December 2017 Flipside Flame


And now, the Final Flame of 2017. It was a heck of year, but it’s almost behind us.  Here’s a last flash for the year and an ushering in of something new!   Let’s bring in 2018 and Flipside’s 20th year with all we have… and we have a LOT!

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.


Burning Flipside Ticket Availability and Pricing

Austin Artistic Reconstruction is happy to announce the ticket window for Burning Flipside 2018 Return of the Shadows: 20 Years of Light and Dark. For 2018, ticket requests will be accepted starting on January 8th and must be postmarked by January 29th. For 2018 the prices will be as follows:

  • Adult Tickets (18+): $132
  • Teen Tickets (14-17): $132
  • Kid Tickets (7-13): $40
  • Child Tickets (0-6): $0

Payment for tickets must be accompanied by a valid request and a money order, cashier’s check, or teller’s check in the exact amount due for all the tickets in your request. You can create a ticket request here:


Q. Why the increase in prices this year?
A. Austin Artistic Reconstruction likes to keep the ticket prices steady for several years before increasing them as this makes it easier on our participants to plan from year to year. However, due to forces like inflation, increased event size, and other factors we need to increase prices sometimes. This typically happens about every 3 to 4 years and we like to give as much notice as possible about a year ahead of time.

Additional questions are answered here

Advice From Your 2018 Ticket Lead

Ticket mail in Tips from Loribug, the 2018 Ticket Lead.


  • DO read ALL THE DETAILS on how to send in a ticket request – do it right!
  • DO fill in all the fields
  • DO put enough postage
  • DO make sure the address is easily read
  • DO double check to make sure you send both the ticket request and the money order.
  • DO keep your money order receipt – when a ticket request goes south (missing, stolen, etc), this can save your butt. KEEP IT!
  • DO consider dropping the envelope off at the post office and requesting hand canceling – especially if you are at the last day of ticket window.
  • DO contact tickets with problems – we are very responsive and have dealt with a lot of problems over the years. LOTS of problems.

Contact me at

–> Tickets


  • DON’T send the request in before the ticket window.
  • DON’T send it in after the ticket window.
  • DON’T send a personal check or cash.
  • DON’T vaguely post to Facebook or interwebs if you have problems with your ticket request and expect resolution – contacting the ticket team is the only way you can get help.
  • DON’T break every rule of ticket request and think you will get much sympathy.

My personal suggestions:
Please decorate your envelope – not required, but it makes the Ticket Team’s life MUCH MORE FUN during opening.
Highly decorated envelopes can challenge the USPS. You may want to put your fab envelope inside a Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope available from the Post Office. I know it hides the beauty from the postal employees, but it can help your ticket request make it safely.
In general, a Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope costs about $6.45 and includes tracking. Tracking is VERY VERY GOOD to have. (the Priority Mail EXPRESS Flat Rate Envelope costs $22 – so expensive!)

Even if you think you have made an error (forgot to include money order, forgot to include ticket request, returned for inadequate postage) or the post office has made an error (envelope returned in shreds, envelope returned because they could not read the address), I can probably help.

Contact me at

–> Tickets

 Sticker/Ticket (Sticket!)

Hey Flipizens!

We have a theme!!!!
Do you know what that means?

Would you like free tickets to Flipside 2018: Return of the Shadow: 20 years of darkness and light?

Time to start creating and submitting Ticket and Sticker art for a chance to win two free tickets!!!!
In other words —- clicks on megaphone —- GIVE ME YOUR…!!!!
Gotta love that echo… echo… echo…

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 2018. The person who submits the winning TICKET design will also receive TWO free tickets to Flipside 2018.

Now…onto the guidelines.
Keep in mind all designs must be original.
No clip art, and no copywritten 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!

Submit your designs or any questions at

–> Sticket Design

Deadline for submissions will be a couple of days after Spring Town Hall.
Hat draw for judges will be performed at STH.
We’ll be looking for about 7-13 judges for each contest.
One contest is for the Ticket and the other is for the Sticker. So… we are also gonna need at least 14 of you fine folks to step up and stare at crazy, awesome art and pick what will be printed onto our STickets.

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
  • Return of the Shadow: 20 years of darkness and light
  • May 24-28, 2018

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 2018”
Tips for successful reproduction of your design:

  • Submit in black and white (or another color and white). 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

Contact me at

Your Flipside 2018 Sticker/Ticket Selection Team
P.S. clicks megaphone on GIVE ME YOUR ART…Art…art!!!!

Submit your designs or any questions at

–> Sticket Design

Check out the Interpersonal Incidents FAQ!

Howdy, Flipizens. Austin Artistic Reconstruction has published a new policy document in the form of an FAQ. Please take a look:


Some participants–even well-informed participants–may not know how AAR responds to problematic interactions. AAR wrote this document to clarify and inform.

What’s Happening… NOW?!

Things happen in our community not just at Flipside-time, but ALL the time!

Want to know what’s happening when on the Flipside calendar for 2018? Check out the Schedule of Events!

Be the Recycling YOU want to see at Flipside!

We are returning to our roots and returning recycling to the citizens of our city!

Recycling will no longer be a part of the infrastructure of our event…

BUT, what Recycling once was, it could… it SHOULD be again!

Recycling at Flipside started out as a camp many years ago, and YOU could make it manifest again as a gift to our city.   YAY!!!