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[scroll down for more stretch goals, including braille/accessibility mods and variant designs]
NEXT STRETCH GOAL:
$8000 Braille Appendix Sticker
The tamper-resistant sticker forms really well over the bumps of embossed signs, so any underlying braille is still legible even underneath the sticker. The problem is that most restroom braille just says “Men” or “Women,” instead of something useful like "restroom." We want to include a braille sticker that just says “toilet” that can be slapped over our 6x9 toilet stickers and obscure the existing gendered braille. These will be included in $30+ eggshell rewards at the very least (and as many other tiers as we can manage since we're making them by hand).
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We want to print & distribute a tamper-resistant sticker that can be slapped over gendered restrooms all around the country.
This special type of sticker, called an "eggshell" sticker, has the unique ability to form to the uneven surface of embossed restroom signs and can't just be peeled off in one big piece by any passing genderphobic thug.
Obviously these stickers would be perfect for vandalism, but the Degenderettes would never, ever, ever condone that! These stickers should only be applied to signs that you own, or have permission to put them on.
The Degenderettes have a merit badge system for members who are doing "good" things in the world. For rewards at $20+ we will award YOU one of these badges, "Fixed a Loo Sign," for being a stellar gender activist.
(the whole collection of merit badges is available to the public for purchase at degenderettes.com/order)
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We like open-source projects, so we will release all our graphics files for anyone to use. We know this isn't a big deal given how simple these graphics are, but hopefully it'll make it just that much easier for other people to produce their own sticker runs without feeling like they need to seek our explicit permission.
Degenderettes members have been using little vinyl stickers with our backpanel logo on it for, y’know, things like laptops and waterbottles. We wouldn’t mind having a chance to do a tamper-resistant version of our club sticker, and if this kickstarter covered that cost we would totally spread the love by including one in $10+ reward packages.
Variant Sticker: California
*** NOTE TO CALIFORNIANITES — Because of state signage laws or something, California people have two signs to cover for each restroom: one 6x9" on the wall and one 12" circle/triangle on the door. Sorry!! If you're in California, you'll want to select a reward with twice the number of stickers as the number of restrooms you're modifying. ***
To help with that we want to print a variant design for backers in California, which will be a 6.8" x 6.8" circle that will fit neatly inside either triangle or circle geometric signs:
Wheelchair Appendix Sticker
Lots of multi-occupant bathrooms contain an ADA stall. Our basic sticker would cover the wheelchair logo, and we don’t want that. We want to include some small vinyl wheelchair stickers that you can slap on top of the 6x9 toilet sticker when it applies. Naturally we want to use Sara Hendren’s graphic from her 2010 guerrilla sticker project. (These appendix stickers would be non-eggshell, 'cause that's cheaper & what kind of asshole would remove just the ADA part?)
Basic-Bitch-Vinyl Sticker Option
While the eggshell stickers are awesome, and the tamper-resistant quality is pretty essential to the broader goal of this project, some of our backers have a lot of ground to cover and would rather have a whole stack of cheaper stickers, regardless of their longevity. For those people we want to print a run of regular vinyl (aka easily removed) stickers — these ones will be the "Moustache & Eyeliner" graphic, and are listed as their own reward packages.
$7000 Variant Sticker: Non-US Vernacular
This is looking at the UK backers specifically, but applies to anyone who lives somewhere that "restroom" is not what you call it. For those places we want to make a variant design that says "toilet" instead. Backers who indicate that they want this sticker will have it sent to them in place of the original sticker design.
Braille Appendix Sticker
The tamper-resistant sticker forms really well over the bumps of embossed signs, so any underlying braille is still legible even underneath the sticker. The problem is that most restroom braille just says “Men” or “Women,” instead of something useful like "restroom." We want to include a braille sticker that just says “toilet” that can be slapped over our 6x9 toilet stickers and obscure the existing gendered braille. These will be included in $30+ eggshell rewards.
Variant Sticker: Moustache/Eyeliner
For those who like a snarkier look, we want to give the option of a variant sticker with this moustache & eyeliner thing on the tank, and the notorious Degenderettes logo on the bowl. Backers who indicate that they want this sticker will have it sent to them in place of the original sticker design.
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Risks and challenges
Despite our punk aesthetic, we're professional designers and this is a really straight-forward project, so barring force majeure or government intervention, you will get your stickers!
Depending on how much money we raise, how many stickers we need to print and what sorts of stretch goals we reach, we may elect to order from the original eggshell sticker manufacturers in China instead of having everything printed domestically. If we get the stickers from China it may take an extra week or two for us to deliver, but it's not like those restrooms are going to grow legs and walk away in the interim, right?Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (22 days)