[“We Need To Talk”]
[“1 Corinthians 13”]
[“SMS Important Thoughts”]
[UPDATE: Please e-mail me at [email protected] if you want to pre-order, Thanks.]
Well, the plan is to start sending out the Bluetrain prints this week. It took a while to get the right fine art printer in place, and get the silk screens just right. For those who are unfamiliar with the process, we chose the somewhat labor-intensive process of silk screening, so I had to proof the edition and make sure each image was perfect. Anyway, they are being flat packed (shipping tubes could damage the print if people wanted to store them long-term) and hopefully shipped late this week
Here are some notes on the next Edition:
1. Above are the three contenders for the next limited edition- “We Need To Talk”, “1 Corinthians 13”, and “SMS Important Thoughts”. The one that rings the most bells win, so let’s hear your comments below, Thanks.
2. Like last time, it’ll be a signed, Limited Edition of eighty-five, plus some artist proofs. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.
3. This edition will retail for $400 apiece. Like last time, we’ll be offering a discount to those people who pre-order before the actual printing- $150 off- so $250 each [Plus shipping & handling]. Except this time there’s an added stipulation- only people who have signed up to my Crazy Deranged Fools Newsletter will be able to pre-order. So if you’re a CDF member, please be watching your email inboxes in the next few days, or feel free to sign up now, Thanks.
4. The print will be silk screened on pH neutral, French-made, archival paper- just as The Bluetrain was. Dimensions will be proportional to the images above with the rectangular ones being about 25″x36″.
5. If you have any specific questions or issues about the edition, I have set up a new email address to handle all the print-related business: [email protected]. Please address all queries and/or issues there, Thanks.
6. WHY THESE PRINTS RETAIL FOR ONLY $400.00 When the Bluetrain went up for sale, a number of people mentioned that they thought it was too cheap. Lots of people think that ‘good’ art needs to be expensive. That used to be true. We are all used to the idea that the web can make things more efficient and cost effective, but there are few products where this is more true than with art. Here’s why:
The art market is set up where there are ‘artists’, ‘publishers’ and ‘galleries’. As expected, everyone along the way needs to make a margin. The artist gets paid for his image, the publisher finances and contracts for the printing, and then markets the prints to galleries. It is a ‘charming’ 19th Century system. Unfortunately, everything gets very expensive. Quickly.
We’ve chosen to self-publish, and sell through the blog, even though I have been approached by many galleries over the years. I just don’t think that people who want to collect my work should have to pay for publishers margins, high real estate prices in trendy neighborhoods, gallery employee payrolls, free wine for the hangers-on, markups on the framing etc. All of these things jack the prices up.
Next thing you know, instead of paying $400 for a print, you’re paying $1500-$2000. Go hang in Chelsea [Manhattan] if you don’t believe me. Sure, fine art is traditionally expensive- it’s a luxury item after all, an indicator of surplus wealth etc- but with the Internet now so evolved, does it have to be this way? I’m not just talking about the old- fashioned, “We passed the savings onto you” angle. It’s more like, since you’ve invested in my work, I owe it to you guys to do my damnedest to see that your investment pays off over the long-term. And that’s more likely to happen at $400, than at $2000; do the math. Even if you’re never going to sell it, even if you got it at a steal, knowing that it’s worth far more than you paid for it makes you feel far better than the alternative. Of course it does.
Is self publishing risky? Sure it is. Am I planning to sell my work for far more than $400 in the long run? Of course. But, I do know that [A] there is nothing like a good deal and [B] the folks who support me early on will, in the fullness of time, be very happy that they did.
7. Yes, I will admit, taking the plunge into the art business is a nerve-wracking experience. Crazy, Deranged and Foolish, I know. I don’t care, frankly. I’ve worked damn hard for many years to get to this point. Fuck ’em if they don’t like it.
As Always, thank you for your love and support. Rock on.
[PLEASE LEAVE YOUR VOTE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW. THANKS.]
we need to talk gets my vote
I’m down for one for sure. Boom!
We need to talk.
Definitely We Need to Talk.
I will gift this to my husband. 🙂
My vote is for “We need to talk”.
Corinthians. No question.
Corinthians gets mine
I would love to have Corinthians.
We need to talk for sure.
I’d vote for “We need to talk”
I vote for Corinthians, does it count as two votes since I also tweeted my choice?
Has to be We Need to Talk – succinct and to the point.
‘We need to talk’ is my favourite. It struck a chord first time I saw it. Still does.
We need to talk.
Without a doubt – “We Need to Talk”
1st Corinthians 13. I’ll order right now.
Anything but Corinthians. That would be a huge mistake.
“we need to talk”
We need to talk. Stay edgy!
we need to talk!
Lots of opinions out there! 🙂
“We Need to Talk” is more your style. I would rather have Corinthians. I would pre-order either one in a heartbeat. The great thing is, both will work for my fiancée….
“we need to talk”
I’m glad you’re continuing to do it yourself. Gives me confidence that I can do it too. I want to keep my prices low as I want all people passionate about music to be able to at least consider buying a piece. I probably won’t raise prices unless I’ve got so many commissions that I don’t have enough time. Time is more valuable in my mind than money. @johntunger’s got me thinking of doing the affiliate thing too, which’ll spread the love.
“We need to talk”, however, HOPE..i find a job, would fit now.
“We need to talk” is def. more true to the Gaping Void brand, such as it is.
But there’s something charming about applying your style to a Biblical verse I’ve heard at just about every wedding I’ve ever been to.
“Social media specialist” is a bit too meta for this type of thing.
We Need To Talk please
good to market yourself, a better fit for you.
“we need to talk” is true to your sarcastic charm.
i like that style of yours best.
good luck !
1 Corinthians 13
We Need to Talk!
Just to clarify I meant number one, “we need to talk”
Corinthians. I’ll pay for that. Not so much the other 2.
My vote is for “We need to talk”.
We need to talk, definitely! I want one ASAP. Love may be patient, but I’m not… I’m a CDF dammit.
Hugh – We need to talk. Definitely
We Need to Talk
“We need to talk”
Corinthians – It’s not what people expect from you so that would make it even more unique. I might buy that one. I might buy the talk one too but …
Done: I’ll buy a “1 Corinthians 13”. What a great print. Please make it, even if “We need to talk” wins. Seriously. Just let me know when / where how to send the money.
“We Need To Talk” gets my vote, comfortably.
We Need to Talk.
Corinthians should be the one…
That’s something even an “Oldschool Heathen” like myself can get behind.
We need to talk, but then again, I’m partial to blue.
The Internet changes EVERYTHING. Unless someone puts an end to electricity and satellites, none of us need intermediaries between ourselves and our markets, not in music, literature, art, or otherwise, any longer.
Fuck ’em all. Although, what will we do with all those out of work art dealers?