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An art collection celebrating friends and food
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Sushi Tomodachi - Enamel Pin Collection

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My name is Zhivago and I'll be your server today...

Who are you?

You can call me Zhivago. I'm an independent artist. If you'd like to see some of my other, less edible work, feel free to sign up for my newsletter or check me out on Instagram or Twitter!

The first goal: Dragon Roll, Tiger Roll and Rainbow Roll pins!

What does Sushi Tomodachi mean?

Sushi is a Japanese dish of prepared vinegared rice (鮨飯, sushi-meshi), usually with some sugar and salt, accompanying a variety of ingredients.

Tomodachi (友達; ともだち; or トモダチ) is a Japanese word meaning "friend(s)".

So what is Sushi Tomodachi then?

Sushi Tomodachi is an art collection I have been dreaming to expand upon for a few years now, and the fact that you're here reading this campaign means I am so close to realizing this dream. 

My goal is to build up a line of artwork that is not only cute to look at, but also that has deeper meaning, both to myself and hopefully, you. You can read more about the deeper meaning I have behind the project at Cat-Bird.com - I'll be focusing on the campaign itself here!

With this campaign, my goal is to raise $1,800 to create the first three pins in this set as well as the button packs. 

Will you help me?

You will be able to order any of the Sushi Tomodachi products unlocked after the campaign - but pledging gets you a deal! You'll be able to snag your Sushi Tomodachi pins for $12 during this campaign, as opposed to the $15 sale price after.

 Want seconds?

You can get multiples of any item in your selected tier by just adding to your pledge amount - See each tier for multiple item pricing!


Unlocking the Kabuki Roll also means an additional FREE STICKER OF YOUR CHOICE added for ALL backers with a physical pledge tier! 

 Unlocking Wasabi and Ginger also means a FREE ADDITIONAL STICKER SHEET added for ALL backers with a physical pledge tier!  

Unlocking the Monster Roll also means A FREE LANYARD added for ALL backers with a physical pledge tier! 

How will everything be made? 

They will be 'gold' plated zinc, with two posts. Some, such as the Tiger Roll, will have screen printed features for small details. My manufacturer is including a backstamp (This is my project logo in raised metal on the back of the pins, for super professional finishing!) and rubber postholders with my order, so it's a sweet free upgrade. I have opted to purchase packaging, so they will arrive to me complete on a matching custom backer. 

Shiny! Fancy!

My enamel pins will be a variety of sizes, approximately 2"-2.25" depending on the designs. Except for one... If this campaign does well, we can unlock the Monster Roll, which will be a larger 4" wide pin!

The Monster Roll, if unlocked, will be 4" wide!

My manufacturer, Fandomoid.com, is handling everything pin and sticker related for this production. The pins and stickers will arrive to me complete with packaging and ready for me to ship to you!

I own my own button maker and will enlist help to produce the buttons. If this campaign goes well enough, I will be able to have Fandomoid take over button production as well. They will either provide me with matching packaging for the buttons if the production is small, or they will provide me completed buttons inside packaging to my specifications if the run is too large for me to do on my own.

I have a supplier I know and trust for artwork prints, as I have been selling the 11x17 posters and my 8x10 matted prints of other artworks to happy customers for the last 10+ years.

Where does the money go? 

Delicious, delicious pie chart... Sushi chart... ?

Now that we know what what we're aiming to achieve, let's take a look at the menu!

Please note that following images are mockups only and the final artwork may be modified as needed for production.

  More designs are on the way! Please note that the artwork is subject to minor adjustments if needed for best results during production.

  Wow! That's a lot of options! So many delicious choices. Below are the currently  available designs to choose from!  

   Please note that all artwork may be subject to minor adjustments at the end of the campaign, if needed for production purposes.

How long will this take?

My timeline is as follows:

  • Sept: Kickstarter Campaign
  • 2nd Week of Oct: Receive funds, place orders for products. Begin producing prints and buttons to be ready when pins arrive.
  • Dec: Recieve pins and start packing backer orders and start shipping!
  • Jan: Leftover stock will be posted online for sale and I will begin taking this stock to sell at cons and shows in 2020 and Sushi Tomodachi will grow from there!

Thanks for reading! The Sushi Tomodachi are eager to meet you!

Are you ready to order?

Risks and challenges

Enamel pin production does come with risks of delays in production and shipment, but I have done my best to give myself ample time in case of delays. The pin production is being overseen by a company called Fandomoid, which takes care of making sure my files are good, production, packaging and delivery.

I own my own button press and printing supplies and will be enlisting help to fulfill these orders. Fandomoid also has additional production options available to me in case this campaign becomes too large for me to produce on my own.

I plan on preparing the prints on my own as well, but I have the option to ask Fandomoid to take over production of everything if I need the help.

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    Tip Jar

    Use this tier if you'd like to support this project without receiving a physical reward - Instead, you will receive my thanks and gratitude, and a downloadable PDF featuring a collection of artwork, work in progress photos, and thoughts.

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    • My thanks and gratitude
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    Entree: Pinback Button Set

    Pledge $5 for your choice of one pack of six Sushi Tomodachi Pinback Buttons - You may pick your designs or get random ones!

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    Add +$5 to your pledge for each additional button pack.

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    Entree: Sticky Rice Sticker Pack

    Get a four pack of Sushi Tomodachi Stickers! You may choose from the available unlocked designs or get a random selection.

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    Add +$10 to your pledge for each additional four-pack of stickers

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    Entree: Sushi Tomodachi Enamel Pin

    Pledge $12 for one (1) Sushi Tomodachi pin of your choice from the Menu.

    Want more than one? Add +$12 to your pledge per additional pin.
    Want a Monster Roll? Once unlocked, you can add +$3 to your pledge to obtain the specialty roll.

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    Happy Hour: Appetizers

    Early bird special! Pledge $12 to get one 6-pack of pinback buttons and one four pack of stickers

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    • Sticky Rice Sticker Set
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    Combination Plate: Pin Everything!

    Get a little bit of everything!

    Sushi Tomodachi Hard Enamel pin and Pinback Button Set

    Want more?
    Add +$12 to your pledge for each additional Hard Enamel Pin
    Add +$5 to your pledge for each additional Pinback Button Set

    Add +$5 in shipping if more than $50 is pledged

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    Combo Plate: Pins Galore!

    Get both a Sushi Tomodachi Enamel Pin with one Pinback Button Pack.

    Want more enamel pins? Add +$12 to your pledge per additional pin.

    Want a Monster Roll? Once unlocked, you can add +$3 to your pledge to obtain the specialty roll.

    Want more button packs? Add +$5 to your pledge per additional pack.

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    Entree: 11x17 Artwork Poster Print

    Pledge $20 for an 11"x17" Sushi Tomodachi Poster Print. You may select from any of the unlocked artwork designs or recieve a random one.

    New artwork will be made available throughout this campaign!

    Want more than one? Add +$10 to your pledge for each additional print and no additional shipping cost.

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    Combo Plate: Pin and Stickers!

    Get a Sushi Tomodachi Enamel Pin with one Sticky Rice Sticker Pack.

    Want more enamel pins? Add +$12 to your pledge per additional pin.

    Want a Monster Roll? Once unlocked, you can add +$3 to your pledge to obtain the specialty roll.

    Want more sticker packs? Add +$10 to your pledge per additional pack.

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    Entree: 8x10 LE Matted & Signed Print

    Pledge $30 for a specially signed print, including a thank you and mini doodle, for supporting this campaign, matted to fit an 8"x10" frame. You may select from any of the unlocked artwork designs or recieve a random one.

    New artwork will be made available throughout this campaign!

    Want more than one? Add +$30 to your pledge for each additional print and no additional shipping cost.

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    Combo Plate: Pin and a Poster!

    Get a Sushi Tomodachi Enamel Pin with one 11x17 artwork poster print.

    Want more enamel pins? Add +$12 to your pledge per additional pin.

    Want a Monster Roll? Once unlocked, you can add +$3 to your pledge to obtain the specialty roll.

    Want more posters? Add +$10 to your pledge per additional poster.

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    Combo Plate: Pin and Matted Artwork!

    Get a Sushi Tomodachi Enamel Pin with one 8x10 Matted & Signed Artwork Print with a thank you doodle for backing.

    Want more enamel pins? Add +$12 to your pledge per additional pin.

    Want a Monster Roll? Once unlocked, you can add +$3 to your pledge to obtain the specialty roll.

    Want more 8x10 Artwork Prints? Add +$30 to your pledge per additional pack.

    Includes:
    • Sushi Tomodachi Pin of your choosing!
    • 8x10 Matted & Signed Sushi Tomodachi Artwork Print
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    Combo Plate: Sushi Love Boat

    Get a little bit of everything! Includes a complete set of all unlocked pins, one button pack, one sticker pack, one 8x10 signed and matted artwork print and one 11x17 poster print.

    Want more enamel pins? Add +$12 to your pledge per additional pin.

    Want a Monster Roll? Once unlocked, you can add +$3 to your pledge to obtain the specialty roll.

    Want more button packs? Add +$5 to your pledge per additional pack.

    Want more sticker packs? Add +$10 to your pledge per additional pack.

    Want more 8x10 prints? Add +$30 to your pledge per additional print.

    Want more 11x17 posters? Add +$10 to your pledge per additional print.

    Includes:
    • Sushi Tomodachi Pin of your choosing!
    • Pinback Button Set
    • Sticky Rice Sticker Set
    • 8x10 Matted & Signed Sushi Tomodachi Artwork Print
    • 11x17 Poster Print
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    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    Combo Plate: Custom Tomodachi Love Boat

    Your own personal Sushi Tomodachi! A limited edition Sushi Tomodachi designed just for you, including the original sketch and 10 pins of your very own Tomodachi! (Please note, the artist will decide final design)

    This Love Boat also Includes a complete set of all unlocked pins, one button pack, one sticker pack, one 8x10 signed and matted artwork print and one 11x17 poster print.

    Want more enamel pins? Add +$12 to your pledge per additional pin.

    Want a Monster Roll? Once unlocked, you can add +$3 to your pledge to obtain the specialty roll.

    Want more button packs? Add +$5 to your pledge per additional pack.

    Want more sticker packs? Add +$10 to your pledge per additional pack.

    Want more 8x10 prints? Add +$30 to your pledge per additional print.

    Want more 11x17 posters? Add +$10 to your pledge per additional print.

    Includes:
    • Sushi Tomodachi Pin of your choosing!
    • Pinback Button Set
    • Sticky Rice Sticker Set
    • 8x10 Matted & Signed Sushi Tomodachi Artwork Print
    • 11x17 Poster Print
    • 10× Enamel Pins of your custom Sushi Tomodachi
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    Happy Hour: Roll Special

    Early bird special! Pledge $10 for one (1) Sushi Tomodachi pin of your choice from the Menu.

    Want more than one? Add +$10 per additional pin.

    Want the Monster Roll? Once unlocked, add +$5 to your pledge.

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Funding period

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