Flipside Flame for March ’16


March marches inexorably into NO. Several deadlines are coming up, so be sure you’re on top of them!

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.


Work Weekends

Sign up for Work Weekends!

Please put these remaining dates in your calendars and join us for prepping the land for our wonderful event!

  • WW-II – March 26
  • WW-III – April 9
  • WW-IV – May 7

Items needed / Work to do:

  • Wheelbarrows are needed for road and trail work (for road base spreading…)
  • Shovels (we have 3 or 4 on hand)
  • Trail cleaning and repairs
  • Spraying poison ivy
  • More limb and downed tree removals

Register ALL the Things!

There are some deadlines you need to know about if you’ve got a theme camp, Art to place, and Mutant Vehicles to bring to Pyropolis.


Are Greeters just a happy fun-time welcome-home celebration, or are Greeters only there to make sure everyone attending knows all of our principles and rules?


Greeters are here to GET THIS PARTY STARTED.  This party is a consent party.  This party is a respect party, a boundaries party, a self-reliance party.

This is a party where we dance and shout.  This is also a party where we stop and talk about what kind of party we’re having.  This is a party where we express ourselves, honestly and openly, through a truly baffling range of style and medium.

This is a party where I might be uncomfortable with your self-expression, where I take responsibility for communicating my discomfort, and where you and I can work together so we both have a good time.  This is a party where other people are available to help us work that out.

This is also a party where I don’t touch you or photograph you unless I have your explicit permission and enthusiastic participation.

This is a party where we pick up after ourselves.  This is a party where we get more out of it when we put more into it.

This is a wiki where you can sign up for a shift to help get this party started:  https://wiki.burningflipside.com/wiki/Greeters

Shaven Apes

Like helping people build things and looking for folks in need of assistance? Sign up to be an Ape!
Be someone’s hero! Shaven Apes are the helping hands of Pyropolis. We help hold poles, bang stakes, and, in the case of last year, lay a lot of hay.

Our shifts are 3 hours long and you get to be a part of art projects, theme camps, and have an inside look at what folks are doing or have brought out this year.

We are not a safety department, so new event attendees can volunteer. So if you have a friend coming for the first time and looking for a great way to participate, send them our way. Shaven Apes wouldn’t exist without volunteers. Sign up for a shift today.

Ticket Updates

The Ticket Window has passed. The Mass Gathering Permit has been acquired. All the requests have been processed. There will be NO additional sales of tickets. We’re just going to be a little bit smaller this year.

But there is hope yet! Deploy the Do-ocracy!

A common question from new participants is “How do I get a tickets outside of the ticket window?” There are lots of answers to this question, but the BEST answer is: Volunteer!

If you do not have a ticket for Burning Flipside, the very best way to get a ticket is to volunteer for something, anything, everything. If you volunteer then you are rubbing elbows with ticket holders. Ticket holders usually have more tickets. If you start going to the Warehouse, start volunteering, start meeting with other burners, you will find a ticket.

They say if you want something to be at Flipside, then bring it. That includes yourself. If you think you should be at Flipside, but you don’t have a ticket just yet, just PLAN TO GO. Start packing. Start that art project. Start making those friends. The first step is NOT to get a ticket to go. The first step is to get involved. (check out the work weekend post, for instance)

Yes, there are aftermarket ways to connect to people who are looking to sell their tickets, but volunteering is THE best way to get a ticket outside of the ticket window. When you volunteer, your Lead will likely help you find a ticket, because they need you.

There are no “OFFICIAL” aftermarket sales, but these are two of the clearinghouses.

Road Show Wrap-up

The Flipside Town Hall roads shows were a success! We had the first road show on March 5 in Houston and the second road show on March 12 in Dallas. Both were a great success with at least 30 people in attendance at each location.

The Houston Road Show was a chance to check out their warehouse, talk about their own regional burn event, and discuss a lot of the topics covered during Spring Town Hall in Austin.

At the North Texas Road Show, topics discussed included this year’s theme and effigy, the combustion chamber, safetyside, city planning, greeters, volunteering, and theme camps.

The road shows were so successful that we are planning for an even better town hall road show next year! Want to help prepare for next year’s road shows? Contact Chim-Chim at
for more info.

CC 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:

March 28:

  • LLC/Regionals/AF Updates 
  • Improving/Increasing Community Engagement – What can we do to increase engagement between the community and the CC? Can the CC use social media to improve our outreach? What other ways can we increase our interaction with the community?

April 11:

  • LLC/Regionals/AF Updates
  • Fireworks – Recent changes to state law will allow fireworks sales over Memorial Day weekend. This topic is an opportunity to reaffirm, strengthen, and disseminate Burning Flipside’s fireworks policy.
  • General Social-Media Communications

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


TinderBox Grant Application Information for Flipside 2016 Art Proposals
This application is specifically for grant money related to art for Burning Flipside 2016. Calls for proposals for other burn events and wider community art projects will be issued as we have funds availability. We issue grants to cover the expenses and materials of creating an art project. We ask that artists cover their own ticket, camping gear, and other personal expenses. Being awarded a TinderBox art grant does not guarantee you entry into the event. Artists must still complete the Burning Flipside ticket acquisition process, and follow all applicable entrance rules.

  • Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • Is your project original and creative?
  • Is your plan feasible?
  • Does your project bring value to the burn community and Flipside itself?
  • Do you have a safety plan if necessary?
  • What is your Leave No Trace plan?
  • Is it awesome?

We encourage artists working in any media to apply.
Each grant proposal must be submitted to  us at
as an editable electronic document and include the following information:

1. Your full legal name, street address, phone number, and email address. This information is for financial bookkeeping and granting oversight purposes only and will be removed from the individual applications prior to the jury process.
2. A detailed description of the project. Please answer the following questions:

  • What is your project? (Title, project description)
  • How will your project involve the Flipside community through its planning, creation, realization, and removal? Will it need power? What is your power plan?
  • Does the piece incorporate flame effects, moveable pieces, and/or is it climbable? If so, how will you ensure the safety of Flipside participants? Please describe your safety plan in detail if applicable. (Note: if flame effects are used, your project will be subject to inspection by the Flipside Fire Chief, who has final say if your project will burn during the event).

3. Your experience and history with projects on the scale of the one you are proposing.
Have you worked on this scale before? In this media? Where and when? How did the project go? Do you have pictures or recordings?
Not having experience does not disqualify you from consideration, though for especially ambitious projects it helps to have a plan to learn new skills you will need.
4. A thorough itemized budget and the amount of grant money you are requesting.
Please include a reasonably researched estimate of the cost of the materials you expect to need.
5. A timeline detailing the planning, creation, installment, and removal of your project.
6. Optional but encouraged: detailed drawings, CAD files/SketchUp documents, sketches, or other graphic illustrations of your creative concept.

Grant winners will signify their intent to:

  • Create the proposed art piece.
  • Save receipts of materials and present copies of those receipts greater than or equal to grant amount along with a short follow-­up report so we can learn from artists’ experiences each grant cycle.
  • Work with the Burning Flipside Burnable Art Team and Art Area Facilitator on placement, burnability, logistics, hype, etc.
  • Return funds if the project cannot be completed. We know life happens, and an artist may not complete their project on time. We will communicate with the artist to figure out the “Why?” as well as the “What next?” We would hope that in most every case, the art would simply be able to be displayed at another burn event, for example Myschievia or FreezerBurn, and are prepared to help facilitate relationships with those event organizers. (With all things, we will consider the artist’s intentions when pursuing any course of recovery action.)
  • Lead one community education workshop. We will work with the artist to find a location, advertise the workshop to the community, organize attendees, etc.

The TinderBox board will choose Art Jurors from a pool of community applicants to select proposals for funding. The selection process will be blind; your name and identifying information will be removed from materials before they are sent to the jury.

After the art is displayed, the artist will retain ownership of that piece. It may be asked that images of the art are obtained, so that we can show our donors what their donations helped create, to the artist’s comfort level.

Jurors will not be current applicants for funding, related to any current applicant for funding, and will have attended at least one Flipside. Jurors will not be TinderBox board members. If you are interested in applying to be a juror, please contact at

Red Dress Run

reddressfoot1The Pyropolis Hash House Harriers will be hosting the annual Flipside Red Dress Run on Saturday, May 28th, at 2:00 PM! We will gather at the burn site at 2:00 for a tour of various Flipside camps, a few beer checks, and an ending with free drinks provided by the Pyropolis Hash House Harriers camp. Attendees are encouraged to bring a red dress, thirst for beer, sense of humor, and a desire to sing/hear classic dirty songs. Running, on the other hand, is entirely optional, and generally discouraged. For more information, stop by the Pyropolis Hash House theme camp during Flipside!