About this project
What is Hookstache?
Hookstache is, quite simply, a wall hook shaped like a mustache. It is made from laser-cut acrylic which is hand-formed into a hook. It is available in 8 colors and two sizes, and can hold your keys, bags, coats, scarves, hats, umbrellas, or whatever you like. It comes with screws for attaching it to the wall, and has been tested to hold at least 5 lbs of weight when fastened to wood.
Small Hookstache measures approx 3.25w x 1.25h x .6d (in inches) and comes with #6 pan head screws.
Large Hookstache measures approx 5w x 2h x 1d (in inches) and comes with #6 pan head screws.
The Hookstache Story: from Inspiration to Prototype:
Over the past few years, the mustache (or moustache) has come back into fashion with a vengeance. You might even say there’s a bit of a mustache craze.
Not long ago, I started to notice mustache-themed products everywhere I went, and, I’ll admit it... I just didn’t get it. Mustache wall decals, mustache erasers, mustache bottle openers, moustache this, mustache that. But why? What is the flavor of mustache candy? What does mustache-shaped soap smell like? What kind of food do you pair with mustache wine?
I started to see mustaches everywhere....
One day, I noticed that the hook on the back of my closet door looked a lot like a mustache. Here was a mustache with purpose! I wondered if anyone made a mustache wall hook. I looked, and I couldn’t find one, so I decided to make one myself.
At first, I pictured a 3D mustache, and set about modeling it in clay. I researched injection molding and 3D printing. I came up with several hook designs, but none were quite right. I decided to try laser cutting the shape out of acrylic and bending it. To my surprise, it worked wonderfully! I adjusted this design to ensure fit, symmetry, and strength, and tried out different shaping and molding methods to make the hooks more consistent.
I installed the hooks in my wall, and hung weights on them to test their strength. They have held 5 lbs of weight (2-3 lbs on each side) over several weeks in my wood-paneled workshop without demonstrating fatigue. I do not have access to drywall for testing (my place is covered in sheet rock), but the holes and screws are optimized for placement in a 2x4 stud. Performance will vary depending on surface type.
Because each hookstache is hand formed, each one is a little different. Formed acrylic bears a resemblance to hand-formed glass.
I’m excited about hookstache, and want to share it with the world. Plus, I have several more fun ideas waiting in the wings. I am working on building my own small company, but I need a little help to make that happen. I believe in the power that crowdfunding has to connect people directly with projects they support. If you like hookstache, I hope you’ll consider becoming a backer, and sharing this project with your friends. I have all kinds of cool things to send you in return.
Your pledges will help cover the cost of laser cutting, materials, packaging, and shipping. In addition, your support will enable me to produce more molds and to optimize my production process. Any money I raise in excess of my goal will go towards making more hookstaches, marketing, and creating more fun things.
I believe in US manufacturing, and work to source my materials and services from US companies, including the acrylic material, screws, laser cutting service, packaging materials, and shipping boxes. In addition, I try to reduce my impact on the environment by using resources and packaging that can be recycled, reused, or composted. Even the acrylic, a non-toxic material, can be recycled in some areas.
Kickstarter is all or nothing, so, if I don’t meet my funding goal, the project will simply come to an end. You’ll get to keep your money, and I’ll keep my hookstache prototypes. If I do meet the goal, I get to make lots of fun rewards like hookstaches, t shirts, and stickers, and send them your way!
Thank you for your support!
$1 or more: Mustache Field Guide and Activity Book PDF download – a printable PDF book containing a field guide to mustaches and fun mustache-themed activities such as mazes, puzzles, and other fun stuff.
$2 or more: One (1) sticker or button of your choice, and PDF. (Free shipping in US. International backers, please add $1.50 for shipping.) (add $1 to this level or to any level below for each additional sticker or button)
$4 or more: One (1) mini field guide, one (1) sticker or button, and PDF. The mini field guide is a tiny (2 x 2.5 inch), zine-style, hand-assembled, pocket-sized 32 page booklet that will help you identify a variety of ‘staches on the go. (Free shipping in US. International backers, please add $2 for shipping.) (add $3 to this level or to any level below for each additional mini field guide)
$8 or more: One (1) small Hookstache in black, blue, orange, pink, purple, red, or white, one (1) button or sticker, and PDF (Free shipping in US. (International backers, please add $5 for shipping.) (add $7 to this level or to any level below for each additional small Hookstache)
$9 or more: One (1) small Kickstarter-only neon GREEN Hookstache, one (1) button or sticker, and PDF. Special edition! (International backers, please add $5 for shipping.) (add $8 to this level or to any level below for each additional small GREEN Hookstache)
$10 Printed Field Guide and Activity Book: Add to any level for a printed and bound paperback copy of the field guide and activity book in addition to the PDF. Format TBD – digest size or larger. (International backers, please add $1.50 for shipping)
$11 or more: One (1) large Hookstache in black, blue, orange, pink, purple, red, or white, one (1) button or sticker, and PDF (Free shipping in US. International backers, please add $7 for shipping.) (add $10 to this level or to any level below for each additional large Hookstache)
$12 or more: One (1) large Kickstarter-only neon Green Hookstache, sticker, PDF. Special edition! (International backers, please add $7 for shipping.) (add $11 to this level or to any level below for each additional large Kickstarter GREEN Hookstache)
$20 Poster: Silkscreened poster of a design selected by backers, plus one (1) button or sticker and PDF. Limited edition, numbered. Size TBD, printed in Portland, OR on my Print Cycle! Free shipping in US. International backers, please add $10 for shipping.) (add $18 to this level or any level below for each additional poster)
$25 or more: T-shirt: One (1) t-shirt, one (1) button or sticker, PDF. Backers will have a chance to vote on a t-shirt design, which will be printed in Portland on American Apparel. Free shipping in US. International backers, please add $10 for shipping.) (add $22 to this level or any level below for each additional t shirt)
$40 or more: Hookstache Coat Rack (small): Three small Hookstaches in any color, pre-installed on a 14-inch piece of reclaimed wood (flooring or molding). Choose from natural linseed oil finish, black, or white. (Free shipping in US. International backers, please add $15 for shipping.) Pieces will vary in width and character (width of 3.5 inches shown.
$50 or more: Hookstache Coat Rack (large): Three large Hookstaches in any color, pre-installed on a 24-inch piece of reclaimed wood (flooring or molding), Choose from natural finish, black, or white. Plus, one (1) button or sticker, and PDF (Free shipping in US. International backers, please add $15 for shipping.) Pieces will vary in width and character (width of 3.5 inches shown).
$50 or more: Patron: Add to any level, and your name will be published in the field guide in a special appreciation section (restrictions apply – I will not publish offensive or insulting names or images). Includes printed field guide and pdf.
$100 or more: Hookstache Hero: Name your own mustache: I will name a mustache after you, draw it according to your specifications, and add it to the field guide (restrictions apply – I will not publish offensive or insulting names or images). Includes print field guide and pdf.
What do I do if I want additional stickers, buttons, booklets, hookstaches, T-shirts, etc. ?
If you would like additional copies of each item, you can add them to the cost of your total pledge. You can find instructions on how much to add under each tier. After the campaign is over, I will send out surveys to verify your complete order.
My goal is to have as many hookstaches as possible shipped and delivered by late December, in time for the winter holidays. With any new project, there are bound to be some logistical hiccups, and, while I have accounted for some of these, I don’t know what the future may hold. I will do my best to keep backers updated on my progress.
International shipments can take one to four weeks or more for delivery. In some countries, customs collects a fee from the recipient for international packages. I will not mark international shipments as “gifts.”
Large orders, Wholesalers, and Shops:
I’d love to make a deal with you! Please contact me to discuss.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
- (29 days)