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The Fucking Unicorns need a new vehicle for their art car, The Imagination Machine.
The Fucking Unicorns need a new vehicle for their art car, The Imagination Machine.
128 backers pledged $5,306 to help bring this project to life.

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Two years ago we embarked on a journey to create something big for for the Burning Man community.  We built the Imagination Machine; a huge double rainbow, with 7,000 programmable LEDs, a mobile aerial rig, glowing clouds and a spacious raised dance platform with one of the best views on the playa.

Now we want to ensure the Imagination Machine is something you see on the playa year after year.  The current vehicle is in need of some basic repairs.  A new transmission and some work on the suspension will get us back to Apogaea and Burning Man in 2013.  A new base vehicle will bring the magic back in following years, and give us room to expand and grow.

We've got big ideas, and we've proven we can pull them off.  But big things cost money.  The Unicorns never raise funds to buy personal or camp infrastructure.  Every dollar goes back to the community, and this kickstarter is no different.

Project Details

We danced the front suspension to death.  By the end of the week, the coil springs had fully collapsed, resulting in a slightly sloping dance surface.  We need to buy new uprated springs for the front and rear.  This should increase capacity, something else really important, and safety third.  When we purchased the truck, the transmission was already in rough shape.  With the syncros gone, getting in and out of third gear was a dance move all in itself.  As fun as that was, all 2,200 miles to and from the playa, we need a new tranny (not that kind of tranny, but we like those too).  The muffler fell off around mile 400 on the drive home, the sweet aroma of generator exhaust filled the cuddle puddle for most of the week . . .

. . . you get the idea.  We're bringing a better Imagination Machine to Black Rock City next year, Truckie just needs a little Love.

Long term, We've got big ideas, and the newer, bigger vehicle is where it all starts.

  • Capacity to cram on more sparkle ponies and not break the suspension.
  • Bigger front and rear facing aerial rigs.
  • Ground level dance platforms off both sides.
  • Rideable carousel Unicorns!?
  • New and exciting performance apparatuses (chinese/stripper poles).
  • More exhaust fumes.
  • Sharks with lasers.

About Us

The Fucking Unicorns are a theme camp at Burning Man. We are teachers, nurses, welders, business men, lawyers, artists, computer programmers, performers, professional climbers, parents, and friends. We hold degrees in everything from mathematics to art history, but we are not your average 30 somethings. 

We are Unicorns because we share a collective desire to add more life and color to the world.  We are those people.  The ones walking down the street wearing a little more pink, a lot more faux fur, and way more sparkles than might be considered decent. We are the weird neighbors - the GOOD kind - the ones who show up to the fire dept. pancake breakfast on pogo sticks.  We are the only adults at a kid’s movie and the only kids at the office. We are your best friends with whip cream and a cherry on top. And we take fun seriously!

Stretch Goals

Turns out, money can't buy happiness.  It does however turn out to be a great way to pay for the fun and exciting things we have planned.  Help us meet our stretch goals to see these great additions sooner than later.  Imagination is free, but the Imagination Machine isn't.

$6,500 - Front Aerial Rig

We'll be able to build a second rig extending off the front of the car.  Twice as much space to play and perform.

$7,500 - Carousal Unicorns

While the graphics on either side are great, we want real unicorns.

Risks and challenges

Moving the art car onto a new base is somewhat labor intensive, but otherwise straightforward. Among us we have the experience to do the job right, and the willpower to make it happen.

In the process we plan on doing some minor redesigning, but the guts of the project has already been finished. The main risk lies in what vehicle we end up purchasing, and ensuring that it is reliable, and has the weight capacity to give the project room to grow.

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    SPARKLES!

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    One of our Unicolts will draw you a picture. Once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire a priceless work of art by a 3 year old Unicorn.

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    Prank phone call. Give us your phone number and we will prank call you sometime in the near future.

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    An authentic unicorn horn. Fashionable, durable, and comfortable to wear all day.

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    Private aerial fabric or hoop lesson in Denver CO

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    Unicorn coffee table book. This unique photo book takes you on the adventure! A day in the life of a real Unicorn!

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    1 hour private aerial lesson from one of your favorite high flying fucking unicorns: Jilly Katz, Liz Smith, or Piper Merriam. Want to learn silks, hoop, trap, or even rope? Already have some skills and what to learn something new? This lesson is good for any skill level, any apparatus, and can even be taught on the playa.

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    One of a kind Unicorn Belt buckle. Hand made by our very own Brock Lee.

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    Beginners aerial fabric lessons. Five beginners classes at LeFey Aerial Studio in Denver CO.

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    Lifetime all access pass with a +1 to any and all official Unicorn events and parties. We tend to throw two parties a year, and you don't want to miss a Unicorn Party.

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    Summer birthday party at Waterworld in Denver, CO for you and 3 friends. The unicorns take you to Waterworld for your birthday. You show up, and we'll provide the rest.

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    You get Truckie (the current base vehicle) once we're finished transitioning to our new base. He's a 1974 F350 4 speed with a big block and utility bed.

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