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A simple, powerful message. Over the last decade, a half million stickers have traveled around the globe. Be a part of the movement.
A simple, powerful message. Over the last decade, a half million stickers have traveled around the globe. Be a part of the movement.
702 backers pledged $30,290 to help bring this project to life.

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What's this all about?

It began simply with 100 stickers. In the past decade over a half million stickers have traveled around our globe. From coast to coast, and around the world. You Are Beautiful has evolved into block long murals, public installations, and exhibitions at cultural institutions involving thousands of artists.

You Are Beautiful has grown much larger than any one person. Matthew Hoffman, who originally initiated the project, considers himself the custodian, keeping the lights on and the floor clean. He points to the incredible global community that has championed and embraced this message.

No really, what is this all about?

A simple and bold message meant to improve lives on a personal level.

You Are Beautiful.

That's it. Plain and simple.

What's this Kickstarter for?

This Kickstarter is to help us create a book that will document the journey over the last 10 years. It's going to be packed full of images and stories, and you'll learn first hand what goes into a project of this magnitude. Likely, if you've collaborated on the project, you'll find yourself within the pages.

You're not just supporting a book, you're backing this message. If you've been looking for a way to plug in, and support the project - here's your chance!

We hope to surpass what we need for the book, so we can remind even more people of their beauty. All funds that exceed the book printing and shipping costs will be directly put back into spreading You Are Beautiful. 

The more you give, the more we can share this message.

How about the rewards, any good stuff?

Many of the hand made rewards are exclusively available through this Kickstarter. It's a great way to support this project, and get some incredible art.

Not only will you be the first to get your hands on the book, all copies purchased here will be signed, along with a hand written note from Matthew Hoffman.

Stickers - See this as a way to order your stickers. You'll get more through this Kickstarter than you would elsewhere, and sticker-only orders ship in February.

Does this book mark the end of the project?

Absolutely not. We're just getting started! 2013 is the year we are reenergizing and reinvigorating this message and this project.

We're putting on a massive exhibition As You Are : A Decade of You Are Beautiful opening Thursday, February 7, 2013 at the Green Exchange in Chicago. Check out our Facebook Event page for more details. Hope to see you there.

How do I get involved?

This project is designed for you. The message is open to everyone. It's a way to make a difference, and have fun in the process. Get some stickers, and get out of your comfort zone. Give back, and leave a smile on someone else's face. Share this message with your world.

Get your stickers in February with sticker-only rewards.
Get your stickers in February with sticker-only rewards.
Samples of hand cut wood edition (3" x 18") rewards - Cursive (top), All Caps (bottom).
Samples of hand cut wood edition (3" x 18") rewards - Cursive (top), All Caps (bottom).
Detail of the limited edition 8.5" x 11" cut paper piece. Consists of 2 sheets of paper, shipping in poly bag, ready to frame.
Detail of the limited edition 8.5" x 11" cut paper piece. Consists of 2 sheets of paper, shipping in poly bag, ready to frame.
Get it all! - Both the Cursive & All Caps wood pieces, the cut paper piece, the book (not shown), and 1,000 stickers
Get it all! - Both the Cursive & All Caps wood pieces, the cut paper piece, the book (not shown), and 1,000 stickers
500 Pledge: 10" x 10" Shadow box piece, including the corresponding opposite piece.
500 Pledge: 10" x 10" Shadow box piece, including the corresponding opposite piece.
500 Pledge: Detail
500 Pledge: Detail
500 Pledge: 10 unique variations.
500 Pledge: 10 unique variations.
1000 Pledge: 2.5' x 12' Massive cursive signature piece, 5 unique variations.
1000 Pledge: 2.5' x 12' Massive cursive signature piece, 5 unique variations.
1000 Pledge: Detail for scale
1000 Pledge: Detail for scale

Each of the top tier pledges are unique hand cut pieces from remnants of the State Street Mural that ran along Block 37 in downtown Chicago from 2005-2008. Please go here for more history on this iconic collaborative mural.

Risks and challenges

Going through the archives, and pulling from thousands of images from the last 10 years will be a feat. But we're up for it, and feel this is necessary to share with you. We're partnering with the incredible team at Firebelly Design in Chicago to tackle this exciting project.

We have a lot of experience with all the other rewards. What gets produced from this Kickstarter will likely surpass our high standards, since it will be a sincere thanks for your support.

Thank you for believing in this project, and this message.

You are beautiful.

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    Your name will be proudly printed in the back of the book, with a huge thank you for your support. All supporters (at any level) will be published in the book.

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    A sticker pack of 125 friendly reminders. A great way to support the project and spread the message. (Sticker-only reward)

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    A sticker pack of 250 friendly reminders. Get involved, and have some fun. (Sticker-only reward)

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    The Book - Your very own signed copy of the You Are Beautiful book, along with a hand written note. We'll also throw in 20 stickers to get you started.

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    The Book & Sticker Pack! - Your very own signed copy of the You Are Beautiful book, along with a hand written note. A sticker pack of 250 friendly reminders

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    A sticker pack of 600 friendly reminders. No one in your world will be left without these shiny stickers in their hands. (Sticker-only reward)

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    Pledge $80 or more About $80

    An 8.5" x 11" You Are Beautiful limited edition cut paper piece by Matthew Hoffman, your own copy of the signed book, and 50 stickers to share.

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    Pledge $120 or more About $120

    A hand cut wood You Are Beautiful (Cursive Style) 3" x 18" edition piece by Matthew Hoffman, your own copy of the signed book, and 50 stickers to get you started.

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    Pledge $120 or more About $120

    A hand cut wood You Are Beautiful (All Caps Style) 3" x 18" edition piece by Matthew Hoffman, your own copy of the signed book, and 50 stickers to get you started.

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    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    Get it all! - Both the Cursive & All Caps hand cut wood You Are Beautiful edition pieces, a limited edition cut paper piece, your own copy of the signed book, and a mega pack of 1,000 stickers to share with your world.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    10" x 10" Shadow box piece, including the corresponding opposite piece. Each piece is hand cut from remnants of the State Street Mural that ran along Block 37 in downtown Chicago from 2005-2008, your own copy of the signed book, and 100 shiny stickers to share.

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    2.5' x 12' Massive cursive signature piece. Each piece is hand cut from remnants of the State Street Mural that ran along Block 37 in downtown Chicago from 2005-2008, your own copy of the signed book, and 100 shiny stickers to share.

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    Pledge $1,500 or more About $1,500

    Matthew Hoffman will come give a lecture about the growth of the You Are Beautiful project, instigating positive interactions, and changing worlds on a personal scale. (Airfare & accommodation not included if outside the Chicago area). 

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    We'll bring a You Are Beautiful program & collaborative installation to your school or university. We'll work with students hands on with a specific empowering art project, and discuss issues of positive self affirmation. Stickers packs will be available for every student involved to share with their world. Material costs would be provided by the school, approximately $1,000. (Airfare & accommodation not included if outside the Chicago area). 

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