Burner De/Merit Badge FREEBIRD



Burner De/Merit Badge, FREEBIRD

Honestly, this is a you had to be there sort of thing. I believe the incident is now a legend in Burning Man lore, a classic yarn if you will.

It’s Sunday night, the people have gathered at the Temple awaiting its burn. It’s a time for silent reflection often wrought with tension, built up emotions anticipating the group flow of catharsis, there’s always someone shushing and another yelling for everyone to sit down (like you won’t see a huge burning building).

This year a beloved member of DPW had just passed, to honor their memory, as is the purpose of the Temple, during the designated quiet time an art car released the mellifluous tones of FREEBIRD into the air. FREEBIRD was this beloved’s favorite song, it was a beautiful moment, for just a moment before the surrounding crowd popped with a mix of mirth and agitation. Some words were exchanged, the final sentiment being, “You do you.”

My partner and I were sitting in the immediate vicinity and heard the whole thing go down. I’m team FREEBIRD, obvs.

With the FREEBIRD patch, I am retelling my personal experience of being in the crowd surrounding an incident at the Temple Burn of 2012, perhaps you were just there like I was, not knowing but a few heresy points of interest. Since I posted this I've learned so much more about the man for whom the grief tolls, Joey Carroll, aka Joey Jello. People have messaged me to tell me of his accomplishments, what their friendship meant to them, the impact he had on the lives of his crew-mates, friends, his Burning Man community, his ride or die buddies and community at home, and his family. 

Knowing more, I felt it imperative to create a freebie add-on for the people whose lives he touched through his actions and friendship. I am in the business of creating moments mori after all, so here's my literal stab at it. I've created two patches, I'll include one or both per availability with any patch order from his friends, just write in the comments at checkout NEVER BETRAY or TALL BIKE. If you're not into making an order, that's cool, slip me a DM and I'll stick one in an envelope and slap a forever stamp on it to get it to you.

I've set up a second machine just to make these for you, please claim one or some. I love y'all, thank you for giving me much needed context and an opportunity to make something special just for y'all.

Burner themed De/Merit Badges based on snarky inside jokes that have endured the test of time.

This is a great addition to any patch collection, especially your Burner De/Mertit Badge collection, see more here https://shop.qathihart.com/shop/40572962/do-you-even-burn-bruh

2.5" round

Everything in my shop is handmade to order by li'l ol' me in my home studio in Southern Oregon. There are some things that are easier to make in groups of 2 or more, so when someone orders one, I'll have leftovers giving me a small ready inventory, (the Burner De/Merit Badges for example). My shipping times have production times built in, however if I have it on hand, I'll ship asap. I don't actually have piles of inventory in stock =) the quantity available in each listing is there to give you an opportunity to order as many as you want.

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    Once you've placed your order, please send photos of the critter in question. Etsy lets us send three images per message.

    I will send an email with instructions and some questions for what I need from you.

    Please not that the shop observes weekends, I'll communicate with you Monday through Friday, if you place an order on Saturday, don't fret, I will be in touch when I get back to the shop.

    What's the Best Material For Your Critter?

    What's the best material for your critter?

    If your kitty long or medium haired, choose the FUR option.
    If your kitty is a sort hair, please choose FLEECE.
    If your kitty is short haired and you order fur, I will use MINKY.

    Once you've sent pictures I'll either pull materials from my stash, or shop for just the right thing for your special order. I will communicate with you along the way to ensure you're getting something lovely and as you expected.

    I have an idea for a patch, how do I make that happen?

    Using the contact form, send me a message with your ideas, size, colors, font thoughts, and how many you want. Let me know if you want it to be exclusive to you, or if it's cool to put in the shop as a new listing? This effects the price some.

    Can you make this bigger or smaller, in a different color?

    Heck yeah I can. If it's just color changes, let me know in the comments at check out.

    If it's a size change, there may also be a price change, and I'll want to have a convo with you about it first. Go to the listing you'd like to have resized, and send me a message from that listing with your request. Once we get the details worked out I'll make a custom listing for you.

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    Where do you get designs?

    Some of the patches in my shop are designed by an embroidery digitizer, (that's a skill in itself), I've purchased the design (often from other Etsy sellers) and have rights to create them. Other designs are digitized from the ground up by me, I've been learning to digitize since late 2021, and I have a lot to learn yet. I will also purchase embroidery files of specific elements to make compositions to save time, or because the other digitizer has more skill and experience than I do in with that kind of work.

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