.