About this project
Check out these tattoos and many more literary goods at Litographs.com
Update #2: We've completed our tattoo chain!
At Litographs, our mission has always been to help readers express their passion for books. Over the past three years, we have shipped thousands of t-shirts, posters, and tote bags to bibliophiles all over the world. We're also proud to have worked with the International Book Bank to send tens of thousands of books to communities in need overseas.
Now we want to celebrate how just a handful of powerful, poignant words from a book can shape our lives and imprint themselves forever in our minds and hearts, by (temporarily) printing those very words on our bodies.
We need your help to launch a collection of beautifully designed temporary literary tattoos. These iconic quotes come from the works of fifteen classic authors and books like The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Ulysses, and Les Misérables.
The first 2,500 backers will also reserve their place in the World's Longest Tattoo Chain. Our goal is to reprint the entire text of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland over 2,500 human bodies – one enchanting sentence at a time. Pledge any amount to join us.
We're excited to launch our initial collection of Litographs Tattoos. Choose from the designs below, and the first 2,500 backers will also reserve their place in the World's Longest Tattoo Chain.
We have been inspired by the words of so many authors that it was tough to choose just fifteen for our initial collection of literary tattoos. However, we're thrilled with how they turned out and we hope you are too.
Nine New Designs
Original Fifteen Designs
Please note that the tattoo chain is now full. Check tattoos.litographs.com this November to see the gallery!
Update #2: We've completed our tattoo chain!
At Litographs, we love finding creative, tasteful, and unusual ways to produce art that celebrates our passion for books. For this project we need 2,500 of you to lend us a hand (or a forearm, or a shoulder blade) and become a part of the World's Longest Tattoo Chain.
We have taken the entirety of Lewis Carroll's most universally-loved book, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and broken it into 2,500 individually designed temporary tattoos. Our goal is to recreate this iconic novel by showcasing every single word on the skin of 2,500 Kickstarter backers – in other words, YOU.
To follow us down the rabbit hole and be a part of the World's Longest Tattoo Chain, pledge at least $1 to this project. The first 2,500 backers will each be sent one unique, randomly-selected Alice tattoo phrase.
If our project is fully funded, then the race is on to tell Alice's story!
Wait for your tattoo to arrive in the mail, apply it to your body, take a photo, and upload it to tattoos.litographs.com. Not only will you be making literary history, it will be a great excuse to re-read this timeless classic in a way that has never been done before.
Litographs Tattoos are designed to be realistic, both in terms of their artwork and the way they look once applied. We work with a Hollywood FX studio, which specializes in giving temporary tattoos a permanent look.
Every Litograph design emerges from the text of a book. Just as the words on the pages of your favorite novel come alive in your imagination, our products are designed to illustrate the memorable characters and scenes rooted in text .
We work closely with professional artists to create a new visual experience for classic and contemporary works alike. From a distance, the artwork on our t-shirts, posters, and tote bags illustrates a theme, character, or setting from each book. Move closer and the text becomes fully legible.
Explore our full range of t-shirts, totes, and posters at litographs.com – we've been making art from books since 2011!
Risks and challenges
As with our first Kickstarter campaign, we made a conscious decision to only launch after the hardest work had been completed. All of the tattoos have been designed, our trusted manufacturers are on standby, and the website for our gallery has been built. Everything is ready to go.
The main challenge with the 2,500 Alice tattoos is that inevitably a handful of the original batch we send out may never be uploaded, and having a tattoo of every single sentence is critical to achieving our goal. After all, where would Alice be without the dormouse dozing in the teapot or her flamingo-come-croquet-mallet tucked under arm?
One month after we send out the original batch, we will check for missing tattoos in the gallery. We will give the original backers one last chance to upload their photo, and then if necessary we will offer our backers and Litographs customers the chance to fill in any remaining gaps. If this campaign is successful, we promise you that we will not rest until the chain is complete and both the guinea pigs have been suppressed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
If you've pledged at the $3 tier or higher, you can choose from among our initial collection of literary tattoos. We'll send a survey out after the Kickstarter campaign is complete.
All of the first 5,000 backers will receive a unique, randomly-selected campaign from either Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (backers 1-2500) or Through the Looking Glass (backers 2501-5000).
No - your tattoo for the Alice chain will be randomly selected. You can check out some of the phrases at http://tattoos.litographs.com - they're all awesome!
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