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5x7" prints and personal accessories handmade with real vintage badges and real snark.  I will sell these at the Crafty Bastards fair!
5x7" prints and personal accessories handmade with real vintage badges and real snark. I will sell these at the Crafty Bastards fair!
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Once upon a time...

Like most girls in my town, I was a scout.  It was cool.  Badges were fun.  But have you looked closely at those badges now that you're big?  They're weird.  They're like the precursor to web icons, but they're low-fi, and so it's really hard to tell, sometimes, what they represent.  This all started when I was poking around online and found the "reptiles" badge.  To me, it looked like a turtle on a high wire.  Why is that turtle tightrope walking?  That's not safe at any speed!

As I looked around a bit more, I realized I could rewrite the narrative of many of these badges.  And so the idea for Snarky Scouts was born.  

I've got several specific ideas, and I've begun to make these as quality, letterpressed prints - each with a real badge in the middle.  I also hope to screen print a few snarky badged personal items, like neckties and zip wallets.  Maybe even pencil cases for crafty bastards.  Speaking of, my first goal for this project is to make enough of these that I can have my own booth this year at the Crafty Bastards fair in Washington DC this September.  One of my long-standing dreams has been to be crafty enough and bastardly enough for that amazing show, and I'm happy to share that I've been accepted to be a vendor there this fall!  

Working on my prototypes!
Working on my prototypes!

Got my back?

But to do this, I'll need your help!  I need funds to ramp up production for Crafty Bastards.  Specifically, the money you help me raise will pay for: 

Design

  • Typefaces
  • Graphics

Letterpress

  • Photopolymer plates
  • Studio rental
  • Fancy-pants paper

Screenprinting

  • Equipment to set up my own home studio - on the cheap
  • Fabric and notions (ex. zippers) for the accessories

The Interwebs

  • Domain name hosting
  • Web site template

Badges!  Real, vintage badges!

These ain't cheap, and they're not available in bulk.  I'll buy many more of these from eBay and Etsy, and they will cost anywhere between $2 - $7 per badge.

And finally, Crafty Bastards booth costs

  • Application fee ($20)
  • Booth fee ($400)
  • Signs, tags, tablecloths, banner
  • Business cards
  • Packaging

So, in addition to my extra-exuberant thanks, your pledges can earn you some awesome snarky stuff, including the extra special one-time limited edition badges just for Kickstarter backers!  Be a Kickstarter Hero! 

There's more where that came from

Here are more of the badges I will make and sell at Crafty Bastards (and later, on Etsy):

And these are some mock-ups of my early thoughts on accessories.  Colors, shapes, and sizes will change.  This is just to give you an idea of what I'm thinking: 

Other snarky ideas...
Other snarky ideas...

I'd love your thoughts on the accessories!  Is there some kind of object that really needs a badge?  Let me know and I'll try to design it!

In short, this is a side project that I hope to turn into a side business even beyond Crafty Bastards - and you can help me by backing this project.  

Risks and challenges

I already have the skills to make quality letterpress prints and screen printed items, and I have access to a letterpress studio. So that part isn't a concern for me.

The biggest challenge will be to find enough of the Girl Scout badges. Since these are items that are vintage and usually retired from active use by scouts, I am subject to what I can find on eBay and Etsy. There is a finite supply. That said, I've already started purchasing the ones I'll need, and I haven't had a problem thus far.

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    For supporting me, you'll receive my thanks and your name listed as a supporter on the Snarky Scouts website. Thanks!

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    "Twerking" Merit Badge!

    Get a 5x7 letterpressed print with a real "Health and Fitness" badge from the 1990s.

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    "Skinny Dipping" Merit Badge! Get a 5x7 letterpressed print with a real "Swimming" badge from the 1980s.

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    "Douchebaggery" Merit Badge! Get a 5x7 letterpressed print with a real "My Government" badge. This badge first released in the 1960s.

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    "Secret Squirrel Shit" Merit Badge! Get a 5x7 letterpressed print with a real "Mammal" badge. This badge first released in the 1950s.

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    "Reinventing the Wheel" Merit Badge! Get a 5x7 letterpressed print with a real "Cyclist" badge. This badge first released in the 1960s.

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    Secret Squirrel Shit 2.0! This one is made with a different squirrel badge (he's a boy squirrel, and he's holding a nut). See the project updates for a photo of the new badge. I've heard it's even better than the first one! Get your paws on this.

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    World Gaming Championships Series! Would you rather die from dysentery, a zombie infiltration, or genetically modified bees? Choose from Oregon Trail, Plants vs. Zombies, or Hunger Games.

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    Just added! "Low-Emissions Transport" Merit Badge! Get a 5x7 letterpressed print with a real "Magic Carpet" badge, which was first released in the 1950s for those who participate in reading activities.

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    Just added! "Taking Care of Business" Merit Badge! Get a 5x7 letterpressed print with a real "Business Wise" badge, in use from 2001 to 2011.

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    New edition: "Giving a Good Ride" Merit Badge. The "Horsemanship" badge was awarded to those of the heterogametic sex, beginning in the 1970s.

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    Early Backer: a special edition "Kickstarter Hero" badge!

    Get one 5x7" letterpressed print, awarded in appreciation for "a swift kick in the ass." The "Dance" badge was first released in the 1950s.

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    "Getting to Third Base" Merit Badge! Get a 5x7 letterpressed print with a real "Language" badge. This rare badge is from the 1960-70s.

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    Kick It: a special edition "Kickstarter Hero" badge!

    Get one 5x7" letterpressed print, awarded in appreciation for "Kickin it. Kickin it real good." The "Walking for Fitness" badge was in use from 2001 - 2011.

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    U pick 2: Select two badges from the following list:
    Twerking, Reinventing the Wheel, White Flight,
    Witchcraft, Elfin Podiatry, Instagram Selfies,
    Paddleless Navigation of Shit Creek, Vagrancy

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    Calling all gays! Get a "Homosexuality" Merit Badge! Very vintage badge = very limited quantities. The "Colorcraft" badge was discontinued in the late 1940s.

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    "Getting Canned" Merit Badge. Very vintage badge = very limited quantities. This "Foods" badge is from the 1940s.

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    World Gaming Championship series! Red Rover, Red Rover, c'mon over! #clotheslined
    Get the Red Rover gaming badge.

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    Kick of Fame: a special edition "Kickstarter Hero" badge!

    Get one 5x7" letterpressed print, awarded in appreciation for "a kick to remember." It even comes with gratuitous quotation marks! The "Individual Sports" badge was first released in the 1980s.

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    U pick 3: Select three badges from the following list:

    Twerking, Reinventing the Wheel, White Flight, Witchcraft, Elfin Podiatry, Instagram Selfies,
    Paddleless Navigation of Shit Creek, Vagrancy

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    World Gaming Championships Series! Go old school: choose either Rock, Paper, Scissors or Minecraft.

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    Now THIS is commitment!

    Put a Ring on It: this special edition "Kickstarter Hero" badge is so special that I will only ever make one.

    Get one 5x7" letterpressed print, awarded in appreciation for "You liked it. You put a ring on it." The "Lifesaver" badge is from the 1950s and is a rare find.

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