The Innsmouth Fogcutter will soon be a nightmarish reality! Thanks to all of you, fans old and new, Horror Fans and Tikiphiles and readers and poets, artists, and madmen, we have again made the stars right! Now, onwards and upwards through ordering and fulfillment as I get you all this neat stuff. I will continue to post updates through the manufacturing and shipping process.
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Since fulfilling my wild dream of making the Cthulhu tiki mug, it's time to tackle a wilder dream...the Innsmouth Fogcutter tiki mug (with matching Esoteric Order of Dagon Fez).
This large original tiki mug is inspired by HP Lovecraft's story "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" (you should read it if you haven't...I'll wait right here). Back? Good! Like I was saying, I designed a tiki mug inspired by that story and shelled out to have it prototyped. It is amazing. I need your help to send the prototype to production (a run of at least 1000). The backstory for the mug is supported by artifacts and ephemera I designed around an outline for a romantic tragedy set in Innsmouth. This romantic tragedy flows from fan theory; if you and your beloved were both raised knowing you were special and really would be together forever, what would happen if you couldn't be?
The Innsmouth Fogcutter is a large tiki mug, inspired by my love of horror fiction, roleplaying games, and tiki bars. The Production Edition funded by this Kickstarter campaign will be in the 8.5" neighborhood, and will come in a wiped-off blue glaze. (The prototype is unglazed, and a wiped glaze is difficult to describe, but the effect and color will be similar to that shown here )
The Limited Editions available at the higher donor levels will be a little larger, and will be hand retouched/resculpted and glazed. All tiki mug editions are food and alcohol safe
The mug has already been commissioned, modeled, and printed using Space Age Technology (3d printing).
After funding is successful, our next steps are to mold the prototype and make our limited editions, and to send the prototype to have production molds made. Time from signing the paperwork to having the mugs in hand should be less than 150 days, so I expect begin shipping these out in September.
For this project I want to mass produce both the physical object and the backstory and environment surrounding it; in effect creating both an awesome drinking vessel and all the supporting artifacts that lend it an air of authenticity.
In addition to having the master already made, I have already prototyped several of our rewards (bar towels, fezzes, & t-shirts). I also fulfilled a dream by collaborating with Fezorama.com to create a companion fez for this mug. I've also prepped stretch goals to upgrade all levels for when we hit our funding. Also, here's a backer badge for no reason.
- Mar. 5 - Kickstarter Closes
- Mar. 31 - Funding clears, master sculpt sent for limited edition molding, all collateral ordered
- April 15 - Mold sent for production run molding
- Aug .15 - (estimated) production completed, mugs in transit
Sept. 15 - (estimated) mugs in hand in Atlanta,
Hey, Jonathan, you made the Cthulhu Tiki Mug...what is Cthulhu holding in his tentacle? Well, since you asked, I'll tell you. In the original sketches and final design for the first tiki mug I produced, Cthulhu is holding a Fogcutter mug with an umbrella and bendy straw. It was meant as an homage to Trader Vic's Atlanta and the Atlanta Luau, both of which serve lots of Fogcutters. This is that mug.
The rewards are cunning bits of practical design (towels, coasters, etc) which house clues and hints about the origin of the mug and the "Innsmouth love story". A lifetime of tabletop RPGs and short horror fiction led me to design an entire history for the Innsmouth Fogcutter tiki mug. I will be posting all kinds of information about creating the mug, short videos, hints about the back story, and whatever else I think of as updates through out the project, so stay tuned! Really, my hope is to get these in the hands of people who will enjoy them!
(Please note the above is an actual photograph of the 3d sculpt and not a rendering
The Innsmouth Fogcutter was conceived by Jonathan "Atari" Chaffin, an Atlanta-area graphic designer (who is myself). In my spare time I design things, research typefaces, run down production costs for fun, guzzle media, and occasionally vend tiki mugs.
My wife and I maintain www.horrorinclay.com
jonathanmchaffin.carbonmade.com has a brief overview of my professional work.
This mug couldn't have gotten as far as it has without the hard work of some very talented collaborators.
Wendy Cevola, a talented ceramicist in California, will be creating a mold from our prototype for the limited edition production, and she will be retouching and handling the variant glaze and sculpture duties for the Innsmouth Fogcutter.
Wendy Cevola has been an artist her entire life. She has worked with oils, acrylics and even did oxygen acetylene torch welding for a while. But no matter what medium she was working in she always returned to clay and sculpting. After her husband became fascinated with all things tiki she too took to this new life style. After years of having Gecko of South Sea Arts turn her tiki sculptures into ceramics she began to, with the help of her husband Dan, do her own art from start to finish. They built a ceramics workshop and now her work is in collections from Australia to Switzerland. She is looking forward to growing her fan base by taking on the rewards program for my kickstarter project. Here is where Wendy posts some of her work on Tiki Central.
Jason Rodgers and Fez-o-rama collaborated with us to design the Esoteric Order of Dagon companion fez for the mug. Jason was literally the first backer of the Cthulhu tiki mug, and we've been talking about a collaboration for years. We're both pretty excited about it. Jason Rodgers is the creative mind behind Fez-o-rama, makers of fine embroidered velvet fezzes and chapeaus. You can find more of his creations at Fez-o-rama.com or question his sanity on twitter: @Fezmonger.
The team at Tiki Farm helped with translating the design into the 3d prototype featured here, and they will shepherd the mug through the overseas production process.There are many more people I'd like to thank for many more reasons; here are some.
In addition to Wendy moulding, glazing, and detailing the limited edition mug from our prototype, there are a few other people I'd like to thank for helping me in my work designing the ephemera.
• Most of all, thank you to my wife Allison and to our daughter who are going to have to live with me in a world of boxes again if this works.
- Thanks to Alex, Jamie, QJ, Becca, Heather, Cliff, and Pynk for copy-editing and general cussedness.
- Thanks to Pauli, Hammad, Nick, Chuck, and everyone who has supported us with word and deed. This is an amazing adventure.
- Thanks to Alan Stoll for stepping into the breach once again to record my unscripted rambling (Alan is CTO at www.btfdtv.com)
- Thanks to Becca, Jamie, Cliff and Heather for giving up far too much time to try recipes and schlep lights.
- Thanks to Paul Senft of www.rumjourney.com and "Got Rum?" magazine for consulting on how to design a rum tasting and for generally being so free with his knowledge (and liquor cabinet).
- Thanks to the BookHouse Pub and anywhere else that still serves tiki drinks the right way: in a frosty ceramic mug.
- Thanks to Lorinda Dechman (http://lorindadechmanphotography.simpl.com/) for her talent behind the camera and to Genevieve Sabine of the Vauxhall Garden Variety Players (http://www.vgvariety.com) and Jeff Thornton (http://jeffthornton.carbonmade.com/) for their talent in front of it. Also for their knowledge about civil war era culture and etiquette.
Risks and challenges
Before I get into the challenges, please realize that my wife and I have done this before with great success; we believe in transparency, in responsiveness, and in delivering a quality product.
• The master sculpt could require slight redesign if there is a problem molding it; shouldn't be an issue as we partnered with Tiki Farm for production and they are masters at this sort of thing.
• Lead time could go long due to monsterous intervention; we have successfully delivered on a Kickstarter very similar to this before. We provide constant updates, and have also set our delivery time using our familiarity with the production of ceramics.
• What about shipping? We go overboard with shipping...we use lots of peanuts and a large box. As a mug collector I have suffered the agony of unwrapping a shoebox full of dust from a long anticipated mug...I will not let that happen.
• Why are you showing an unglazed prototype? Since high fire and low fire glaze colors vary slightly, and since the wiped off glaze will vary slightly for each mug, we wanted to show the design and not a single example (although as the limited editions are finished we will post group pictures). The pictures of glaze examples above will show generally what the effect will look like...blue-green in the lower areas, bone/natural in the high places.
• In order of percentage, funds will be used for:
Mold, glaze, production fees for production run
Mold, glaze, and casting fees for domestic limited edition mugs
Cost of rewards (and any stretch goals attained)
- (25 days)