Where The Money Goes:
The purpose of this Kickstarter is to give me the ability to publish my book, “Billboard Bandits – Outlaw Artists in the Sky”. This book is unlike any other in its genre, delving deep into the worlds of graffiti and street art yet focusing on the fascination with conquering billboards. While graffiti itself is illusive in nature, billboard graffiti takes it a step further as one of the most daring aspects of the craft. The book itself is completed and includes photos and interviews from artists all over America and the UK. The first hand accounts enable the reader to feel present in the world of these individual artists. Some of them are raw and gritty vandals while others provide more of a fine art feel. They specialize in everything from integrating their pieces into the advertisement itself to adding their artwork to the blank billboard back. A select group of these street artists are referred to as “billboard liberators”, manipulating the ads to fit their own agenda and convey their message. While each one is unique, they are united by one common thread - they are the billboard bandits.
Why I Need It:
The economy being in its current condition, it has been difficult to get big publishers to review unsolicited work. With the emergence of Kickstarter, we are now able to take this project directly to its intended audience and cut out the middle man. This way, the backers themselves will get to decide the size and scope of the project. The more money we raise, the bigger the pay out for the consumers. There are many extras that will become available once we reach 200% funding.
How I Got Here:
I began working on this project in 2007. It all started with the leg-work of shooting photos and seeking out artists. I conducted all of the interviews and spent hours combing through boxes and boxes of photos. My driving force behind putting this book together was to bring this relatively unknown sect of street art to the public and get exposure for the talented artists whose photos are displayed on these pages. I feel as though the public is craving new, unique street art and Billboard Bandits will give them exactly what they need.
AM7 Crew, Augor MSK, Bleek CBS Mayhem, Daze TN NSA, Fuct AL LGF, Jeloe US BKF CF, LTS/KOG Crews, Naut One, Nine2 H2O, Pharoe LCF SOB, Pysa MSK LTS, Shank DME FUKQ, Silencer, YR Crew, The Billboard Liberation Front, Jimmy Cauty, Mr. Eggs and Ron English
"THE BOMBER" Limited Edition. This Kickstarter page will be the only time these will be available. Ever!
Original Artwork, CDs, Shirts, Stickers and Poster. Other awesome goodies will become available at 200% funding, so help spread the word!
Bleek of CBS and Mayhem crews donated 10 copies of his Speak Easy album. In addition to being a Billboard Bandit, Bleek is an accomplished hip hop producer and mc. Having been a member of EX Vandals and The Shape Shifters. These will be given away FOR FREE to the first 10 backers of the $90 reward tier. 5 of 10 are still available.
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