|typical owner disposition|
Wares without Art
One of the great contributions the "illegal" vending brought to the event used to be the iconic artistry placed onto T-shirts through 2-4 color silk screens. This artistry would take a modern icon and "Deadify" it. For example, one of my favorite shirts from years ago was a Bart Simpson T-shirt where Bart was wearing a tie-die and cut-off shorts. Under the cartoon drawing was the phrase "Bart it on Down the Line" - playing on the song title "Beat it on Down the Line". These types of shirts no longer appear at Dead-related shows, and I find that very disappointing. Disappointing to the point, in fact, that Mike, Ed, Boo and I talked about different creative ideas taking modern cultural references and making T-shirts out of them. We may just get into the T-shirt business, if we can isolate some time for it. In the end, I did buy a couple of wood coasters. These coasters have a Steal-Your-Face in the center or a Tour poster-looking image inside. I like the creativity in creating a coaster, and they are totally functional!
|Belle and Hapy wait for us to return from the show|
As you may imagine, rolling into the lot as part of a microbus caravan, Ed and I attracted a little attention. Belle was festooned with a big flag in her luggage rack on the way in on Sunday, and Hapy remained his usual sleeper-looking self the 2 days I drove him in (Fri & Sat). The looks on the faces of those in-the-know when I passed, though, was pretty funny. ACVW (Air Cooled VolksWagen) fans know what an ACVW sounds like. So, when my city-bus sounding microbus passed, a look of confusion followed. Funny stuff. By the time we parked, there was usually at least one person wanting to check out our sleds. As I may have mentioned in the previous post, Ed would park nose in and I'd back in next to him so our sliders faced each other. This made for a nice little sitting area as we enjoyed our beverages... (yes, staff-pro official, these are coffee's in our coffee cups)...
We met a number of VW folks, over the course of the 3 days. From the TDI-transplant curious, to BioDieselers, to purists. The purists wanted to talk to Ed. I popped the rear hatch a few times, and talked at great length with a guy from Corvallis who is working on a production-able nose-mount radiator for water-cooled engine conversions. Cool! I hope to hear more from him about his project. I may not ave the stomach for moving the rad, but having these kinds of conversations is a great way to learn about improvement ideas.
It was a beautiful 3 days, weather-wise, crowd-wise and music-wise. The lot wasn't over-burdened with booming stereos, had good Microbus, Vanagon and Eurovan representation and had a good positive energy. More next time about the ride home....