At a time when America is searching to define its values and trying to uncover the inspiration of what it means to be uniquely 'American', we need a manifesto! And it would make sense that it should be carved out of meat. I have spent almost three years attuned to America’s spirit, humor and verve. I conceptualized raw images capturing the same, shot them for posterity and incorporated them into a book for publishing. Meat America, the book, is ready for prime time.
My name is Dominic Episcopo. I am an artist, photographer and carnivore. Working with meat, I aimed to bring to life our collective American appetite of insurmountable odds, limitless aspiration and immeasurable success. In the end, I served up what I hope you will find to be an amazing array of irreverent and iconic American images fashioned out of meat.
We call this project Meat America and we need your help to bring it to fruition. The book we will publish with your participation will be a hardcover with 110* full color pages and a first edition run of 4,000.
ABC News Interview
For some a coffee table book, others a bathroom one, MEAT AMERICA’s diverse acceptance is a reflection of America itself. And while reactions have ranged from disgust to praise, there is one common thread that critics and individuals can agree on… that Dominic has tapped into a visceral subject that inspires emotion and ignites thought.
I have been fortunate to secure a publisher that will allow me to produce the art I want with the voice it requires in a medium that is rare. More importantly, my publisher has agreed to allow me to raise my own funds through Kickstarter and to use those proceeds to expand the first edition run, to pay down the printing and to reduce the marketing expenses—thus eliminating, at least in part, the middle man, which, ironically, is a bit of the American Way!
I seek to raise $11,500 to cover these expenses.
Armed with professionally published and widely distributed books, we will transform what was once only an artistic concept into an American pop-culture movement with a life of its own. In the end, we want everyone to Meat America.
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Meat America is proudly made in the U.S.A.
Risks and challenges
Although creating and shooting is my purview, I took the time to fully understand the steps associated with printing/publishing. I have secured a reputable printer of photographic books, locked my production prices and ensured my delivery dates. In addition, all of the images for the book are staged, shot and assembled, ready for the first run. Thus, funding is the only hurdle I face to timely delivery of this rare piece of Americana.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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