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The Burning Man 2015: A Community Sharing Stickers

Burning Man 2015

Photo Credit to Mckay Jaffe

Hello, Burners. It's time for Burning Man 2015. This Sunday the dust will be unsettled and the community will kick off events and fun for a week in Black Rock City culminating in the ritual burning of a giant wooden man. The theme this year is "Carnival of Mirrors" and we have seen a lot of custom stickers to reflect that. (Pun intended, sorry)

Burning Man is a communal event and experience. To understand the concept behind Burning Man, check out The 10 Principles of Burning Man:
Radical Inclusion
Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.

Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.

In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.

Radical Self-reliance
Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.

Radical Self-expression
Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.

Communal Effort
Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.

Civic Responsibility
We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.

Leaving No Trace
Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.

Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.

Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.

Art is at the core of the Burning Man experience. To celebrate it many burners create custom stickers themed for Burning Man to use as gifts for the community and to spread the concepts of what Burning Man is.

In the spirit of Burning Man, we created The 10 Principles of StickerGiant:
Radical Inclusion
Anyone can have a custom sticker printed. To us you are never a stranger, just a new sticker lover.

We love to help people out. Whether, it is frequently asked questions, or event sponsorships. We love to give the gift of stickers and sticker knowledge.

We are preserving the spirit of stickers, we are sharing sticker stories. Every sticker has a story and we want to share those with you.

Radical Self-reliance
StickerGiant is an employee led company through our Open Book Management structure. Every StickerGiant employee is enabled to use their knowledge to improve the quality of orders and service provided.

Radical Self-expression
We create unique stickers that match the individuals values and make sure the sticker is right for the customer's needs.

Communal Effort
Our sticker community is spread out through blogs and social media. We want to connect with sticker lovers everywhere.

Civic Responsibility
We value feedback on how we are doing. We guarantee satisfaction in our stickers. We also follow the rules and laws of the land.

Leaving No Trace
We are a 100% Wind Powered sticker factory, doing our part to protect the environment.

Every employee is active and involved in the success of StickerGiant through our Open Book Management.

We provide 1-5 day turnarounds on the majority of our sticker types. We also offer free shipping.

We love seeing the art and experience of Burning Man continue to inspire awesome four color stickers. We try to keep that spirit alive everyday through printing awesome custom stickers and labels for all.

Spread the sticker love, Burners!

Burning Man Stickers

Illustrations by David Silverman

Sticker Marketing Podcast: An Artist Talks Tools and Tricks That Help Him Thrive At Doing What He Loves

Joshua Coffy Founder of TheGiftProlific.com

An Artists Perspective

We interviewed Joshua Coffy, founder of theGiftProlific.com, which is Art and Gifting, presented beautifully.

The Gift Prolific is an evolving gifting and art project created by Joshua Coffy.  Initially (2011-2012) it was a project of daily gifting and painting.  The basics of the first year of the project are listed below:

  1. Give a gift to someone, everyday, for a year.

  2. Make a small painting inspired by each gift.

  3. Show the paintings in a gallery at the Burning Man Arts Festival in 2012.

  4. Gift away each painting at the event.

Follow @StickerGiant on Twitter to learn more.

“Guiding Surf Travelers…” —STICKER Story Scott Valor, BurningPier.com


[Editor's Note: Burning Pier has paddled over to @TropiBlueHawaii.]

Scott Valor created and developed BurningPier.com.  He's a semi-retired lawyer who surfs and travels at least 3-6 months of the year outside California and surfs almost daily in California when he is home.

He originally wrote a book, "The Surfer's Guide to Mainland Mexico" in 2006 sharing over 20 years of local knowledge about Mexican surf and culture and the response was so positive that he eventually created BurningPier.com to share that knowledge with a wider audience.

Q&A with Scott Valor

What do people really dig about your product/services?:

BurningPier.com offers first-hand knowledge of the surf in certain regions of the world.  We also have information about the local culture, help travelers with local contacts, and other travel hints to make their surf travel experience a better one.  We only focus on areas where we have traveled, but they are really diverse: the Hawaiian Islands (primarily Kauai and Oahu), the Caribbean (primarily Barbados, with some of the best surf in the Caribbean), Mainland Mexico's pacific side, and the California coast.

Why/How do you use stickers as a marketing or outreach tactic?: 

Website traffic volume is the key to getting the word out. Unlike business cards which find their way on a cluttered desk, or pop-up ads on the Internet which are ignored or blocked, a sticker that finds it way to a car bumper, a surfboard, a guitar case, or wherever someone puts it has lasting power.  With the website URL clearly on it, people will take note and actually look it up, especially if the sticker graphic is bright and appealing.

What advice would you give to a company thinking about using stickers as a marketing tactic to wow their fans. What has worked for you, what hasn’t, etc?: 

Keep the graphics simple and bright.  Be sure any lettering is large enough to read. My first stickers had too many words and the lettering was too small.  My most popular sticker has simple bright colors and just the website URL.  It is also the most requested sticker.  Also, try to use your own art and designs.  That way you have a story to tell and can take more pride in your stickers.

List some ways that fans can support your brand to encourage growth apart from buying your product or service?: 

Information and feedback!  If your experience is based on information from our website, we want to hear from you.  Any changes in the place you visited? Anything special you would like to pass on to fellow surf travelers? Any locals you would recommend connecting with because they were friendly/helpful?

While we do sell some Mexico maps and charts, what we want to pass along is the aloha spirit of the Hawaiian Islands anywhere you travel and surf. Your input will help us do that!

Matrix Robotics

Coming soon to a basement workshop near you: A fully programmable, LEGO-integrated robot of your own crafting, courtesy of MATRIX Robotics.
MATRIX Robotics was created in 2011 by a group of experienced robotics enthusiasts who have spent the past 15 years working and playing with robots. The people at MATRIX set out to design the robotics system they’ve always wanted and the result was the MATRIX Robotics System; a high quality, affordable, 3D build system. The people at MATRIX Robotics created this innovative system because they believe that hands on robotics is a great way to learn science, technology, engineering and math and are committed to making robotics accessible to more students worldwide. MATRIX products can be purchased through local distributors.

Sweet! Word is, the goods are coming out later this year. We can hardly wait! Can't you just imagine all the kids who will build a robot just to tease their sister, brother, cat, or dog? Simultaneously? Next thing you know, we've got robots everywhere. In the kitchen. At Burning Man. Yep, even in the litter box. Not even the dance floors of our fair country will be safe.

Charon by Hudzo

Hudzo is one Peter Hudson, an artist who's "available for large scale kinetic zoetrope art installation for events and festivals worldwide." This guy makes some seriously awe-inspiring sculptures...that move, light up, and trip your expectations.
After a two-year hiatus, San Francisco-based artist Peter Hudson returns to Burning Man 2011 and the forum of public art with his latest piece, Charon. Charon is a three-dimensional stroboscopic zoetrope commemorating one of the great rites of human passage.

Wait...a zoetrope...what? Here's a visual to help you:


Surely you've heard of Burning Man, that most creative, expressive, excessive of art festivals held every year since 1986, the past 21 in Nevada? Not too late to join the other free-wheeling, whackadoo happy peoples in the Black Rock Desert this year. Trust us: it's an event like no other!

Flipside Core Project

Flipside Core Project is associated with Burning Man event...but we're not sure how, just yet. Mysteries to be revealed soon, we hope. But Burning Man, we've heard of that: raging party, art event, performance, temporary community, spiritual gathering. Never been, but it's always sounded like a whack-a-doo good time.
Burning Man is an annual experiment in temporary community dedicated to radical self-expression and radical self-reliance.

Maybe this sticker is an entry into a contest? If so, good luck!