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Limited edition screen printed art. Mashup of classic Heavy Metal mascots and Dogs Playing Poker by Rock Poster Artist, Dave Berns. \m/
Limited edition screen printed art. Mashup of classic Heavy Metal mascots and Dogs Playing Poker by Rock Poster Artist, Dave Berns. \m/
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Introducing my latest Art Print...

'A Fiend In Need!'
Metal Mascots Playing Poker

An Illustrated, Screen Printed Pop Culture Mashup of the bands that played in a loop on my Walkman as a teenager and the 100-and-something-year-old guy-art classic Dogs Playing Poker painting "A Friend In Need". This 5-color parody poster by me, Rock Poster Artist & Cartoonist Extraordinaire, Dave Berns, is an instant guy-art classic in and of itself... especially to fans of Rock & Roll's most beastly era.

The original, which I've deftly parodied for the knuckleheads of my generation.
The original, which I've deftly parodied for the knuckleheads of my generation.

I'd had the basic idea in mind for many years... when I finally decided to flesh it out with a sketch and some research to see how the concept held up, things started clicking into place with complete no-brainer ease. The title alone, "A Friend in Need"... the snagglepuss bulldog passing an ace... Once I'd imagined that card a spade & dropped the "r" in "Friend" there could be no turning back.

Debuting at Art Rock 2013 on April 27th, the print run(s) number of ink colors and number of bonus items depends entirely on Kickstarter pre-sales. If orders are as strong as early indicators suggest, it's entirely possible that it will debut publicly as a second printing... hell, maybe even a third.

I had a tremendous success with Kickstarter in January, preselling nearly 4 times as many prints of my last poster "Hail to the King, Baby!" as I needed to cover base costs.  Thank you to the staff at Kickstarter for recognizing that work with a "Staff Pick" and "Project of the Day" on New Year's Day, no less... what a way to start the year! Also, I'd be remiss if I didn't thank the arts reporters at Sun Sentinel & New Times newspapers for their exceedingly favorable coverage of the work and every buyer whose direct action in purchasing a copy facilitated it's publication. Hail to you guys, because you rule like freakin' Kings!

My last Kickstarted Art Print, "Hail to the King, Baby!"... thank you for making it a success!
My last Kickstarted Art Print, "Hail to the King, Baby!"... thank you for making it a success!

Based on initial reaction to this piece and that there is time for a full month of crowdfunding (H2tKB was a breakout success in only 10 days time) I'm confidently setting the bar a little higher. It'll be a 17x23 image area on 18x24 so it will frame up nicely in any off-the shelf or custom frame of that size. Rather than slog through the squeegeeing myself with my mediocre screen printing skillset, I'm hiring the tremendous Nakatomi Inc. to print this project fully, with Hans Grüber-like precision.

I've got some bitchin' bonuses built into this project as stretch goals that pretty much necessitate success. These pot sweeteners further sell a poster you've already got to have & give YOU the incentive to tell everyone you know. An extra, metallic Ink, ultra-rare limited edition bonus prints (which I'll be creating and sharing process snapshots of in-progress artwork as we approach the stretch goal that unlocks the printing of them!) and, once we finally push through to a total pre-sell-out of the first printing, everyone who helped make that happen will get a bonus copy from the second printing! Regift that sucker to a friend, you know they'll love it, too!

OK, enough of my blathering... here's the specific breakdown of how the project is structured showing, how its exceedingly successful funding will enhance the freaking crap out of what you get as a backer.

Base Funding Goal - $1000

Base funding goal met - 4-Color Print on Cougar 100# White, 75 total print run
Base funding goal met - 4-Color Print on Cougar 100# White, 75 total print run

18x24 Screen Print - A Fiend In Need
Signed & Numbered
4-Colors - Dark Gray-Blue, Crimson, Light Blue &Yellow
75 total copies
  60 Standard Edition on Cougar 100# White
  10 Variant on White French Dur-o-tone Butcher Paper
   5 Variant on White French Muscle-tone Paper Hand-stained with blue & metallic acrylic paints

Stretch Funding Goal #1 - $1250

Stretch funding goal #1 met - 4-Color Print on French Berrylicious Pop-tone, 75 total print run
Stretch funding goal #1 met - 4-Color Print on French Berrylicious Pop-tone, 75 total print run

18x24 Screen Print - A Fiend In Need
Signed & Numbered
4-Colors - Dark Gray-Blue, Crimson, Yellow & White
75 total copies
  60 Standard Edition on Berrylicious French Pop-tone paper
  10 Variant on Extra Blue French Dur-o-tone Butcher Paper
   5 Variant on White French Muscle-tone Paper Hand-stained with blue & metallic acrylic paints

Stretch Funding Goal #2 - $1500
Add Metallic Silver Ink

Stretch funding goal #2 met - 5-Color Print on French Berrylicious Pop-tone, 75 total print run
Stretch funding goal #2 met - 5-Color Print on French Berrylicious Pop-tone, 75 total print run

18x24 Screen Print - A Fiend In Need
Signed & Numbered
5-Colors
- Dark Gray-Blue, Metallic Silver, Crimson, Yellow & White
75 total copies
  60 Standard Edition on Berrylicious French Pop-tone paper
  10 Variant on Extra Blue French Dur-o-tone Butcher Paper
   5 Variant on White French Muscle-tone Paper Hand-stained with blue & metallic acrylic paints

Stretch Funding Goal #3 - $1750
Double Print Run

Stretch funding goal #3 met - 5-Color Print on French Berrylicious Pop-tone, 150 total print run
Stretch funding goal #3 met - 5-Color Print on French Berrylicious Pop-tone, 150 total print run

18x24 Screen Print - A Fiend In Need
Signed & Numbered
5-Colors
- Dark Gray-Blue, Metallic Silver, Crimson, Yellow & White
150 total copies
    120 Standard Edition on Berrylicious French Pop-tone paper
     20 Variant on Extra Blue French Dur-o-tone Butcher Paper
     10 Variant on White French Muscle-tone Paper Hand-stained with blue & metallic acrylic paints

Stretch Funding Goal #4 - $2000
Add Bonus Mini Print

Stretch funding goal #4 met - 5-Color Print on French Berrylicious Pop-tone, 150 total print run + 3-Color Mini Print
Stretch funding goal #4 met - 5-Color Print on French Berrylicious Pop-tone, 150 total print run + 3-Color Mini Print

18x24 Screen Print - A Fiend In Need
Signed & Numbered
5-Colors - Dark Gray-Blue, Metallic Silver, Crimson, Yellow & White
150 total copies
    120 Standard Edition on Berrylicious French Pop-tone paper
     20 Variant on Extra Blue French Dur-o-tone Butcher Paper
     10 Variant on White French Muscle-tone Paper Hand-stained with blue & metallic acrylic paints

+ 8x10 Screen Print  - M.E.T.A.L. Minutia!
Signed & Numbered
3-colors on 100lb Cougar White
200 Standard Edition.
This concept will be of particular appeal to fans of A Fiend In Need.

Stretch Funding Goal #5
Standard Edition Sell-Out

Stretch funding goal #5 met - 5-Color Print on French Berrylicious Pop-tone, 150 total print run + 3-Color Miniprint + 2nd Printing of 5-Color print on French Spearmint Pop-tone
Stretch funding goal #5 met - 5-Color Print on French Berrylicious Pop-tone, 150 total print run + 3-Color Miniprint + 2nd Printing of 5-Color print on French Spearmint Pop-tone

Add Free Bonus Second Printing of Standard Version of 250 pieces on Spearmint French Pop-tone paper. Post remaining 100 2nd Printing copies for sale with single bonus miniprint.

18x24 Screen Print - A Fiend In Need
Signed & Numbered
5-Colors
- Dark Gray-Blue, Metallic Silver, Crimson, Yellow & White
150 total copies
    120 Standard Edition on Berrylicious French Pop-tone paper
     20 Variant on Extra Blue French Dur-o-tone Butcher Paper
     10 Variant on White French Muscle-tone Paper Hand-stained with blue & metallic acrylic paints

+ 8x10 Screen Print  - M.E.T.A.L. Minutia!
Signed & Numbered
3-colors on 100lb Cougar White
300 Standard Edition.
This concept will be of particular appeal to fans of A Fiend In Need.

+ 18x24 Screen Print - A Fiend In Need (2nd Printing)
5-Colors
- Dark Gray-Blue, Metallic Silver, Crimson, Yellow & White
250 Standard Edition 2nd Printing on Spearmint French Pop-tone paper

List for sale: 2nd Printing of 5-Color print on French Spearmint Pop-tone + 3-Color Miniprint
List for sale: 2nd Printing of 5-Color print on French Spearmint Pop-tone + 3-Color Miniprint

Stretch Funding Goal #6
2nd Printing Sell-Out

List for sale: 3nd Printing of 5-Color print on French Grapesicle Pop-tone
List for sale: 3nd Printing of 5-Color print on French Grapesicle Pop-tone

Third printing of 150 available for sale with no bonus love for late-comers and rousing rendition of "Nanny-Nanny-Boo-Boo" sung in the best gravelly metal-voices the 1st & 2nd printing buyers can muster.

In the event of a 3rd printing sell-out... that's all, folks. We'll probably issue a 4th printing, but it'll be through hotdamnarts.com & be begging for a few tweaks to make it extra-special by then.

Customized

Play Jr. Art Director & recast one player at the table as you see fit for a customized archival giclee print.
Play Jr. Art Director & recast one player at the table as you see fit for a customized archival giclee print.

Love the idea, but not crazy about one of the bands I'm canonizing into this work of epic pop art? I understand, as I'm also a picky bastard, it's why I've decided to offer this option... I'll gladly create a customized version of the piece just for YOU featuring a character or caricature that's more to your liking... who or whatever you'd prefer to see sitting at one of the currently occupied seats. Fine tune the perfect gift for your favorite oldschool metalhead.

Stickers!

Have you no wall space in need of such epic dude-decoration? Buy some stickers and support the cause with a few bucks and your passive aggressive placement of them in places appropriate and inappropriate, alike.

Debut Public Exhibition at ART ROCK 2013!

The public debut of A Fiend In Need will be at this year's Art Rock! Come say hi & buy stuff in person!
The public debut of A Fiend In Need will be at this year's Art Rock! Come say hi & buy stuff in person!

Hot Damn Arts!

Go check out more of my Rock Poster artwork at hotdamnarts.com... I've created some memorable artwork for some of the best in the business... much of it is available in my web store there.

Risks and challenges

No worries... The creative is in the can for the project. I'm budgeting with enough wiggle room to cover outsourcing all of the printing to a shop of ridiculously strong credibility & quality. This beast is gonna fire on all cylinders & make some lucky metalheads wicked happy. \m/

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    STICK 'EM IF YA GOT 'EM!

    Two 4"x3" vinyl stickers emblazoned with the A Fiend In Need artwork.

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    THE (SIGNED &) NUMBER(ED) OF THE BEAST

    One Standard Print from the First Printing of signed & numbered screen prints on house white or Berrylicious French Poptone paper (depending on order volume).

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    HEAVY EFFIN' METAL!

    Variant on Muscletone white hand-stained with blue & metallic acrylic paint.

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    DEAL \m/E IN!

    Customized Giclee Print - Replace any one mascot with a custom illustrated character or caricature of your choosing. Additional prints @$49 each.

    Open edition, custom illustrated to order.

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