Char-O-Lot, a community art project for Wasteland Weekend, Burning Man and beyond. A mutating, mobile dance cage, with fire and armor.
Thank you so much for visiting our Kickstarter page. We are very excited to introduce our project, code named: Char-O-Lot. We are creating this vehicle and taking it to Wasteland Weekend September 27 through 30, 2012. Our Deadline is rapidly approaching and our funding has been limited. So now we are reaching out to you and the rest of the internet community for help in order to meet our materials goals. By pledging your support, you can help guarantee our presence at Wasteland Weekend 2012 and many other events to come.
What is Char-O-Lot?
Char-O-Lot is a highly customized mutant truck, decked out with a hood-mounted dance platform that is fully surrounded by a steel spider-web cage. It will also be equipped with spikes, buzz-saw blades, side running boards, a protected observation deck, and pivoting turret complete with water cannon. We will be adding many electronic components including extra headlights, lighting for the dance cage, a PA system, CB radio, security light bar and other visual and functional features. The design will convert this small and modest Chevy S10 into an intimidating truck, decorated and themed like a bounty hunter's trapping vehicle to match the theme of our camp and Wasteland Weekend. If you help us exceed our goal we wont stop there, as we have even bigger ideas and plans to expand the design. Concepts such as a net for "drive-by catching" that doubles as a hammock seat and a ditch-digger (aka earth-chainsaw) with hydraulic control on the front of the vehicle.
Designed entirely in the open-source 3D design program SketchUp, Char-O-Lot was quickly and efficiently modeled. Utilizing the diverse set of skills available within our local community-- everything from welding and contracting to venetian plastering and digital design-- we are able to execute this plan entirely in-house. Our only limitation has been our limited budget for materials, the list for which is just outside our reach without your pledge of support.
What will your pledge help fund?
150ft. of 2"x2" 14ga square alloy steel tubing (for the main structure)
540ft. of 1/4" metal rod w/ decorative wood-grain finish (for the spider webs)
Diamond plate 14ga
Misc. welding tabs
Misc. hardware (nuts, bolts, screws, and rivets)
Misc. grinder disks
Dual-shielded welding wire
Welding gas mix
Paint and primer
Shop space and electricity for the tools
Misc electronics and light bulbs
Color-changing spot lights (for the cage)
2 extra headlights
Gasoline to get it there and back
Transmission flush and refill (we'll be stressing it with the extra weight)
Radiator flush and refill (it's going to be hot out there!)
Beefier front struts and bigger wider tires to handle the added weight
Plus some padding for contingency and miscellaneous small items
[Note: If you have or have access to any of these materials and are located in Southern California, please contact us directly at email@example.com]
As you can see, the list is extensive and expensive but we've been bridging the gap with the loving support of our local art and small-business community. Now we are turning the greater internet community, and more specifically to you (yes you!), to help us realize our goals and get this show on the road, both literally and figuratively
What's in it for you?
Well, besides that superlative feeling that comes with contributing to the cultural evolution of our society through patronage of the Arts, pledging your support for our project also gets you some pretty nifty swag:
You get not one but two different stickers! One of our Wasteland Weekend tribe's logo designed by our very own Rusty Huber. The other is a blue-print style design of the truck
www.ZipzGear.com will be printing up some high quality shirts for you all. The shirts will display a mock up blue-print design of the truck.
The wire frame black widow pendants will be hand made by me, Sean Nelson, with ox-aceteline welding rod. If we catch you at an event wearing this pendant, be warned, we will treat you like very important prisoners! The pendant also doubles as a survival tool in the case you need to weld and are all out of rod.
For the most generous pledges, we'll even bring Char-O-Lot out to your party or event. If you really want to step it up and take your event to the next level, you can choose our top pledge and we'll complete the vehicle with sound system, DJs, and beautiful dancers.
With all these great incentives, how can you say no? Please do your part to help support our community of artists and get this project off the ground by donating today. Thank you so much for your time and generous contributions.
In loving memory of our dear friend Sunny Rae [August 7 1987 - March 8 2011]
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $2,000 goal
seconds to go
Aug 7, 2012 - Aug 27, 2012
Pledge $1 or more
Because you, like us, can only give so much. And we like you for all that you can do.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $5 or more
Get your name forever emblazoned under the hood of the truck. The hood will be removed at events and displayed near where the truck is parked for all to see that you helped make this project possible.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $10 or more
Stickers and sounds - Get two Char-O-Lot the truck stickers for your sticky pleasures. Also, get music from the DJs and musicians that are part of the crew, they will send you links for download. Plus you also get your name on the hood.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $25 or more
T-Shirt - Read our blueprints and wear them too! Slick, mock-up, blueprint design shirt in your choice of size made by Zipz Gear here in Orange County. Plus you also get your name on the hood.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $50 or more
Media DVD - Receive a DVD with all of the open-source digital media used to make this project a reality. Plus everything in the above rewards.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $75 or more
Black Widow Spider Pendant - Don't be caught dead with without this! If we see you wearing our pendant at an event, be warned, you will get V.I.P. treatment... that is... Very Important Prisoner. Plus you get your name on the hood.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $100 or more
2 backers Limited (5 of 7 left)
All the above swag, plus a ride on the vehicle at Wasteland Weekend 2012 or Burning man 2013Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $300 or more
2 backers Limited (1 of 3 left)
Char-O-Lot emergence at your local party or event. Give at this level and you will have the opportunity to reserve Char-O-Lot for a night in Los Angeles, Orange County or San Diego areas. Plus everything in the above rewards.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $500 or more
0 backers Limited (2 of 2 left)
Char-O-Lot emergence at your local party or event. You will have the opportunity to reserve Char-O-Lot for a night in Los Angeles, Orange County or San Diego areas. Not only will we provide sound, the truck will come complete with a lovely young "prisoner" fresh from the wasteland. (18+ only)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012