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All I Want for Christmas is a Ticket to Burning Man: Get 2011 Tickets Now, How

December 19, 2010

Dear Santa,

All this talk about SantaCon is putting me in the mood for Burning Man 2011, the year of Ritual, with a theme of Rites of Passage. (See photo at left of the Man burning in 2005 by Wade Scribner.)

You see, 2010 was a really difficult year and I miss my peeps. You know, the ones who see a parade and want to join in–and already have a costume ready? Burners. Those are my people. They’re givers, just like you.

And Santa, even though I am doing my best to bring a little bit of that Burning Man spirit home from the desert by doing these ArtRides and being myself, I need a little rejuvenation.

Santa, I need to go Home again, I need to be someplace where there’s more people like me, my tribe, where I can relax the most and be myself and not feel judged. You know what I mean by “Home”–Black Rock City out there in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Way out west, about the same distance from LA as Seattle as Boulder.

So Santa, I’d just like one thing in my stocking, and I bet you can guess what it is.

That’s right Santa, I’d like a pair of Burning Man tickets–one for me and one for my wonderful husband. We went to Burning Man together ten years ago in 2001 as friends; now we’re married and sharing this life together and adventures with our son who’s 7 and been to Burning Man three times. We’d like to go this year and renew our vows to each other.

I realize, Santa, that these tickets you’d buy for us are $280 third tier tickets and that cheaper $210 Burning Man tickets will be available when they go on sale in January 19, 2011 at 10am.

But Santa, you know how it’s almost impossible to get one of those 9,000 $210 first tier tickets. They go so fast that we might as well be trying to get front row tickets to see Bruce Springsteen. We’ll be lucky to get second tier tickets at $240, even if we try getting our tickets the first day they go on sale.

So Santa, it makes sense to not hassle it and just get us our third tier tickets now–or at least before December 30, 2010. It’s for a good cause. according to the 2008 Afterburn report at, it costs over $14 million to make Burning Man happen for about 50,000 people. That cost breaks down to $282 per person–almost the cost of this ticket. Paying that little extra cash you’ll help someone else’s first or second tier ticket or with a low-income or scholarship ticket.

Thank you Santa. See ya on the playa!

much love,

art predator

PS Here’s the skinny on regular ticket sales for Burning Man which go on sale at 10am January 19:

First Level:
9,000 tickets will be available for $210 each, while supplies last.

  • Limit 2 tickets per person
  • Available through the Internet sales ONLY

Second Level:
9,000 tickets will be available for $240 each, while supplies last.

  • Limit 2 tickets per person
  • Available through the Internet sales and Mail Order

Third Level:
9,000 tickets will be available for $280 each, while supplies last, or until 3/31/11, whichever comes first.

  • Available through Mail Order (cashier’s check or money order ONLY – NO CHECKS)
  • Also available through Internet Sales

Fourth Level:
tickets are $320, while supplies last

  • Available through the Internet Sales.
  • Available through Mail Order. Absolutely No Mail Order sales postmarked after 6/30/11.
  • Available through Walk-in Outlets from 4/1/11 through 8/26/11.

Low income tickets this year are $160; for best results, ask Cupid to send you one at Valentine’s Day. Scroll way down for details.

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