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Announcing Balsa Man 2011 “Growing Pains”

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Balsa Man 2011 - Growing Pains

The theme of Balsa Man 2011 is “Growing Pains”. This year we will focus on growth — it’s fits and starts, it’s pains and pleasures, it’s mistakes and triumphs that are the fuel of growth.

For more info on this year’s theme please visit the home page.

Info on this year’s art grant submission and stickers and patches will be forthcoming.

Dress Warm is back!

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

We’ve just heard the news that after a couple year hiatus, Balsa Man’s favorite alternative newspaper Dress Warm is back! Here’s the word direct from the Dress Warm staff:

“We stopped writing Dress Warm because it was just too fucking hard to write and produce multiple issues out on the beach in the space of only a few hours. But then we took a couple years off and got bored with not having an outlet for our snark. We were thinking of changing the name to the Balsa Village Weekly but that just sounded lame. There will only be one issue this year, but we promise it’ll be the best issue of Dress Warm you’ve ever read.”

And we have a exclusive sneak peak at the cover for this year’s Dress Warm!

Dress Warm 2010 Front Cover

Get your copy at this year’s Balsa Man! Also, this is the first year Dress Warm will be delivering copies to the Black Rock Desert Balsa Man Regional! So if you are stuck out in the desert make sure to stop by Fandago during the Regional on Friday 5-6pm for your copy of Dress Warm.

Avoid Craigslist Scams!

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010
Craigslist Counterfeit Balsa Man Ticket

Craigslist Counterfeit Balsa Man Ticket

Looks like our previous post about counterfeit Balsa Man tickets don’t reach out to enough people. We’ve unfortunately found two people on craigslist who didn’t get the message and are looking for Balsa Man tickets.

More alarming we ran across one scammer trying to hoodwink the small minded by selling an obvious counterfeit ticket (see photo).

Also, in our search, we found someone looking for a ride to Balsa Manwe do recommend ride sharing.


Truly Support Tiny Art Through Donations

I know that the utter amazingness of the Balsa Man event can seem unbelievable at times. With all the hucksters online it’s hard to know what to believe these days.

However, know this: we truly do use the proceeds from donations and the sale of patchs, stickers, and engraved x-acto boxes to support tiny artists…

  • Every Donor get’s an official letter of donor recognition and a gift depending on their level of donation (see donor award gifts)
  • Every Tiny Artist who is awarded a grant is sent a letter of confirmation along with their grant award money and a gift of a Balsa Man sticker (see tiny art grants).
  • Donations also pay for materials and supplies for Tiny Art Build Parties.
  • The BPAF Art Grant budget relies on you the donor to support tiny art. The more you donate the more tiny art we can support!

Balsa Man 2010 PatchRemember last year there was such a high demand for patches that we ran out a couple weeks prior to the event. This year, we made more swank limited edition patches but we still expect to run out and once they run out we won’t make any more. So to get yours donate today!

Tonight, the BPAF will be mailing out all art grant awards and the gift packages to all the donors who’ve given thus far. If you donate today your gift package will be included in this shipment; next shipment won’t be until next week.

Watch out for counterfeit tickets!

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

As you know, Balsa Man is a donation-supported event, which means we don’t sell tickets. Nevertheless we’ve heard secondhand reports of counterfeit tickets circulating, some of them featuring full-color art and flawless microprinting depicting the Balsa Man statue in flagrante inferno.

Below is one of the better counterfeit tickets we’ve come across.

If you encounter any more of these counterfeit tickets don’t buy them, but please send us photos because they sound freaking awesome!

2010 Tiny Art Placement Map

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Announcing the Balsa Man 2010 Placement Map for Tiny Art & Theme Camps!

Due to the record number of tiny art stomping incidents last year, Balsa Man 2010 will have a Deep Playa Protected Art Area fenced off to protect from the potential danger of participant feet. Also this allows for a better viewing of all the tiny art on display! Tiny artists are still allowed to place their art in the Inner Playa Stomping Grounds, but should do so at their own risk.

Speaking of Tiny Art, the Black Pebble Arts Foundation is eager to see your Tiny Art Grant Proposals! Send them in today!

Balsa Man 2010 Map

Balsa Man 2010 Survival Guide

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010
Wee Ranger, photo by Sandwichgirl

Wee Ranger, photo by Sandwichgirl

Your survival is your responsibility please make sure you read all of this survival guide and the Health & Safety section of the Terms & Conditions.

Arrival Information

We encourage all to arrive by 6pm on Sept 4th to view the tiny art and mingle with the other Balsa Man Participantsdon’t be late because Balsa Man is as short as it is tiny.

Early arrival time for Balsa Man volunteers and Tiny Artists is 5:15pm. Participants may actually arrive as early as they want; however, Basla Man DTW has the right to ridicule those who arrive way too early for their own good. It should be noted that there is no camping.

There are no tickets to Balsa Man; however, we welcome your donations which help support tiny art!

Car pooling is recommended as parking may be difficult depending on the location. No need to cram people in the trunk as your car will not be searched at the gate, nor your person—in fact there isn’t even a gate. However, we encourage Balsa Man Greeters. Also, we need volunteers to create this year’s Balsa Burma Shave signs.

Location Information

Balsa Man takes place on the coast of San Francisco. Exact location and directions to Balsa Man will be announced a few days prior to the event via and only on the Tiny Mail List. If you want to come make sure you join this list!

The Balsa Burn

The Balsa Man himself will burn at twilight (8pm). Balsa burns fast so if you show up late or even blink you may miss it! After the man has been reduced to cinders, we will have a solemn ceremony for the burning of the Temple(s)—we had two temples last year. Tiny artists who would like to set their art aflame can do so after the Temple ceremony.

Departure Decorum

Balsa Man ends shortly after 9pm. Please be prepared to clean up and leave shortly after the Balsa Man event is over.

Balsa Man is a Leave No Trace event. Please pack your trash out and do your part by helping the artists and organizers clean up after the event is over.

Drive safe! If you choose to drink at Balsa Man make sure to plan for a designated driver ahead of time. Also, do not twitter and drive! If you must tweet about how much you enjoyed Balsa Man, tweet before you begin driving.

Beach Survival

Balsa Man participants should bring all necessities they need to survive a few hours on the beach. Balsa Man guidelines for beach survival are:

  • It can get a mite chilly so bring a jacket and maybe gloves and a hat.
  • Once the sun sets, it’ll get dark so bring a flashlight.
  • You might want to bring a drink or a snack.
  • There is no lifeguard on duty.

And lastly…


We hope to see you at Balsa Man 2010!