We've collected 100s of Occupy images. Now we're going to print & distribute thousands of posters, to help this movement stay visible! Read more
This project was successfully funded on March 27, 2012.
About this project
10 March 2012: Check out the new rewards! See our latest update for details.
Occuprint is a volunteer-run collaborative project that curates, collects, prints and distributes posters and graphics produced by and for the global Occupy movement. In the Fall, Occuprint launched with an all-poster newspaper, published in collaboration with the Occupied Wall Street Journal. Since then, we’ve been sending the paper across the globe as a freely distributed tool to keep the #occupy movement as visible as possible, as beautiful as possible, and in as many places as possible.
The response has been overwhelming. Since the newspaper was released, we’ve received hundreds of poster submissions from all over the world—many of which we’ve archived on our website:
Now, we want to start getting these images out beyond the internet: into the streets and into the homes, offices, and schools of #occupy supporters worldwide.
We’re raising money for two reasons:
1. So we can print posters—tens of thousands of posters—and start distributing them anywhere there are #occupy supporters.
2. So we can print a limited edition portfolio of screen printed images, which will ultimately live in the permanent collections of museums, libraries, and other arts institutions.
(These are the first two posters we're printing - this week! (March 13th) - with the funds raised by kickstarter. The first is by Molly Crabapple, the second is by Josh MacPhee. We've been so successful that we're able to print 5000 of each! - we added both of them to new rewards for those interested.)
(This is the first poster we've massed produced - by Alexandra Clotfelter - and we're offering it as one of our rewards. The images we print in 2012 will be just as amazing!)
While we screen print ourselves, for larger runs of posters we work with union print shops—one here in Queens, NY and another in Detroit, MI. We have budgeted into this proposal:
$1,800: Two thousand (2,000) copies of a 24” x 36” poster (this includes printing and an estimate of our distribution costs—postage and packaging).
$6,000: Twenty thousand (20,000) copies of a broadsheet:, poster on one side, short articles and other information on the back (again, includes printing and distribution costs).
$2,000: Three thousand (3,000) copies of an 18” x 24” poster, with articles printed on the back.
$2,000: Three thousand (3,000) copies of a second 18” x 24” poster, with articles printed on the back.
The specifics of what we print might vary slightly. If we receive more money, either our print runs will increase or we will print additional materials. Occuprint is a volunteer, activist project—all of the money we raise goes directly to printing and shipping.
The Occuprint portfolio will consist of thirty poster images from our website. We’ve had help choosing the images from members of Occupy the Hood, Occupy Together, and the Occupied Wall Street Journal. We are working with a number of different printers to make this happen, from members of the OWS Screenprinting Guild to a Do- It-Yourself printshop in Nashville.
We will produce an edition of 100 portfolios, and that’s it. That means these are going to be super rare. — 35 are reserved for artists and printers, 30 more are being offered to libraries and educational institutions across the country, and then Occuprint will keep 10 portfolios to lend out for events and exhibitions. That leaves 25 portfolios, which we are offering to YOU, our Kickstarter supporters, to help us make all of this possible.
All of the prints in the portfolio are numbered and initialed by the printer, then stamped with the Occuprint seal. There is a front sheet, the “calaphon,” which offers a short explanation of the project, and lists all the artists and printers as well as the major donors (over 1000$). Finally, all the prints are packaged together into a presentation folio, printed with Occuprint’s seal.
Here's a selection of images that will be included:
The costs for printing this portfolio include paper, ink, shop fees, the presentation folio, and compensating the printers for their work.
They are estimated as follows:
$3,000: Paper (including the portfolio itself)
$2,000: Shop fees and printing supplies
$8,000: Printing Labor
[Sub-total: $15,000, minus income from institutional sales : $10,000]
TOTAL needed from Kickstarter for portfolios: $5,000
TOTAL NEEDED FOR BOTH PROJECTS = $16,800
# # # # # # # PROJECT FAQ # # # # # # # #
We've had a couple people ask about the rewards that involve portfolio prints. It says "our choice" which has made people worry that we might choose prints they don't want - which is a fair concern. Here is what we will do: after the kickstarter is over, we will email all the people who chose rewards that involve portfolio prints, asking them to list their top 5 choices (top 10 if your reward is for 5 prints). Once we have all these responses, we will go through and make sure everyone gets their first or second choice (hopefully everyone gets their first choice - it just depends on how diverse your tastes are!). The process will work like this:
top available choice for each reward,
then 5 print rewards get their second available print choice
then each reward gets their next available print choice (reverse order as round 1)
then the 5 print rewards get their 4th and 5th available choices
When we curated the portfolio we had such a wide range of interest in different prints, that I'm really not worried about people getting the prints they want. I suppose you can't be certain, but hopefully you all at least know the process now!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
Pledge $10 or more
We’ll send you a thank you postcard, hand-stamped with the occuprint seal.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $25 or more
We’ll include some stickers from our friends at Justseeds in with the hand-stamped occuprint postcard and a copy of the Occuprint edition of the Occupied Wall Street Journal. International, please add 5$.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $40 or more
We’ll send you the postcard, the paper, and a teeshirt, hand screenprinted by the OWS Screen Guild. (Our choice of image and color, your choice of size) International, please add 5$Estimated delivery:
Pledge $40 or more
We’ll send the postcard, along with a copy of Alexandra Clotfelter’s “Beginning is Near” poster (mass edition). International, please add 10$Estimated delivery:
Pledge $50 or more
We’ll send the postcard, the paper, and Alexandra's beginning is near poster (mass edition). International, please add 10$Estimated delivery:
Pledge $60 or more
We'll send the postcard, the paper, and both of our mass edition May Day posters, one by Molly Crabapple and the other by Josh MacPhee (see images in the second project update). International, please add 10$Estimated delivery:
Pledge $70 or more
0 backers Limited (120 left of 120)
We'll send you the postcard, the Occuprint issue of the OWSJ and a limited edition Josh MacPhee General Strike poster, printed on 100lb cover stock (edition of 180, size is 18" x 24") hand stamped, numbered and signed by Josh.International, please add 10$.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $75 or more
11 backers Limited (9 left of 20)
We will send you two screen prints (our choice) from the portfolio. Each image will be 12" x 18", hand screenprinted on nice paper, and stamped with the occuprint stamp. We will also include a copy of the Occuprint edition of the Occupy Wall Street Journal. International, please add 10$Estimated delivery:
Pledge $80 or more
2 backers Limited (118 left of 120)
We'll send you the postcard, the Occuprint issue of the OWSJ and a limited edition Molly Crabapple General Strike poster, printed on 100lb cover stock (edition of 180, size is 18" x 24") hand stamped and numbered and signed by Molly. International, please add 10$.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $80 or more
We'll send the postcard, the paper, and all three of our mass edition posters we've printed so far: the Clotfelter, Crabapple and the MacPhee... International, please add 10$.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $100 or more
48 backers Limited (12 left of 60)
We printed a limited edition of Alexandra's “Beginning is Near” poster on beautiful French Paper (100lb cover stock, acid free). There are only 168 of these, and they’ve already been going fast! International, please add 10$Estimated delivery:
Pledge $100 or more
We will send you a copy of the Occuprint edition of the Occupy Wall Street Journal and one of each of the mass distribution items that we print in 2012. So this includes the “Beginning is Near” Poster(mass edition), and the other 3 or more large-run prints and tabloids that we make between now and Dec. 31. International, please add 10$Estimated delivery:
Pledge $150 or more
25 backers All gone!
Mini Collector – Limited edition “Beginning is Near” poster, the Occuprint edition of the Occupy Wall Street Journal, and two prints from the portfolio collection (our choice). International, please add 10$Estimated delivery:
Pledge $170 or more
2 backers Limited (18 left of 20)
The Trifecta - We'll send you all three of the limited edition prints we've made so far - the Alexandra Clotfelter Beginning is Near, the Molly Crabapple General Strike, and the Josh MacPhee General Strike.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $200 or more
4 backers Limited (6 left of 10)
Mini portfolio – We’ll send you the occuprint edition of the Occupy Wall Street Journal, and 5 prints from the portfolio (our choice).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $300 or more
2 backers Limited (8 left of 10)
Friends and Family plan: 5 postcards, 5 copies of the Occuprint edition of the Occupy Wall Street Journal, 5 copies of the “Beginning is Near” poster (mass edition), and 5 prints from the portfolio (our choice).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $500 or more
0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)
The archivist: 5 prints from the portfolio (our choice), the limited edition "Beginning is Near" print, limited edition Molly Crabapple Print, limited edition Josh MacPhee print, two copies of the Occuprint issue of the OWSJ, and two of everything we mass produce this year.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $860 or more
4 backers Limited (16 left of 20)
You get a copy of the full portfolio - 30 prints, along with a hand printed sheet listing all the authors and a little booklet describing the project. All the materials will be assembled in a nice box printed with the occuprint seal. For those of you with a budget to collect art, this really is an amazing deal. Most of the portfolios will be housed in libraries and museums - maybe one day after the revolution you'll even donate yours to a museum and the little white tag under the display will say "donated by so and so"... you'll be immortalized.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $1,200 or more
1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)
You get a copy of the portfolio (read the above award to see how great this is), along with a limited edition “Beginning is Near” print, and one of everything else we’ve got at year's end. It'll be like we're practically mailing the occupy movement to your house, minus the drumming.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $2,200 or more
0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)
This is the institutional pre-sale price for the portfolio. (Now that they are half sold out, the price has risen). For this amount you get the portfolio, the limited edition “Beginning is Near poster,” your name included in the list of major sponsors in the portfolio itself, and a super-rare Dave Loewenstein print (edition of 20) “The Tip of the Iceberg” – a 7 color spray paint stencil, hand-numbered and signed by the artist.Estimated delivery:
- (35 days)