Announce October 2016


Burning Flipside 2017: Unicorns vs Rainbows: The Reckoning. At the Fall Town Hall, votes on the theme for 2017 were cast, and we’re in for a fantasy faceoff. Are you Team Rainbow? Team Unicorn? Team Versus? Team Colon? Themes can be everything and nothing to our participants. Get into it as much or as little as you want, but leave the glitter and feathers at home, mmm-kay?

For more info, stay tuned to:

Remember, if you have something you’d like to contribute to the Flame or Announce, use Flipside Flame/Announce Submission page to send it in. Announce tends to be at the beginning of the month, and Flames usually get published around the middle of the month. Get me the info at least a week before then, and I’ll do my best to get your contribution included.


Volunteer: Leads Needed

Hi, Flipizens!  Now that we know that we are due a Reckoning between Unicorns and Rainbows, it’s time to put together the team that is going to make the whole thing go!  All of our leads are open, and we would like to know if you, or someone you hold in high esteem is willing to be one of our leads!

What is a lead, you ask?  They’re the people that organize our teams that go and do work.  Every group that you interact with at the event, be it Ice, PETs, Parking, or even Church Night, has a lead that puts together the people and resources necessary to make the thing go.

We’d love to have you!  And if it seems like too much, we promise to have lots of help.

Are you just drawn in yet?  Well, mosey down to this form and let us know!

Nominations close on October 28th, so act now!

Thank you,
Dahling Schmooley-Sweetiepoo (Volunteer Coordinator)

Call for Proposals – Flipside 2017 Design and Fabrication Team (DaFT)

Calling all Unicorns and/or Rainbows, Burning Flipside needs an EFFIGY!

If you have a strong opinion or a grand vision about what Pyropolis should build and burn in ‘017, and you’ve got the time, crew, and plan for how to do it, now’s the time to tell us! Effigy proposals are due by 11:59 pm on Nov 20th!

Being a DaFT lead means you’re responsible for designing the effigy and leading the build team to create the Flipside Effigy, both during pre-event and on-site. You don’t necessarily need to be a professional engineer, architect, or carpenter, though these skills certainly help. We suggest you seek advice from experienced builders and project leaders, should you need assistance or advice. It’s a challenge, but don’t be scared! Be a rockstar! Lead DaFT!

Don’t wait till it’s too late! The DaFT (Design and Fabrication Team) Selection Committee is here to help! Prior to the deadline, show (one or all of) us what you’ve got! Pick our brains! We’re all ex-DaFT leads, so we’ll be able to give you real insight into how to (or not to) build, delegate, lift, bolt, screw, nail, cut, ShopBot, beat-to-fit, transport, budget, burn, and otherwise DO the effigy things.

Read the Proposal guidelines.
Contact us at

From all of us at the DSC, happy designing!


Sticker/Ticket (Sticket!)

Hey Flipizens!

Would you like free tickets to Flipside 2017: Unicorns vs. Rainbows: The Reckoning?

And did you know that designing the ticket or the sticker is actually the only way to get free tickets to Flipside?!? Leads, volunteers, even LLC members, pay for their tickets.

Design the Flipside ticket or sticker and submit your design today!  The person who submits the winning STICKER design will get TWO free tickets to Flipside 2017. The person who submits the winning TICKET design will also receive TWO free tickets to Flipside 2017.

Keep in mind all designs must be original. No clip art, and no copy written material may be used. The designs can be created digitally or by hand.

So break out your pen, marker, crayon or stylus and get the ideas flowing.  Hand-drawn submissions are perfectly fine, but must be delivered before the deadline: 10 pm Monday January 30, 2017.

Submit your designs or any questions at

We will positively confirm every submission we receive, so if you do not receive a confirmation within a few days, please email us back, and we will confirm receipt.

Please do not post or display your Ticket or Sticker design anywhere else until after the contest ends.  (The artist for the winning ticket design will be asked to refrain from posting it anywhere until after the event.)

Burning Flipside will do its best to include all submitted designs, in some form of hype, the survival guide, or the website, so your art should get seen.  When you submit you are implicitly giving permission for us to use your design – on the ticket or sticker, on the Burning Flipside website, or in the Survival Guide. If for some reason you do not want to give this permission, please specify that when you submit. Also please indicate how you would like your art to be credited.

TICKET Design Details

Please include the following information within your Ticket design:

  • Burning Flipside
  • Unicorns vs. Rainbows: The Reckoning
  • May 25-29, 2017

Keep these things in mind:

  • Artwork should be 2.375 x 4.375 inches.
  • 1/8 inch all around WILL BE CUT OFF creating a final size of 2.125 x 4.125 – this extra space is called bleed.
  • Artwork should be CMYK.
  • Artwork should be supplied at 100% as either vector based art (illustrator or freehand) or at 300dpi if it is a Photoshop file.
  • If Photoshop – .tif, .eps, .psd and .jpeg files are preferred.  Please save jpeg files with “maximum quality”.

Tips for successful reproduction of your design:

  •  You must pay attention to specs, or you could be disqualified.
  • Do not place text too close to the edge of your design. It should be 1/8″ in on either side once the artwork is trimmed. Pick fonts that will be easy to read and try to not use a font that is really thin on a dark background. It will “plug-up” and be hard to read.
  • Do not get too complex, it is often easier to create artwork at a larger size and reduce it down. Keep in mind what it will look like at the smaller size.
  • If you create your art in layers, be sure and save that layered file just in case the printer needs anything altered – this will make it easier on them and you.

STICKER Design Details

Please include at least the following information within your Sticker design:

  • Flipside 2017

Tips for successful reproduction of your design:

  • Submit in black and white (or another color and white). But not multiple colors for the sticker.
  • Sticker Art should cover a 2.5″ circle at 300dpi.
  • Make your design simple! Intricate and super-fine lines (less than 1-pt) tend to dry up in the screen and will not show up on the sticker. For your reference, 1pt lines are roughly the same size as what a medium ball point pen will draw.  It is a good idea to keep important elements of your artwork at least 1/8″ from the edge of the sticker to allow for cutting. Serifed fonts can be a nightmare – especially at small point sizes. Set all type to at LEAST 10 points.
  • In the past we’ve only printed black and white stickers.  Grayscale or gradients are a real pain and don’t print very well, so try to stick to solid colors.  If you want to submit a two or three color image, that’s fine and it will be reviewed, but (depending on cost) it may end up being converted into black and white.  All halftones are screened at 55 lpi.

Have fun! good luck! We look forward to seeing the designs as they come in.  It is an incredible outpouring from this intensively creative community! It’s a pleasure to serve as your STicket team.

If you have any questions, just let us know at


Your Flipside 2017 Sticker/Ticket Selection Team

Combustion Chamber Meetings

The Combustion Chamber is an advisory committee to the Austin Artistic Reconstruction LLC to facilitate community input & transparency for the policy-making process and organization of burn community events. CC meetings each start at 7:42 pm at the Warehouse.

Special topics are as follows:

October 17:

  • AAR Update
  • Regionals Update
  • Operational Update
  • Revisiting the Three Principles: Do Flipside’s Three Principles fully cover the Burner ethos?  Do they fully cover our community’s ethos?  Does the document adequately convey the expectations that our community has of participants?
  • CC Business

October 24:

  • AAR Update
  • Regionals Update
  • Operational Update
  • Accountability: How do we encourage and support the accountability of participants? How does the community ensure the accountability of others? Does lax enforcement encourage flouting of our principles?
  • Recycling: Recycling as an department on Flipside’s org chart has been a topic of ongoing discussion, and after an especially tough year for volunteering in Recycling, maybe it’s time to revive that discussion.
  • CC Business

Have a topic you believe the community needs to discuss? Send suggestions to us at  Keep in mind that we discuss community and policy issues, not operational ones.

Who Can/Should Attend: You! If you care about the event and especially if you care about any of these topics you should come to discuss them.

Why this matters: The CC provides advice to AAR, LLC. In turn, AAR provides the overall direction and policy guidance that end up making the event happen. The topics discussed at this meeting may have a direct impact on you during the actual Flipside event and/or at the AAR, LLC warehouse.

CC meetings are a great way to stay informed about what’s happening in our community. Meeting minutes will be posted as they are received.