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An Art Adventure in a Magicians' Lair with Olivia De Berardinis & Thomas Kuntz
An Art Adventure in a Magicians' Lair with Olivia De Berardinis & Thomas Kuntz
An Art Adventure in a Magicians' Lair with Olivia De Berardinis & Thomas Kuntz
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Come One, Come All... We Want To Summon Ghosts, But We Don't Want To Do It Without You!

Have you ever attended (or wanted to attend) a workshop where artists draw sexy live models? How about an event where artists draw sexy live ghosts?

Wait... What? Drawing Ghosts Is A Thing?

It is now!

Calling all fans of classic horror movies, haunted houses, Victorian spiritualism, and Grand Guignol theater! With your support, the inaugural "Spirit Drawing" get-together will take place in Los Angeles one night only when darkness falls on Saturday, June 3, 2017.

Early 19th Century Light Show - Precursor To "Spirit Drawing"
Early 19th Century Light Show - Precursor To "Spirit Drawing"

Seriously... A Haunted Art Happening?

Bob Self (Publisher of Baby Tattoo Books), Thomas Kuntz (Sculptor & Master Automaton Builder), and Olivia De Berardinis (Legendary Pinup Artist) had an idea... to gather a group of artists and magicians for an evening of creative inspiration and spooky entertainment.

"Spirit Drawing" will be a first-of-its-kind occult cabaret and bohemian art salon where practitioners and connoisseurs of the darker things in life can meet, mingle, and create.

You don't have to be an artist or a magician to attend. In fact, there are only two prerequisites for ticket holders. You must be 18 or older and you must have an appreciation for things that go bump in the night.

Ghostly Theatrical Manifestations As Depicted In A Vintage Illustration
Ghostly Theatrical Manifestations As Depicted In A Vintage Illustration

If you are a curious and adventuresome person • If you love art and/or magic • If you enjoy the thrill of new experiences - You will fit right in with the ghosts and ghouls at our event. Artists are encouraged to bring art supplies. Conjurors are urged to bring the unexpected! Casual observers are cautioned to leave assumptions about reality behind.

What Will Happen When I Walk In The Door?

Event attendees will have an unprecedented opportunity to examine legendary artifacts from the seldom-seen "Carnival of Art & Magic" archives, including the actual disembodied head used by the infamous Mistress of the Phantasmagoric Skull during the height of her popularity as a spirit medium in the 1800s. The skull will be presented by fetish supermodel Ulorin Vex, attired in a manner reminiscent of the original Mistress who tended to perform séances scantily clad or in the nude.

Model Ulorin Vex Photographed by Gary Clutterbuck
Model Ulorin Vex Photographed by Gary Clutterbuck

You've Got To Be Kidding... Fetish Models? Disembodied Heads?

We are not kidding! Join us on June 3, 2017 if you dare! We promise the experience will be rewarding.

Wait... What? Rewards?

This is a Kickstarter campaign after all. We're asking for your financial support to make this unprecedented theatrical experience materialize, and we are offering a variety of incentives including early-bird tickets and custom-made commemorative souvenir art by Olivia De Berardinis and Thomas Kuntz (and the ghost of Gustave Doré).

Incense-Burning Sculpture by Thomas Kuntz
Incense-Burning Sculpture by Thomas Kuntz

YOU DO NOT NEED TO ATTEND THE EVENT TO RECEIVE SOUVENIR ART REWARDS. ALL PHYSICAL REWARD ITEMS CAN BE SHIPPED WORLDWIDE.

POSTCARDS! - All reward tiers (from the $10 signed postcard to the $3200 Olivia painting) include one or more collectible "Spirit Drawing" postcards. A sampling of the postcards is pictured below. If you would like to support the event, but are unable to attend in person, we will mail most rewards for this campaign with little or no added shipping cost.

Promotional Postcard Trio
Promotional Postcard Trio

EVENT TICKETS! - All reward tiers $40 and above include 1 admission to the "Spirit Drawing" event in Los Angeles on the evening of June 3rd, 2017. If you want to pledge for extra tickets (perhaps for a friend or horror-loving companion), just add $40 for each additional person you'd like to bring.

FINE ART PRINT by OLIVIA! - The $99 reward tier (and above) includes a signed and numbered giclée print reproducing Olivia's new art of Ulorin Vex as The Mistress of the Phantasmagoric Skull.

 

Signed/Numbered Giclée Print by Olivia (approx. 8" x 12")
Signed/Numbered Giclée Print by Olivia (approx. 8" x 12")

INCENSE-BURNING SCULPTURE by THOMAS KUNTZ! - The $299 reward tier includes the Olivia print shown above and Thomas Kuntz's miniature reproduction of the infamous Phantasmagoric Skull with a posable version of its clairvoyant Mistress . Check out the the Project Video at the top of the page to get a more detailed look at this amazing work of art.

Incense Burner by Thomas Kuntz (sculpture not final)
Incense Burner by Thomas Kuntz (sculpture not final)

ORIGINAL ART by OLIVIA! - The $3200 reward tier offers a one-of-a-kind original painting by Olivia. This intensely gorgeous masterpiece depicting a contemporary "Mistress of The Phantasmagoric Skull" is the first in an intended series of portraits of sexy practitioners of the dark arts. (NOTE: The giclée print and the Thomas Kuntz sculpture are also included with this reward!)

Original Painting "Mistress Of The Phantasmagoric Skull" (approx. 15" x 22")
Original Painting "Mistress Of The Phantasmagoric Skull" (approx. 15" x 22")

The "Spirit Drawing" campaign is a short one - in keeping with Kickstarter's "All In 1" initiative - so pledge quickly before this frighteningly fantastic opportunity to be a founding participant in the "Spirit Drawing" community disappears!

Risks and challenges

Baby Tattoo Ringmaster Bob Self has extensive experience producing live events and has undertaken four previous Kickstarter campaigns (three of which have been fulfilled, and a fourth with rewards shipping later this year). Olivia De Berardinis and Thomas Kuntz are well-established artists with decades of experience practicing their crafts. Ulorin Vex is a veteran model with impeccable professional credits. There is no question that this one-of-a-kind event will take place and that the the backer rewards will be fulfilled... but the challenge of delivering results that exceed expectations always looms large. The project's entire creative team will use their combined expertise to make this event (and its collectible art rewards) a spirited success.

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    Signed "Spirit Realm" Postcard

    One "Greetings From The Spirit Realm" postcard hand signed by legendary pinup artist Olivia De Berardinis, master automaton builder Thomas Kuntz, fetish supermodel Ulorin Vex and producer Bob Self will be mailed to you anywhere in the world. A portion of your pledge will go directly to making the "Spirit Drawing" production a reality, and the postcard will be sent along with the creative team's sincerest thanks. Guaranteed to be uniquely (perhaps severely) distressed on its journey through the postal system. NOTE: THIS REWARD DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION TO THE SPIRIT DRAWING EVENT.

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    "Paranormal Paramour" Postcard Set

    A full set of promotional postcards plus one "Greetings From The Spirit Realm" postcard hand signed by the "Spirit Drawing" creative team (see description above) will be mailed to you in a sturdy mailer. NOTE: THIS REWARD DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION TO THE SPIRIT DRAWING EVENT.

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    V.I.P. "Phantom Patron" Pack

    The complete "Collector's Postcard Set" (see description above) plus a hand-signed copy of the elegant "Spirit Drawing" deckle edge souvenir program. NOTE: THIS REWARD IS INTENDED AS A KEEPSAKE FOR GENEROUS BACKERS WHO ARE NOT ABLE TO ATTEND THE EVENT, BUT FEEL INSPIRED TO MAKE A SUBSTANTIAL CONTRIBUTION TO THE EVENING'S HAUNTED GOINGS-ON. ADMISSION TO THE SPIRIT DRAWING EVENT IS NOT INCLUDED.

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    "Spirit Sponsor" Event Ticket + Ephemera

    Admission for 1 person to the "Spirit Drawing" Artist Workshop and Spook Show on Saturday evening, June 3rd, 2017 in Los Angeles. If you would like more than one ticket, please add $40 to your pledge for each additional person. Every paid attendee pledged through Kickstarter will receive the limited edition program and a complete set of postcards upon arrival at the event. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND THE EVENT FOR ANY REASON, YOUR PROGRAM AND POSTCARDS WILL BE SHIPPED AT NO ADDITIONAL COST.

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    "Brave Benefactor" Ticket + Art Print

    Admission for 1 person to the "Spirit Drawing" Artist Workshop and Spook Show PLUS a hauntingly beautiful (or is it beautifully haunted?) signed and numbered fine art print by Olivia of Ulorin Vex as the Mistress of the Phantasmagoric Skull presented when you arrive at the event for an evening of artistic thrills and chills on June 3rd, 2017. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND THE EVENT FOR ANY REASON, YOUR PRINT, PROGRAM AND POSTCARDS WILL BE SHIPPED AT NO ADDITIONAL COST.

    Includes:
    • Signed/Numbered "Phantasmagoric Skull" Giclée by Olivia
    • TICKET TO THE "SPIRIT DRAWING" EVENT on June 3, 2017
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    "Phantasmagorical Philanthropist" Ticket

    Admission for 1 person to the "Spirit Drawing" Artist Workshop and Spook Show PLUS an incense-burning miniature repduction of the Phantasmagoric Skull and its Mistress by master automaton builder Thomas Kuntz AND Olivia's lovely fine art print (see description above) which will be proudly presented when you arrive at the event on June 3rd, 2017. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND THE EVENT FOR AY REASON, YOUR SCULPTURE, PRINT, PROGRAM AND POSTCARDS WILL BE SHIPPED TO ANY U.S. ADDRESS AT NO ADDITIONAL COST, TO CANADA FOR $10 OR TO INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS FOR $20.

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    • "Phantasmagoric Skull" Incense-Burning Sculpture by Thomas Kuntz
    • Signed/Numbered "Phantasmagoric Skull" Giclée by Olivia
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    Original Art by Olivia

    Olivia created this 15"x22" (approximate) painting of "The Mistress Of The Phantasmagoric Skull" to explore the fun and frightening thematic elements envisioned for the "Spirit Drawing" show. The art will be exhibited at the event on June 3, 2017. This one-of-a-kind reward will be presented along with all of the other project rewards described in previous tiers. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND THE EVENT FOR AY REASON, YOUR PAINTING, SCULPTURE, PRINT, PROGRAM AND POSTCARDS WILL BE SHIPPED TO ANY U.S. ADDRESS AT NO ADDITIONAL COST, TO CANADA FOR $20 OR TO INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS FOR $40.

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    • "Phantasmagoric Skull" Incense-Burning Sculpture by Thomas Kuntz
    • Signed/Numbered "Phantasmagoric Skull" Giclée by Olivia
    • TICKET TO THE "SPIRIT DRAWING" EVENT on June 3, 2017
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