Rob the Wop wrote:Me, I'm not going back because of the art. That simple. The ratio of people bringing unique art is going down, and I don't want to take the time and trouble to go back out. There are other, more minor reasons- but that is deifinitely the top dog.
I can't help but wonder of that was due to the dot-bomb going off in the bay area. From about 96 to, oh, 2000 some of the most creative people in the world were being drawn to the SF Bay area like bugs to a lamp. I would say about 2/3 of my friends that were really into BM have left the area and don't go anymore. Most have moved to the East coast. A couple of my friends still go, but the few that are left around here got hammered so badly when the bubble burst, they can't afford either the expense of getting things together or of taking the time off work.
In my particular case, I started working at least one day a week back in May getting ready. By July, it went to 2 days a week and in August every bit of spare time that I had was going into BM stuff. Next year is probably going to be a major effort for me and will probably be even more time consuming and expensive.
As for art, I am going to try to get art out there from people who can't go. I even want my KIDS to make some art for me to take. I know a couple of people that are really into metal art and am going to offer to take some of their work out there.
And the stuff we talked about getting the newbies involved with making some art is going to help down the line, I think. I can understand your frustration. What would it take to get you and the others back? Personally, I like having more of the seasoned burners out there.
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