Unit B: A Better All-Ages, DIY, Underground Venue for Southern California

Be part of the new Unit B community as we raise funds to create a music/skate/art venue in Central Orange County, CA. We're doing it DIY, underground and legit.
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Mark Waters
Music
Santa Ana
United States
1 Team Member

With your help, a new DIY space with a proven commitment to the underground community will re-open in central Orange County.

A refuge for those on the margins of mainstream society: a music space with skateboarding and art, owned by musicians, skateboarders, and artists, and run with input from and in the best interests of the underground community that it serves. That is my dream.

My name is Mark Waters and I've spent most of my life following my dreams. I've been pretty lucky to have worked in the skateboarding, music, and film worlds my entire adult life. When I was introduced to Paul Hoffmann at Unit B, I knew that I'd found another great opportunity: to create something unique in Orange County -- a place where bands, skaters, and fans could get weird in the ways that only we understand. And with the community that quickly grew around Unit B, we were able to build something awesome.

Like it was for many people in this community, skateboarding and punk music were my first loves, and the underground scenes surrounding punk and skating were my first external family. With Unit B, I was able to develop an actual environment where the safety and comfort of an external family came very naturally. That environment was very important to me, and I’ve learned that it was important to a lot of people involved in Unit B. I’ve become obsessed with recreating that environment.

When the doors were closed at Unit B, it hurt. But I felt like it was an opportunity again -- a chance to build on what we'd done at Unit B, and make it better, make it completely legal, and basically build a new spot that was designed to be what we want. Not a skatepark with a stage, but a community space designed for live music, skateboarding, art shows, record swaps, a library/bookstore, a recording studio, as well as rehearsal studios and anything else that we feel the need to create. This is a community space like no other, and we've proven that this concept works.By working with local bands, bookers, volunteers and other members of the community, we're on the path to creating this new Unit B. And we need your help to make it as great as we all deserve.

We are hoping to raise $XX,XXX through this campaign, and we will be looking for investors for the remainder of the initial costs. Here is exactly how we will spend the initial contributions:

First and last month's rent and security deposit.

Materials for build-out of 3-5 rehearsal rooms (lockout studios).

Professional labor for code-enforceable specs.

Materials for skateboarding ramps.

Materials for wall protection inside, covering walls, glass, bathrooms, etc.

Materials to build-out stage and mixing booth.

Additional expenses will be covered by my initial investment, as well as by investments from a few key friends who’ve expressed interest. 

If we do not reach our fundraising goal, we will still be launching Unit B, it'll just take a little longer. This goal will allow us to build ramps, stage, art gallery space, lockout studios, and set up for the recording studio, but if needed, we can and will open with the stage and will build out the additional projects as we can.

We've got some great perks and rewards for every level of contribution. I'm very grateful to some longtime friends who've graciously helped by donating some amazing artwork, products, and time. Check out all the perks below! We will be adding additional perks as these are sold out. We're only allowed 20 at a time, so things like original prints of GG Allin, Nirvana, At The Drive-In, Fugazi, JFA, and more, plus art from other great artists, additional records, and more will be added as as the campaign continues on.

If you can take advantage of these great perks, you'll not only be helping out this Unit B community, but you'll be getting an amazing value for your contribution! If you're not able to help out with a contribution, please share using the Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and URL links above, or right-click the images below to share via Instagram or any other social media outlet!

Thanks, on behalf of the Unit B crew, extended family, and everyone who will be able to enjoy Unit B down the road. We can't wait to see you at the new spot!

We are holding a referral contest! Once you make a contribution, even a $1 contribution, you are automatically registered for three referral contests. The first contest is for the the sheer number of referrals you make. A "referral" in this case is counted each time you use one of the IndieGoGo sharing tools - to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or by embedding or emailing the links. Whoever refers/shares the most people will earn a one-month pass to any events at Unit B. The second contest is for the amount of funders that result from those referrals. If you refer 20 people and ten of them make a contribution, they would all count as funders for you. Whoever brings in the most funders will earn a two-month pass to any events at Unit B. The third and final contest is for the contribution amount. Whoever brings in the most contributions from their referrals will earn a one-year pass to any and all events at Unit B! All the stats are tracked automatically and will be available for view at the end of the campaign. Don't forget that the way you register for referrals is by making a contribution! Have fun and share away!

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$3,111USD
raised by 83 people in 2 months
14% funded
0 time left
$22,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on November 16, 2013
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  • $5USD
    Supporter: Unit B Pin

    You'll have the satisfaction of knowing you're doing something to support the underground music community, and you can show it off proudly with a one-inch Unit B Pin. Plus, you'll be recognized as a contributor on the wall at Unit B for the first week after we re-open.

    15 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $10USD
    Supporter Pack

    You'll be able to show off your support of Unit B with a Unit B pin and 2 Unit B stickers. Plus the satisfaction of knowing you're doing something to support the underground music community. And you'll be recognized as a contributor on the wall at Unit B for the first week after we re-open.

    9 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $15USD
    Super Supporter Pack

    You'll be able to show off your support of Unit B with a Unit B pin, a Unit B "I support local music" bumper sticker for your car, Unit B stickers for your guitar, skateboard or school books, and a Unit B guitar pick to play with or to hang around your neck. Plus the satisfaction of knowing you're doing something to support the underground music community. And you'll be recognized as a contributor on the wall at Unit B for the first week after we re-open.

    9 out of 175 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $20USD
    Unit B Anytime Ticket

    An early bird price on a great perk! Make a $20 contribution and get an Anytime Ticket for any Unit B show, anytime in the future. Save it in reserve for a sold out show, or just consider it something good to do for the community. Only 25 available at this early bird price of $20.

    4 out of 25 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $25USD
    "This Lousy T-Shirt"

    A black t-shirt, available in small, medium, large, or extra large, that declares: "I gave $25 to help rebuild Unit B and all I got was this lousy T-shirt!" Soft, 100% cotton tee with white print. Be sure to include your shirt size when you make your contribution.

    9 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $30USD
    "Your Name Here" at Unit B!

    Be permanently recognized with your name displayed with other Unit B supporters inside the new Unit B!

    16 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $90USD
    Flip Deck, Rictas + Mob Grip!

    Eight-inch Flip logo board, your choice of 52mm or 53mm Ricta Naturals, plus Mob Grip, and recognition as a contributor on the wall at Unit B for the first week after we re-open. See Gallery for photos of board of wheels.

    2 out of 5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $100USD
    Emerica Footwear

    Any pair of Emericas from their current line! Get a brand new pair of Higher Quality shoes and help out Unit B along the way. You choose the style, color, size. You can check styles and more at http://emerica.com

    2 out of 10 claimed

    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $125USD
    Skin's 405 Skater Photo

    Skin Phillips' photo of the skateboarding nutjob who skated down Interstate 405 in the heart of Orange County on Go Skateboarding Day 2009. See Gallery to check out the photo!

    1 out of 12 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $250USD
    Unit B Patron

    Be permanently recognized with your name prominently displayed solo inside the new Unit B! Plus a Unit B limited edition supporter T-shirt, available in small, medium, large, and extra-large.

    2 out of 40 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $250USD
    Busenitz by Bryce Kanights

    Bryce's photo of Dennis doing an ollie into a steep bank in France, printed on 11x14" photo paper, signed by Bryce, and suitable for framing. Check it out in the Gallery.

    0 out of 5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $250USD
    Michael Burnett's Iconic Shot!

    Michael's photo of Andrew Reynolds doing a frontside flip down the sixteen at Paul Revere School in San Francisco, printed on 11x14" photo paper, signed by Michael, and suitable for framing.

    0 out of 5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $250USD
    Joe Brook's Photo of Tom Penny

    Joe Brook's photo of Tom Penny doing a fakie flip in Spain, printed on 11x14" photo paper, signed by Joe, and suitable for framing. Yours for a contribution of $250 to Unit B. Limited to an edition of five.

    0 out of 5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $250USD
    Chris Miller by Neil Blender

    Neil Blender's photo of Chris Miller doing a backside air at Eagle Rock Ramp in 1984, printed on 11x14" photo paper, signed by Neil, and suitable for framing.

    0 out of 5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $250USD
    Dave Swift's Photo: Rob Dyrdek

    Dave Swift's photo of Rob Dyrdek, printed on 11x14" photo paper, signed by Dave, and suitable for framing. See Gallery for larger view of photo.

    0 out of 5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $250USD
    Ian MacKaye by Atiba

    Atiba Jefferson shot this photo of Ian MacKaye on the steps of Dischord House in Washington, DC. Ian is displaying his old skateboard with the Minor Threat "Out Of Step" sheep stenciled on the grip... Iconic shot of a punk and hardcore legend by a legendary photographer and friend of Unit B.

    3 out of 5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $250USD
    Grant Brittain's Iconic Images

    Grant Brittain donated 5 amazing prints to Unit B, each available for a donation of $250 or more. The images are: 4 Bones Brigade handplants; Tommy Guerrero at ChinaBanks; Natas Kaupus at Venice High School, Rodney Mullen in a storage container; and Mark Gonzales' frontside boneless one at Gemco Ditch. Available on a first choice basis--watch for updates. The prints are approximately 11x14 on 16x20 paper, signed and titled by J. Grant Brittain. See Gallery for images of each of these photos.

    0 out of 5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $600USD
    Collin Provost by Ed Templeton

    Ed Templeton has earned his legendary status on a skateboard. But he's also got this whole other life as a world-renowned contemporary artist. He shot this photo of Collin Provost and is donating five prints to Unit B. He'll also write on the print, and he'll include a custom message for you if you'd like. This print will be signed, printed on 11x14" photo paper and ready for mounting and printed.

    0 out of 5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $800USD
    Custom Ed Templeton Board

    Ed Templeton drew on this board just for Unit B! Done in Sharpie, signed by Ed, it's a one-of-a-kind board that will be a great addition to any collection or a great start to a new one. See Gallery for large image.

    0 out of 1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Ramp/Wall Section Sponsorship

    Get your name or your brand's name customized on a section of wall or one of the ramps' sections for one year following re-opening. Please reach out to Mark at mark@skatepunk.com or 714-448-8951 for more details!

    0 out of 5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
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