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Custom nerdy pirate flags, hand-printed in San Francisco!

About this project

Pirates are cool! Aside from being covetous, rum-swigging, no-rules-having bad-asses, you know what makes them so freakin' awesome? Their flags! 

Take the Jolly Roger—one of the most iconic symbols in recent history. It was flown by men and women of fortune to show the world that they would not be ruled—that they were free.

I want to make the same statement. I'm opening a pirate flag screen-printing operation to create personal Jolly Rogers to sell at comic conventions, Renaissance fairs, art shows, and other events.

With the help of scurvy dogs like ye’selves, I'll be able to take my art to a whole new level with the magic of screen-printing. You get a handmade black flag of your own to hoist high, and I get to live free from the shackles of the 9-to-5. Do we have an accord?

Who be the Cap'n?

Pirate Fest 2014
Pirate Fest 2014

I'm Xander, a freelance illustrator & graphic designer based in San Francisco, California. I've drawn two weekly web-comics for over 4 years - 6th Circle & The Historically Accurate Adventures of Jack & Voytek, and you can see the rest of my accomplished portfolio here - RedGrimRune. I've been drawing since I could lift a crayon, and I haven't stopped since. 

I also happen to have an actual historical pirate in my family's history! Who better to print your black flags than someone who already has the sea in his blood?

Operation: Crossbones

I want to give everyone the means to fly their own flag & show the world what you stand for. From coffee to comic books to state pride, there will be a flag to make just about anyone's inner-buccaneer smile. Once this campaign succeeds, I will be armed with all the tools I'll need to make my passion for creativity and pirate-ness come alive!

THE FLAGS:

Each flag is printed by hand in my home/studio/cave right here in San Francisco. While the actual printing process is done by me & my crew, the screens themselves are burned by local screenprinter Rick Kitagawa of Lords of Print

 

The flags will measure approx. 20x30" and include 2 brass grommets. Each side of the flags have been reinforced with a buffer stitch to keep fraying to a minimum.

Brass & silver grommets available.
Brass & silver grommets available.
 
Each flag is printed on black canvas duck cloth using high-quality acrylic screen-printing ink.
Each flag is printed on black canvas duck cloth using high-quality acrylic screen-printing ink.

THE JOLLY ROGER LIBRARY:

Here be the "Rogers" so far - Each of the following designs is available as a flag or as a 5x7" print!

Choose yer flag!
Choose yer flag!

 PRINTS:

In addition to the black flags, here be some buccaneer-inspired art!

UPGRADE! Any and all pledges will be getting this exclusive 4.25x11" print - Crew of Jones no. V. It's printed on high-quality Moab matte paper:

Crew of Jones no.V
Crew of Jones no.V
"Crew of Jones"  5X7" prints. I through IV.
"Crew of Jones" 5X7" prints. I through IV.

 Kickstarter Exclusive! 11x17" Cap'n Barbossa print - "Apple?" signed by Xander Kent.

 11x17" Cap'n America signed print by Xander Kent

Kickstarter Exclusive! Blackbeard - The Man From Hell 11x17" signed print by Xander Kent

Censored for NSFW reasons. Don't worry, me hearties, the print be uncensored!
Censored for NSFW reasons. Don't worry, me hearties, the print be uncensored!

 Kickstarter Exclusive! Joli Rouge 11x17" signed print by Xander Kent

"High Barbary" 11x17" Limited edition print
"High Barbary" 11x17" Limited edition print
11x17" Limited edition "Dead Crew of Oddwood"
11x17" Limited edition "Dead Crew of Oddwood"

Kickstarter Exclusive: The rocking dead! My friends of The Dread Crew of Oddwood have turned into the undead! 

Maps:

Each map print is a composite of a number of drawings, hand-illustrated by Xander & his Quartermaster (and friend), Kyle Knight, an accomplished amateur cartographer.

 The map itself is a chart of the greater San Francisco Bay Area, detailing spots of danger, treasure, and, yes, there be sea monsters out there!

The paper is unique - fibrous & parchment-like, but strong enough to handle being put through a printer.

While each map print will feature similar illustrations, no two maps will be the same! Xander has drawn a small library of monsters, geography & symbols that will embellish every print in a different location with a different icon - making your map unique!

All the info above pertains to the "Map Print" pledge. The "Hand Drawn Map" pledge, of course, will be wildly different, and will be illustrated by hand by Xander Kent.

Wood Blocks:

 Rum Roger 5x7" print mounted on birchwood panel with a 13/16" profile - made in the USA!

 Approx. 13/16" profile.

6x12" Birchwood panel - 1.5" profile - SOLD!
6x12" Birchwood panel - 1.5" profile - SOLD!
6x12" Birchwood panel - 1.5" profile - SOLD!
6x12" Birchwood panel - 1.5" profile - SOLD!
"Drink & The Devil" - measures 6x6" | 1.5" profile -SOLD!
"Drink & The Devil" - measures 6x6" | 1.5" profile -SOLD!

The wood for "Drink & the Devil" is stained with real rum & wine!

Painted birchwood panel. Sea Shanty hand-written in acrylic ink - approx 12x20" with 1.5" profile.

Original Artwork:

These pieces are one-of-a-kind.
"The Black"
"The Black"

 9x12" - Original ink-wash illustration, inspired by the intro to "Black Sails" on Starz.

"Rackham's Quay" - SOLD!
"Rackham's Quay" - SOLD!

 9x12" original ink-wash illustration.

Cap'n Morgan's Rum
Cap'n Morgan's Rum

 9x12" Original ink wash illustration Cap'n Morgan's Rum

Risks and challenges

I am no stranger to deadlines - while I, as an artist, tend to set lofty goals for myself, I, and my dedicated crew of loyal miscreants will do all we can, between our prior obligations to work & family, to create, pack & ship all the rewards within the aforementioned delivery times. We have done many events that imposed a hard deadlines on our creative schedules, and we've never disappointed. We don't plan on starting now.

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FAQ

  • Approximately 20x30 inches.

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  • For this project, I'm limited by the size of the silk screens themselves. Right now, the largest screens can get my hands on measure 14x18". The image within has to be smaller than that frame, so the "Roger" design tends to measure approx. 11.5x15". Later, once the operation gains sturdier legs, (and I get a larger studio space), I'd be more than happy to print larger flags! I'll keep you posted as this develops.

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  • Yes! At the $350 pledge level, you can submit your own design to be added to the "Jolly Roger Library"

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  • Yes! Once Operation: Crossbones succeeds, I'll be fully-equipped with enough screen-printing supplies that I can start taking custom orders.

    There will have to be a minimum of 4+ flags ordered before an order can go through - just so I'm not burning 1 screen for 1 flag. Get one for each band member! Give them to your families! Or, here's an idea - sell them at your shows or on your online store! I'll be doing bulk orders!

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  • G'aar!

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  • Hey, an artist needs his fuel!

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  • The $100 pledge doesn't just buy you a flag, it pays for the silk screen, the burning service & supplies from by friend, Rick Kitagawa, as well as the rolls of black canvas, which needs to be bought in bulk - not to mention the time & skills it takes to draw the design & hand-print each flag individually.

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Rewards

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    One silver piece gets ye a "Crew of Jones" 5x7" print & me heartfelt thanks!

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    Collect 'em all! A full doubloon gets ye all 4 "Crew of Jones" 5x7" prints.

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    Hang the colors! A small stack o' gold earns ye a 5x7" Jolly Roger print of any design yer black heart desires from the Jolly Roger library. They be printed on high-quality matte photo paper by Moab. Perfect for any wall!

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    Officer on deck! This stack of gold gets ye a 11x17" "Cap'n America" print, signed. It be printed on high-quality Moab satin photo paper. International shipping: add an additional $16 for any country outside US.

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    The Devil's son himself! Made special for this campaign - 11x17" exclusive "Blackbeard - The Man From Hell" print, signed. International shipping: add an additional $16 for any country outside US.

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    14 backers Limited (6 left of 20)

    What does every Pirate desire? ...you guessed it: Wenches! Get ye a depiction of this saucy lady - 11x17" exclusive "Joli Rouge" print, signed. Made special for this here campaign! International shipping: add an additional $16 for any country outside US.

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    1 backer Limited (19 left of 20)

    Ye must be hungry! This stack o' coin earns ye a Limted-edition print of the legendary undead Cap'n Barbossa! Apple?

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    ARR! BRRAAAINS! This stack o' silver earns ye a limited edition print of the "Dead Crew of Oddwood" - a grim depiction of our friends from the heavy rock...er...heavy mahogany band, The Dread Crew of Oddwood as the undead!

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    Set Sail! This stack o' coins earns ye a limited edition print "High Barbary" - a foreboding ink-wash of a mighty pirate ship printed on textured paper!

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    5 backers Limited (15 left of 20)

    Heavy Mahogany (well...birch)! Get any 5x7" Jolly Roger print yer scurvy heart desires & have it mounted on a sexy wooden panel. No sissy glass frames for the likes of ye! International shipping: add an additional $30 for any country outside US.

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    Flint's ghost! Ye found the treasure map! 80 pieces of eight gets ye a Treasure Map print. Packaged in a bottle, secret-message-style! While it is a print, every map will have unique touches, special to each one! International shipping: add an additional $30 for any country outside US.

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    Home is where the Anchor Drops! This sack o' coins gets ye the one-of-a-kind painting on a birchwood panel - measures 6x12"

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    Remember the pirate's motto - Yo-Ho! You Only Hang Once! This sack o' coins gets ye the one-of-a-kind painting on a birchwood panel - measures 6x12"

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    RAISE THE BLACK FLAG! Hand-screen-printed Pirate Flag with the design of your choosing from the "Jolly Roger" library! Fly yer colors high! International shipping: add an additional $12 for any country outside US.

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    This stack o' silver gets ye the original ink-wash illustration of "Cap'n Morgan's Rum". It is drawn on 9x12" bristol paper. International shipping - add an extra $16

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    Hanged like a dog! Get yourself the original ink-wash illustration of "Rackham's Quay" - the fate of the infamous "Calico" Jack Rackham! International shipping: add an additional $16 for any country outside the US

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    Black Sails on the horizon! This stack o' gold earns ye the original ink-wash illustration "The Black", inspired by the into to Starz's epic mini-series "Black Sails" - a prequel to Treasure Island.

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    Yer set for adventure! A small chest o' gold earns ye a Jolly Roger Pirate Flag with the design of your choosing from the library & Treasure Map print in a bottle! Now grab a strong western wind, and find yer fortune!

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    Billy Bones' his Fancy! With this pledge, ye will receive a one-of-a-kind, hand-drawn Pirate Treasure Map. Full of notes and symbols that only true sea-dogs can read. Keep it secret, or ol' Long John Silver will be after ye!

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    "Yo-Ho-Ho and a..." Line! Forgot how the song goes? This pledge will get ye a birchwood panel, stained in watercolor to look like the deep blue itself, and scribed with the lyrics to yer favorite sea shanty. Approx. 12x18"

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    Yer a part of the story, now! Xander will draw you as an extra in either of his webcomics - "6th Circle" or "The Historically Accurate* Adventures of Jack & Voytek"! You will also get a hand-printed Jolly Roger flag of your choosing from the library to fly with pride.

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    Fly yer own colors! Got ye a better idea of what should be flying high? This sack o' gold gets ye a commission for yer own "Roger" - printed on a flag & added to the Jolly Roger library.

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    Ye found the treasure trove!! This haul earns ye a Jolly Roger Pirate Flag with the design of your choosing + 12x18" painted wood panel with Sea Shanty + Treasure Map print in a bottle + four 5x7" Jolly Roger Prints of your choice! Ye truly are a gentleman/ lady of fortune!

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    Walk the path of the dead! This mighty pledge earns ye not only all the booty of the "Treasure Trove", but an audience with the Cap'n himself & choice officers of his crew! If ye be near California's Bay Area, you'll be joining us on a self- guided walking tour of San Francisco's famous & historical Barbary Coast. Walk with us!

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