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Con Artist Collective, Creative workspace focused on print making, painting, photography, fashion & more, in the Lower East Side of NYC
Con Artist Collective, Creative workspace focused on print making, painting, photography, fashion & more, in the Lower East Side of NYC
71 backers pledged $9,209 to help bring this project to life.

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*****FINAL UPDATE: With just hours to go, we're offering one other special prize to the final backer. So, pledge here at the end, and if you're the last backer, you'll get something extra, and something special that no one else will get. You'll probably want to put it in a frame and show your Grandkids one day*****

SOLD!!! YES!!!! ****New Reward: Special One Time Only, Lucky Reward. Get our total to $7777 and you win this special reward. You'll have to wait and see (or make a request) but I guarantee it will be worth the years of luck you will be bestowed with**** SOLD!!!!

THIS REWARD WAS MISSED, AND IT'S NOW GONE!!!! ****SPECIAL PURE EVIL REWARD. GET OUR TOTAL TO $6666 right now and pledge this very special, very limited, very evil reward. RIGHT NOW!!!! TOO BAD

*UPDATE: We're getting close, with only 36 hours left. Above are the 3 sticker designs we'll be sending out... If you want more than just one or two stickers let me know, we can throw extra stickers in there for about $.1.50 each. ALSO Check out our updates to see pics of every backer's name written on our gallery wall, some new logos, pics of our new sticker (Pixel Art Above), Images from our upcoming zine and More...

Con Artist Collective Project: Help give us a new home

Hello, we are the Con Artist Collective. If you live in New York, and have taken a stroll on the Lower East Side, you may have seen various artist types crawling into a basement somewhere on Ludlow Street, navigating our treacherous basement steps with awesome paintings and photography. Yes, we are a home for talented artists, who have been producing and exhibiting art from said underground space with our shared equipment for almost 2 years now. It’s not the damp, the bugs, or the drunken Lower East Side revelers falling into our studio every night that has inspired us to move (actually we have grown to embrace these things). We are actually growing and need more space to accommodate a greater number of talented artists, as well as hosting even more visiting artists, local and abroad.

So we have found a much larger location that is calling our name, which will give us a store front, gallery, and 2 floors of shared artist workspace. We already have the amazing artists and equipment for them to use, but we really need some help to build the space out and make it workable for them.

Your generous donations will help us to create walls where there are none, install concrete floors, sinks, lights and storage. With your help we will also buy a projector and screen to integrate with a sound system, in order to expand our services for film artists.

So that’s it, as we said the location is calling our name, and the contractors are sitting outside eating burritos and whistling at the passing girls, so it’s time to get started. Thanks in advance for your generosity, and if you are ever in NYC, be sure to come and visit us!

$35 Limited Edition Tshirt by Greg AbbottGreg Abbott is a household name in the tshirt word. This original Con Artist design is a limited edition, printed on high quality 100% cotton and available in Unisex Small Medium and Large. We only printed 150 of this design, and we're never printing it again.

$35 Limited Edition Tshirt by Ancho Bolarda: Originally from the Philippines, Ancho is an incredibly talented artist, and he designed this original limited edition Con Artist tshirt, printed on high quality 100% cotton and available in Unisex Small Medium and Large. We will only print 150 or this design and then never again.

$35 Limited Edition Tshirt by Mykola DosenkoMyk is an awesome designer from Ukraine, who also runs the incredible website FarTooKind. This is an original design only available from Con Artist through this Kickstarter offer. This original limited edition Con Artist tshirt, printed on high quality 100% cotton and available in Unisex Small Medium and Large. We will only print 150 or this design and then never again.

$30 Raindrops by Joseph MuellerJoe designed and hand printed each of these tshirts himself. Printed on high quality 100% cotton and available in Unisex Small Medium and Large.

$30 Tsunami Ying Yang Tshirt by Oscar IVOscar has been a long time screen printer and member of Con Artist, born and raised here in NYC. This tee is printed on high quality 100% cotton, and available in Unisex Small Medium and Large.

$30 Join the Family or Carrie by Wyatt Mills: Each of these prints are hand screen printed and vary slightly in color and design. Specify which tee you would like. Each one is printed on 100% cotton, and available in Unisex Small Medium and Large.

$ 11 Con Artist Zine: 4" x 5.75" Hand screen printed cover on homemade Con Artist paper. 46 pages of art, photography and nonsense from 40+ artists and members of the Con Artist Collective. (Above are mock spreads from Issue #1's piece on Kuala Lumpur Graffiti, all original photos by me)

$35 The Awesome Witch of Rad's hand sewn and screen printed linen bags: AWOR screen prints found images onto linen, and then sews them into these durable and eco-friendly shopping tote bags.

$550 Original Painting on Wood Panel by Sam Woolley: These are original acrylic paintings, coated with a glossy epoxy finish. Still available, Oprah Winfrey, Eddie Murphy, Balki Bartokomous, Chris Farley, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Steve Urkle. This price includes shipping in the United States only, email about additional shipping costs elsewhere.

$200 Original Artwork by Christian Mendoza: Chris is an active artist and member of the Barnstormers and Inkheads. He will create an original small drawing, or collage, on a beautiful piece of Archival handmade paper, raw edges, about 4" x 6" in size. This price includes shipping in the United States only, email about additional shipping costs elsewhere.

$150 Original Artwork by Silvia Mihai: Silvia is the current artist up in the gallery and she'll send you an original new drawing, about 4x6 in size, on hand made archival paper with archival inks and possibly some acrylics. One of a kind, mailed flat and perfect for framing. This price includes shipping in the United States only, email about additional shipping costs elsewhere.

$300 Original Artwork by Brian Shevlin: Original acrylic paintings from the rotten diamond series, painted on aged, distressed canvas. About 7"x7" mailed flat and ready for framing. This price includes shipping in the United States only, email about additional shipping costs elsewhere.

$90 Manhattan Photo by Kanako Miyamoto: An aerial shot of manhattan, 8" x 10" signed by the photographer and printed on silver photo paper, by Kanako Miyamoto. This price includes shipping in the United States only, email about additional shipping costs elsewhere.

$20 Hand Screen Printed Thank You Postcard: 4x6, 2 color hand screen printed Con Artist postcard on beautiful card stock paper, available only from this Kickstarter project.

$100 Professional Photo Shoot: (Persons located in New York Only) The Con Artist photographer of your choice will conduct a 1 hour photo shoot of you, your band, your pet, or whatever you like. This shoot can be conducted in the Con Artist Photo Studio or at a New York City location of your discretion. This is a special Kickstarter only price, and details like scheduling the date and time as well as location of the photo shoot will be at the discretion of Con Artist.

If we are fortunate enough to not only raise the $9,000.00, but beyond, we have a long list of equipment we would purchase for the collective, Not limited to: A Vandercook Press, Maybe that new computer, And new software, Wacom Tablet, HP Dick Press, Any moveable type press, An 80's photocopier, Flash dryer for our screen press, Professional lighting for the photo studio, A darkroom and darkroom equipment, Professional sewing machine, Professional framing equipment, More art supplies... the list never ends.

A special thanks to our friends:

Rioux www.riouxnyc.com for letting us use the song "Break Through" from their amazing new album Everything You Need Is Right Here

We Are Augustines www.weareaugustines.com for the use of "The Instrumental" from Rise Ye Sunken Ships and Pela's "The Moth Song"

And especially all the artists who've been part of Con Artist in any and every way.

Thanks, +Brian Shevlin

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    FOR THE LOVE: Every dollar goes a long way. And for every backer at any amount we'll have one of our artists tag your name (or business name, or web address, or marriage proposal) on our wall which will be the backdrop during the final move out party in our current location. As well, you'll receive project updates and be added to our gallery email list of upcoming Con Artist events and shows.

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    STICKER: We'll send you one of our Con Artist Stickers designed by one of our artists

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    STICKER PACK: 1 each of the 3 current sticker designs, all designed by artists of the collective

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    ZINE: Issue #1 of our irregularly published art zine, with a wide range of work from 30+ artists. Photocopied with a screen printed cover on handmade paper by our resident Con Artist paper maker Andy Wolf. Estimated to be 46 pages and 5.25 x 3.75

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    THANK YOU POSTCARD: 4x6, 2 color hand screen printed Con Artist postcard on beautiful card stock paper, available only from this Kickstarter project.

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    TSHIRT: Wyatt Mills has two designs available, "Carrie" and "Join the Family." Each of these prints are hand screen printed by the artist and vary slightly in color and design. Specify which tee you would like. Each one is printed on 100% cotton, and available in Unisex Small Medium and Large.

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    TSHIRT: Joe designed "Raindrops" and hand printed each of these tshirts himself. Printed on high quality 100% cotton and available in Unisex Small Medium and Large.

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    TSHIRT: Tsunami Ying Yang is a new design by Oscar IV. He has been a long time screen printer and member of Con Artist, born and raised here in NYC. This tee is printed on high quality 100% cotton, and available in Unisex Small Medium and Large.

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    LIMITED EDITION TSHIRT: Greg Abbott is a household name in the tshirt word. This original Con Artist design is a limited edition, printed on high quality 100% cotton and available in Unisex Small Medium and Large. We only printed 150 of this design, and we're never printing it again.

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    LIMITED EDITION TSHIRT: Originally from the Philippines, Ancho is an incredibly talented artist, and he designed this original limited edition Con Artist tshirt, printed on high quality 100% cotton and available in Unisex Small Medium and Large. We will only print 150 or this design and then never again.

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    HAND SEWN & SCREEN PRINTED BAG: The Awesome Witch of Rad's hand sewn and screen printed linen bags. JR's found images are printed onto linen, and then sewn into these durable and eco-friendly shopping tote bags.

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    LIMITED EDITION TSHIRT: Myk is an awesome designer from Ukraine, who also runs the incredible website FarTooKind. This is an original design only available from Con Artist through this Kickstarter offer. This original limited edition Con Artist tshirt, printed on high quality 100% cotton and available in Unisex Small Medium and Large. We will only print 150 or this design and then never again.

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    ZINE GIFT PACK: 5 issues of the Con Artist Zine, and your name or website listed on the inside as a supporter.

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    CON ARTIST SUPPORTER GIFT PACK: Save and get both limited edition Con Artist tshirts, the Greg Abbott and Ancho designs, as well as the Con Artist zine.

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    MANHATTAN PHOTO BY KANAKO MIYAMOTO: An aerial shot of manhattan, 8" x 10" signed by the photographer and printed on silver photo paper, by Kanako Miyamoto. This price includes shipping in the United States only, email about additional shipping costs elsewhere.

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    PROFESSIONAL PHOTO SHOOT: (Persons located in New York Only) The Con Artist photographer of your choice will conduct a 1 hour photo shoot of you, your band, your pet, or whatever you like. This shoot can be conducted in the Con Artist Photo Studio or at a New York City location of your discretion. This is a special Kickstarter only price, and details like scheduling the date and time as well as location of the photo shoot will be at the discretion of Con Artist.

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    LUCKY LUCK!!!! Get us to $7777 and you'll get a very lucky reward! Request your rewards to the total $121 pledged, and get something special extra... OR let us put together something ultra special and lucky for ya! Only one chance to get this special lucky reward, right now!

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    ORIGINAL SILVIA MIHAI DRAWING: Silvia is the current artist up in the gallery and she'll send you an original new drawing, about 4x6 in size, on hand made archival paper with archival inks and possibly some acrylics. One of a kind, mailed flat and perfect for framing. This price includes shipping in the United States only, email about additional shipping costs elsewhere.

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    ORIGINAL CHIS MENDOZA DRAWING: Chris is an active artist and member of the Barnstormers and Inkheads. He will create an original small drawing, or collage, on a beautiful piece of Archival handmade paper, raw edges, about 4" x 6" in size. This price includes shipping in the United States only, email about additional shipping costs elsewhere.

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    ORIGINAL BRIAN SHEVLIN PAINTING: Original acrylic paintings from the rotten diamond series, painted on aged, distressed canvas. About 7"x7" mailed flat and ready for framing. This price includes shipping in the United States only, email about additional shipping costs elsewhere.

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    ORIGINAL SAM WOOLLEY PAINTING: These are original acrylic paintings on wood panels, coated with a glossy epoxy finish. They vary in size from 24" x 16" to 29" x 24". Still available, Oprah Winfrey, Eddie Murphy, Balki Bartokomous, Chris Farley, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Steve Urkle. This price includes shipping in the United States only, email about additional shipping costs elsewhere.

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    COMMISSIONED CON ARTIST PIECE: Any supporter who pledges over $1000 will have your name and website listed on the Con Artist website as a supporter of Con Artist until 2013. Plus an original piece of artwork commissioned by you, on paper, canvas or wood panel, any size up to 32"x32", and by any current member of the collective. Contact us for more information or specifics.

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