Street Messages book

Essen, DE
FUNDED

What is the project about?

„Street Messages“ is the first book, that will present the world-wide scene of artists, who  exclusively work with texts, poems or slogans in public space. It will show the history of the written word in public space since the beginning of mankind and it’s importance until today.

Since the beginning of the history of mankind, human-beings have written or painted their living environment or thoughts on walls. Whether it had been ancient cave-paintings, where mostly animals have been depicted or the giant reliefs by the Mayans or Egyptians, where whole stories are being told. Political campaigns have written their slogans on walls throughout the whole history and called for resistance or criticised deficits in society. 

Today huge billboards with advertising and empty messages are dominating the image of our streets, but there are many artists who leave their personal, philosophical, lyrical or political texts. Whole cities decorate their facades with poems and political organisations use the methods of graffiti and the advertising industry to spread their messages to a wider audience.

The book “Street Messages” will be released by Dokument Press from Sweden at the end of 2014 (most likely in spring 2015) and will be accompanied by a website or a facebook-page to continue to publish the communication in public space even after the release of the book. The website will give an opportunity to present current works in the internet and the book will be the root for it. 

For this reason, we are already asking for your kind support today to fully realise the project without any borders. 

"Street Messages“ is the first book that portrays artists from all around the world, who work with texts in the streets. By nature, artists from countries with a long graffiti tradition will be highlighted, but the light also goes to countries that have been partly neglected during the graffiti boom. Countries such as Bangladesh, Singapore, Nepal or Israel will find their place as well as countries like Lebanon, Egypt or Yemen where graffiti and written messages play an important role in the resistance against the suppressive regimes.

Nicholas is an author, who is putting his heart, love and full attention into each of his projects to realise a deep presentation that is preferred by him. For this reason we kindly ask for you support to help realising this project in all it’s depth.

The wall poems of the city of Leiden in the Netherlands.

What is the aim?

The aim of the project is to finalise the book with almost 150 to 200 pages. The research for the book is almost finished and the representatives of this art-form have been contacted and they already sent in a good amount of images and material. Currently Nicholas is negotiating with different publishers for the release of the book. The layout and the writing of the texts will start in January 2014. 

After a successful funding of the project, author and photographer Nicholas will go on the necessary research-travels from March 2014 onwards to gather the last material with his camera and to interview the remaining artists and people. After his return, the book will be designed and finalised.

Why should you support this project?

Currently there is no book, that is presenting the written word in public space in such depth. No other book is portraying the representatives and historic backgrounds in such an extend. “Street Messages” will be the first book about graffiti and street art that documents the artistic story of mankind. Countless archaeological findings that date back to 40,000 BC give a clear proof that mankind has always painted and written on walls and in public space. With this background, the book is laying the basis for an evidence of the historic importance of this phenomenon, that today is known under the terms graffiti and street art.

Susan Farrell from graffiti.org supports "Street Messages"

 

Supporting letter from Susan Farrell / graffiti.org

What will happen with your money after a successful funding?

With your money the journeys will be financed to deepen the research and to provide the book with photographs of historic and present-day works in public space. The funding will enable the author to arrange an extensive research without having the worry to reduce the book-idea. Therefore he can work thematically in great depth. 

With the funding travel-expenses, accommodation, eventually hired cars and the necessary fees to purchase licenses, that have to be paid at the places with prehistoric wall paintings will be guaranteed. Parts of these journeys will lead Nicholas to the United States, Mexico, Egypt and throughout Europe. 

More concrete the costs are used in the following way: one week in Egypt (to document Hieroglyphs and modern graffiti) and 3 days in Istanbul, Turkey (documentation of ancient and modern graffiti) would cost 1250,- Euro (flights and accomodation), 3 days in London (documentation of modern graffiti) 300,- Euro (flights and accomodation), one week in New York City (documentation of modern graffiti) and 2 days in the "mural capital" Philadelphia (to document murals and modern graffiti), followed by one week in Mexico (documenting ancient Maya glyphs and modern graffiti) would be around 2500,- Euro (flights, trains and accomodation), 3 days in Naples to visit Pompeii and Herculaneum (documentation of ancient Roman graffiti) would be about 350,- Euro (rent car, flights and accomodation) and going 3 days to Bilbao, Spain to document the ancient cave-paintings of Altamira will be around 600,- Euro (flights, accomodation, rent car and 100,- Euro for the license to photograph). Last but not least Sponsume is taking their 5% share and Paypal their own share around 3,7%, which is around 500,- Euro at the end. All other costs will be payed by Nicholas himself.

Who stands behind this project?

The photographer and author Nicholas Ganz -> www.nicholasganz.de 

The photographer and author James Prigoff.

Nicholas is known for his previous best-selling books about graffiti: „Graffiti World“ and „Graffiti Woman“. „Graffiti World“ received a world-wide recognition and was translated into eleven (!!) languages. 

Besides this, he has written two books about Burma/Myanmar and travels extensively throughout Germany for lectures and readings.

He is responsible for the research and writes the texts of the book. The whole communication with the artists will be carried out by him. Nicholas will design the pages and will work with a professional designer later to give the layout a final touch.

James Prigoff and Nicholas Ganz know each other since many years and have already participated in a symposium in the Museum for Contemporary Arts in Los Angeles. James Prigoff is the co-author of the book „Spraycan Art“ and has written several books about mural art in the United States. James can look back on 40 years of experience in documenting graffiti and street art. 

James will write the foreword for the book and supports Nicholas with ideas and his extensive knowledge.

Politische Slogans in Nepal.

 

THE REWARDS

Here are the rewards, that you will receive for backing the project:

 

Stencil canvas - 180,- Euro

Stencilled canvases by Nicholas Ganz.

These three canvases are just a few examples of the artwork by Nicholas Ganz you can choose at the end. Spraypaint on canvas, site 30x40cm.

 

Painted CDs - 220,- Euro

The handpainted Cds by Nicholas Ganz.

These are eight of the available handpainted CDs, that are a reward for backers who wish to have a unique artwork by Nicholas Ganz.

 

Original drawing - 315,- Euro

Original drawings by Nicholas Ganz.

These are the four drawings, where you can choose one of them as your reward. Pencil on 200 gr paper, size: 30x42cm.

 

Original canvas - 400,- Euro

Original canvas by Nicholas Ganz.

This is the original artwork by Nicholas Ganz, spraypaint and marker on canvas. Only one time available. Spraypaint and marker on canvas, size: 114x74cm.

 

Painted vinyl - 500,- Euro

These are the seven handpainted vinyls, that are available. Spraypaint and acrylics on 12" vinyl-records.

 

Painted canvas - 750,- Euro

Painted canvas by Nicholas Ganz

This is one of the two available unique canvas works with mixed media and a figure painted in acrylics. The other one is still in the making. ;o) Spraypaint and oil colour on canvas, size: 60x50cm.

 

Unique painting - 1200,- Euro

Unique painting by Nicholas Ganz

This unique artwork by Nicholas Ganz will be the reward for the main backer. It shows several graffiti artists and pieces. Only one time available. Acrylics on paper, size: 65x50cm.

 

Opiemme's "Peace" silk-screen print - 160,- Euro

Opiemme's original art print "Peace".

This is one of the two original limited and signed prints by famous Italian street artist Opiemme. Silk-screen printing on 350 gr Fedrigroni paper, size: 35x50cm.

 

Opiemme's original artwork - 150,- Euro

Opiemme's original artwork 1

These are the original artworks by Italian artist Opiemme. The supporter can choose one of the papers and will receive it shortly. Spraypaint on 120 gr yellow light paper, size: 35x50cm.

Opiemme's original artwork.

Opiemme's original artwork

Opiemme's original artwork

Opiemme's original artwork

Opiemme's original artwork.

Opiemme's original artwork
LAST DAY
Posted: Tuesday, 04 February, 2014 - 14:02

The last day of the crowdfunding campaign has begun to finance the research travels for my upcoming book "Street Messages"

 
Please continue to donate to the project to make some travels possible to document ancient messages and texts in public space as well as modern-day graffiti and street art.
 
Many thanks for all your great support and help.
 
Take care
Nicholas
 

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SAMPLE PAGE #3
Posted: Tuesday, 28 January, 2014 - 19:01

Hello,

there is just a little more than one week to go and we still need more backers and supporters. As another gift I am presenting another possible sample page of the final book to see some insight of the book.

Please continue to sponsor the book to enable some deepening research of historic texts in Mexico!!! 

Thanks a lot for all your great support and if you have any further questions, please contact me.

With all my best wishes and many thanks,

Nicholas

 

Street Messages - sample page #3

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ABOVE SUPPORTS STREET MESSAGES
Posted: Friday, 24 January, 2014 - 16:01

Hello,

world-known street artist ABOVE is supporting the book "Street Messages" and he will also be a part of the book itself.

This is the front- and backside of the limited potscard, that several backers will receive for their support. It is not the final design yet, because the ISBN number needs to get included later.

Please support the project and spread the word so that we can reach the fina goal.

Thanks again for all your support and take care

Nicholas

 

Street Messages - limited poscard back

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BOOK DETAILS
Posted: Tuesday, 21 January, 2014 - 12:01
Hello,
 
now there are still a little more than 2 weeks to go and we still need more pledges to get the final goal!
Please continue to support the book and donate for the project and receive unique rewards!!
 
Here are some facts of the content of the book so far:
 
- it will present 70 artists
- from countries such as USA, England, Canada, Nepal, Singapore, Israel, Lebanon, Iran, Italy, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Argentina, Bangladesh, Egypt, Yemen, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and Greece (in no particular order)
- it shows the history of graffiti texts and messages from 40,000 BC to 2014!
 
There might more to come later as the book is still growing. With this background it will get the most essential book about texts, messages, poems and slogans in public space!
 
Thanks for your support and keep on spreading the word and donating to the project!!
 
My best wishes,
Nicholas
 
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SAMPLE PAGE #2
Posted: Tuesday, 14 January, 2014 - 16:01

Hello,

now we finally reached the 1,000 Euro goal! This is very wonderful and it will enable me to do some good research travels already.

Here I am adding a further glimpse into the book and you can see a possible sample page from the book.

Now we still have 22 days to go and the project has been viewed by almost 5,000 people and appeared on countless facebook pages and blogs. Let's make it a full success during the remaining days and I am very happy when you all can give a little support to gain this goal.

Thanks to everyone who supported the project and enabled the research travels to show the historic context of graffiti in public space.

Talk soon and my very best wishes,

Nicholas

Street Messages - sample page #2

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STREET MESSAGES IN BACKSPIN MAG.
Posted: Thursday, 09 January, 2014 - 23:01

Hello,

today an article with an interview about the book and the crowdfunding campaign was published in the famous German Hip-Hop/Graffiti magazine BACKSPIN. It was written by Leonie Schwenke (thank you very much) and is written in German. I am waiting for another English-speaking magazine for an interview, so that there will finally be an English interview shortly.

You can read the Backspin article here: http://backspin.de/news/street-messages-nicholas-ganz/

Please continue to spread the word and support the campaign, we have only 100 Euro to go for the first 1,000 Euro goal. Again there is a tremendous support behind this campaign, the book is still growing through the campaign and I will shortly update some more facts about it. It is now the 3rd most popular crowdfunding campaign on Sponsume and viewed by almost 4,500 people. So we shall make it more successful.

Keep on going and supporting, thanks so much for all your support and speak soon,

all my best wishes

Nicholas

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STREET MESSAGES IN THE NEWS
Posted: Thursday, 02 January, 2014 - 14:01

Hello,

I am wishing all the visitors of this page, supporters, backers and interested people my very best wishes for this New Year 2014. I hope that you will stay in good health during this whole year and can reach all your goals that you are aiming at.

Today an article by Elli Schulz about the "Street Messages" book and the crowdfunding-campaign appeared in the largest local newspapers from the Ruhr-area WAZ and NRZ. The interview was already taken at the 23. December and came out now.

You can read the full article (in German) in this link: http://www.derwesten.de/staedte/essen/sued/vom-graffiti-sprayer-zum-buchautor-id8825505.html

There is a growing support for the book and almost 4,000 people have seen it so far. But we still need more backers and support to realise our full goal and not need to limit our research and make the book very rich and wide. So, please continue to sponsor the project and spread the word to your contacts and in your social-media.

Thanks for all your support and we still have 35 days to go and can surely reach our goal at the end.

My best wishes to all of you,

take care

Nicholas

WAZ / NRZ Artikel vom 02. Januar 2014

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FUNDING DETAILS
Posted: Monday, 23 December, 2013 - 09:12

Hello,

I saw the need to list a detailled plan and the costs for what the funding will be used for, so pelase find a concrete list below:

one week in Egypt (to document Hieroglyphs and modern graffiti) and 3 days in Istanbul, Turkey (documentation of ancient and modern graffiti) would cost 1250,- Euro (flights and accomodation)

- 3 days in London (documentation of modern graffiti) 300,- Euro (flights and accomodation)

- one week in New York City (documentation of modern graffiti) and 2 days in the "mural capital" Philadelphia (to document murals and modern graffiti), followed by one week in Mexico (documenting ancient Maya glyphs and modern graffiti) would be around 2500,- Euro (flights, trains and accomodation)

- 3 days in Naples to visit Pompeii and Herculaneum (documentation of ancient Roman graffiti) would be about 350,- Euro (rent car, flights and accomodation)

- 3 days to Bilbao, Spain to document the ancient cave-paintings of Altamira will be around 600,- Euro (flights, accomodation, rent car and 100,- Euro for the license to photograph)

- Sponsume is taking their 5% share and Paypal their own share around 3,7%, which is around 500,- Euro at the end.

All other costs will be payed by myself.

Thanks a lot for your support and happy holidays!

Best wishes,

Nicholas

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PUBLISHING GUARANTEED
Posted: Saturday, 21 December, 2013 - 14:12
Hello,
 
today I am very much happy to announce, that the book has found a home at the publishing-house Dokument Press in Sweden.
It will be published around the end of 2014 or more likely in spring 2015.
 
Now the crowdfunding is more necessary than ever to enable a very well researched book covering images from early history until today.
So, please continue to spread the news and support the campaign to enable me a very deep research and show the historic importance of the written word and graffiti in public space.
 
The Street Messages project is one of the most popular campaigns on the Sponsume website and currently on rank 9. It has been viewed by more than 3,000 people.
 
Thanks again for all the supporters and help, that have been received since the campaign started. Without you this all would have never been possible.
Please continue and let's go to the next step of the campaign, which is reaching the 1,000 Euro mark.
 
With all my best wishes and also very nice and peaceful holidays,
take care
 
Nicholas

 

Dokument Press logo

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SAMPLE PAGE #1
Posted: Tuesday, 17 December, 2013 - 16:12

Hello,

today we are presenting you a very special insight to one of the pages of the book "Street Messages". In America, the "Post No Bills" stencils are very common to avoid posters and random advertising. Street artists have taken this sign as a basis to alternate the words into a new meaning. Here is one page with some examples from New York.

The campaign is still running for 50 days, so continue to spread the word and keep on supporting it. It has been seen by more than 2,500 people and is one of the most popular sites on Sponsume.

More news are coming soon and if you have any further questions, please contact us. Thanks for all your support and continue to make this project realisable!

Best wishes,

Nicholas

Sample page #1 - Street Messages

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NEW OPIEMME ART AS REWARD
Posted: Sunday, 15 December, 2013 - 15:12

Hello,

the project is going well and more than 2,000 people have seen the campaign so far. But we still have some way to go and please spread all the updates and news to your contacts and in social networks to keep the project flowing.

Another original artwork by Italian street artist OPIEMME is now available as a reward for the backers, who donate 160,00 Euro or more to the project.

It is a nice original silk-screen print on paper, 35x50cm. Limited edition of two and signed and numbered by the artist. Thanks to Opiemme for supporting the project and making all this happen.

Thanks for all your support and talk soon,

best wishes and take care

Nicholas

Here is Opiemme's new artwork:

Opiemme's original artwork.

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OPIEMME IS SUPPOPRTING STREET MESSAGES
Posted: Thursday, 12 December, 2013 - 11:12

Hello,

after one week we have already reached 11% of the whole sum and we have still 56 days to go! So, lets rock the next 89% within this time. Please continue to spread the word and post it in your twitter/facebook/websites and forward to your contacts.

The famous Italian street artist OPIEMME is supporting the Street Messages book project and some of his amazing original artworks are available as rewards for the backers. Please look at the reards for 150,00 Euro and you can get one of his unique and signed pieces of art.  Opiemme is one of the featured artists of the book. 

I have also added some more rewards by myself, so please check them out.

All rewards (beside the Street Messages book itself and the limited postcards) will be sent out immediately once you backed the project. 

This is an ideal chance to get original artworks by Opiemme and Nicholas Ganz aka Keinom for your loved ones for Christmas!!!

Thanks again for all your support and keep on going.

With best wishes,

Nicholas

See Opiemme's art here: 

Opiemme's original artwork.

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SUSAN FARRELL / GRAFFITI.ORG SUPPORTS "STREET MESSAGES"
Posted: Tuesday, 10 December, 2013 - 11:12

Today we received a written letter by Susan Farrell from the website graffiti.org supporting the project for the "Street Messages" book.

Please read it here:

Support letter by Susan Farrell / graffiti.org

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MINIMUM TARGET ALREADY REACHED!!!!
Posted: Sunday, 08 December, 2013 - 16:12

Hello,

right after my first update I am happy to announce, that only three days after the start of the campaign, the minimum target has been already reached. And beyond... This is very awesome and I have to thank the supporters so much for backing my project.

Now one or even two travels throughout Europe are alredy guaranteed and now we need to go for the rest. But I am sure altogether we can make the goal and I can start going on a huge research next year.

Thanks again and please spread the news again to make this project come to reality.

With my very best wishes and greetings,

Nicholas

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A GOOD START AND IMAGES OF THE REWARDS
Posted: Sunday, 08 December, 2013 - 12:12

Hello,

It has been a good start for the campaign and thanks a lot to all supporters, who backed the project already and who spread the word.

Thanks so much!!!

I have included images of the rewards, so you can see some of the paintings, that I am offering. We still have 60 days to go and there will be interesting news coming up later.

Thanks for all your support and keep spreading the word to make the project a success.

My best wishes,

Nicholas

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EUR €1,291
23% raised of our EUR €5,500 goal
Minimum EUR €300
This project ended on Wednesday, Feb 5th - 16:00

This project's deadline has now expired - you can no longer back these rewards

You cannot back this project, funding is now complete.

 

A personal thank you

€10.00 or more : A written email from Nicholas Ganz will be send to the supporter thanking you for backing this project.

 

Ltd. personal postcard

€15.00 or more : A limited and numbered postcard with an image of a street message by the graffiti artist ABOVE from the book will be sent to the supporter with a personal handwritten message by Nicholas Ganz thanking you for your support. Printed and shipped when the crowdfunding campaign is over.

 

Ltd. Postcard and sticker set

€23.00 or more : The supporter will receive a limited and numbered postcard with a street message by graffiti artist ABOVE and a personally written message by Nicholas Ganz thanking you for the support. Two other postcards with photographs by Nicholas Ganz and a two stickers by him will be included in this set. The limited postcard will be printed and shipped once the crowdfunding campaign is over.

 

Pre-order the book

€35.00 or more : The printed book will be send to the supporter once it is published. Postage and shipment is already included in the price.

 

Pre-order a signed book

€50.00 or more : The book will be send to the supporter once it is published. The book will be signed and comes along with the limited postcard with a street message by the graffiti artist Above and a personally written message by Nicholas Ganz thanking you for your support. The limited postcard will be printed and shipped when the crowdfunding campaign is over.

 

2 Graffiti books

€80.00 or more : A copy of the book "Street Messages" once it is published and a copy of Nicholas Ganz' first book "Graffiti World" right away. Postage and shipment are included.

 

Graffiti book library

€100.00 or more : The backer will receive all three graffiti books by Nicholas Ganz: "Graffiti World", "Graffiti Woman" and "Street Messages", once this book is out in stores! They can be signed if wished.

 

Original photograph

€115.00 or more : The supporter will receive an original glossy printed photograph by Nicholas Ganz. It will be signed with a white frame. Size 20x30cm or 30x45cm. The image can be chosen from the author's website or can be one of the photos, that he will take on the research travels for this book when the project is successfully funded.

 

Opiemme's original artwork

€150.00 or more : As a reward for sponsoring the project with 150,00 Euro, the supporter will receive an original artwork by the famous Italian artist OPIEMME, who is also featured in the book. Title: "Ravens - Nevermore", spray on yellow light paper 120 gr, 35x50 cm, 2013. Unique piece, signed by the artist.

 

Opiemme's "Peace" artwork

€160.00 or more : Another original artwork by Italian street artist OPIEMME for the backer. Original artwork in limited edition of 2 pieces, signed and numbered by the artist. Opiemme, Peace (blue), 2013, 35x50cm, handmade silk-screen printing on Fedrigoni 350 g paper.

 

Stencil canvas

€180.00 or more : The supporter will receive an original artwork by Nicholas Ganz with a multi-layer stencil in the format 30x40cm. The image can be chosen from a variety of samples.

 

Pre-order the book with a painted CD

€220.00 or more : The supporter will receive a copy of the book once it is published along with hand-painted CD by Nicholas Ganz. The CD is painted with spraypaint and a figure in acrylics.

 

Original drawing

€315.00 or more : The supporter will receive an original pencil-drawing by Nicholas Ganz with a collage depicting human life. It can be chosen from 4 different existing collages.

 

Original drawing

€315.00 or more : The supporter will receive an original pencil-drawing by Nicholas Ganz with a collage depicting human life. It can be chosen from 4 different existing collages. Size: 30x42cm.

 

Original canvas

€400.00 or more : The backer will receive one original canvas by Nicholas Ganz. Title: (R)evolution, spraypaint and marker on canvas - Size: 114x74cm Unique original artwork, only one time available.

 

Painted vinyl

€500.00 or more : The supporter will receive a hand-painted vinyl-record by Nicholas Ganz. The record is painted with spraypaint and a figure in acrylics. Each supporter will be named at the end of the book as one of the main backers of the project.

 

Painted canvas

€750.00 or more : An original hand-painted canvas with spray-paint and a figure painted with acrylics by Nicholas Ganz. Format is 60x50 cm. The supporter will be mentioned in the book with his name as one of the main backers for realising this project.

 

Unique Painting

€1 200.00 or more : The supporter will receive a unique artwork showing a detailled black and white collage of graffiti artists at work by Nicholas Ganz. Painted in acrylics on a 65x50cm paper. The supporter will be named in the book as the main supporter of the project.