Simply put, myButt is the world's finest buttocks shaped drink lid! Made of food grade silicone, myButt is stretchable, washable, and can fit several sizes of drink cups, from rocks glasses to coffee mugs, to beer glasses. Pop it onto your coffee or (boo)tea to retain the heat, and just wave it around in front of your teeming-with-jealousy coworkers and friends. They will be saying to themselves, "I wish I could be waving myButt in public!" And you, being the positive force in the universe that you are, share the link to this Kickstarter so they can share in the love of myButt as well.
myButt's size is roughy 4"x4"x2" (rounded up), and can fit up to four differently sized drinking vessels. The interior rings are the following diameters: 2.75", 3.125", 3.375", and 3.625", which should accommodate a wide range of cups and mugs. (We recommend ones with small to medium sized lips!)
The video and pictures show myButt to be an ivory type color, but for the Kickstarter we're going with a peach color, like that in the picture below.
In order to keep the manufacturing costs low (and therefore more affordable for you!), we're sticking to the one color... for now. If there's an overwhelming interest, I am definitely up for the idea of a stretch goal for a cocoa flavor myButt. And then from there maybe rainbow?
We've set our goal pretty low for this Kickstarter. The number you see for our goal is the exact minimum we will need to meet our manufacturer's minimum order. The bulk of the goal funds will be put towards manufacturing costs (mold fees, labor, material cost per unit, etc.) and shipping (postage, packaging materials). The good news is that our lowest tier (donation tier aside) will guarantee you at least one myButt unit. Of course, the higher tier reward you buy into allows us to put the savings of shipping into a discount for you!
Here's the pricing breakdown in USD (includes shipping!):
- 1 myButt for $10
- 2 myButts for $18
- 3 myButts for $24
- 4 myButts for $29
- 10 myButts for $65
- 25 myButts for $150
If you're like us, you're probably sitting on a load of genius ideas. You come up with something brilliant, like, say, chia toilet seats, and joke about it with friends. It then disappears into the cosmos with all the other forgotten ground breaking thoughts (the snap bracelet scarves and plans for UrkleCon) only to replaced with something new to joke about.
Except that didn't happen with myButt.
Many years ago, my coworker* entered our office with a wild fascination in his eyes. He told me he's got the most brilliant product idea: a lid for your drinks... except it's shape liked a butt. (He then proceeded to build a prototype out of two lumps of clay, and plomp them onto a Big Gulp.) We got a good laugh at it at the time... and for the next several years. It was an idea we just couldn't shake. To just about everyone outside of work I casually dropped this idea to, their reaction was always the same.
"I want one," they would say.
It took until just last year when I realized that this ridiculous idea could, in fact, be a reality. Being a worker in the 3D animation industry, it occurred to me that I could easily mock up a butt-lid rather easily. With my coworker's blessing, I took a night to model it out and get it 3D printed. The original prototype was a bit stiff, but it fit!
It wasn't long after that I decided to go whole hog, line up a manufacturer, and get a batch of silicone prototypes created. After a lot of testing and deliberation, here we are on Kickstarter!
*While my coworker is the brains behind myButt, he's keeping his name secret because he doesn't want to embarrass his wife to death. I think that's reasonable.
myButt has been a strange machination of two animators, who figured the risk of making their ideas a reality was well worth it. While we do genuinely want to share this product with the world, this is also a practice in motivation and entrepreneurship. We're actively trying to prove to ourselves that we can create something for ourselves, no matter how silly. Although, (obviously) we're hoping that this is wildly successful, no matter the outcome of this Kickstarter, we're still fortunate for the adventure.
Thanks for taking the time to visit myButt! If you contributed, have heaps more thanks! You guys are beautiful creatures.
Risks and challenges
I've thought about this, and I've tried to reduce all possibilities of risk for this Kickstarter. I already made prototypes of the product and have tested them around the house (and office). We've already got a proven manufacturer lined up (the ones that helped make the prototypes), and we settled on a quote to produce 1,000 units of myButt. So that's all taken care of.
However, that doesn't protect us from potential delays in manufacturing, packaging, and shipping. The packaging and mailing of your myButt orders will be handled by a skeleton crew (1-3, including myself), so that process might take a little longer than expected. Not all backers will receive their myButt reward at the same time, as the crew and I juggle our normal day-to-day lives with the responsibility to our backers.
That said, I've taken a lot of care to ensure this project gets complete with minimum hiccups!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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