Our Goal~ Refurbish & Transport Draka from Houston to Burning Flipside then turn full circle toward Burning Man for her 12th Birthday!
Hello all you Draka Fans, Dragon Lovers, Art Car Enthusiasts, Burning Man Goers, Makers, and Doers, Flipsitizens ~ Family and Friends!
We have finally embarked on our modern day crusade of resurrecting DRAKA the DRAGON for this year of the Water Dragon!
Having successfully participated in the Houston Art Car Parade and Burning Flipside events last month OUR GOAL now is to continue with refurbishing and then cover transport and operation costs for Draka to participate in Art Car Fest 2012 in Reno, then turn full circle to Draka's birth place and once again attend Burning Man in Black Rock Desert, Nevada! ~ Next year Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee, and Robodock Festival in Amsterdam could be possibilities. At all future venues, Draka will function as a stage for bands and performers, and of course breathe 50 foot bursts of flame!
WHAT WE NEED!
Refurbishing has started, but we are far from being complete. Draka had been sitting dormant outdoors in Houston the past four years, that meant water damage, and lots of it. Approaching twelve years in age, three of her four sections successfully made it through the Houston Art Car Parade on May 12th. But we still need to completely gutt and reconstruct that fourth car and finish many details on the other three.
Plans are in the works for a total re-design of that fourth section into more of a "stage" to accommodate entertainers and provide better viewing for onlookers. Our other expenses are multiple. The entire electrical system was stripped for scrap when we weren't looking! So that needs replacing. We also need a new generator and air compressor to run lighting, sound, and fire. Propane expenses will have to be met, as well as future storage fees. Then there's the biggest cost of all ~ transportation of the beast! Here is an exact list of the things Draka wishes for:
All cars need new shocks
Transmission: needs pan gasket/filter kit
Repair Oil leak: damaged dipstick line (?)
Replace fuel neck hose
Repair Exhaust Leak
Repair eyeball lights and interior floor lights
Replace cracked windshield
2nd Car/Bar Car
Front axel needs tow adjustment
Fabrication of new hinge on front tow section
3-4 ft. propane hose for ignitor plus fittings
Pancake Air Compressor
Replace stolen Electrical System
Replace stolen Chandelier
More Tequila Gold Paint ($45/qt.)
More upholstery fabric
Replace old Foam in bench seats
If you have any of these items which you would like to donate to the project please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Draka is a mobile sculpture that was originally funded by the Burning Man Festival in the year of the metal dragon, 2000. The belly of this beast accidentally caught fire and burned to the ground in 2002. Not a problem – cut off crispy carcass; raise with boom, winch out old truck, insert new, and Voilà! A new and better dragon was formulated for the continued enjoyment of the masses attending Burning Man. The cleansing by fire suited her nicely. Now we’re there again, at the precipice of yet another kind of cleansing, this time by water. Now that we've shaken off most of the must, mold, and mildew that’s damaged Draka while sitting in the humidity of southeast Texas, gotten her some new threads, and seen those pecan groves at Apache Pass - why don't ya'll help us head on out to the desert! So we can continue spreading the dragon love of bringing joy and entertainment to the people!
Please help Draka FLY again ~ Make a donation today!
Draka is ready for her next adventure! Any amount donated will be appreciated! Every dollar matters!
Over the years Draka has received a wide range of notoriety and support from folks across America. She has appeared on Monster Garage, and received grants from the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, the Houston Art Car Museum, and Burning Man. She will feature in an upcoming French documentary this December to be broadcast worldwide, stay tuned for details as they arise!
You can check up on our re-build updates at
If you are interested in donating materials or volunteering your time, please contact Lisa through her website http://www.lisanigro.com
We thank you all for your support in the past, and look forward to your support in the future!
Draka the Dragon Crew and Family (2000-12)
* Main Draka Video by Brock Allman http://www.mediaproduction.com
* DrakaBreathes Video by Paul McRae
Thank you guys! We love you!
Also, MANY THANKS for all the support we received so far in Houston!
Orange Show Center for Visionary Art ~ grant & shop space! Dennis "the Menace Mechanic" Wilson, Jarrod, Rachel, Toni Wallace, Lisette Lux, Jeremy, Esteban Martinez, Richard Tomcala, Harley Davis & her army, Shawn & Kevin Jackson, Dennis Odocharty, Sam Wedderburn, Pam Jam, Angela Ringnald, David Haim, Andy Smith, Steve Grogan, Cazz, John & his wife, Jonathan at Carpet Giant, Johnny Rojas, Jewelz, Skeez, and last but not least Phil Arnet & Summer Street Studios! And a grant from Texas Art Garden ~ Our sincere apologies if we've failed to mention someone!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $3,350 goal
seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on June 6, 2012.
May 22, 2012 - Jun 6, 2012 (15 days)
Pledge $10 or more
DRAGON EGGs receive a Thank You mention on our website.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $25 or more
DRAGONFLYs receive 2 Draka the Dragon Stickers, and a Thank You mention on our website.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $100 or more
DRAGON WRANGLERs receive 2 Draka the Dragon Stickers, a Thank You mention on our website, and a Draka T-shirt.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $300 or more
DRAGON MISTRESSes receive 2 Draka Stickers, a Thank You mention on our website, one Draka T-shirt, and one Draka Patch.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $500 or more
DRAGONETTEs receive 4 Draka Stickers, a Thank You mention on our website, two Draka T-shirts, one Draka Patch, and a special tour of the Belly of the Beast for you and one guest at BURNING MAN ~ cocktails on us!Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
FIRE BREATHERs receive ALL OF THE ABOVE PLUS an evening on Draka at BURNING MAN for you and a guest, pushing the fire-breathing button ~ cocktails on us!Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $2,000 or more
0 backers Limited (4 of 4 left)
DRAGON RESURRECTORs receive ALL OF THE ABOVE but includes you and 3 guests on Draka at BURNING MAN, pushing the fire-breathing button ~ cocktails on us!Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $5,000 or more
0 backers Limited (4 of 4 left)
DRAGON SLAYERs receive ALL OF THE ABOVE but includes you and up to 6 guests, pushing the fire-breathing button ~ cocktails on us! And a sleep over in the Belly of the Beast if you wish!Estimated delivery: Jun 2012