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The Con Artist Collective is celebrating it's 5 year anniversary by publishing a beautiful book featuring work from over 400 artists
The Con Artist Collective is celebrating it's 5 year anniversary by publishing a beautiful book featuring work from over 400 artists
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Con Artist Collective Book "The First Five Years"

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This April 2015 The Con Artist Collective is celebrating it's 5 year anniversary, and we're celebrating by publishing a beautiful book. This will be a large format hardcover book with over 200 pages of artwork and photos from the collectives various shows, events and projects we've been involved in during our first 5 years.

Early Book Mockup
Early Book Mockup

14 Artists 14 Days: Limited Edition Artist Covers

Each day we're releasing a special limited edition artist cover, an original handmade book cover from an artist in the collective. Only $99 and only 10 will be available from each artist, and when they are gone, they are gone.

Artist #1 Wizard Skull Cover Concept
Artist #1 Wizard Skull Cover Concept
Artist #2 Chris Mendoza Cover Concept
Artist #2 Chris Mendoza Cover Concept
Artist #3 Dean Millien Cover Concept
Artist #3 Dean Millien Cover Concept
Artist #4 Mor
Artist #4 Mor
Lädy Millard Cover Concept
Lädy Millard Cover Concept
Shaina Yang Cover Concept
Shaina Yang Cover Concept
Victor Ochoa Cover Conecpt
Victor Ochoa Cover Conecpt

Each artist will be doing their original artwork, drawings and more giving each book an unique hand made cover, and signed by the artist. Get the book, a special limited edition original artwork cover, and support an emerging artist and member of the collective, all for only $99! Starting NOW.

      

*already bought the book? Increase your pledge to cover the cost of the book, select it as your new tier, and it's all yours! (as long as it's available)

Story:

The Con Artist Collective started in April 2010 in a basement in the Lower East Side. Slowly over the past 5 years we've grown to include nearly 500 artists, over 170+ gallery shows from Art Basel to London, and we've shown and documented thousand of original pieces of art, numerous creative projects, and so much more. We currently reside in a two floor 3000 square foot creative workspace and gallery at 119 Ludlow st. We're open to the public Mon - Sat 11am to 7pm, so please feel free to stop by. Check out our current lineup of shows and events, or learn more about joining the collective at conartistnyc.com

Gallery show cards
Gallery show cards

The concept of the book will be a visual documentation and catalogue of work, relying heavily on images and photographs. We'll be focusing on high quality reproductions of the many amazing artist's works, photographs of hundreds of events, and the diverse projects organized by the collective. If you would like a quick peek into the history, check out or past events blog at conartistnyc.com/blogs/past-events

2010 Basement Entrance
2010 Basement Entrance

In 2013 we got the opportunity to expand, and we built our current workspace and gallery at 119 Ludlow st. ourselves, designed and built entirely by members.

119 Ludlow st. buildout
119 Ludlow st. buildout

The $9,000 goal is not random, but a sort of magic number. We are going to print a beautiful book, with hundreds of pages on the highest quality paper. We've done our research, and once we hit our goal, it becomes possible to print the quality of book we want to make. We'll also be releasing stretch goals which will give us the chance to increase the size of the book, add more pages, and consider extras like embossing, spot colors and much more. We'll send updates as we get closer to hitting our goal.

More samples from the book
More samples from the book

We're currently sorting and editing 30,000 images for the book, we've begun the process of laying out the book, and we're currently on schedule to send everything to press in November 2015. To see a small sample of just some of the artists to be included in the book, check out our past events blog.

Creative Coworking Space
Creative Coworking Space

Rewards:

$1 Thanks For The Support /// Every dollar gets us closer to making this book a reality.

$5 Special Thanks /// To thank every one of you, we're adding a special thank you page to the book listing everyone that pledges $5 or more.

$9 eBook /// For those who prefer their books on the screen, we're releasing a PDF and digital version for your popular eReaders

$12 Poster + eBook /// Grab a copy of our awesome promotional poster for the Con Artist Collective book to go with your ebook.

$36 The Book /// Save on shipping and pick it up in person. We'll contact you to pick it up from our gallery at 119 Ludlow st. when it's released. For additional copies just add $36 per book.

$45 The Book + Shipping /// We'll ship to anywhere in the US. For additional copies just add $45 per book ($5 shipping is added to the listed $40 price in the rewards).

$50+ The Book + Poster + International Shipping /// International Shipping covers most countries. If you're residing in a location that might cost more than $16 usd to ship a book, please contact us and we'll look into getting you a copy at whatever our shipping cost are. (Because shipping is higher, we're throwing in the promo poster free)

$66 For The Ultimate Collector /// The Book plus our current collection of limited edition Con Artist Collective zines: Slap #1, Not Racist #1, and Disposable. We'll ship to anywhere in the US and Canada.

Con Artist Zines Package
Con Artist Zines Package

$99 Private Launch Party Invite /// You're getting the Book, The Con Artist Collective limited edition zine collective (Slap #1, Not Racist #1, Disposable), the poster AND we're throwing an incredible private book launch party at 119 Ludlow st. New York City, inviting hundreds of artists that are part of the book, and YOU.

Gallery Parties
Gallery Parties

Stretch Goals:

#1 $15,000 = HARDCOVER + OVER 200 PAGES - We'll continue to add stretch goals when we reach some funding milestones, but to start, if we hit $15,000 the book is guaranteed to be over 200 pages and will be hardcover.

Hardcover Book Design
Hardcover Book Design

Questions?:

Check out our website at conartistnyc.com or email us at conartistnyc@gmail.com 

Thanks:

Thank You to all the artists and their work that appears in this video: Zaria Poem, Brandon Wisecarver, Shameless Maya, Parrish Gwaltney, Chris Olivier, ?, Lilkool, Flavia D'Urso, Qinza Najm, Jennifer Marks, Shaina Yang, Megan Tatem, Neil Powell, Patrick Grzelewski, Anthony Prince Leslie, Andres Orozco, Travis Frick, John De La O, Ko Smith, Lädy Millard, Mor, Victor Ochoa, Laura Tack, Dean Millien, Wyatt Mills, Wizard Skull, Jason Mamarella, Josef Pinlac, The Sucklord, Graffiti Artist Whose Name I Can't Write Here, Silvia Mihai, Coffee Shop Guy, Dan Rosen, Shinto Imai, Simon Scott (rip buddy!), Evan Lorberbaum, Jennifer Dwyer, Jennifer Ross, Chris Mendoza, Christopher Tandy, Jeremy Wolff, Rainer Keller, Sam Woolley, Akiko Kato, Olivia Taylor, Dan Lamanna, Ernst Bachinger, Erica Schreiner, Gabriel Ventura, Chris Worfold, The Yok, Sheryo, Jackson Lin, Kristine Guico, Philip Ullman, Delfina Piccio, Heckler Magazine, Tape Op Magazine, John Baccigaluppi, Sonny Mayugba, Larry Crane, Miguel Ibarra, Michael Sharp, Lawrence Schau, Audrey Ryan, Saks Afridi, Allen Feldman, Lisa Larsson, Liaizon Wakest, Alleged Gallery, Nina Carelli and especially to the hundreds of more artists involved that we will include in this book.

Thanks to Onward Entertainment for the awesome video, with filming credits to: Todd Spicer, Jeremy Gram Weaver, Anthony Prince Leslie, Roman Kolesov, Cody Oyama, Azure McBride and Shameless Maya.

Con Artist Collective
Con Artist Collective

Risks and challenges

Our core team consists of 50+ years combined experience between Brian Shevlin, Lawrence Schaa, Miguel Ibarra, and Michael Sharp, who have published numerous books, designed hundreds of printed magazines and much more. Much of the book is already finished, but it isn't yet completed. We're finalizing the book's content, layout and design, and we're about to begin the proofing process. Our first priority is to get this book to you as soon as possible, currently estimated to arrive back from the printer around November 2015.

The future is always uncertain, but only a planet wide paper shortage, an ink embargo, or a suddenly enacted law against books could keep this project from meeting it's deadlines. If the unpredictable does occur, we can always be reached here at the Con Artist Collective 119 Ludlow st. NYC, and we'll be keeping everyone notified with regular updates throughout the entire project. Barring these and other unpredictable tragedies, we anticipate getting the book into our backer's hands mid December 2015.

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    Dean Millien Original Cover /// #3 is Dean Millien. Famous for his aluminum foil sculptures, he is beloved at the collective for his cartoon sketches and imaginative character remixes where his unrestricted sense of humor is ever present. Just 10 original hand drawn unique book covers will be made.

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    Mor Original Cover /// #4 Artist is Mor. An active and highly skilled stencil artist. She'll be utilizing parts of existing multi-layered stencils and some new ones just for this cover. Be one of 10 people in the world with this original book cover.

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    You're My Favorite Cover /// #5 Artist is known for a wide variety of styles, genres and mediums... but for the book, he will be doing these really cool photo transfers directly on the cover. Be one of the only 10 people in the world with this original book cover.

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    Lädy Millard Cover /// #6 Is the super active, versatile and inspirational Lädy. She be using paints, pens and more to create her original cover. As always, only 10 people in the world can score this original book cover.

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    Victor Ochoa Cover /// #8 Will be the man behind Nobodies and Toxicity and Drawmoreinc. His personal art will be more psychedelic and surreal illustration, more like this sample. Only 10 will ever be available.

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