The Birth of a Theme Camp, by HandJamMasterC, The Lord Mayor of Partytown
I've seen questions here like " how does one start a theme camp ? ". Here is how we did it -
So we are hanging out at our camp near 2:40 and I in 2009. Weâ€™d camped in the same spot our first year at Burning Man in 2008, since it was quiet and we knew we could find a spot to camp. Iâ€™d gotten married in May of 2009, and since we threw our own wedding in our backyard ( and it rained ), I now had two carports from Costco ( plus my friends 3rd one ), a big improvement from the EZ Ups that nearly blew away in 2008! And we had flag poles too. Boy, were we stylâ€™n !!
One day, and beautiful young lady from San Diego came by. Her name was Katie ( Katy ? ). She befriended our camp, and she and another beautiful young lady friend spent some time drinking and chatting with us. It was part of a wonderful 2nd year at Burning Man. On that Sunday at the end of the Burn, Katie came by and gave me a gift â€“ this metal tinplate sign from an antique shop that said â€œ One Eyeâ€™d Jacks Tavern, Ravage the Wenches, Plunder the Booty â€œ !
I got home from that Burn and thought to myself, â€œ I should do something with that sign. So I mounted it in a frame surrounded with Xmas lights with a mannequin head . My first Burning Man camp / â€œ art â€œ item was born !!
Then I thought, â€œ gee, a tavern should have a bar â€œ. Couldnâ€™t find one to buy that I liked, so I built a bolt together easy to transport bar !! This was getting fun !!
If you have a bar, you need a â€œ jukebox â€œ, so I next built a â€œ jukebox â€œ with a boom box and sound activated EL wire drivers ( like 100+ feet of EL wire ) !!
Next came a front sign, and damn, we had a theme camp idea ( and a garage full of stuff ). That and 12 friends that wanted to help run the bar and we were off to our first year as a theme camp in 2010 !!
And that is how Camp D.O.A. was born â€“ it all started with a metal sign from a sweet college coed from San Diego. I blame it on Katie ! ;^ )