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CA$ 1,610
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 11 2016
Last updated May 18, 2016

INKWELL watches - Tattoo you can wear (Canceled)

The first tattoo watches project with the unique straps printing technology similar to actual tattoos.

INKWELL watches - Tattoo you can wear (Canceled)

The first tattoo watches project with the unique straps printing technology similar to actual tattoos.

CA$ 1,610
pledged of CA$ 33,000pledged of CA$ 33,000 goal
10
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 11 2016
Last updated May 18, 2016

About

  INKWELL watches are unique timepieces with tattoo design. The main feature of INKWELL is the exclusive printing technology similar to an actual tattoo with its natural depth of lines and shapes. Made by professional tattoo artists.

  INKWELL Watch Company was founded in 2014 by George Roberts. Inspired with his grandfather, Rupert Inkwell, George decided to create a timepiece dedicated to his ancestor's life and passions which now define Inkwell family heritage.

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  Rupert Inkwell owned a small watch workshop where he repaired and constructed watches for others and for himself. It was the grim period of World War II is erupting across the ocean, so when the USA entered the conflict, Rupert decided to join US army in order to fight the threat to the liberty of his country. While serving in a fleet, he discovered a new hobby tattooing his brothers in arms. When Rupert came back home, he also reestablished his favorite business. But something had changed... From this point onwards, two major passions emerged in the Inkwell family's heritage - watches and tattoos.

Rupert Inkwell
Rupert Inkwell

  Each of us wants to be different, striving for uniqueness and seeking self-expression. Nowadays, a tattoo is one of the most affordable and impressive ways to achieve that. Millions of people from all over the world have already decorated themselves with tattoos and transformed their bodies into canvases which tell the stories of their lives and astound everyone around with their beauty. 

  You can always put a tattoo on your body. But can you take it off? Remove it temporarily? Wear it anytime you want? 

  The answer is YES. INKWELL watch is a tattoo you can wear!

  The idea to unite such different things as wristwatches and tattoo was born after George, tattoo artist by trade, revealed grandfather's hobbies, visited his old workshop and decided to descend deeper into the watch industry. Later he attracted several like-minded persons and established INKWELL Watch Company, forging a link between past and present of his family. The primary goal was to make first tattoo watch approved by industry and affordable to anyone. But to manufacture simple print with tattoo sketches wouldn't be very authentic and didn't match with our goals. We wanted to reflect the true depth of physical properties of tattoo, make every outline tangible and coloring work most natural. Preserving recognizable stylistics and high quality of watches, of course.

  The Knot timepiece is a manifestation of traditional tattoo, its connection with the history of tattoo art. As we know, traditional tattoo started its expansion through the world among sailors in the first half of XX century. Using simple, affordable tools they engraved their skin with images of past adventures, memories of distant home and loved ones and other notable bright sensations. 

KNOT
KNOT

  Man's struggle with nature and dire creatures, the concept of life as an infinite adventure full of constant danger, romance of the high sea — that's what we decided to depict on the Knot's strap in well known traditional method. 

KNOT
KNOT

  Overall design and coloring work of the Knot refers to the vintage stylistic popular in the beginning of XX century.

KNOT
KNOT

  The Vor timepiece is inspired by the aesthetics of Russian criminal tattoo. These images are used to tell stories of its bearer's crimes, serve as a personal characteristic and describe rank in the prison hierarchy. Russian criminal tattoo takes its origins in the middle of XIX century, when prisoners were branded with the word VOR on their faces (means «felon» in Russian) — thus the name of the watch.

VOR
VOR

  Russian criminal tattoo, despite the background, has its own romantic charm. It became a poetic symbol of opposition to the authorities, prison regime and injustice - a lot of people in the Soviet Union era were wrongly accused and judged for the crimes they didn't commit.

VOR
VOR

  The Vor timepiece strap is decorated with the most popular symbols of Russian criminal tattoo. The cathedral and its domes mean the number of convictions for a prisoner. Eight-pointed star and eagle defines high-ranked criminal, thief in law. Tattoo of the rising sun symbolizes thirst for a distant freedom while impaled heart refers to defiled love. Key and rose are symbols of burglars and rowdies respectively. Acronym ХЛЕБ (pronounces as 'khleb') stands for «i'll keep my only love forever». Crowned skull on a top of oak leaves is a mark of the most influential leaders of the criminal world and means strive for power.

VOR
VOR

  The Swallow watch is our little gift to the beautiful half of mankind. Traditional feminine tattoo is a very distinctive standalone genre of classic tattoo craftsmanship. We wanted to create something special for the ladies who admire tattoo art and don't afraid to turn their bodies (or at least their wrists) into the colorful canvases decorated with playful beauty of these traditional tattoos.

SWALLOW
SWALLOW

  Snow-white strap perfectly correlates with mirrored watch face, creating a clean and elegant design, looking both brutal and sophisticated.

SWALLOW
SWALLOW
SWALLOW
SWALLOW

  Our purpose is to provide a new experience with INKWELL watches for all those who are not indifferent to the world of tattoo industry, as well as wristwatch sector. With your help we can create a unique and distinctive community of tattoo watch enthusiasts and paint our ordinary life with the ink and colorful images of tattoo art.

 The Knot watch is a vintage timepiece with a golden PVD-coated stainless steel case and an engraved enamel dial. 

  The Vor watch has a black PVD-coated stainless steel case with an embossed dial image.

  The Swallow watch has a classic matt stainless steel case and a reflecting mirror dial.

  We began to work on INKWELL project in 2014, and it took almost two years to find the best working solution for our goal. While unique straps were our main feature, we wanted to create a suitable consturction of the watch itself. Our design team put a lot of effort into the development of the case.

  We wanted to calculate every piece of our watch with an absolute precision to be able to offer our customers an ultimate comfort and stylish outlook. A lot of time was spent on case modeling, tryouts, 3D-printed prototypes and approval of the final sample.

  Vintage regular and military watches served us as an infinite inspiration source through the whole developing period. The original shape of the watch refers to the case found by George in his grandfather's old workshop. Our job was to make it appropriate for the modern market, preserving its vintage charm.

  Exclusively designed watch faces are another thing we're proud of. Realizing that our dials have complicated images on their surface, we needed to make convenient hands for easy readability as well as support our tattoo ideology. It was probably one of the hardest periods of development — we tried dozens of options on a way to achieve the best outcome.

  Hollow hour and minute hands are equipped with bright red markers, making them more distinguishable on our pied dials. The second hand has a shape of a tattoo needle.

  The back lid of the watch case is engraved with technical information and INKWELL logo and motto.

  INKWELL straps are a signature feature of our watches. And for some time it was our signature nightmare as well :) We wanted to transfer real tattoo onto the watch strap and achieve the best quality in the process.

  With the help of talented tattoo artists, we created unique leather watch straps with print technology almost indistinguishable from actual tattoos. Every line and contour have tangible depth and the handpicked coloring work makes it look entirely natural. Throughout all the development stages we worked with dozens of tattoers and tried hundreds of sketches and designs before reaching satisfying results.

All our straps have an embossed surface to feel like a real tattoo
All our straps have an embossed surface to feel like a real tattoo

  Our straps are made of high quality genuine calf leather with soft surface which allows us to reproduce physical properties of tattoo on it. 

  We've achieved something really incredible. Our tattoos can actually be worn anytime, anywhere and whenever you want.

All our straps have an embossed surface to feel like a real tattoo
All our straps have an embossed surface to feel like a real tattoo

  We know, that our watches aren't the cheapest ones because of its unique features and technological resources needed for the manufacturing process. But we've done everything we could to provide the most affordable price possible for those, who helps us create the new watch brand — our dearest Kickstarter backers.

  All INKWELL watches are made of light and durable 316L stainless steel, one of the most reliable materials in the watch industry. The Vor and The Knot timepieces have golden and black PVD-coating respectively, and topped with resistant mineral glass. The movement is swiss Ronda 763.

Case Diameter: 43 mm
Case Thickness: 8 mm
Band Material: Genuine Leather with embossing
Band Max/Min Length: 210 mm / 160 mm
Band Width: 20 mm
Total Weight: 55 g  
Case Material / Backcase: 316L Stainless Steel
Strap buckle: 316L Stainless Steel
Glass: Crystal Mineral Glass
Movement: Ronda 763 (Swiss)
Water Resistant: 5 ATM / 50 Meters

  We've established a trustworthy connection with the manufacturer as well as with the distribution network and completed our printing technology so there will be no additional stages and obstacles on the way to getting your brand new INKWELL watches!

Every voice counts! If you're not indifferent to the tattoo world (or simply like our watches ;)), please, tell your friends about it, share it with your friends and help us forge an absolutely new and unique community of tattoo watches!

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INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/inkwellwatches

For all the journalists, authors and bloggers we've prepared the full collection of high resolution images of our project - download here. Feel free to use them while telling the story of INKWELL :)

If you have any other questions — just mail us: hi@inkwell-watch.com

Risks and challenges

We've spent almost two years developing INKWELL Watches, invested a lot of effort and our own funds into creating final prototypes, went through all stages of manufacturing difficulties. Realizing all that, we decided to do everything we can to allow our backers feel comfortable while waiting for their watches. Now we have a reliable and trustworthy connection with our manufacturer, quality control team and distribution source, so there will be no obstacles for you in getting your watch.

The only difficulty we can meet is a much larger demand on our watches than we expect. We have some additional options for supportive manufacturer and ready to invest more in it to avoid any setbacks. So we believe that there is no such thing that can stop us. Especially with your help :)

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    Pledge CA$ 35 or more About $27

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    $35 CAD ≈ $27 US / £19 GB / €23 EU

    EXCLUSIVE SKETCH OFFER!

    Support our cause and get one unique tattoo sketch (6 x 6 cm) made by one of our tattoo artists exclusively for you!

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    EARLY BIRD SWALLOW OFFER!

    You get 1 Swallow watch by Inkwell and save $70 USD off future retail price

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    You get 1 Vor watch by Inkwell and save $80 USD off future retail price

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    DOUBLE OFFER!

    You get any 2 Inkwell watches of your choice and save up to $191 USD off future retail price

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    $429 CAD ≈ $341 US / £232 GB / €296 EU

    TRIPPLE OFFER!

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    WHOLESALE OFFER!

    You get any 10 Inkwell watches of your choice and will become one of the first exclusive Inkwell retailers in the world with 55% margin off future retail price.

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