I have operated a mobile art vehicle for the past 3 years. The "Luminator" in '01, the "Playa Serpent" in '02 and the "Crosstika" this year, lighting up the Rev Billy performances each night.
One thing no one has mentioned is how the BLM feels about the Art Cars. I was told upon regestering this year that the BLM is thinking about banning the mobile art alltogether in the future, or at least limiting the # that will be allowed to operate. So the fact is, the BM Org may have no say in this at all. But let's face it, the BLM is going to come down on us, and we have no one to blame but the fuckwits who could not follow the rules. I have never operated my vehicle outside of the guidelines, but alot of jerks do. They told me about 500 permits were issued last year for mobile art, I would guess it's about the same this year. Unfortunately the rules are alway's made to guide the stupidest among us, because these people cannot grasp the obvious, and just do what's right. It's alway's the idiots who ruin it for everone else.
Beyond that, I would have to agreee that alot of the vehicles out there are BULLSHIT! I personally don't get the "dave's party train" type of crap. There was nothing artistic about it or most of the other "party barges" pieces of shit. What's the point anyhow? Sitting on your ass watching the city go by as you get drunk and sociallize is not "radical self expression" or even participation for that matter. Bottom line: If mobility is not an inherent component to delivering and operating your art, your just looking for a lazy way out. I can't tell you how many people wanted a ride to here and there(which was usually in the opposite direction we we heading, duh), just because they were too stupid to plan and execute better. Not my problem, don't make it so, or else you imposing your bullshit on my immediate experience. As for those of you whining about getting turned down by the DMV how many of those vehicles had a "licence plate" and were driven to the event? Sorry but decorating your car so you can be mobile when you get there is clearly a ploy to circumvent stated rules, and you got what you deserved.
Having witnessed some idiots abusing the privaledge of driving way too fast and running over L2K more than once, I took it upon myself to tell them to stop it. I didn't ask either. and they didn't like it, too fucking bad. If we as a community cannot stand up and police ourselves, then were back to passivily waiting for someone else to do it for us.
As always, it's the clueless who will set the bar.