Help Artnoose Buy a Letterpress

This email was recently forwarded on to us by our good friends over at Cyberpunk Apocalypse.

A friend of theirs is trying to raise the money to setup a print shop that will support not-for-profit projects.

It is a genuinely good cause and more than deserves your support.

Check out more at the Artnoose page on Kickstarter.

Hello friends. I apologize for the mass email, but this one is important. Repost like the wind.

As you probably know, I moved to Pittsburgh in 2007 with the express purpose of buying a house for building a dream printshop. My life meandered a bit, and I ended up living at a writers’ collective in the verdant neighborhood of Upper Lawrenceville. This was one of the most fortuitous things that could have happened, and I’m now ready to buy a house near this one so that I can set up the printing wing to this writing house.

In addition to being home to a lot of great people, Pittsburgh also has many abandoned houses, several of which are in my immediate neighborhood. Some are owned by the city, and some are owned by unknown persons. I’m in the process of trying to acquire an abandoned house, and I’m utilizing a diversity of fundraising tactics: bake sales, benefit shows, tattoo parties, letterpress lessons, you name it.

One thing that I’m trying is this website called in which you put forth a project and try to get people to pledge money. If you reach your fundraising goal (mine is $4000, the cost of a house three blocks away from me) then you get the money and can start your project. If you don’t, then no one gets charged, and you don’t get the money. I created a kickstarter page with the help of a filmmaker friend and an illustrator friend (both of whom are named Dan). Check it out. It’s an admittedly adorable video. Please consider donating something in exchange for fabulous prizes, and please forward this information to friends and relatives, especially those who might have even a passing interest in letterpress.

If you’re still wondering why I deserve a house in which to build a dream printshop, think about all the not-for-profit things that I help create for the people around me even without a dream shop: hat bands, house bands, benefit brunches, reading groups, prisoner support events, all-ages zine readings, countless free tattoos and business cards, cupcakes and root beer floats at the drop of a hat, huge breakfasts for touring bands that happen to stay at my house, and dinner for anyone who happens to drop by while I’m cooking.

I don’t do these things because I expect something in return; I do them because I sincerely believe that the world could use some more awesome things. With this printshop, I’ll be able to do all the things I mentioned above plus more: workshops, letterpress classes, printing residencies, and small-operation publishing. Combined with the literary power of the writers’ collective, this is going to be no small thing.

Thanks everyone. Let’s do some really great things this year. If you’re in Pittsburgh, come by and say hello.

Your pal,
Ker-bloom! zine

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