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Illustrated liquor label designs with a science fiction and fantasy twist, screen printed by hand onto t-shirts and neckties.
Illustrated liquor label designs with a science fiction and fantasy twist, screen printed by hand onto t-shirts and neckties.
Illustrated liquor label designs with a science fiction and fantasy twist, screen printed by hand onto t-shirts and neckties.
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Speculative Spirits is a t-shirt and necktie collection featuring illustrated liquor label designs with a science fiction and fantasy twist.

Greetings! I’m Cody Vrosh. I’m an artist/illustrator and, together with my wife Sheatiel Sarao, I also make screen printed apparel as Binary Winter Press. We’ve always loved the aesthetic of vintage liquor labels; our favorite ones evoke the times and locales in which the spirits were distilled. Being geeks, we thought it’d be fun to put a sci-fi/fantasy spin on the designs and invent some new fictional libations.

Classic liquor labels give us a rich visual history of the distilled spirits they adorn and the eras in which they were concocted. We’ve attempted to capture that marvelous tradition, only we’re doing it for liquors from peculiar realms that don’t quite exist and fantastic futures that haven’t quite happened (yet!).

Each original Speculative Spirits design is illustrated by me, packed with little details that give you a glimpse into the worlds of our imaginary intoxicants and the fictional distillers that craft them.

We’ve created six brand new designs and we’ll be screen printing them onto t-shirts and neckties. We’re printing every item by hand ourselves in our eco-friendly and vegan studio in Northern California.

We’ve been screen printing for almost a decade now, making unique, artistic apparel for our fellow geeks. This year, we’ve run into some serious supply issues with our current blank shirt and necktie makers. It’s made us realize it’s probably not wise to have all our eggs in one (or two) baskets, so we’d like to expand our product line to include more styles and brands. But blank stock can get pretty expensive, especially since we have to purchase in bulk and also because we’re picky about the quality and process of the companies we work with. The funds from this campaign will help us acquire new t-shirt and necktie stock, in new styles and colors, and keep our business growing.

Space Pirate Rum - Dead men tell no tales but they do make mighty fine intergalactic rum runners. Printed with silver ink on Black.

Space Pirate Rum
Space Pirate Rum

The Time Traveler's Whiskey - The Time Traveler risks tearing the fabric of space and time only for the noblest of reasons: Extraordinary Whiskey. Printed with silver ink on Navy Tri-blend.

The Time Traveler's Whiskey
The Time Traveler's Whiskey

Goblin Bard Brandy - A spirit so potent that, when imbibed, grants you the power to shred so hard you slay dragons. Printed with silver ink on Charcoal Grey Tri-blend.

Goblin Bard Brandy
Goblin Bard Brandy

Robo Bear Revolution Vodka - Commemorate the Worker's Revolt of 2057 when the Robo Bears rose up in legion to break the shackles of oppression and crush their human overlords. Dark times. Unless you were a Robo Bear. Then times were actually pretty good. Printed with black ink on Red.

Robo Bear Revolution Vodka
Robo Bear Revolution Vodka

Tequila de los Muertos - Infused with complex notes of spectral oak and burnt sugar, and only the subtlest hint of undying memory. Printed with silver ink on Charcoal Tri-blend.

Tequila de los Muertos
Tequila de los Muertos

Android Absinthe - The only substance known to induce dreams in synthethic minds. Printed with silver ink on Emerald Tri-blend.

Android Absinthe
Android Absinthe

We use only environmentally safe water-based inks for printing, which make for vivid, long-lasting prints that are soft to the touch.

We’ve selected a mix of t-shirt styles from Bella + Canvas and Next Level Apparel for our new collection. Both companies are WRAP certified (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production), and are committed to ethical manufacturing and social responsibility.

Solid color t-shirts are made with 100% combed ring-spun cotton. The Tri-blend t-shirts are a super soft, lightweight poly/cotton/rayon blend. In addition to Unisex/Men’s t-shirts, we’re also offering two different women’s styles. The Rum and Vodka designs are available on Women’s Scoop Neck T-shirts. The rest of the designs are available on Women’s Tri-blend T-shirts, which have a fitted cut and slightly wider neckline.

All designs are available in Unisex/Men’s sizes Small through 3XL, and Women’s sizes Small through 2XL. Both Bella + Canvas and Next Level Apparel t-shirts run a bit smaller (similar to American Apparel sizing) so if you prefer a roomier fit, we recommend sizing up. We’ll provide a detailed size chart along with the backer survey to help you choose the right size.

Space Pirate Rum (Color Options: Black or Purple with Silver Ink)
Space Pirate Rum (Color Options: Black or Purple with Silver Ink)
The Time Traveler's Whiskey (Color Options: Black or Sapphire Blue with Silver Ink)
The Time Traveler's Whiskey (Color Options: Black or Sapphire Blue with Silver Ink)
Robo Bear Revolution Vodka (Color Options: Red or Grey with Black Ink)
Robo Bear Revolution Vodka (Color Options: Red or Grey with Black Ink)
Goblin Bard Brandy (Color Options: Black or Teal with Silver Ink)
Goblin Bard Brandy (Color Options: Black or Teal with Silver Ink)
Tequila de los Muertos (Color Options: Red or White with Black Ink)
Tequila de los Muertos (Color Options: Red or White with Black Ink)
Android Absinthe (Color Options: Black or Emerald Green with Silver Ink)
Android Absinthe (Color Options: Black or Emerald Green with Silver Ink)

We're printing on microfiber satin neckties, which have a lovely silk-like luster. Each design has two color options for you to choose from, printed with either silver or black ink (as pictured above). The ties are imported and vegan. They measure 58 inches long by 3.5 inches wide at the widest point (the standard length and width for a tie) and will come wrapped in a translucent vellum label displaying the title of the design, along with a tie care card.

BONUS GOODIES! Some of you may be familiar with my Teeth Creatures. They were once just playful doodles but these big-toothed little beasties refused to stay in the margins and soon became fully realized characters all on their own. I’ve painted a couple of new boozey ones just for this campaign.

Irish Hare with Irish Coffee and Mai Tai Tiger
Irish Hare with Irish Coffee and Mai Tai Tiger

All rewards levels automatically include two free Cocktail Creatures 5x7” mini prints (Irish Hare with Irish Coffee and Mai Tai Tiger) and a Speculative Spirits Kickstarter Backer Artist Card Original. Each 3x5" Artist Card will feature a different original sketch drawn by me and is a Kickstarter Exclusive, signed and numbered. It’s a nice little keepsake and our way of saying thank you for supporting us!

Kickstarter Backer Artist Card Original
Kickstarter Backer Artist Card Original

Cocktail Creatures Art Commissions

Mix up a Cocktail Creature of your very own! How about a space adventuring kitten sipping a cosmo (Cosmo-Naut!) or a cozy corgi with a festive cup of eggnog (Nog-Dog!)? You choose a creature, a spirit or cocktail, and a theme, and I will paint a custom Cocktail Creature just for you! You’ll receive the original piece, painted in watercolor and detailed in ink on 9x12” watercolor paper. These are available at the Cocktail Creatures Art Level, or you can also get a commission as an Add-On for any rewards package.

Speculative Art Commissions

A few drinks in and you’re speculating about other worlds and the curious characters that reside in them. Perhaps your vision involves a sea warrior commanding a mecha turtle? Or maybe a Neo-Victorian space marauder joining her fancy fox friend in a toast? I can paint these things for you. At the Speculative Art Level, you get an original painting by me, featuring characters of your choosing. You can choose an archetype (astronaut, rebel, etc.), a companion creature (rocket cat, dapper wolf, etc.), and a theme. You’ll receive the original piece, painted in watercolor and detailed in ink on 11x14" watercolor paper. Here are some examples of the commissions I painted for The Android’s Astrological Companion Kickstarter campaign. For your commission, you can choose vivid white paper or the coffee tinted paper as shown below.

You'll be able to make your t-shirt and necktie selections in the backer survey. For those of you who would like to gift your loved/drinky ones with Speculative Spirits this holiday season, we’ll also send out a link to backers for an illustrated gift card at the end of the campaign. You can print it out or send it as an e-card to let your recipient know that their Speculative Spirits package is on the way!

Update on Holiday Delivery: The campaign ends on December 3 and it takes 2 weeks for your pledges to be collected, and another couple of days for the funds to be transferred to us. We set our fulfillment date as February 2016 as we did not want to over-promise on delivery. However, we’ve had some folks ask about holiday delivery and we think we can step up to the challenge! We’ll send out surveys immediately after the campaign ends and print as much as we can, as soon as we can. We can’t guarantee that your rewards will get there by the holidays, but we’ll do our best to start shipping mid-December. Caveats on this: 1) If you’re a U.S. backer getting a commission, your shirt and tie rewards will ship ahead of your painting, as I want to make sure to take my time to work with you and create a piece that you’ll really love. 2) International backers, please keep in mind that delivery from the U.S. typically takes 2-3 weeks after it ships so you very likely won’t receive your package before the holidays and commissions will ship with your apparel rewards.

You can customize any tier with Add-Ons to get the exact number of neckties and t-shirts you’d like. You can also add a custom Cocktail Creatures 9x12" painting or a custom Speculative Art 11x14" painting to any rewards package.

Binary Winter Press is artist Cody Vrosh and writer Sheatiel Sarao. We started out making books and originally made a few t-shirt designs for our first book release. We had so much fun making tees we couldn’t stop and eventually expanded into a full screen printing studio.

We don’t make anything that we wouldn’t be proud to wear ourselves. And since we print everything by hand ourselves in small batches, we can make sure every item we produce is of the highest quality.

This is our third Kickstarter project. The Kickstarter community has helped us make two beautiful hard cover art books (and one pretty adorable mini-book), and for that we’re quite grateful. We’re driven by a relentless need to keep making fun stuff and we hope you’ll join us again for the ride. Cheers!

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Risks and challenges

All the designs are completed and all the screens are ready for printing! Once the campaign is over and the funds are collected, we’ll be able to purchase the blank t-shirts and neckties we need to do our print runs. And since we’re printing everything ourselves, the main part of the production process is under our control, so risks are pretty minimal.

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    An original Teeth Creatures painting as commissioned by you. Choose a creature, a spirit or cocktail, and a theme, and Cody will paint a 9x12" custom piece on watercolor paper just for you. You'll receive the original painting and ONE Speculative Spirits t-shirt OR necktie of your choice.

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    An original painting as commissioned by you. Choose an archetype (astronaut, rebel, etc.) and a companion creature (rocket cat, dapper wolf, etc.), and Cody will paint an 11x14" custom piece on watercolor paper just for you. You'll receive the original painting and ONE Speculative Spirits t-shirt OR necktie of your choice.

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