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$1,755
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
25
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, February 7 2019 6:44 AM UTC +00:00

About

Mike Mulvey is a San Francisco-based graphic designer, photographer, and car enthusiast with two successfully-funded Kickstarter projects under his belt. The first project, Bicycles for Our Minds, was a limited edition, screen-printed poster series illustrating the Steve Jobs quote, “the computer is like a bicycle for our minds”. The second, Charms, Quivers & Parades, was a 2-volume children’s book exploring the intriguing names of animal groups through illustration and typography.

Cars in the Wild: San Francisco, Volume 1 includes select photos Mike shot from 2015 to 2018. It looks at San Francisco through the lens of the old cars parked all over the city. The cars featured in this book are real cars, driven by real people, and parked on the street. They have rust. They have wear. They have tears.

Cars in the Wild (rendering)
Cars in the Wild (rendering)

Project Origins

Mike started photographing cars when he moved to the East Village, NYC in 2000. Over the years he has continued his creative habit and in 2015 he dedicated his Instagram account - @combusionchamber - exclusively to shots of cars he discovers on the streets of San Francisco (and anywhere he visits).

Spreads from the book:

The book has been a labor of love for Mike and he's gone back and meticulously edited all the original, high resolution photos from his archives. Every image you see was shot on either an iPhone 6 Plus or iPhone X.

BOOK TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • dimensions: 11 in x 8.5 in landscape orientation (22.9 cm x 15.2 cm) 
  • over 200 pages
  • over 250 photographs
  • paper: 80# white Titan dull book
  • linen-wrapped, foil-stamped hardcover with a full color dust jacket 

THE PHOTOS

In addition to getting the full collection of car shots in the book, Mike wanted give people the option of picking out shots of individual cars. Maybe you're a Chevy fanatic, or maybe you have a thing for BMW 2002's. This is your chance to get gorgeous photo prints of your favorite internal combustion rides.

(When this project gets funded you will receive a survey at which point you can specify which photos you would like)

THE SHIRT

In addition to carspotting, Mike loves screen-printing t-shirts by hand in his studio. The pistons illustration on this shirt came from an 1950s booklet Mike's dad gave to him when Mike was in college. It was called, A Power Primer. It explained and diagrammed how an internal combustion engine works. This booklet inspired Mike's creative identity as 'The Combustion Chamber' (thecombustionchamber.com) that he's been using for over 18 years. 

Like many of the cars featured in the book, these Alternative Apparel shirts are slightly distressed, giving them a worn, vintage feel.

(When this project gets funded you will receive a survey at which point you can specify shirt type and size)

Men's M, L, XL, 2XL
Men's M, L, XL, 2XL
Women's S, M, L, XL
Women's S, M, L, XL

THE STICKER

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges are few for this project. This isn't Mike's first time with self-publishing. He's using the same printer that made his last successful children's book series, Gorham Printing in Washington. He's also brought in two good friends who are writers to help edit.

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    Pistons Decal

    This 3" x 2" sticker features a vintage illustration of pistons from an internal combustion engine and makes a great addition to Prius bumpers. This reward includes 5 stickers.

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    Photo Print

    A 5" x 7" photograph printed with pigment-based ink on archival paper. Choose from the over 250 photographs featured in the book. A link to the full set of images is in the campaign story.

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    • 'pistons' decal (approx. 3" x 2")
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    Shirt

    Get a 'pistons' t-shirt screen-printed by hand by Mike. Men's sizes M through 2XL. Women's sizes S through XL.

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    Book

    A hardcover book with over 200 pages of cars and trucks, measuring in at 11" x 8.5" or 22.9 cm x 15.2 cm (landscape orientation).

    Includes:
    • signed, hardcover copy of 'Cars in the Wild'
    • 'pistons' decal (approx. 3" x 2")
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    Book + Shirt + Photo

    Something for your something for your table, something for your closet, and something for your wall.

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    • screen-printed 'pistons' t-shirt
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    Book 3-Pack

    Your friends are gearheads just like you. They want this book. You know this.

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    • 15× 'pistons' decal (approx. 3" x 2")
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    The Car Club Package

    You're going to show up empty-handed at your next cars & coffee meetup? Of course not. Sharing is caring.

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    • 10× signed, hardcover copy of 'Cars in the Wild'
    • 10× signed 5" x 7" photo print
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    • 50× 'pistons' decal (approx. 3" x 2")
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    Carspotting Walkabout

    This is your chance to go hunting for cars in the wild with one of the most prolific carspotters on Instagram. Yes, LIVE THE BOOK. Mike will drive you around to all his favorite shooting spots and share his tricks with you. You're guaranteed to go home with some shots.

    Includes:
    • delicious pour-over coffee, prepared by Mike
    • all-day carspotting tour of San Francisco
    • lunch with Mike
    • screen-printed 'pistons' t-shirt
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- (30 days)