There are some tangles that I just do not resonate with and Phicops is one of them. I find that if I put it in with other tangles I "can" make it work. But I rarely choose it with so many ones that I love. But I like the challenge of TRYING to use in different ways. Sometimes I re-discover that after all, it is a nice tangle.
I remembered that some showed how to make Phicops into a kind of "pinecone" shape which seemed kind of interesting and a made a little sketch of it. So I thought I'd use that for a starting point. I think this could have been a nice tile IF I could have used other tangles with it. But as is, I am not at all happy with it. I don't think it's a good choice for a monotangle as there are just not enough variations. But I will look at what others come up with and I will probably be surprised.