"What is Burning Man?" - I wish I had a simple answer like, "It is an art festival." or "It is a music festival" or "It is a hippie thing." - But Burning Man is incredibly complex. With 60,000 people - Burning Man becomes ALL things.... If you want to dance, Burning Man has dance clubs, big beautiful and vast. If you love art, there are over 500 art installations, spread out for miles in the desert, they will even give you a guided tour. If you are a recovering alcoholic, they have AA camp and meetings every day. If you love yoga and spirituality, they have classes all day, every day. They have silly camps like dodge ball camp and taco camp and happy candy camp and Lord of the Rings camp. Literally, if you can dream up a camp, it exists there..... They even have a Zombie Unicorn camp (whatever that might be...)
And all that stuff is fun... yep
But... I would not drive 5,000 miles for silly camps in the desert, nope - The magnet that pulls me to Burning Man... is the COMMUNITY!..... Neighbors at this festival really become your family, your closest friends... Can you imagine knowing every single person on your street where you live? At Burning Man - that happens.. By the end of the week, you know every single person on your street. You share meals together, you share you stories together, you share your costumes and your batteries and your tiki lights.... You sit under tents in sandstorms together. These people come from all over the world - Japan, Australia, Belize, Iceland....The atmosphere is unbelievable and full of culture and friendly faces.
Matt and I have made so many friends over the years - Not just from Burning Man but also the regional burns: We have friends in the Boston camp (Firefly) - Friends in the AZ camp (Toast!) - Our LA crew, the Chicago kids... Matt and I are in a wedding party on Thursday! Jen's getting married! Yay! A bunch of models are going this year: V Nixie, Scar, Model T, Tracy. Becker, from LA, might shoot me on the playa again this year! Whoot!
I love this festival like no other..... It keeps a light inside of me going.... It reinforces my idea that ALL things are possible... The biggest step to Burning Man, is just *getting* there... Once you are there, the city, the art, the landscape, the people, and the community embrace you... It is an beautiful festival.