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Former professional cage fighter and photographer Shawn Tamaribuchi has spent the last 3 years documenting female fight culture from the inside out.
Shawn Tamaribuchi
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San Francisco, California
United States
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Sweat, Blood and Silver Gelatin

 "The Female Fighter Project is portraiture series documenting female fighters around the globe through traditional, film-based photography. It all started in 2010 when I left the US for a year of international travel, visiting and training with some of the best female fighters from Rio de Janeiro to Tokyo."- Shawn Tamaribuchi

  • Shawn Tamaribuchi holds a BA in Photography / Digital Media from Scripps College, and has completed studies at the Glasgow School of Art. For the past ten years she has worked in the commercial and performing arts worlds. Her primary interests reside in the realm of digital-media and experimental art, and her performances and visual work has been seen locally, nationally, and internationally. She is commited to supporting the development of the martial arts through her art work and community programs for at risk youth and women. Currently, she holds the rank of brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is also an instructor and former professional MMA fighter.
  • The Solo Exhibition will be a month long show consisting of large format prints from images shot over the last three years. Featuring some of the world's bests international and local fighters, this is Shawn's first solo exhibition and she couldn't be prouder. It is scheduled to open SaturdayJuly 6th at Photobooth SF in San Francisco, CA. 
  • Preserving Tradition While Expanding the Arts is both the conceptual goal behind Shawn's art work as well as her personal philosphy behind her martial arts practice. She is asking for your help to offset the costs of producing this solo exhibition and remaining true to this mission.


My Old Muay Thai Coach Used to Say "Nothing For Free" (usually after he'd kick someone in the face)

Instead of taking on a mortgage, Shawn decided to invest a great deal of her personal savings into martial arts and documenting the people she met along the way. This solo exhibition offers her a chance to share the fruits of her labor, but she needs your help. Shawn is looking for help to partially cover the costs of the exhibition. 

  • Frames, Y U So Expensive? A lot of time and money go into producing a show. Film, development, scanning, editing, printing, mounting and framing all add up. Tack on the costs of promotion and promotional materials, It's no wonder we have this notion of the "Starving Artist". I am only asking for enough money to cover the basic cost of materials involved in the printing and framing of the work, $5,000. 
  • Loving You Is Easy because you are beautiful and generous! Aside from a great deal of my love, donors will be eligible for posters, fine art prints and promotional links on my website and social media feeds. Premium donors will receive a personalized video thank you and large format print of their choice.
  • It's the Journey Not the Destination. Although my hope is to exceed the target minimum of $5,000 for basic material costs, I am grateful for every cent that people can contribute to help offset some of the larger expenses and help me continue to document and pay tribute to the female fighter community.


POW! Right in the Kisser

 Let's do this!

  • Just the Beginning. Moving from the digital to physical space is a big leap for creative works which opens up the opportunity to expand the medium and the message. It allows the presense of female fighters to step outside the ring and into the art gallery generating further exposure for the athletes as well as the sport.
  • Is This Real Life? Yes and yes, because the Solo Exhibition has been scheduled, prints have been made, promotional postcards are in the works and you should totally come!

On Team Broke Too?

That's OK, because you can totally help me out in other ways by sharing this campaign with your friends, putting it on Facebook or Twitter, or perhaps writing a little blog about it.

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  • A Cat Video! That's right I made a video with my cat who also loves martial arts. It's on my web site so please share this and my indiegogo campaign with your friends, because the internet loves cats.


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  • $10USD
    Friend of Fighters

    Twitter shout out & Facebook post.

    4 claimed
  • $25USD
    White Belt

    -Personalized postcard photo from my tumblr. -Link on thank you page. -Twitter shout out & Facebook post.

    11 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $50USD
    Blue Belt

    -Poster & personalized postcard photo from my tumblr. -Link on thank you page. -Twitter shout out & Facebook post.

    8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $100USD
    Purple Belt

    -Poster & personalized postcard photo from my tumblr. -Small draft Faixa Preta print -Link on thank you page. -Twitter shout out & Facebook post.

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $250USD
    Brown Belt

    -12×12" archival print. -Small draft Faixa Preta print. -Poster & personalized postcard photo from my tumblr -Footer link for 1 year. -Link on thank you page. -Twitter shout out & Facebook post.

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    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $500USD
    Black Belt

    -20×20? archival print. -Small draft Faixa Preta print -Footer link for 1 year. -Link on thank you page. -Twitter shout out & Facebook post.

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    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Red Belt

    -An hour long private Brazilian Jiu Jitsu lesson with me if you are in the Bay Area. -30×30 archival print of your choice. -Small draft Faixa Preta print -Poster & personalized postcard photo from my tumblr. -A personalized video thank you. -Footer link for 1 year. -Link on thank you page. -Twitter shout out & Facebook post.

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