About this project
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING OUR SECOND ISSUE POSSIBLE! We've reached our goal of $15,000, and now we're looking towards covering the total printing costs for Issue 2:
- 1000 copies (incl. Ltd ed. cover): $16,382
- Kickstarter/Amazon fee: (10%) = $1,640
- shipping: (400 donors) = total $1,600
- total: $19,622
Momma Tried is a print-only non-heteronormative nudie mag. Each issue contains work by emerging artists and writers from around the globe, subversive humor, and unique collaborations collaged together into a limited edition pop art object.
Real Bodies: Momma Tried’s original nude editorials feature collaborating artists and personal friends instead of professional models. We feature relatable people - a variety of ethnicities, genders, sizes, and orientations, whose bodies have not been digitally retouched.
Ad-Free: Although MT is ad-free, we do have fake ads. “Disruptive Content,” as we call it, serves a similar visual role as real advertising while adding another layer of content to the magazine. Disruptive Content presents itself both as a parody of the language and aesthetics of advertising and as an homage to popular culture. Occasionally these fake ads are in reference to artistic projects that may only exist ‘as advertised.’
Limited Edition: The second issue of Momma Tried includes the work of more than 60 contributors and collaborators. Published in a limited edition of 1000, the second issue will be 160 pages long, printed in full color, and perfect bound.
“A shining newcomer to the publishing world.”
“Momma Tried is a print-only nudie mag that combines the thoughtful construction of an installation piece, with the academic curation of a journal.”
“With the flavor of '60s and '70s nudie mags, New Orleans-based magazine Momma Tried offers an outlaw glossy periodical to readers with equally subversive tastes.”
Named one of the best new magazines of 2013 by Frizzifrizzi
Named one of 50 magazines to buy before you die by Oitzarisme
Issue 1 Recap
We’ve come so far since we published Issue 1 with the generosity of all of our Kickstarter backers! In the last year we distributed the magazine nationally and internationally, including locations such as the Tate Modern in London, and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris; and have almost completely sold out of our limited edition, which is amazing! We’ve had so many extraordinary moments since our launch of Issue 1 that have made us feel so fortunate and grateful to be working on something that we love and believe in so much. Here are some highlights of the people, events, and places that have made this process such a beautiful and memorable one:
What your generosity will support
Issue 2 Content: We’ve been working on this second issue of Momma Tried for a year now, and we couldn’t be more excited to share the finished product with all of you! Our literary content ranges from a sensitive and inspired account of the complexities of polyamory, an experimental film review, a Faulknerian masterpiece about bullfighting, investigative journalism, feminist art criticism, lush allegorical fiction that explores the principles of Buddhist Tantra, and so much more! Our nude editorials for this issue were inspired by the unconventional splendor that is sheer pantyhose on the male body, Andy Warhol and The Factory, as well as the practice of witchcraft and the bonds between women.
One Issue, Two Covers! For this volume we’re branching out and are printing the issue with two covers: one will serve as the primary face for Issue 2 (available at all of our retail locations), and a second NSFW cover which will be printed in a limited run of 300. The NSFW cover version of Issue 2 will only be available to our readers through this Kickstarter campaign, and the remaining copies will be sold through our website, if there are any left in stock.
Risograph Photo Book: In addition to our two versions of the second issue, as a special reward option for our readers who support Momma Tried through this presale, we’re also publishing a limited edition of 100 risograph photo books from our black and white editorial, Tomorrow’s Parties, photographed by Joshua Smith. This book will feature some of our closest friends modelling in the nude, and is an homage to Richard Avedon’s photos of Andy Warhol and members of The Factory.
How Funds Will Be Used
All of the funds raised will be spent printing the magazine, fulfilling backer rewards, and covering Kickstarter fees. Our goal of $15,000 is considerably less than the actual cost of printing Issue 2 (in addition to campaign fees, etc), so any additional funds received will be hugely beneficial to our goals, and will be put directly towards our remaining printing and campaign costs.
Reward Delivery Timeline: Immediately after we receive the funds from this campaign we will be sending our finished files to our printer, ODDI! Below is the timeline of the longest projected durations for each step of the process to come:
Kickstarter end date: October 8th
Funds transfer (up to 2 weeks): October 22nd
Printing end date (up to 3 weeks) : November 12th
Magazine arrival date (up to 2 weeks) : November 26th
Our hope is to still be able to officially launch Issue 2 in November, but our first priority will be fulfilling all of our Kickstarter rewards and making shipments to all of you, which we will be able to do starting the last week of November, at the latest.
Ways To Help
If you’re able to donate that’s wonderful! Any amount will bring us closer to our goals, and we’re so grateful for your support. Whether or not you donate, please consider sharing our Kickstarter project with friends, on a blog, or on facebook; the more people we can reach, the better!
If you’re an artist, writer, or photographer and you’d like to send us your work to be reviewed for the next issue, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Last but not least: if you’re affiliated with a bookstore, shop, or art space and you’d like to stock Momma Tried, please be in touch! Email email@example.com
Micah + Theo
Our Kickstarter video would not have been possible without the help of some amazing friends: our beautiful models Sophie Kosofsky, Tim Curtin, Mooks, and Jack Reilly, our videographer extraordinaire Casey Coleman, as well as Court 13 for giving us access to such a fancy slo-mo camera. The accompanying cover of Pour Some Sugar On Me was melodiously birthed by our newly formed (and yet unnamed) cover band featuring Mooks, David Bear, Micah, Theo, and our considerably more talented lead singer Boyfriend. Additional gratitude goes to David whose mastery of the dark arts transformed our cacophony into a real song.
Layout slideshow credits:
Local Honey by Xavier Juarez appearing with Georges by Jeff Nelson
Galatea by David Tortora/Jaime Travezan
In-house disruptive content: Assorted Fruit
Hubba Bubba photographed by Daniel Ford, art directed by Theo Eliezer
Phenomenologie de l'ego / numero 01 by Mehryl Levisse
Cure by Grace Mikell Ramsey
Risks and challenges
We owe an incredible debt of gratitude to our Kickstarter supporters for making Issue 1 possible, and for allowing us the good fortune to be be at the cusp of publishing our second issue. As with Issue 1, we have had to make many personal sacrifices over the past year in order to move the magazine forward, but it has been an incredibly fulfilling process. As working artists, the opportunity to dedicate ourselves to a project that we believe in so wholly is exhilarating, but being so personally invested does come with risk: what if we fail? What if we never really feel like we know what we’re doing? Although we do sometimes lapse into moments of being overwhelmed by challenges, the outpouring of enthusiasm and support from friends, family, and strangers that have contributed to making Momma Tried successful thus far has given us confidence that the risks are worth taking, and that our obstacles are opportunities to refine and strengthen our ideas.
Moving forward, our goal is for Momma Tried to be funded by arts and literary grants, and our strategy is to continue to invest in creating the magazine to the highest standard that we are able in order to make the project as compelling as possible for foundation support.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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