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Wednesday, 8 February 2012

TrashBat Romance

Trashbat: creative, artistic, shows disdain for material wealth and has a distinct DIY ethic, semi-noctural, hooked on coffee, booze and cigarettes. Likely to show a marked preference for the colour black.


Just in time for Valentine's Day, a story of art and tragic love! Raven and Bats, known collectively as the Trashbats, found each other online, but Raven lives on the east coast of the USA and Bats on the west coast. Due to their starving-artist lifestyles, the lovelorn pair have been unable to raise enough cash to meet in person.

Raven is an artist, has a book in the offing, and an occasional DJ. Her Etsy store, Dreadful Things by Raven, contains such dreadful delights as jewellery, coffin boxes, taxidermy art and a greetings card range for those whose tastes run to the morbid and macabre.

Bats is also a writer, artist and DJ, as well as being a musician and alternative model. You can check out his modelling portfolio on ModelMayhem here, his music here, and his writing here.

The Trashbats have come up with a plan to raise the money and get together by starting their own independent T-shirt line (you can guess what it'll be called, surely), ALL proceeds from which will go towards meeting each other.

There is also a possible plan in the offing to film their own reality show, described by them as a way to "show the world [their] Goth perspective on art, romance and lifestyle."

To, well, kickstart their fundraising, with the hope of purchasing a website and starting to print their T-shirt designs in three different colours, Bats and Raven have put their project up on Kickstarter so that like-minded, big-hearted individuals can pledge money to help them get the Trashbats line off the ground. As you may know, with Kickstarter the basis is all or nothing, and if they don't raise $999 by February 19th, they won't get any of the cash that has been pledged so far.

Another thing about Kickstarter is that you don't give money for nothing. Depending on the amount you pledge, you could be looking at a Trashbat sticker, postcard or T-shirt (maybe even personalised by the Trashbats themselves), or even a piece of art created just for you by one of the Trashbats. (Even if you don't intend to donate, it's worth visiting the project on Kickstarter to read the pair's description of 'the incurable Trashbat syndrome' *adds 'death rattle' to vocabulary of Goth slang*.)

If you are interested in helping a pair of starcrossed Goth lovers achieve their goals, the minimum pledge is only $1 - but there's only eleven days to go!

Best of luck and best wishes to Bats and Raven.

30 comments:

Dalestair Kidd said...

That is kinda sweet :)

Alexandriaweb said...

Awww that;s really sweet :)
Good luck to them :)

Miss Eva Morgan Reeve said...

That's adorable.

xToxicTears said...

Awh, cute.

And huh, how odd, Jake and I are in the process of planning something of a TV show ourselves.>_>

Abigail said...

Aaaaae, that´s so cute <333

Loupie said...

That is unbelievably sweet.

Also did you really mean to say this; "but Raven lives on the east coast of the USA and Raven on the west coast"

Dani DeathBiscuit said...

That is honestly the CUTEST thing I've heard this week.

Anonymous said...

I think it is sad that artists are exploiting their fans so they can go bang their online boyfriend/girlfriend. Very sad and frustrating. I think someone should get a job, and stop promising things to the fans like a T-shirt line etc when its clearly all just a ploy to go screw your west coast fling for free. Plus, all these write ups on Raven's art...it's all a bunch of garbage that she buys at Michaels, paints it black, and glues a little spider to it and calls it art and charges ridiculous prices for it. It bothers me that these people get attention

Cupcake.on.Crack said...

I seriously want to scream aloud. THATISSOCUTE!

Too damn cute, I wanna help, I'm on the west coast and the east ain't that close. Ooh, now you have me all giddy.

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous1: And I think it´s kind of sad, that it seems you´ve never experineced romance or do not have a feeling for it ;)

Anonymous said...

I agree with the first Anonymous. How can you really be in love with someone you've never even met? Besides, there are cheaper ways to travel. One can take a bus or train; it may take a bit longer, but as it seems neither has a steady job, the amount of travel time shouldn't be an issue. On the other hand, if they are so in love, why doesn't one just move to the others coast? Again, it doesn't appear either has anything steady going on where they are that they can't do somewhere else. It seems to me they are jus angling for some free publicity or a reality show.

Miss Eva Morgan Reeve said...

I have to admit, that after reading it, I partly agree with the last anonymous post.

There are cheaper way to travel, sure it takes longer and it's quite uncomfortable but if you truly love someone, why the hell not?

Good for them if they can provide for themselves with their art, but when you have goal, you suck it up and find paid slavery somewhere.

I do believe in long distance relationship though and in falling in love over e-mails, letters, phone calls.

Anonymous said...

I am in a loving relationship of 6 years and have also flown to LA from NYC and it cost me $200 in 2009. Now I am not wealthy, I am a college student who works full time. But if I was in "love" you better believe I would come up with the funds to get over to that coast. I just hate the fact that they are exploiting their fans to get those funds so they can have their little play date. It is not very professional.
-Anon 1

PonPon said...

Why don't they just get part time jobs? This seems kinda lazy and exploiting their love story. I live in Kansas and my boyfriend lives in Amsterdam for goodness sake, and we work hard for the money to be able to visit each other.

Maeam said...

Awesome. Most of luck to them with everything! I hope they get enough donations...

Anonymous said...

Hi guys! I am Raven from the kickstarter project and just wanted to clarify a few things... he works, I work. Just do not make that much. I do live only off my art right now and live pretty isolated in Pa with no bus transportation or way to get to a job even if I wanted. We figured if we could start a tshirt line it would help us save the money to meet and also act as a job for us maybe later on. We give back to those that donate as a way to show appreciation for their kindness and our motives are pure and in no way sinister. The donations on kickstarter go for us to start the tshirt line.. it is not travel money. once we actually print the shirts. we then plan to use the money from shirts sold to save up to meet.

xToxicTears said...

See I think the reason people may have a problem is because you mention in the kickstarter project:

"Schizophrenic ideals of money, almost a hate of wealth. i.e. Living lower lives by choice not circumstance."

So it probably sounds like you don't work, or are kinda like "We don't want to have money, except to meet eachother so give it to us" (Which, admittedly until you sent that message, I'd kinda thought myself)

So maybe mention it on the kickstarter site what you've said here to stop people getting confused?:)

My boyfriend and I met over the internet and lived in different countries, we've now been living together for well over a year, been together for almost two.

Anonymous said...

Kickstarter is a company that helps fund ideas and creative projects for artists. Trashbats had to be reviewed and get approved by kickstarter first. The project is to start a tshirt line.... The motive for starting the tshirt line is to then sell the shirts to meet. They are asking idea be funded so can then print shirts and sell them to use funds to meet.

Cupcake.on.Crack said...

if you raise the money for the t-shirt line.. the shirts aren't going to be $100 are they? Because on the kickstarter it says if you donate one hundred dollars you get a personalized t-shirt. However, I was just wondering when you get the money for the t-shirts they aren't going to be that much. Are they?

Does what I am typing make sense to anyone else, because I am confusing myself now.

Anonymous said...

@Cupcake.on.Crack

If we get the funding for the shirt line with donations through kickstarter the tshirts would be sold on our website for $25-30 each.
If you help donate on kickstarter we give back with pins, stickers, postcards, tshirts, art depending on donation. Obviously we still have to leave money leftover for us to start up the tshirt line. If we do not get 100% funding on kickstarter then all the people who donated get refunded. Right now we only have 32% funding and 11 days to go.
As we have it now on Kickstarter people who donate $50 get stickers and a t-shirt in whichever color or size they want. We have designs with the heart and some without plus guys shirts.
People who donate $100 get a trashed out shirt.. we take the shirt they want and slash & bleach it ..trashbat style.

Anonymous said...

Also keep in mind if we get 100% funding Kickstarter takes 5% and then amazon payments take 10% of whatever we raise.. then we have to use the money left to order the shirts, pins, and sticker to be printed.....plus the cost of sending out the rewards to the people who have donated to us.

even if we get full funding it is going to take us a while to sell the shirts online to raise enough to visit another.

Cupcake.on.Crack said...

Oh, kay. I get it now. Thank you, and good luck. :)

Daniel_8964 said...

I hope they succeed with enough or a lot of donations. Best of luck to Bats and Raven.

Velvet said...

Anonymous 1, agreed! Whats with this romance and "love story" bullshit? Why not just have good ideas and sell the product based on talent, quality and inventiveness. There's none of that here. Pay for your own damn shirts to sell to fuck eachother....ugh gross.

Jeanette said...

I think its funny that a lot of the ones talking so much crap are hiding behind anonymous. Seriously pathetic,if you dont agree with it dont back it. Pretty fucking simple.

Miss Eva Morgan Reeve said...

@Jeanette
Being one of those who didn't particularly agree and didn't ''hide'' behind anonymous, I find your comment a bit harsh. Voicing a opinion is not, in my opinion, pathetic, even if one is more comfortable doing so anonymously.

Anonymous said...

These days you dont know what people are like, I live in the NYC area and Raven could be "batshit" crazy (you see what I did there? lol) for all I know. Either way, I try not to put anyone down, just give my opinion. There is nothing wrong with doing it anonymously, other than the fact that it doesnt distinguish between different users.

And with this particular project, I think it's exploitation of the fans. Being tax return season, I find it difficult to believe that two people who supposedly work real jobs can't put together 1000 to start a t-shirt line. It is an investment, which is usually how you start making money.

Anonymous said...

How much is Jeanette donating?

Besides, doesn't Raven already have an onlline venue to sell the shirts?

Anonymous said...

I just think she was too cheerful in the vid.. I expected brooding and lamenting that she must deal with this tortuous emotion called love

Anonymous said...

A financial backer for another's romance is simply called a cuckold. She just wants to relive her mallbat days spending daddy's money...grow up alert!

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