Meet the Ticket Designer

Burning Man 2011 Ticket
Burning Man 2011 Ticket

If you were among those who purchased Burning Man tickets since they went on sale on January 19th, you’ve likely gotten your ticket to paradise in the mail already, or are about to.

We thought you’d be interested to know a little about this year’s ticket designer. Andrew Jones is a long-time Burner, professional artist and cultural instigator from the Bay Area who constantly innovates his craft and pushes the boundaries between technology and art. He’s passionate about sharing his gifts with his community.

Unlike some digital artists, Andrew uses technology as an accelerator for his visions, rather than a crutch for his limitations. He uses Photoshop, Painter and a Wacom tablet as effortlessly as the rest of us use our hands, and he uses them to incredible effect, manifesting stunning compositions of visual stream-of-consciousness, seamlessly mixing sweeping gestures with intensive detail and powerful imagery.

Andrew chose to have this year’s ticket image tell the story of Burning Man as a rite of passage. It’s the story each of us experiences as Burning Man makes its indelible mark on our lives. When you get your ticket, take a close look at the detail therein … it’s pretty amazing.

To see more of Andrew’s work, and to learn about his incredible Phadroid live painting performances, visit his website.

About the author: Will Chase

Will Chase first attended Burning Man 2001. He was Burning Man's Web Team Project Manager and Webmaster from 2004-2009, and the Operations Manager and member of the Art Council for the ARTery (Burning Man's art department headquarters in Black Rock City) from 2003-2008. In 2009, he transitioned into the Communications Department, where his responsibilities include global communication strategy, authoring the Jackrabbit Speaks Newsletter, content management for the Burning Man website, coordination of Burning Man's social networking efforts, and acting as editor for the Burning Blog. Tales of his sordid adventures can be found on his website.

12 thoughts on “Meet the Ticket Designer

  • I was totally admiring the details in the cars on the ticket this year. I think the coolest thing on this years ticket is the embossed 25 year anniversary element and it is a nice safety feature too. My only question is about the city and the line. I hope we don’t have a huge line still when the city is already that established. Then again, the way tickets sold out we might be in that very situation.

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  • so many of us have been talking about how cool it is this year! Really love it, and thank you for that! Something about that fireball now ain’t there!?

    Thanks also for sharing this insite to the design with us.

    See you on the funway!

    Stop by and fly a kite with us if you will. . .

    Tell ‘em Paper sent you!

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  • Yes, I agree with John Peck. I hi res version would be great.
    I LOVE this ticket design.
    The transformation of shadow to light is beautifully illustrated.

    This describes EVERY year on the playa for me.

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  • I second John Peck’s request. The ticket art would be wonderful to appreciate in detail and would be a great iPhone Wallpaper to remind us how lucky we are, and going to be, for the next six months. We look forward to the post. Thanks

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  • When our tickets arrived,,, we were just in awe of the detail in the artwork. Looking outside now as it snows,,, this website warms me up a little. See you on the playa.

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