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Help us build a fiery memorial to Capn Jim, the original Tuna Guy and Captain of our ship.
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On December 12, 2011, Captain Jim Peterson, leader of the legendary Tuna Guys, lost his life when his boat capsized off the coast of Oregon while fishing for crab.  

With this art project, the Tuna Guy family wishes to create a memorial to our Captain, who gave so much of himself to us and the Burningman community, at which all those who have benefited by his generosity may express their sorrow over this loss and have a place to sit and contemplate how such a loss affects so many in the Burningman family while surrounded by the sounds and sights of the Playa.

If you know the Tuna Guys or have ever encountered the Tuna Guys on the Playa, partied with us or gorged yourself silly on fresh Pacific Tuna, then here's your chance to help us thank Jim for making it all happen for all those years. If you've enjoyed the company of those who Jim brought together or the "serenity" of Tuna Guys encampment or tore it up at the legendary Tuna Guys Monday Night Party or eaten your fill or had cocktails with us... NOW is the time to say "Thanks" to Cap'n Jim and his crew by making a donation and helping us build this fine tribute to him.

This project means everything to us as so many members of the Tuna Guy family are spread around the country and are unable to gather in one spot to mourn the loss of the Captain. BMORG said this; " The Tuna Guys are an iconic playa legend, part of the fabric of Black Rock City, and an enduring icon of Gifting at its best" in the Jackrabbit Speaks. We feel that it is only fitting that there is a place at Burningman 2012 specifically dedicated to the Captain for our friends and family to feel that they can pay final respects to a Burningman Icon.

We plan to build a boat in the desert, 30' long and 15' wide. The boat will be made from raw pine, recycled beetle kill and unpainted. As the boat burns away and collapses, a "surprise" will be unveiled as an impressive tribute to our lost Captain. 

Our art project will serve as a "chill spot" and a place to sit and relax on the Playa during the event.Bring your markers and leave a message to the Tuna Guys and Cap'n Jim.

Tuna Guys "Think Big", so the better the donations, the better a show we can put on for all our friends at Burningman, so keep those donations coming even if we hit our goal. We promise not to disappoint.

All Donors get an invitation to the Monday Night Potluck Party at Tuna Camp (if we have one). Party with us til we get tired of you and send you home. A unique experience in hospitality not to be missed. All donors also get a "Thank You" card signed by real Tuna Guys and sent in the Mail from Gerlach (if they have a Post Office) or maybe from somewhere else....

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    anything you can give….Genuine, eternal gratitude

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    Tuna Guys “Remembering Cap’n Jim" Burningman 2012 Oval Bumper Sticker

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    Get a 10x12 original photo of our Art Project "Remembering Cap'n Jim" burning OR photo of The 2012 Man burning by renowned Professional Photographer, Primo Carisma, Official Camp Photographer, your choice.

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    Tuna Guys Playa Necklace Medallion. Beautiful, metal with this years Tuna Guy logo. Limited edition.

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    Tuna Guys Sponsor T shirt and maybe a good spanking.

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    Sponsor T shirt PLUS a Private Playa art Tour with Captn Leisure on his Playa Tuna Boat !

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    Sponsor T shirt PLUS Tuna Guys Playa Necklace Medallion. Beautiful, metal with this years Tuna Guy logo. Limited edition.

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    Necklace Medallion, T shirt AND a limited addition Official Tuna Guys Shot Glass.

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    Necklace Medallion and T shirt, Water Bottle, shot glass PLUS a 10x12 photo of you wearing this stuff by renowned Professional Photographer, Primo Carisma, Official Camp Photographer. Primo will make you look good (even if you don’t) and possibly be immortalized on the Official Tuna Guys Web Page Sponsor Section.

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    Official Tuna Guys Playa Survival Kit

    Includes everything you need to survive the Playa and help identify the body if you don't !!! Includes an Official Tuna Guys Sponsor T shirt, Tuna Guys Medallion, Official Tuna Guys Playa Water Bottle, Tuna Guys Shot Glass and *Special* 2 Tuna Guys Condoms (in case the first one gets dusty...)

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    BE the Maidenhead.... Live your Fantasy ! We tie you to the Bowsprit of Captn Leisure Playa Boat and you're the Maidenhead for a cruise of the Playa.WOW ! Enjoy being strapped to the boat while scantily clad and helpless as we enjoy the sights and the sounds of Burningman 2012 and endure the abuse of your Brothers and Sisters on the Playa. Surely this must appeal to a CERTAIN crowd, wouldn't you think? Get a Tshirt, Playa Medallion and Official Tuna Guys Shot Glass for being a good sport PLUS an original 10x12 photo of the Maidenhead on the Playa by renowned Professional Photographer, Primo Carisma, Official Camp Photographer. Face it folks...it's not everyday that an opportunity like this comes along AND get a T Shirt...Really. Some restrictions apply (Hey! That's really funny!!)

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    Thursday Sunset cocktails and Sushi

    Join us at Tuna Camp for cocktails and Tuna snacks and endure our sarcasm and gratitude for your help. Get a Sponsor T shirt, Tuna Guys Medallion,a limited addition Official Tuna Guys Shot Glass and a 10x12 group photo. Be good and maybe we'll give you some Official Tuna Guy Condoms too...

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    The Home Lounger Package.... Get a Pristine copy of The Burning Book, a book all about Burningman that includes a nice segment about the Tuna Guys and signed by the Author Jessica Bruder PLUS an Official Tuna Guys Coffee Mug to drink out of while you read UNLESS you do shots while you read then you can use your New Official Tuna Guys Shot Glass and wear your Tuna Guys T shirt and Tuna Guys Medallion too!!! Wow!

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    Put your Tuna Guys T shirt on, Hang your Tuna Guys good luck Medallion around your dusty neck and climb into Damiens Ultralight at Black Rock City International Airport and enjoy a flight around the City of Light. Yes, see Black Rock City like so few ever have. Bring your camera and your love of flying and enjoy something that you may only do once in life. Cuz The Tuna Guys want you to.

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    Dinner with the Artist at Tuna Camp

    You and a date get to endure a fully catered 5 course meal at Tuna Camp featuring various seafood products, fine Saki and lots of abusive Tuna sarcasm (and possibly get cattle prodded by a Real Tuna Gal !!). Get to discuss anything you want with the Artist and uncover Secrets of the Universe that only Tuna Guys possess. PLUS 2 Sponsor T shirts and 2 Tuna Guys Playa necklaces. PLUSPLUS a 10x12 group portrait of the dinner by renowned Professional Photographer, Primo Carisma, Official Camp Photographer. PLUS (yes another plus) you get an original Tuna Art Piece, handmade from aluminum and fine wood, made by a real Tuna Guy. If you behave at dinner, maybe we'll give you a shot glass too, OK?

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    So, I figure that it will be an exceptional individual that would throw 1000 bucks at us...but the Burningman culture is full of exceptional individuals, isn't it? Probably someone who donates $1000 really isn't into getting a bunch of bling. Someone like that would really have to BELIEVE in the Tuna Guys, really SEE what the Tuna Guys do for Burningman and want to help us on our journey at Black Rock City. Don't hesitate here, OK? You know we love you, come and get some Tunaplayalove and bring your huge donations.
    We'll give you anything you want for your generous donation.Bling? We got it! and you can have it....T shirts..Coffee Mugs...Shot Glass....nice little stickers to put on the Audi when you get home...even ride with Captn Leisure, Certified Master Heckler...Cocktails....Dinner…professional portrait...all yours. An original Tuna Art Piece...all yours. Love...Genuine Gratitude? We got that too!! We’ll be your best friend all week… Donate and then tell me what you want...Howz that? Remember... Tuna Guys Love You.

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    OK I'm serious now....For a donation of $2500 Tuna Guys will come to your house, no matter where you live in this country, and cook you dinner. Yes, that's right... Kick back and get fed beautiful fresh seafood by the professionals in the safety and comfort of your own home while we rifle your stash and drink your booze AND make you feel good about that!!! We fabricate Tuna Guy folklore and share it with you and yours as you slip into that Omega-3 coma and fantasize about 20 foot waves breaking over the bow and sweeping all your Tuna Guy angst into one manageable dinner. Be the first to make a donation in this amount and we'll give you the option of entertaining Fry Guy and his beautiful lady at your house as they cook up a meal of fried fish and shrimp that will help you break that stupid "no fried foods" attitude that you think will save your life. Life is short...eat all those things you're not supposed to for one night and WE'LL HELP! I'll even throw in a bottle of 1985 Mondavi Cabernet out of my private collection...there aren't too many of THOSE around, you know. This offer is BIG!! So remember that it's only money, you can't take it with you and we need it! So send it to us and CLOG THOSE ARTERIES !!! (Or exercise your baked dinner option...) Remember that the Tuna Guys love you...really we do...

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