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The Cost of Hipsters

Being a hipster is fairly expensive. Between all the single-origin, iced coffees and ethically sourced clothing, costs add up. Turns out, self-publishing a hipster book is no exception. This is why I’ve decided to crowd-fund Hipsters Having a Bad Day.

Let’s break this thang on down.

Crowdfunding: The practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet.

It’s pretty cut and dry — I have an idea I want to share, and it put it blankly, I need help…financially (Words of encouragement are also appreciated.).

 


Here’s a (rough) cost of making this idea, a reality:

  • Printing $3,000 to $5,000 (Depending on what kind of cover — soft cover or hardcover — is selected)
  • Legal Fees $1,500
  • ISBN # $150
  • Copyright Fees $100
  • Editing Free (Thank you, friends!)
  • Shipping $2,200
  • Merchandise Costs $1,000
  • Miscellaneous costs that I have no idea that will surely pop up $1,000

Total Cost $8,950 

Kickstarter is all or nothing fundraising, I.E., if the goal is $1,000 and I raise $999, the Kickstarter receives nothing, and I lay on the floor in sorrow. So, honestly, anything helps.

I would not do this without offering some RAD incentives! Here are the different levels of what you will receive for donating*:

The Thrift Shop Hero | $15
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind thank you, handwritten with the finest fountain ink pen a millennial can buy.

The Classic Hipster | $25
With this neat-o lens cloth, your vintage, tortoise-shell glasses will never be smudged again.

The Supporter of the Arts | $65
Dip your toes in the lagoon of hipster culture by studying 96-pages of satire. Don’t forget your cup of oolong tea, and to sit by a wood-burning fireplace, while you contemplate the complexities of kale chips. Includes thank you card, lens cloth, and a printed copy of Hipsters Having a Bad Day.

The Craft-Brew Connoisseur | $100
You are ready to graduate to Hipster Connoisseur. Now, go to your favorite brewery with a book from your local library and sip on the same drink for three hours. Includes thank you card, lens cloth, and a printed and digital copy of Hipsters Having a Bad Day, and 16″ x 20″ print of “The Anatomy of a Hipster.” 

The Lumbersexual | $250
Double the Hipster, double the fun. Recieve two copies of each item in “The Craft Brew Connoisseur” pack and grow a beard*!
*Beard not included. That’s on you

The InstaHipster| $500
By the power vested in me, by the grand city of Portland, I decree you a bonafide HIPSTER. Be transformed into your very own Hipster illustration and receive a digital copy of that illustration for your personal use. Includes thank you card, lens cloth, and a printed and digital copy of Hipsters Having a Bad Day, and 16″ x 20″ print of “The Anatomy of a Hipster,” and a digital copy of a personalized Hipster illustration. 

The Most Hip Hipster | $1,000
Have you been with Hipsters Having a Bad Day since day one? Do you see these goofy illustrations and smile from ear to ear? Join the most hip hipsters in town and not only receive a unqiue Hipster illustration, but have that illustration, and personalized quip, be a part of this book. Includes thank you card, lens cloth, and a printed and digital copy of Hipsters Having a Bad Day, and 16″ x 20″ print of “The Anatomy of a Hipster,” and a digital copy of a personalized Hipster illustration, and that illustration and personalized quip, published in the book

My goal is $10,000. Honestly, it seems incredibly daunting, but it gives me a solid base to finish it (the right way), print, and distribute the book. Anything raised above the initial goal will go to the following: Hardback copies, more copies of Hipsters Having a Bad Day, a variety enameled pins, reusable grocery bags, socks (Ooooh, how fun!), and other merchandise.

Getting to this point has taken a considerable amount of work, but it feels great to know that Hipsters is moving forward. This book started as a dinky studio project but has grown into something that genuinely makes people laugh and smile. So, please, donate to the Kickstarter in any way you can. Thank you.

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The Hipster Vernacular

In a world full of hipsters and “fake news,” it can be difficult to stay au courant to the most hip-and-with-it vernacular. Craft-brew, fair-trade, cruelty-free, the list goes on and on, and everything has hyphens. While there is a slew of hipster terminology, I’ve selected my Top 10 Hipsterisms to guide you and yours through this matcha tea world we live in. 

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