SWEET CICELY and “THE VNICORN”
Name, age, where you live:
My name is Sweet Cicely Daniher, I’m a tattoo artist, I’m 41. I live in the Bay Area, East Bay.
What kind of van do you have?
I have a ’72 Chevy Shorty G10. The van came sparkle blue, with a chain steering wheel, red velvet tuck n roll interior, red velvet bed, white fur ceiling, jesus carpet, and a sweet vintage enameled “Bread” box.
The Vnicorn (Vanicorn) seemed like destiny, definitely an interesting story how it all came to be...
Once upon a time, I hitched my wagon to a sinking ship. Fortunately, just before being sucked into the shit storm, I saved myself and my chubby little van friend, who was about to be ripped apart and made into a utilitarian moto hauler.
Traded for a Honda XR motorcycle to a guy who couldn’t kick start it. Hmm... after discovering, in the first hour of owning the van, it didn’t have reverse, I felt it was a fair trade.
So, the sinking ship sank fast, and as they do, dragged everything into the murky depths with it. In a moment of admitted guilt, an evening of scores occurred. The captain of the shit barge handed over the keys and pink slip. Some sort of consolation prize from the worst game show ever. A payment for unpayable emotional debts.
I hitched my new fancy little wagon to a rocket ship headed straight for radness.
Three days later I was in Bandit Town for a van/chopper weekend. Super rad friends, chopper rides, and swimming in Bass lake. PURE BLISS.
The van was christened that weekend, in many respects. It officially became mine, The Vnicorn.
Tell us about any customizing you have done on on your van.
Personalized “Vnicorn” plates came first, followed by the mural. I found an amazing airbrush artist, DeAndre in East Oakland. He learned how to draw portraits in jail. Now he teaches art classes in Oakland and paints sweet murals on badass rides. The unicorn was a bit of a deviation from the usual titties, pit bulls, and stacks o’ cash. I’d say he knocked it out of the park.
Having the space unicorn painted on the van, like a big rolling billboard saying “Weeeeee!!!!” sealed the deal on my personal phoenix rising.
As well as the mural, I had the van pinstriped. Brent added the side pipes and got me this sweet custom cup holder from Vandeleros Ben, The Stabbin’ Cabin Van Co. He also spotted these vintage Ansen 10” rear slot mags- so I picked those up, soon to be installed.
Any future plans in the works for the van?
There’s a long list of additions on the way, switching the vent to a moon roof, upgrading my stereo, a passenger side mural... just to name a few.
Have you “rocked” your van?
Fuck yeah, this van has been ROCKED!! Let me tell ya, as I’m sure y’all can relate, it’s kinda like takin candy from babies.
What are your favorite places to take your van?
I like driving the van pretty much anywhere, being a rolling party machine and all. However, small town bars, river trips, and metal shows definitely top the list.
How and when did your lust for vans begin?
My lust for vans started in my childhood when most cars had tough names and moved loud and fast. CHIPS, Dukes of Hazzard. My cool uncle’s friends all had really awesome muscle cars. I knew someday I’d have something that rumbled.
Any other van-related things you do?
I draw vans as well. I have several new tshirts that will be available soon, Details on my IG, @sweettransam.
What other kinds of wheels do you roll?
I also roll a 79 trans Am- “Spacechief” . I sold my 63 Bel Air wagon last fall to focus on the van. I love vintage 80s race bikes and track bikes as well.
Van tunes, practically the best part about rollin a van! Most often, it’s gonna be stoner metal. Electric Wizard, Kyuss, Graveyard, Uncle Acid, Kadavar, a little Eagles of Death Metal. Some easy Sundays, it’s Fleetwood Mac, Eagles, and Skynard. You might hear me cruisin to some Stranglehold era ’Nuge. Whatever it is, it definitely sounds better in the Vnicorn.