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Help support the legendary B.O.O.G.A. mutant vehicle + sound system with mechanical work and a makeover for its trip to Burning Man!
Help support the legendary B.O.O.G.A. mutant vehicle + sound system with mechanical work and a makeover for its trip to Burning Man!
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What is the Thunder Gumbo art car? 

B.O.O.G.A., The Thunder Gumbo art car,  is a legendary art car powered by love, sweat and skulls. The mutant vehicle fits 50 to 75 revelers, has an 6000 watt custom-built sound system, and is a space ship from pre-history made out of mammalian bones and remains. It has been to Burning Man Freeform, the New York Halloween parade, Gratitude NYC, and has many more adventures ahead. 

It is a passion project, built by dedicated participatory art enthusiasts who also contribute to many other art projects in NYC and beyond-- we have thrown twenty seven successful fundraising parties for the collective in the last four years, and are active with many community projects. 

The car fits fifty!
The car fits fifty!

The base vehicle for BOOGA is a M923A2 Six-Wheel Drive Military Transport Vehicle, built for the Gulf War, heavily modified with a second level lounge, a primitive, ribcage enclosed dancefloor space made from reclaimed scaffolding lumber, and the new addition of a vertebra shade structure, a pleistocene mammal skull and driftwood skeletal elements, and the return of our custom, inward-facing sound system. This will be our fifth year as an art collective throwing amazing parties in New York and our third trip out to the Burning Man festival, and we couldn't be more excited!

the car fully loaded, burn night 2013
the car fully loaded, burn night 2013

Why are we fundraising?

BOOGA really needs some mechanical loving and really wants some art upgrades. 

The funds raised by this kickstarter will go to repair the vehicle's onboard air pressure system, which is needed for the air brakes, tire inflation, and other vital parts to function. A new alternator mount and cab cover are needed as well. 

We are also undertaking some serious art upgrades this year, and this kickstarter will allow us to use the proceeds from our parties to create new artwork in addition to the needed mechanical repairs and operating expenses. We will be completing a shade structure for the upper level, adding segmented tusk shaped exhaust pipes with fire poofers, adding the skull of a mysterious ancient beast, and affixing large-scale bone and organic elements to further transform the truck from a retired military vehicle.

rough rendering for improvements
rough rendering for improvements

Rest assured we are working very hard to raise funds and leverage resources in other ways, but we are asking our community to help us close the gap. Last year, we racked up a five figure repair bill after a blown alternator, a blown engine, and lots of other problems that delayed our intrepid cross-country drive crew until Friday night of the burn. We made the hard decision to leave the car on the West Coast for a couple years rather than risking another trip to the East Coast and back, and are doing other substantial fundraising efforts with giant, elaborate, volunteer produced art parties this year to make it all possible.

Those parties are fun too!  Check out this really sweet little write up in the Electronic Current about our last event!

What about rewards?

So glad you asked!

We have stickers and temporary tattoos with the Thunder Gumbo heraldic crest!

The TG Heraldic Crest, new for 2015!
The TG Heraldic Crest, new for 2015!
Tattoo Rendering
Tattoo Rendering

Limited edition patches by Jaclyn Atkinson-- carved linoleum block handprinted on muslin fabric, aprox 4"x4"

Laser cut pendants!

No-two-alike tee shirts with the Thunder Gumbo heraldic crest printed over a thrift store gem!

A hand-made adventure crown by Kathryn Sclavi! Each adventure crown is custom made, you can specify colors and sparkles on these hand-layered silk flowers. They are made of thick fabric and elastic, and each bloom is hand sewn on. Guaranteed to not squeeze your head, fall off, or require bobby pins!

Headpieces available in glitter and non-glitter
Headpieces available in glitter and non-glitter

Small, custom tribal headband headpiece made from found objects by Gumbo Goddess Jaclyn Atkinson!

No two alike! Photo by Tod Seelie
No two alike! Photo by Tod Seelie

and

A PLANE RIDE over the playa for you and a guest!

o captain my captain
o captain my captain

Risks and challenges

Burning Man in general and art cars specifically are fraught with peril. We have put our heart and soul in to this project, but may fail to get the car to the burn due to weather, mechanical failure, mutiny, licensure issues on playa, legal issues, or Acts of God.

Engagement with entropy is a major part of the charm of Burning Man. We appreciate your support!

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    A beautiful sticker, clear backing, with the Thunder Gumbo crest, designed by Ben Devoe. Image at http://bit.ly/1GLCDwa

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    A gold-foil temporary Tattoo! Brand yourself with the Thunder Gumbo crest. Rendering at http://bit.ly/1FQ0w4G

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    A limited edition Thunder Gumbo Patch, lovingly hand-printed by gumbo goddess Jaclyn Atkinson. Aprox 5"x5", pic at http://bit.ly/1HtFNsV

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    Patch + Tattoo + Stickers combo pack! One high quality clear-backed sticker and one beautiful temporary tattoo and one patch.

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    Get yourself a Thunder Gumbo pendant, usually only available to TG campers, plus Patch + Tattoo + Sticker + Undying Devotion!! It's a crazy steal. Designed by Seva and printed by Ziggy, these are beautiful, and each necklace is one-of-a-kind with a unique chain and a variety of colors. Also includes sticker and tattoo combo pack!

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    Gumbo-wrangler Shalin Scupham will take a polaroid of our crew from the road and mail it to you from the black rock city post office! Also includes a sticker, temporary tattoo, and pendant!

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    Get the heraldic Thunder Gumbo crest on a one-of-a-kind tee shirt, with Pendant + Patch + Tattoo + Sticker + Undying Devotion! We will be printing these on top of a wide variety of shirts in a couple color variations-- no two shirts will be the same! Also includes a sticker, temporary tattoo, and pendant!

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    3.5 lbs fresh local sustainably raised grass-ffed ground beef from the General Cochran Farm. Pick up in Brooklyjn.

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    One hour-long reiki session with Valeria de la Pava, in Brooklyn or Black Rock city!

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    A hand-made adventure crown by Kathryn Sclavi! Each adventure crown is custom made, you can specify colors and sparkles on these hand-layered silk flowers. They are made of thick fabric and elastic, and each bloom is hand sewn on. Guaranteed to not squeeze your head, fall off, or require bobby pins!

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    Private pole dancing lesson with nationally-ranked pole dance artist Crystelle Reola! Also includes T-Shirt + Pendant + Patch + Tattoo + Sticker + Undying Devotion! Lesson takes place at private studio in Bedstuy.

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    Small, custom tribal headband headpiece made from found objects by Gumbo Goddess Jaclyn Atkinson! See a pic of her work at http://bit.ly/1LHdr1k , please ask for details before choosing this reward.

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    Private dance lesson with Manny "Breathe" Davis! in this course, hosted in Manny's space in Brooklyn, he will show you how to experience space and spaciousness within yourself and outside of yourself, leading to a sense of gentle, sensitive expansiveness. Seminar will take place at a mutually convenient time-- duration of course, according to Manny, is "as long as it takes." Also includes T-Shirt + Pendant + Patch + Tattoo + Sticker + Undying Devotion!

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    A real treat-- for this level of support, you can talk philosophy in a jacuzzi overlooking the manhattan skyline with Thunder Gumbo founder and gentleman's gentleman Matt Namer! includes ample hospitality and a bbq seafood dinner. Also includes T-shirt + Pendant + Patch + Tattoo + Sticker + Undying Devotion!

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    Thunder Gumbo resident DJ PartyFoul5000™ will DJ any kind of music you'd like at any event for up to 3 hours! Please message us before selecting this award to check for scheduling conflicts. Also includes T-Shirt + Pendant + Patch + Tattoo + Sticker + Undying Devotion!

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    Your choice of one hand made, one of a kind BONEDAGE piece by Jamie Roadkill! Choose between the THORACIC tiara or a JAWBREAKER choker (available in black or white). Bones used are sourced from roadkill or otherwise consciously sourced. Pieces are made in extremely limited quantities, grab this chance to accessorize like a true Gumbonian warrior! See more of Jamie's work at Bonedage.com. Also includes a T-Shirt + Pendant + Patch + Tattoo + Sticker + Undying Devotion!

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    This reward level will get you and up to seven friends a night on the town with a driver in the Battle-Car Cadillactica limousine, formerly owned by Kenny Rogers. We know hospitality, and will provide it amply to sate your appetites. With a delicate balance between utility and rugged hand-weathered detailing, we will take you anywhere you'd like, or, if you'd prefer, surprise you with something great. Please message with any questions if you're considering backing us at this level to be sure that we can accommodate your idea of a perfect night. NYC area only.

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    A scenic plane ride over the playa this year for you and one guest in Jonathan's plane! Pre-flight hospitality provided, please inquire for details. You must already be at the burn. Also includes all our branded swag-- a tee-shirt, patch, pendant, sticker, tattoo, and all our Undying Devotion.

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    The Thunder Gumbo collective will throw a party at your house! We will bring a crew of all star musicians, our sound system or silent disco headphones, aerialists, fire performers, dancing midgets, and more to throw a legendary party for as many of your friends as you can fit in your space! Includes 500 dollar materials and transportation budget with lots of volunteer performance and staff, but the sky's the limit if you have more $ to spend on the situation. Birthdays, Bar Mitzvahs, beach parties, really weird weddings! Also includes endless swag, including some limited edition stuff that is not listed here. Please send us a message about specifics if you are thinking about choosing this reward.

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