Flipside Flame: All Things Art (mostly anyway)

Ignition Philter Art Grants are Open! Deadline March 1: Got some art you want to bring to Burning Flipside? Need a little help getting it there? Ignition Philter, our community-based art grant program is accepting applications. Learn more and link to application at: ignitionphilter.com/artists-how-to-apply-applications-now-open/

Art (and Theme Camp) Registration is Open, Too! Learn more about registration and all things (Flipside) art at burningflipside.com/announcements/art-projects-and-flipside-2020

Can’t Wait for Flipside to Show Off Some Art? Pyropolis Art Guild is hosting their very first Art Show and they need your art to show! The theme is Who Are You, Really? The guidelines are: “Make a 3-D representation of yourself in animal form”. Avoid moopy or toxic materials- otherwise, go wild. The show is open to EVERYONE. To be part of the Art Show, register here ASAP or find info here: pyropolis-art-guild.surge.sh/


Speaking of Making Art Now, sTickets Needs Your Help!

You may have heard by now that changes have come to our sTickets design process. Our sTickets (stickers and tickets) this year will be collaborative instead of competitive! Seeking input from community artists to create the ticket and sticker(s) that aligns with this year’s theme Sacred and Propane.

Read more and reach out at burningflipside.com/event/tickets/stickets-design

Want to Make Art but Not Sure What You Want to Make? A Message from DaFT:

DaFT NEEDS You! Yes, you.  It takes all sorts to build a 24’ foot cube of propane- and lumber-fueled awesome, so even if you never thought you could DaFT, you should think again!  I mean, I’m totally volunteering for DaFT from this comfy seat in front of this computer!  DaFT is looking for volunteer leaders for key roles, so if you are interested in gaining leadership experience in a fun environment, we can help!  DaFT is also looking for people who just want to do neat stuff with wood and math and art and beauty.  You can do as much or as little as you want! 

To stay up-to-date on DaFT goings on check out the Facebook Group, contact DaFT directly: daft@burningflipside.com or just show up to DaFT’s scheduled work days at Lloyd the Warehouse:

  • Sundays: 11am to 7pm; Wednesdays (Church Nights!): 7pm-11pm
  • Thursdays (Art Night @ Lloyd): 7pm-11pm.
  • Sunday: 7pm-11 pm.

Parking and Parking Opportunities! Like the idea of cars in nice, neat rows, or want to organize a team to make it so? Genesis is still looking for a parking lead! Contact the AF through the contact page: https://www.burningflipside.com/contact and select Genesis AF from the dropdown menu.

Deadlines, Dates, and Volunteer Opportunities

Tickets, Tickets, Tickets! Today (03Feb2020) is the last day! If you are reading this tomorrow, you are too late! Get that request in the system and that money order in the mail! Flipside is coming.

Support Art! Speaking of tickets…did you know you can support art at Burning Flipside by donating to Ignition Philtre, the community run organization specifically made for supporting burn event art? Just check the box and AAR will pass along anything over your ticket cost to Ignition Philtre. Want to learn more about Ignition Philtre? Visit https://ignitionphilter.com/.

Show the Land some Love! Work Weekend 1 is coming up on Feb 14! Show the land some love. Sign up in the new Flipside Volunteer System at https://secure.burningflipside.com/fvs/ and  check out the Facebook Group for more info. https://m.facebook.com/groups/2705519316210503

Support Safety (so Safety can Support the Event)! If safety is your art, mark your calendar: Safetyside, our regional safety team training event, will be March 27 – 29. Not only do we want folks to attend, we also need help with load-out, setup, tear-down, and load in at Lloyd! Additional info coming soon. If you have a safety class you’d like to teach, please contact Geo at geotexas@gmail.com. Additional Info Coming Soon!

Cleanup Crew Wants YOU! Did you leave the burn last year thinking, ““I am SO gonna volunteer and do something next year to contribute” or “Damn there’s a lotta talk on social media about needing volunteers for stuff, maybe I should do something next year….” OR “F***! I’ve been meaning to volunteer every year and I keep getting trashed and forgot my shift I signed up for…”? If this sounds familiar – CLEAN UP CREW WANTS YOU!!! Do you have a flexible schedule and live within reasonable driving distance to Apache Pass? Can ya get off work the Saturday after Flipside and come back out to help with MOOP cleanup? WE WANT YOU! If you wanna party hard all weekend and do your volunteering AFTER the burn, please send an email to cleaup@burningflipside.com and let us know you’re in!

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It’s Almost Ticket Time!

Keep Your Receipts!

It’s JANUARY!  That’s means it’s Flipside Ticket Time!  And I’m Ste. Michelle, your trusty Ticket Distribution Lead here with some great ways to actually make sure you get a ticket!!

I just spent a bit of time sorting out the last of last year’s emails to the Ticket Lead, into convenient categories like “You’re not Special” and “Can’t Read Instructions.”  However, some of them are more sad, like “Lost in Mail.”

These are the super sad ones where the people did everything right, but the USPS failed them.  It happened to 7 people last year. Which, given the fact that the fantastic ticket volunteers opened over 1700 requests, that’s not too many, but for those 7 people (and any of their +1s), it was a BIG HUGE DEAL.  

Here’s how to make it a minor annoyance instead of a doomsday scenario:


Because while there were only 7 people whose requests were lost in the mail (that informed me), but there were like 50 people who sent the receipt with the money order.  FYI, that’s just like sending cash in the mail. Don’t do it!  

Remember, it’s still just as satisfying to complain on Facebook about the post office losing your request in the mail with a way to get the ticket money back.  

Also, quit signing the back of the money orders.  They don’t work that way. If there’s no signature line on the front, they don’t need to be signed.  

For all the best information check out the ticket page, or the ticket FAQ.

If those don’t answer your questions, you can always try to get your email sorted into a fun category like “Unfillable Requests” by emailing your ticket questions via the contact page.

Ticket Info, Lead Openings, Important Dates and More!

All your December Announce Info in one place!

While you’ve been working on warming up (or cooling off depending on the day), your year ’round, hard-working Area Facilitators and AAR, LLC have been  ramping up the next season of activities to prepare for Burning Flipside 2020! And they have some announcements for your enlightenment. Burning Flipside will be here before you know it!

New Ticket Window! Save the Date(s), Start Saving the Dough and Make Art Go with Ignition Philter!

Burning Flipside is moving the 2020 ticket window a week to give people a little extra time to recuperate from the holidays.  The window will be open from January 13 to February 3, 2020. Register and mail in your request in this window. 

Tickets will be the same price as last year. $132 for adults and teens, $40 for kids 7-13, $0 for children 0-6. Please NOTE: AAR, LLC does NOT plan not to have a second-round ticket sale. Find more ticket info at burningflipside.com/event/tickets

While you are thinking about those tickets, think about donating to Ignition Philter to support Flipside-bound art.  Consider selecting this option in your electronic ticket submission!

Spring Town Hall!The next important date for your Burning Flipside planning is February 1! Come get excited, meet some of your leads, learn more about what the “Org” is up to, learn about the effigy and other art, and see old friends you haven’t seen since last Burning Flipside! Come out to Spring Town Hall on February 1 at Lloyd, the Warehouse at 3106 Industrial Terrace, Austin, TX 78758.

Lead Openings!Want to volunteer, but not sure how? Learn or hone your leadership skills by helping fill some key department lead roles!  Equipment Librarian, Art Logistics, City Planning Admin, 411, Media Liaison, Interzone Coordinator, Parking, Shaven Apes, Radio, and Land Search still need you! Contact our Volunteer Coordinator AF if you are interested, or learn more about the departments on our Operations page!  

Speaking of helping…Do you want to help others learn about all of the departments that help make Flipside go? Our Volunteer Coordination Team is busy developing videos to help provide the above info in a more dynamic form and they could use your help! If you have video equipment or skills, or want to learn some skills, please Contact our Volunteer Coordinator AF to express your interest.

Important Burning Flipside Dates!  For your planning convenience, our planners have set some major Burning Flipside dates. Find more and add to your favorite calendar app at burningflipside.com/24-7-360.

Lead Openings!

Want to volunteer, but not sure how? Learn or hone your leadership skills by helping fill some key department lead roles!

Most leads have been chosen and are about to launch the Flipside season, but there are a few departments still needing leads. These are Equipment Librarian, Art Logistics, City Planning Admin, Interzone Coordinator, 411 (a whole new department!), Media Liaison, Parking, Shaven Apes, Radio, and Land Search! Contact our Volunteer Coordinator AF if you are interested, or learn more about the departments on our Operations page!

Shaven Apes Needs a New Lead!

The Shaven Apes department needs a lead!

Shaven Apes is an all volunteer department of Burning Flipside responsible for lifting, moving, and fixing things. Shaven Apes can help with things like theme camp setup, art installations, building your shade structure, and will even help you pitch your tent or just provide transportation. We’re there to provide the extra hands (and strong backs) needed to get things done.

The Lead of this department will recruit volunteers to the Shaven Apes, set up shifts of Apes, be responsible for the Apes’ carts and radios at Burning Flipside, and support the Apes’ volunteer corps. They will work with the Site Ops AF on any pre- or post-event requirements. This is a fun community-facing leadership role, with strong support from and cross-pollination with other Site Ops departments.

Contact Robin, the Site Ops AF, if you’re interested or have questions.

October Announce

Lead Nominations are OPEN! Are you interested in a lead volunteer position? Nominate yourself or your friends to help lead a department at Burning Flipside. Even if you think a position isn’t open, this will help identify you as a possible lieutenant. Jump in and help out! Burning Flipside needs you!

Do you like recording or editing video? Tamara, our awesome Volunteer Coordinator Lead, is putting together a project to highlight different areas of the Burning Flipside Organization. If you’d like to help with the project while learning more about the details of the org, contact her at volunteerinfo@burningflipside.com

This year we are changing things up for how we handle the Ticket and Sticker selection. We will no longer be giving away tickets to the contest winners. This aligns with our community standards of everyone purchases their own tickets – even the LLC. We have many exciting ideas on how to make this process better, but are still finalizing details. Please watch the upcoming Announcements for more details about the new STICKET process and how you can get involved. Flipside 2020 Sticket Lead – Julie Schmooley

Watch for upcoming announcements: DaFT Proposal Process! Volunteer opportunities! Art! Theme Camps! Etc!

Thematically Speaking…

Burning Flipside Town Hall has come and gone, and the citizens of Pyropolis who could be there have cast their 3 votes. Two favorites rose toward the top and we nearly had a Business Opportunity, but the protesters may have had some sway over the sticker holders. We held a literal shouting match to determine if the close-to-a-tie was too close. The shout backed the numbers, and we have a new theme, folks! Welcome to the start of the season for Burning Flipside 2020, The Sacred and the Propane.

Announce September 2019

Coming Soon to a Warehouse near You!

Wednesday! Wednesday! Wednesday! Come one, come all to Church Night on September 25th at the Burning Flipside Warehouse! Starting somewhere around 7:30 show up to make conversation, to make art, to make plans, and to make friends. This week, we will also give Lloyd (the warehouse) its tri-annual (that’s three times [ish] a year, not every third year) cleaning. You’ll probably get dressed up for Fall Town Hall; Lloyd wants to look its shiny best, too!

Do you need a stinkin’ theme? Do you have a great idea? (or a Bad Idea? no…that’s already been done…) Put your creativity to work! Submit a theme, present a theme, inspire your co-burners with your awesome theme idea! Learn more.

Speaking of Town Hall : Come on out to mingle, to theme vote, to learn more about or to teach an eager newcomer about Burning Flipside! Tailgating starts at noon at Lloyd the Warehouse. Learn more about Fall Town Hall Here.

Putting the ART in pARTy! Ignition Philter, a burner community organization, wants to help fund art for Burning Flipside! If you want to help Ignition Philter’s efforts, come join their Post Town Hall Hootenanny on September 28, 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Sparkle Farm 9500 Springdale Road. More info here