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A Bad Idea I’m About to Do (Book Review)

I just finished reading Chris Gethard‘s book A Bad Idea I’m About to Do: True Tales of Seriously Poor Judgment and Stunningly Awkward Adventure and I loved every page. Chris is an Upright Citizen Brigade comedian, writer for Weird NJ, and hosts his own show on Manhattan public access.

I came across his work when he showed up on The Best Show on WFMU. In many ways he is doing with comedy what I’m trying to do with my artwork. Create a safe space where he and other talented people can succeed because they embrace the possibility of failure.

This book is definitely raunchy because Chris Gethard is painfully honest about his own weaknesses and failures. This book however is hilarious and surprisingly uplifting. This is a book filled with hope.

Kickstarter Guide for Artists

Budget (A penny saved is a penny earned)
Having a budget is an important to make sure your project is successful so figure out how much everything is going to cost you first. Without a budget your project may been doomed from the start.

If you don’t calculate all of your costs you may find your funding goal isn’t finish your project. Your donor gifts, publicity, refreshments, travel, shipping expenses, and other production costs should be accounted for.

Promotion (Facebook your retumble tweets everyday)
Good publicity for your project is just as important as having a good idea. If no one knows what you are doing, they will never have a chance to become a part of it. Always post a short blurb and a link on your website or blog, reach out to forums and other communities online, share it on social networks, and tell friends who you think would want to hear about it.

Even as your funding is underway you should also ask donors to take the time to share it with their networks. Have them share in their own words why they thought they wanted to take part.

Prizes (Schwag with Swag)
Ofcourse you have already budgeted for your awesome thank you for your donors. What you give will often be what pushes someone over the top to donate to your project. In many cases these prizes are the actual product your creating and your donations work more like presales.

With this in mind, you can not promise too much. It is awesome to give the most you can to the people are keeping the project afloat, but you can’t go overboard. Prizes should reflect the donation and don’t promise gifts you’ll never be able to produce. It is better to only give some small gifts then to break promises to your donors.

At the end of the day all kickstarter projects are promises.

Update (…early and often)
A kickstarter is also a way to communicate with your donors and your updates keep them involved. Update every week or so to let your supporters know that your thinking about them.

Updates are a really great way to say thank you. Your project is funded by the kindness of strangers so you need to return that kindness.

Video (A window into your soul)
Kickstarter talks a lot about the importance of the video, but it is even more important than you think. If your project is a visual ar project the video is going to play proposal, trailer, and portfolio. A good video will make you rise above the rest.



The Armory Art Week has started and I’m going to be heading into the city for the Armory show and the VOLTA Art Fair. I won two tickets to the fair from Company (via the social network and community of art collectors.

I’m going to bring my recorder to review the work and possibly record some interviews. If you are going to be hitting the art fairs this Saturday feel free to email me at or leave me a message on my google phone number +1-973-404-0606.
I’m not sure who my +1 is going to be for Saturday because of some schedule and work conflicts. If you want to go to the fair on Saturday message me because I may still have an available ticket.

An Artist’s guide to pintrest.

I usually try to steer away from talking about social media. However if you are looking to reach a wide audience looking for visually striking content, you need to take a look at Pinterest. Pinterest is becoming one of the most widely used sites on the web. It is quickly handling as much traffic as Facebook twitter.

If you are wary of spreading images of your work on the web for free, then this isn't for you. Personally I think obscurity is more of a problem then copyright theft. My artwork is a physical thing, so if someone wants to download a photo I don't see it as theft. My work is still hanging on the wall and downloads are only going to bring buyers to me.
What makes it ideal to reach a new audience is that Pinterest is built around photo and inspiration sharing. Pinterest is built to be a sort of aspirational pinboard where you share things you find online with your friends. It is also visually simple and built like a really nice photo gallery.
It is easy to add images from your website or your hard drive and allow others to comment and share images of your work.

If you are an artist and would like us to feature your Pinterest account or boards, leave a comment at the bottom of this post!

Also Check Out:
Our Pinterest Page:
How 5 Artists Use Pinterest from ReadWriteWeb:

Take On The Champ

Buck Art poster 2012

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This episode we discuss Jeff Songco’s new blog on the Huffington Post and the Buck Art Contest.

Jeff Songco is making more moves to be the United States representative at the 2023 Venice Biennale. He is now blogging about his life and the arts on the Huffington Post. You can see him discuss the Super Bowl commercials, his recent solo show in San Francisco, and the death of Whitney Houston.

As the reigning champ of the 2011 Buck Art Competition, I also issue a challenge to the rest of the artists in the 2012 Buck Art Competition. Do you have what it takes to take on the champ? I am taking no prisoners this year so come out and take on the king.

If you would like to participate in the Buck Art Show, check out the flier and feel free to ask any questions.

Also Check out the BUCK ART 2012 site for more details.


Sticky: Buck Art Contest (3/4/12)

Annual Buck Art Contest:

Sunday, March 4th, the Highland Park Artists Collective is sponsoring their 4th Annual Buck Art Contest. Each artist is allowed to buy $10 dollars worth of materials at The Buck Stops Here Dollar Store to make an affordable MASTERPIECE and win $$ awards!!.

Applications for entry are due by Feburary 25th and each artist can submit up to three pieces of art. You can pick up an application in Highland Park, NJ at any of the following locations: Buck Stops Here, HP Library, White Lotus, Main Street, Through the Moongate,

Here is an article about last year’s contest:

Here is a link to the original post on Facebook about this year’s contest:

There isn’t a webpage for the contest so feel free to post any corrections or questions bellow and I will keep this post updated.

Update (2/1/12):