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Stamps and "Passports" for your theme camp

Postby International Incident » Sat Feb 18, 2012 5:55 am

Earlier today on another thread Bob raised the (what I think is a good) idea of having some "Passports" that people could get stamped as they explore various theme camps.

I think this could be fun, and especially as we will have lots of Birgins it might help them.

If people don't have the passport or want to carry one we could just stamp their arses.

Are any theme Camps interested in doing this?
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Re: Stamps and "Passports" for your theme camp

Postby AntiM » Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:48 am

Off on a tangent ramble: Floating World had passports, you went to different theme camps and earned beads for participating, then you could trade them in for gold dubloons which let you go to the top of the lighthouse the Man was on. It sucked. Lots of "I know the artist" whiners. I was the volunteer at the top who was in charge of turning off the lasers if a MV disrupted the beams enough to reflect them back (riding in line). Stupid club kid knew-the-artist raver girls stole my bottled water I had set aside, half hidden. I gave them hell for taking without asking. Snotty sparkle ponies, but the term didn't exist yet.

I think there were passport stamps, but I never did get any.
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Re: Stamps and "Passports" for your theme camp

Postby MyDearFriend » Sat Feb 18, 2012 8:32 am

Passports sound a bit too organized to me, though I did enjoy getting my boob stamped at the Big Blue Shark camp... 8)
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Re: Stamps and "Passports" for your theme camp

Postby Bob » Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:20 am

AntiM wrote:...Floating World had passports...


Those passports were orchestrated by the art dept for Seven Ages [of Man], in 2001, for which Laser Dude was commissioned.

Original passports were done by ARF in 1997.

Bunch of camps have done stamps, badges, laminates etc. over the years.
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Re: Stamps and "Passports" for your theme camp

Postby Lassen Forge » Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:53 am

We do a laminated "party card" for loyal komrades every year... we tried a passport - official looking multiple overlay images and fill in the blanks - it was a LOT of work, but may try something like that again... One of our alter kampfers did one a few years back and I thought it was QUITE the success. The party card... rocked. Now if we can only get the multi-colored UV-reactive designs to work...
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Re: Stamps and "Passports" for your theme camp

Postby moonrise » Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:10 am

It seemed like most camps had stamps, but usually ran out of ink :cry:

I like it and if it's just optional (and isn't used for exclusive access to anything) I don't see how it would suck.
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Re: Stamps and "Passports" for your theme camp

Postby trilobyte » Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:31 am

We've got a few rubber stamps we bring with us every year (burning devil, burning angel, and our Eridu Society symbol). Passport, arms, legs, boobs, butt - you bring it, we'll stamp it!
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Re: Stamps and "Passports" for your theme camp

Postby Lassen Forge » Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:18 am

Ink dries out, but a brand lasts forever...

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I knew someone with a wire branding iron doing this, but your temp needs to be spot-on (as seen above).
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Re: Stamps and "Passports" for your theme camp

Postby Trishntek » Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:46 am

We've had a difficult time finding ink colors other than black and red. The ink quality also seems to be water based and smears easily. Anybody know of a source for good ink that doesn't smear with sweat?
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Re: Stamps and "Passports" for your theme camp

Postby CapSmashy » Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:04 pm

Trishntek wrote:We've had a difficult time finding ink colors other than black and red. The ink quality also seems to be water based and smears easily. Anybody know of a source for good ink that doesn't smear with sweat?


Fingerprint ink pads. But I think they only come in black.
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Re: Stamps and "Passports" for your theme camp

Postby Trishntek » Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:30 pm

http://www.stampin.com/online/custom/ink.htm#viking

This looks like a good source. So are we game for stamping things on people's bodies and making them the essence of a passport?
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Re: Stamps and "Passports" for your theme camp

Postby trilobyte » Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:45 am

TnT, look in your interweb searching, check rubber stampers/ink pads that may be geared specifically for nightclubs. They not only have UV ink (which could be fun), but inks that may be better suited for porous surfaces (like skin). I know some inks work better than others, just from the quality of hand stamps I've gotten at clubs over the years.

All the stamps we've got so far are self-contained/self-inking stampers (little ink pad is inside the mechanism). We've just used black ink, and refilled with one of the little re-ink bottles picked up from Office Depot (they last a while). When we get a little further along in this year's process I want to dial up some additional stamps, as well as upgrade into the nightclub grade ink as well.
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Re: Stamps and "Passports" for your theme camp

Postby International Incident » Wed Feb 29, 2012 3:17 am

Trishntek wrote:http://www.stampin.com/online/custom/ink.htm#viking

This looks like a good source. So are we game for stamping things on people's bodies and making them the essence of a passport?



Yah. awesome!

I love it.
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Re: Stamps and "Passports" for your theme camp

Postby stinkyfoot » Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:38 am

I don't see why your favorite liquid body paint or other pigments couldn't be used with a rubber stamp, as long as you're not using some kind of funky medium that binds to the rubber. You could spread the pigment on a square of acrylic instead of an inkpad, stamp up, and when you're done you can clean your tools with a razor. May work better than those spongy stamp pads.
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Re: Stamps and "Passports" for your theme camp

Postby Trishntek » Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:50 am

stinkyfoot wrote:I don't see why your favorite liquid body paint or other pigments couldn't be used with a rubber stamp, as long as you're not using some kind of funky medium that binds to the rubber. You could spread the pigment on a square of acrylic instead of an inkpad, stamp up, and when you're done you can clean your tools with a razor. May work better than those spongy stamp pads.


We use a rubber stamp pad made for ink. Wouldn't the paint "blunt" the ummmmm "resolution" of the image? I guess that would be the proper term,,,,, ink = crisp image,,,,, paint = uncrisp image
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Re: Stamps and "Passports" for your theme camp

Postby knowmad » Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:00 pm

We used these they are really nice pretty sweat resistant. provided the skin is dry before you stamp them.
They can be two/multi tone.
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Re: Stamps and "Passports" for your theme camp

Postby Eric » Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:10 pm

Trishntek wrote:
stinkyfoot wrote:I don't see why your favorite liquid body paint or other pigments couldn't be used with a rubber stamp, as long as you're not using some kind of funky medium that binds to the rubber. You could spread the pigment on a square of acrylic instead of an inkpad, stamp up, and when you're done you can clean your tools with a razor. May work better than those spongy stamp pads.


We use a rubber stamp pad made for ink. Wouldn't the paint "blunt" the ummmmm "resolution" of the image? I guess that would be the proper term,,,,, ink = crisp image,,,,, paint = uncrisp image


Any paint you could use on the body (either a specific body-paint or acrylic paint -no cadmiums or cobalts!) will pick up any ambient dust, dry quickly, possibly clog the detail of the image, and require regular cleaning of the stamp- more gray water.

What you want is a "pigment" ink like rubber-stamp hobbyists and artists use. Colorbox makes one of the most popular lines, and they've been around for ages- we sold them 20 years ago when I managed a rubber stamp store. If you can't find them (or don't want to pay for shipping), most stationary stores carry pigment inks now: the packaging will list that clearly. Keep the pad closed, face up and out of the sun when not in use.

To clean your stamps mix up 1/4 cup Simple Green and 1/2 cup distilled water. Put it in a spray bottle, label it clearly so no-one drinks it, then just mist it on the stamp & wipe off with either a paper towel (which isn't technically a burnable due to the ink etc) or on a rag towel that can be washed when you get home.
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Re: Stamps and "Passports" for your theme camp

Postby Trishntek » Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:17 pm

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Re: Stamps and "Passports" for your theme camp

Postby Ugly Dougly » Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:24 pm

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Re: Stamps and "Passports" for your theme camp

Postby knowmad » Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:53 pm

Like this?
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Re: Stamps and "Passports" for your theme camp

Postby stinkyfoot » Wed Feb 29, 2012 2:03 pm

Trishntek wrote:We use a rubber stamp pad made for ink. Wouldn't the paint "blunt" the ummmmm "resolution" of the image? I guess that would be the proper term,,,,, ink = crisp image,,,,, paint = uncrisp image


I'm not exactly sure about the resolution potential for body paint applied via stamps or even what the best media would be for getting a good even application of pigment on the body, but I was just thinking that using some techniques more commonly associated with printmaking might help with the whole ink pads drying up problem and I also thought that using some kind of body paint would avoid the smeary water based ink problem.

Instead of using a spongy pad to apply ink to your inking device, which gets dusty and dries out, you spread a thin film of pigment on a sheet of acrylic plastic or glass, use that instead of an inkpad, and when it dries you clean it by scraping it off the face of the acrylic with a razor, no water at all. You also store all your pigment in a tube or squeeze bottle, which will greatly limit it's exposure to air and dust until you're ready to apply it.

That might be too much trouble for most peeps though or may work well if you're doing complicated body stamping art but isn't practical for casual stamping. The best solution might just involve bringing extra inkpads.

Eric wrote:What you want is a "pigment" ink like rubber-stamp hobbyists and artists use. Colorbox makes one of the most popular lines, and they've been around for ages- we sold them 20 years ago when I managed a rubber stamp store. If you can't find them (or don't want to pay for shipping), most stationary stores carry pigment inks now: the packaging will list that clearly. Keep the pad closed, face up and out of the sun when not in use.

To clean your stamps mix up 1/4 cup Simple Green and 1/2 cup distilled water. Put it in a spray bottle, label it clearly so no-one drinks it, then just mist it on the stamp & wipe off with either a paper towel (which isn't technically a burnable due to the ink etc) or on a rag towel that can be washed when you get home.


What about a laser cut wood block with pigment ink applied the way I described? No cleaning of the wood block is necessary, your acrylic pad can be cleaned without water and you maybe use liquid body paint which comes in all the colors of the world and is supposed to be safe to apply on humans, instead of whatever they put in those color box pigments.
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Re: Stamps and "Passports" for your theme camp

Postby trilobyte » Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:53 pm

We've had pretty good success with the self-inking stamps. Just took a look at what we have on hand, and they're all either Ideal 200 (rectangular) or Ideal 500R (2 inch round). You can get the Ideal brand stampers from quite a few places on the internet, the place we use lets us email the art file separately and gives us the option of getting a proof if you like (a good idea if you're thinking about something coming from a photo-source).
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Re: Stamps and "Passports" for your theme camp

Postby ApolloPan » Mon Apr 02, 2012 11:11 am

Personally, I liked the rubber stamp camps, but Celestial Bodies used water-applied temporary tattoos that last the whole week. Much more fun to apply too. :mrgreen:
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Re: Stamps and "Passports" for your theme camp

Postby Annfan » Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:39 pm

Joann's will have the Colorbox - some take a bit to dry when I make cards. Check out Stamping Up, they sell a kids tatoo kit - just find out they are inking with. They are the Avon of scrap booking, so you might need to call a local rep, maybe not. My mom has a rep. I'll try to remember to ask her when I go to my folks place for easter. If it on a body part, you will want to use an alcohol wipe first. I don't have a theme camp (or a ticket yet) but my friend and I have made up our stamp. We will be Camp Two People. xoxox
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Re: Stamps and "Passports" for your theme camp

Postby some seeing eye » Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:50 pm

There might just be some stamps at the black rock intergalactic spaceport. And if it's not busy, which it often is, you might just be able to get stamped in exchange for pleasuring the busy and very important professional staff. They operate daytime hours in fair weather. So I've heard.
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Re: Stamps and "Passports" for your theme camp

Postby CitizenRandom » Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:21 pm

Traditionally it has been the Black Rock City Post Office which handles the paper work and dispercements of such vital documents. I have my passport from 2000 and it was continually stamped thru 2003 - I suggest everybody take the time to go and apply for theyre Black Rock City Passport informaton for which can be found by going to The Black Rock City International Post Office Face Book Page- Our Posties will be Happy (umm..well perhaps perversly smug and rather ambivilant as well as completely irratable ,confusing and potentially intoxicated....leading of corse to disgruntled)
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Re: Stamps and "Passports" for your theme camp

Postby PlayaPatrol » Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:57 am

Reincarnation and Penance camp is interested in passports and stamps. We're looking into what types of swag to stamp our logo on and give out. The coolest thing I saw last year was kazoos with a theme camp logo. I'm thinking cheap blinkies to hand out to darkwads. Would be great if we could get em for 25 cents each in bulk.
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Re: Stamps and "Passports" for your theme camp

Postby Elliot » Wed Apr 04, 2012 11:03 am

This might tie in nicely with a treasure hunt or poker run. In 2010 Kinetic Cab Company organized a treasure hunt where we had a list of 30 or 40 camps all over BRC to visit during a certain time span, and each camp gave us a "treasure". One camp -- in 3 Plaza, I think -- rubber-stamped us. The treasure hunt is one of my favorite activities -- and perfect for people who are shy about approaching strangers.
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Re: Stamps and "Passports" for your theme camp

Postby Brenda » Sun Apr 08, 2012 5:18 pm

I like it, we'd stamp! campdiy.com
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