New Stuff from RKP!

rkp.Chaos.tee.v3

So back in April I ran a Kickstarter campaign that, I’m very pleased to say, was successful. Success on Kickstarter is easily measured: Either you hit your funding goal or you don’t. It’s not terribly different from stick-and-ball sports where either you won or lost. Put another way, it’s nothing like bike racing.

The campaign had a two-fold purpose. First, I’ve wanted to collect a number of my posts into a single, collectible, volume for some time. What gave the project its urgency was my need to generate as many greenbacks as possible to make a down payment on the Deuce. Kaiser Permanente recently came up with a number (fundamentally, I believe all medical bills are forged in fiction and then inflicted upon us as fact), a number that is larger than what I paid for my last car. So there’s that.

What occasions this post is that we’ve begun fulfilling some of the pledges associated with the project. The T-shirt design above is yet another meisterwerk by our designer Joe Yule of StageOne Sports. As the graphic designer behind not only our logo and the Roubaix and Suffer T-shirts, but also the entire look of the Garmin-Sharp team, he’s a hard man to schedule time with, but always worth the wait. These shirts are with the printer now and will begin shipping this week. Kickstarter peeps get theirs first, then on to the new orders. You can order the shirt here.

Regarding sizing: If you own another RKP shirt, we’re using the same NextLevel shirts we’ve been using, so the sizing remains consistent. If this is your first time ordering a shirt, the sizing is roughly: Small: 38″ chest; Medium: 40″ chest; Large: 42″ chest; XL: 44″ chest; and XXL: 46″ chest.

rkp.Chaos.tee.v3.detail

The Kickstarter campaign also included a broadside. So what is a broadside you ask? Well, it’s a kind of text poster. They were first used as a means of advertising upcoming events. Think big poster pasted to the side of a building. Gradually their use and purpose evolved. Today they are a way for letterpress printers to celebrate a new volume by a writer. They are almost always the province of poems these days. And rather than being printed on crappy paper and pasted to a wall, they are now executed on high-quality paper and framed. (Unless you’re a broke graduate student and you resort to thumbtacks … no names mentioned.)

Broadside

I should mention here that both the broadside and the T-shirt are based on my post “There Will Be Chaos.”

As a way to celebrate the publication of my book “Why We Ride” I worked with Norman Clayton of Classic Letterpress to do a run of 200 broadsides. I’ve adapted “There Will Be Chaos,” sculpting it a bit for this usage, and I’ve given it a new title which points to the kind of importance that quote has taken in my life. You might say, it’s not just about the bike.

I’ve already begun shipping the broadsides out to those who pledged for them in the Kickstarter campaign. You, too, can order one of the remaining broadsides here; there’s even an option if you want it signed.

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14 comments

  1. Justin Barrett

    So stoked to have been a part of this campaign and to be recieving both of these, Patrick. They look stunning and can’t wait to get them in my hands.
    I happen to have a number of gorgeous broadside poems letterpressed and framed hanging in my house. This will jive nicely between them and the cycling artwork also in my house.

    And the t-shirt will be worn with pride. Kudos!

  2. Tom in albany

    Just a small grumble, I had no way to know if I should order a small or medium as I’m ‘in-between’ and it matters who makes the shirts and if they’ll shrink. Is it reasonable to assume that if my Kick-starter T-shirt doesn’t fit, I can exchange it?

    Cheers and much success,

    TominAlbany

  3. BRG

    Regarding medical bills, as a physician, I am the first to admit that the entire process is maddening and certainly contributes to the problems we have with financial and social injustice. I work at a “safety net” hospital so every day I am confronted with the divide between what my patients can afford and what they need- in life and medicine.

    However, when comparing the cost of a car to the cost of a lengthy NICU stay (which as you know all too well is a complex, personalized, ever-changing, and high-stakes enterprise) it seems to me that the logical conclusion should be disgust at how much we spend on our cars, not a complaint about the cost of (life-saving!) health care.

    Of course, a car is a luxury and health care should be a right, not a privilege. Even so, just because the final “product” of health care is of so much intangible value doesn’t mean that tangible (albeit frustratingly itemized) costs shouldn’t apply. Many of us are abundantly capable of doing a similar kind of math in defense of certain bib shorts.

    Cyclists have accepted the reality of “strong, light, or cheap: pick two” but from health care we expect “infallible, unlimited, and free.” That is the real “fiction” of our medical bills.

    While the proportion of the cost that individual patients must pay is ultimately a political question of both tax revenue and allocation, our overall medical spending is driven by our expectations as a society, one ill family member at a time.

    Other industrialized nations have accepted that health care cannot be infallible, unlimited, and free. And their health care is demonstrably better as a result. We have not accepted this. And we suffer- and pay, sometimes as much as a car- for it.


    1. Author
      Padraig

      BRG: Let’s try not to hijack the conversation by turning this into a lecture on our medical system. My observation was a reasonable one as everyone everywhere will spend something north of $20k for a good (if not amazing) vehicle. Yet in many countries healthcare doesn’t elicit a sudden need for a Kickstarter campaign. Put another way: Do me a favor and don’t tell me my car is the problem; that’s asinine.

      Look, you’re new here, so I don’t want to come across as hostile, but there’s a fair amount of backstory to these items I’m selling as well as my need to sell them. You might find these posts interesting:

      http://redkiteprayer.com/2013/04/enter-the-deuce-the-series/

  4. BRG

    I read those posts at length several times well before writing any comments and I’m happy for you that your son is home and healthy, of course. And I’m certainly not criticizing your right to make money through your own website.

    I can see it was a mistake to interject into a discussion whose backstory has to do with fathers and sons. I agree that the only opinions that matter in that conversation belong to the father and the son. If that’s what this is about, then there is no need to post or even read this reply.

    My post, if you care, was an attempt to put into context and make sense of something that strikes me as hard to swallow- your complaint directed at the hospital and providers about the cost of one of the most complex, expensive, and high-stakes services that medicine offers.

    Why is $20K acceptable for a good (if not amazing) car and $50K acceptable for a luxury car, but too much money for the good (if not amazing) life-saving treatments that we expect our hospitals to offer?

    Put another way: Your car is not the problem, but if you think the car’s “value” justifies its cost and at the same time suggest that the cost of comparably-priced health care is not justified by its “value,” that’s a problem.

    If your complaint is not with the total cost, but rather the portion of it that you actually have to pay, remember that this is the result of several factors such as our government’s approach to funding health care and your own decisions about health insurance among other matters of personal finance.

    The actual itemized costs of health care are relatively fixed, even if your negotiations with the billing department suggest otherwise.

    The “value” of health care is important for individuals and society, so many providers and hospitals want it to be more accessible to and more affordable for more people.

    So do me a favor and don’t complain about your provider or your hospital- they cared about your family and they were pretty darn good (I don’t work in a Kaiser hospital, but I do know that they have helped set the standard by which other hospitals are measured in terms of efficiency, quality, and cost). Instead, look at your elected officials, the lobbyists, and possibly yourself.

    Or would that be asinine?


    1. Author
      Padraig

      BRG: I’m going to respond to a few points and then I’ll ask that if you have a need to comment further, email me directly. I’ve made it clear that this is a post about me selling a T-shirt and a broadside based on my work. The conversation really ought to stick to that. But to respond a bit:

      1) This was not the forum for you to establish context. Any further comments about health care by you in regards to this post will be deleted.
      2) The cost or value of cars is not the conversation, either. It was a way to give context to the bill we’re looking at without naming the exact number.
      3) I’m not comparing the value of my son to a car, either.
      4) I was not complaining about the bill—or about his care. I was making an observation about my need to come up with a great deal of cash.
      5) Value was never a subject of this post, so it’s inappropriate for you to bring value into the conversation.
      6) Suggesting that I might be part of the problem is definitely asinine.

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  6. Sam findley

    I just got my t-shirt! Whoot! My wife says it makes my biceps look bigger and my pecs sexier (well, she didn’t say it, but I’m sure she thought it…).

  7. Chas

    Got mind just the other day and I must say the Medium was the way to go. A selfie of some sort is sure to follow once I get the sucker washed.

  8. DaveO

    Just got my t-shirt and showed it off to my two kids, ages 18 & 20 and they said “There Will Chabes?”, kind of knocked the wind out of my sails to have to explain “There will be chaos” and that to me it looked awesome.

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