As designers we pretty much want to put graphics on EVERYTHING. We've done t-shirts, posters, skateboards, and anything flat and easy to print on. But now we want to explore beyond flatland and into the round, bulbous world of inflatable characters as custom, collectible art. What we've created is a blank, inflatable canvas with a big silly head to paint on and feet to stand on. They're a bit over two feet tall, with stubby legs and they're made of an ink-receptive PVC vinyl.
We've refined the shape to it's final form through two rounds of prototypes. We have production quotes for manufacturing and printing and are ready to launch these little guys in an initial run of 500 (we can do more if there's demand). We'd love your help! Take a look at the rewards to see what your pledge can get you:
Option 1: Blank White DIY Blimpus This is our entry-level Blimpus. It's a pristine white vinyl character which you can customize using markers, tape, spray paint, screen printing and almost anything else.
Option 2: Solid Color Blimpus with Sticker Kit A cyan, magenta or yellow solid color vinyl character and a vinyl sticker kit which includes facial features and whatnot to get you going. Peel, stick, cut, chop, blend, bleach, mix and match, go to town. Like the DIY version this material also accepts paint, markers, etc. for additional tomfoolery.
Option 3: Designer Edition Character Blimpus A fully printed character entirely designed by us and printed by our vendor in CA via digital transfer. Please express your preference from our four Kickstarter Edition characters: Cyclops, Yeti, Owl, Ninja. We look forward to giving each of them a happy home.
We've added a reward! For $40, you can get a black and white double-sided Blimpus! These two-faced friends can be colored in with your favorite markers, paints, pens, or nail polish. Choose from either the Ninja/Cyclops , or the Owl/Yeti. The perfect blending of DIY and premade illustration.
We'd like to use kickstarters machine to support our first run and gather an enthusiastic audience of do-it-yourselfers AND readymade-art aficionados. Thanks, and enjoy!
Domestic airfare for these little guys to travel is free. International requires an additional $5 please!
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