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By Shane Turgeon
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About

In 2007 we published a book that defied genres; a book that shone a light on a niche subculture within two already niche subcultures: Star Wars fandom and tattooing. It's hard to believe but at the time, the subject was nowhere near as mainstream as it is today. As a result, the book influenced an entire generation of tattoo artists and brought the subculture of Star Wars tattoos to the prominent forefront of fandom they now occupy.

Through brilliant photos and biographies of over 40 collectors and artists, The Force in the Flesh: Star Wars Inspired Body Art was a stunning, self-published hardcover art book of unparalleled quality. It proved so popular that it sold out in a few short years and spawned a sequel volume that was released in 2015.

As both volumes were 100% self-published, funded and distributed, quantities of these books were limited and Volume I is now long out of print. One of the questions we're asked the most is "where can I get a copy?" Sadly, the answer is nowhere.

By reprinting Volume I in a 10th Anniversary Edition we hope to satisfy that demand for both old and new fans of the series. So what exactly have we come up with? Well, we're glad you asked! Our 10th Anniversary Edition plans include the following:

-10th Anniversary reprint of Volume I featuring a brand new cover by tattoo artist Adam Hays. This new cover matches the style and theme he created for Volume II and what we're currently developing for the release of Volume III in 2021. Volume I comes in at 200 pages and measures 9"x11" with a debossed hardcover and flood varnished pages.

New Cover!
New Cover!

-A 10th Anniversary softcover retrospective. This approximately 75 page book will feature interviews with 15 artists and collectors originally featured in Volume I, ten years on, and bring us up to speed on what they've been up to - and trust us, some of it is pretty awesome!

Retrospective Working Cover (Not final)
Retrospective Working Cover (Not final)

-A 10th Anniversary slipcase for both Volumes I and II.

Slipcase Working Image (design to change)
Slipcase Working Image (design to change)

Our books have come to be known for their exceptionally high quality. They are big and beautiful. Self-publishing art books of this caliber also means they are expensive to produce. To help reach our goal of $25,000 Canadian (roughly $19,000 'Merican dollars) we have a put together an incredible selection of rewards including exclusive items and some long out-of-print collectibles and publications we've been a part of creating.  

Here's some of the awesome stuff up for grabs. Check out all the rewards for the various options and combinations!

10th Anniversary Shirt (front)
10th Anniversary Shirt (front)
10th Anniversary Shirt (back)
10th Anniversary Shirt (back)
Portraits from a Galaxy Far, Far Away Exhibition Catalogue
Portraits from a Galaxy Far, Far Away Exhibition Catalogue
16x20" Hahnemule Art Print
16x20" Hahnemule Art Print
Volume II 9x11" Convention Prints
Volume II 9x11" Convention Prints

Items in our Ultimate Set:

Skateboard (only 4 in existence)
Skateboard (only 4 in existence)
Adam Hays "Never Forget" Print from Portraits
Adam Hays "Never Forget" Print from Portraits
Hannah Aitchison "I Love My Star Wars Tattoo" shirt
Hannah Aitchison "I Love My Star Wars Tattoo" shirt

Whether this is your first time seeing our works or are long-time fans, there's something new for everyone here. So jump in with both feet and get it all or pick and choose what works you! Either way, we thank you for supporting us.

Risks and challenges

As the 10th Anniversary Edition and Retrospective will be our fourth and fifth publications respectively, it's safe to say that we have considerable experience in bringing a book through all of the development, publication and delivery stages. As of now, the 10th Anniversary Edition is ready for print and the final design of the Retrospective is very close to being completed. While unforeseen circumstances are always a possibility, we are well prepared for any challenges that may arise.

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    10th Anniversary Sticker

    A sweet as candy sticker featuring our new book cover graphic!

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    See your name in the book!

    We'll be adding a Kickstarter thank you page to the 10th Anniversary Edition and for a scant seven bucks (translate five 'merican bucks), you can see your name in print!

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    9x11" Volume II Limited Print

    We have a small handful of the prints we created to include with convention sales of Volume II left and are offering the remainder here!

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    10th Anniversary Edition T-shirt

    I supported this Kickstarter and all i got was this super rad t-shirt! Featuring the new Volume I 10th Anniversary Edition artwork by Adam Hays on the front and the Force in the Flesh in stunning script by Christopher McPherson along the lower back!

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    Portraits from a Galaxy Far, Far Away

    In 2015 we asked some of the world's most renowned Star Wars artists a question: What do you think your favourite Star Wars characters would look like heavily tattooed? The result was an amazing touring art show held in Cardiff, San Francisco, Edmonton and London. We produced a stunning exhibition catalogue showcasing all of the paintings in one place! Only a handful of these catalogues remain!

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    10th Anniversary Edition Slipcase

    Perfect for those who already have both volumes of the Force in the Flesh! Both books will slide buttery smooth into this new slipcase designed exclusively for our special anniversary!

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    10th Anniversary Edition Retrospective

    Brand new publication!

    We hear all the time how much people enjoy the bios that accompany each featured artist and collector in the books. Some of the folks in Volume I have had a tremendously interesting decade and this 10th Anniversary Retrospective is a new book featuring interviews that catch us up with 15 people originally featured in Volume I. Measuring 9x11" (the same size as Volumes I & II), this approximately 75 page, full-colour book brings us right up to speed!

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    10th Anniversary Hahnemuhle Art Print

    At Celebration 2015 we celebrated the launch of Volume II with a limited edition, 16x20" cold press, Hahnemuhle fine art print of the cover. For Celebration London the following year we released a second print in blue. Both prints were strictly limited to 25 with the first selling out immediately. To celebrate our 10th Anniversary, we'll be doing a matching 16x20" print of the new cover by Adam Hays, also strictly limited to 25.

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    Volume I 10th Anniversary Edition

    This is it! This is the one! This is what you've been waiting for! Our brand new, 10th Anniversary Edition of Volume I! With our first edition looooong out of print, fans and collectors can now get their hands on this groundbreaking publication that influenced an entire generation of Star Wars fans and tattoo artists! The 10th Anniversary Edition features a brand new cover by Adam Hays that matches his now iconic Vader illustration used for the cover of Volume II and reprints the book for the first time ever!

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    Volume I and Slipcase

    Save $5! If you've already got a copy of Volume II but need Volume I, why not add the slipcase in to make your shelf presentation that much more awesome!

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    Volume I and Retrospective

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    Perfect for those who need Volume I and love the stories contained within! This gets you both of the new publications and allows you to pick right up on some of the features artists and collectors once you're done reading!

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    Volume I & II Slipcase Set

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    Volume I & II Slipcase Set w/ T-shirt

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    Volume I & II Slipcase Set w/Retro

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    Vol I and II Set w/Retro & Shirt

    Save $20, get all three books, a slipcase and look super cool in the process!

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    All the Books!

    Save $20 and receive every publication we've ever made! Volume I and II in the slipcase with the 10th Anniversary Retrospective and Portraits from a Galaxy Far, Far Away! Wow!

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    Force in the Flesh Penultimate Package

    Almost everything we've ever done! Over the past 20 years we've been a part of some pretty spectacular projects. The penultimate set gets you a whole lot of it! This set includes:
    -Volume I and II with the slipcase
    -Volume I original printing!
    -10th Anniversary Retrospective
    -10th Anniversary t-shirt
    -10th Annversary Hahnemuhle 16x20" print
    -10th Anniversary Sticker
    -Name in book
    -Portraits from a Galaxy Far, Far Away
    -Volume II 9x11" cover print
    -Volume II cover 16x20" Hahnemuhle print from Celebration London (blue)
    -Volume II concept art book plate signed by author Shane Turgeon, book designer Jeff Correll and artist Adam Hays
    -Volume II bookmark

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    The Force in the Flesh Ultimate Package

    Everything we've ever done! We've dug deep into our archives to offer up some very rare and exclusive items we've made or been a part of. Some of these items have never been publicly offered before. This ultimate set includes:
    -Force in the Flesh skate deck. Limited to 4 ever made and used to promote the release of the first volume waaaaay back in 2007.
    -I Love My Star Wars Tattoo shirt by Hannah Aitchison. Long before she was a part of LA Ink and Best Ink, Hannah Aitchison designed these amazing baseball style tees for us for an exclusive at Celebration IV in Los Angeles in 2007. These shirts were strictly limited, sold out insanely fast and licensed by Lucasfilm. In fact, this shirt is the first ever licensed Star Wars tattoo or tattoo-themed product ever licensed by the company. This shirt is brand new, never worn and insanely rare.
    -A set of our limited "The Force in the Flash" flash set that was available only in 2007 with the release of the first volume. This set of four sheets features an image done by every artist featured in the book.
    -A set of our limited edition prints available only in our original slipcase set released in 2015.
    -Adam Hays "Never Forget" print. This 12x16" print of Adam's now classic design featured on the back of our Portraits exhibition catalogue. This image went viral at the time of the exhibition and only a handful of these prints were ever made.
    -Star Wars Insider #68, featuring author Shane Turgeon's first ever professionally published work: a feature length article on Star Wars tattoos entitled "Tattoo Detoo."
    -"No Roses Grow on a Trooper's Grave" t-shirt and collectible tin. A Star Wars Shop exclusive that quickly sold out and is highly sought after!
    -Volume I and II with the slipcase
    -Volume I original printing!
    -10th Anniversary Retrospective
    -10th Anniversary t-shirt
    -10th Annversary Hahnemuhle 16x20" print
    -10th Anniversary Sticker
    -Name in book
    -Portraits from a Galaxy Far, Far Away
    -Volume II 9x11" cover print
    -Volume II cover 16x20" Hahnemuhle print from Celebration London (blue)
    -Volume II concept art book plate signed by author Shane Turgeon, book designer Jeff Correll and artist Adam Hays
    -Volume II bookmark

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    Alberta Landscape Photography Workshop

    Force in the Flesh author Shane Turgeon is an accomplished landscape and nature photographer based in picturesque Alberta, Canada. Take a three day tour through either the Canadian Rockies or take the road less traveled through Southern Alberta with Shane and see some of the most stunning landscapes the world has to offer and learn how to take stunning photographs. Price does not include airfare to Edmonton.

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