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Vintage style t-shirt designs inspired by the alternative lives of Nikola Tesla, Edgar Allan Poe, Grigory Rasputin, and HP Lovecraft.
Vintage style t-shirt designs inspired by the alternative lives of Nikola Tesla, Edgar Allan Poe, Grigory Rasputin, and HP Lovecraft.
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Altered Egos: Rasputin, Poe, Tesla, & Lovecraft T-Shirts

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Because you guys rock, all 2 SHIRT PLEDGE levels and up will get these two 5x7 miniprints for FREE, if we make $13,000 or more in pledges.

These 5x7 prints are offset printed on card stock, with a satin-matte finish.

 We've designed a line of t-shirts based on alternative lives of tragic historic figures whom we love. Instead of dying in doom, we're reinventing their stories.

We've made vintage inspired design a hallmark of what we do. With ALTERED EGOS, we've translated some of our favorite figures from history into advertisement designed t-shirts.

Rasputin: Instead of being poisoned, stabbed, shot and castrated, what if Rasputin started a hypnosis school for promising villains?

Poe: Rather than dying in a delirium in the streets of Baltimore, what if Edgar Allen Poe had created a successful Cryptographic Detective Agency?

Tesla: Instead of being betrayed by his rival Edison, what if Nikola Tesla had created the first energy drink, Nikola Cola?

Lovecraft: What if H.P. Lovecraft never wrote his C'thulhu mythos, and instead concentrated his efforts as a ghost writer and paranormal investigator?

Sure, we love what these guys accomplished, which is why we're creating this line of Altered Egos t-shirts!

We're printing on high-quality unisex Next Level Apparel premium fitted S/S crew garments. (WHEW!) They're 100% ring-spun cotton, short-sleeved, and really soft. They fit a tad smaller, like American Apparel, so be aware of that.

SIZING CHART:

Next Level 3600 Sizing Chart
Next Level 3600 Sizing Chart

NOTE: The 4XL and 5XL garments will be different shades of our garments, since the Next Level shirts we're using only go to 3XL. 

 UNLOCKED: Add a 12x18 archival print to any shirt pledge for $25 more. (Just specify Telsa, Lovecraft, Poe, or Rasputin.) They will be hand signed by the artist Daniel m. Davis o' Steam Crow. 

Or add all four for $80.

These are printed on 50 year archival paper, and are the same great quality as other Steam Crow prints. (At a special Kickstarter price!)

UNLOCKED!: Add a Nikola Cola Bottle by adding $30 to any shirt pledge. Real recycled glass. Decorative prop. Faux antique. 8 inches tall, and completely non-functional for the whole family! (Does not contain any food-stuffs.) Confound your friends!

STRETCH GOAL:

LOCKED UNTIL $15K

All pledges of 3 shirts and up will receive this exclusive Lincolnstein Law Group print for FREE. It measures 12x18, and is printed on 50 year archival film. Signed by the artist, this will be the only way to get this print. A $25 dollar value.

UNLOCKED! For every pledge level of 1 shirt or more, you'll receive 1 free sketch on a small goodie bag containing a button, sticker, and/or some other weird thing from the studio.

It'll be our choice (hey, we have to draw them) of some odd, weird monster-creature. Here are some examples:

 This is FREE UPGRADE to all Shirt Pledge Levels! (Now that we made our stretch goal!)

UNLOCKED: Because you guys rock, all 2 SHIRT PLEDGES and up will get these two 5x7 miniprints for FREE!

These 5x7 prints are offset printed on card stock, with a satin-matte finish.

This is happening!

Steam Crow is Daniel & Dawna Davis - a husband and wife team based in Phoenix, Arizona, who make friendly, monster-inspired art, prints, books, and other oddities.

We design Altered Egos, as well as books, prints, and other strange stuff.

Since 2005, we've been traveling across the country selling our wares at Comic Conventions, Book Festivals, and art galleries. We love Halloween, old guitars, and electric ghosts.

Your support of this project means that you're helping us pay the bills, and keep making our art-products for you. You're a part of our success!

We practically live at comic conventions. It's where we meet new folks. That said, we can only do so many shows a year... which is why we're doing this Kickstarter!

Printing Partner

Our partner printer for this project is Designed In Ink, a Phoenix Arizona screen-printing company.

We've used them on 4 jobs over the last year, and have been happy with their attention to detail, printing quality, and interest in getting our shirts produced in a timely manner.

In 2013 we completed a successful Kickstarter for Wall Monsters. We had some troubles receiving a flatstock screenprinting press that we had ordered (dang factory made us lose 4 weeks of production time) but we still managed to deliver right on schedule.

We've allowed ourselves plenty of time to deliver your pledges by the end of September.

Most important: We're in this for the long-game; we sincerely want you to be happy with what we create.

 Printing, shipping, and creating this stuff isn't cheap.

These are just estimations; in truth, the taxes in particular are a moving target. In any-case, we're just trying to do our best to make sure that we cover everything.

Why so much for shipping and packaging? Well, we don't just toss your t-shirt in a mailing bag; we fold it, bag it, and ship it out in a cool, hand-screened box like this:

 Here at Steam Crow, we don't don't do things the easy way.®

SHIPPING OUTSIDE THE USA: Please note that you are responsible for all duties/tariffs/VAT for importing of your goods. We're simply following the law here on our end, and marking the value at your pledge level. 

Sure, the designs are created, but the hard-work begins once this thing is over (and hopefully successful.) Here's a general timeline of how we see production working.

Of course, this is only an estimation, but at least you can see that we're planning ahead - even if a few things go unexpected.

Thank you for your support!

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Recent Testimonials

"A hardworking, dedicated, and consistent source of Villainy, Steam Crow has built a rabid legion of followers by offering a unique glimpse at the Monster world that lies beyond the veil. They are truly incredible." - Tavis M.

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"A family business that puts meticulous thought, love, quality and a touch of spooky fun into their craft. New and old customers are treated with care and never disappointed." - Shannon P.

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"OK, seriously, everyone there has been courteous any time I've had a question. These people care about what they do and what you think. I like that. You will too." - Linda L.

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"Steam Crow has got it all: Top notch quality, ingenious creativity, diverse products and amazing customer service. On top of all that, they are an incredibly nice group of folks. You will marvel at how fun they and their offerings are from the website where you place your order all the way through the packaging your item arrives in." - Joseph D.

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"Steam Crow shirts cover your torso with awesome." - Rebecca H.

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"Steam Crow provides the best quality products through their unique designs and have outstanding customer service, adding little personal touches to each and every order!" - Jen K.

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"Amazing and humorous designs and products from a company that really enjoys what they create." - Zach F.

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"It is always apparent Steam Crow likes to make a personal connection with people through their unique and exceptional art!"- Renee M.

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"Steam Crow's work has helped bring my father and I even closer together. You have stuff that we both love, enjoy and have shared interest in. It also makes present shopping easier on the both of us for presents for each other. P.S. the monster stuff is grrreat!" - Tiffany K.

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"In an industry where many expect you to pay for their hobby, Steam Crow is in business for their art." - Josiah H.

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"Steam Crow always goes an extra ten miles by providing great service, speedy goblin post delivery and unique, handmade packaging!" - Gabe L.

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"When I ordered my "I lovecraft you" shirt, the personal touches of a hand drawing on the tissue paper as well as the paper and drawstring the shirt was wrapped in AND the buttons, stickers, and other such 'excitement' included in the package really made the whole experience of opening and now owning an awesome shirt 1000% better! It made me know there are real people on the other end that put a great deal of effort and love in this product and not just machines printing out shirts and stuffing them in boxes." - Amanda P.

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"Steam Crow is the real deal! Top quality, AMAZING, artwork and some of my favorite folks to visit with at every convention!! I'll take one of everything, please!!" - AJ H.

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"Steam Crow is the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of Halloween. Also, they make good art." - Cassandra P.

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"Daniel M. Davis is a creative fellow (to say the least) and a class act to booth. Expressed through Steamcrow, his passion for high quality craftsmanship and his gorgeous graphic sensibilities are evident in all he does. You OWE yourself something he's made. Viva Halloween! Viva Steamcrow!" - Jonathan C.

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"Not sure what to get that friend, coworker or dungeon master? Steam Crow items will always bring a smile and assure that they don't "already have have one of those". Fair prices, thoughtfully packaged, quality items from people that take pride in their craft. They get my highest rating of 2 paws up!" - Jay J.

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"I've ordered from Steam Crow regularly for the past few years (and even Kickstartered them once). Always a high quality product, made with care, with extra miles gone on the regular. I rotate out a lot of the art in my home but I've never taken down a Steam Crow print or project." - Kevin I.

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Risks and challenges

We have an 9 year track record of creating and delivering our goods, but issues could arise with production and/or shipping. (Like if this thing happens to go crazy popular.)

That said, we're very experienced screen print artists, and we've been creating and shipping out our products for almost a decade.

To be honest, this Kickstarter is WAY easier to fulfill than our last "Wall Monsters" one. We have a great printing partner.

Our goal is to make you happy (not sad) and we're really motivated to get these out to you by the promised date: the end of September.

We're not saying that things won't go wrong, but we are saying that we'll fix them as best we can, and keep you in the loop.

Getting this fulfilled right, and on time, is paramount to us.

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    TIP OF THE HAT! - A big thank you from Daniel & Dawna of Steam Crow for your donation to our project.

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    ONE SHIRT: Your choice of 1 Altered Egos t-shirt. Small-XL, unisex garment. Choose Tesla, Rasputin, Poe, or Lovecraft. 2XL add $2. 3XL add $3. 4XL add $4. 5XL add $5. Ships in a silk-screened art box.

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    TWO SHIRTS: Your choice of 2 Altered Egos t-shirts. Small-XL, unisex garment. Choose from Tesla, Rasputin, Poe, and/or Lovecraft.

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    THREE SHIRTS: Your choice of 3 Altered Egos t-shirts. Small-XL, unisex garment. Choose from Tesla, Rasputin, Poe, and/or Lovecraft.

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    EARLYBIRD > FOUR SHIRTS: Your choice of 4 Altered Egos t-shirts. Small-XL, unisex garment. Choose from Tesla, Rasputin, Poe, and/or Lovecraft. For each 2XL add $2. For each 3XL add $3. For each 4XL add $4. For each 5XL add $5. Ships in a silk-screened art box.

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    FOUR SHIRTS: Your choice of 4 Altered Egos t-shirts. Small-XL, unisex garment. Choose from Tesla, Rasputin, Poe, and/or Lovecraft. For each 2XL add $2. For each 3XL add $3. For each 4XL add $4. For each 5XL add $5. Ships in a silk-screened art box.

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    WHOLE SHEBANG! FOUR SHIRTS and FOUR PRINTS: Your choice of 4 Altered Egos t-shirts. Small-XL, unisex garment. Choose from Tesla, Rasputin, Poe, and/or Lovecraft. For each 2XL add $2. For each 3XL add $3. For each 4XL add $4. For each 5XL add $5. ONE SET of FOUR PRINTS: 1 Poe, 1 Rasputin, 1 Tesla, and 1 Lovecraft 12x18 print. Ships in a silk-screened art box.

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