I am a minimalist when it comes to costumes. In fact I am a shorts and T-shirt kind of guy. For Burning Man, I add a black hat and a neckerchief and consider myself dressed up. I become Outlaw.
Everyone is allowed his or her little fantasies at Burning Man. In fact wearing a costume is highly encouraged. It is a key element in the principle of involvement and an expression of personal art. In theory, and to a degree in practice, people go to Black Rock City to participate, not observe.
Costumes have a liberating influence. They allow us to escape whoever we happen to be in everyday life and become, for a brief time, someone else. There’s a bit of the outlaw, or vamp, or siren, or shaman in all of us. One year at Burning Man, fairies and angels were in and it seemed like every other female Burner had spouted a pair of wings.
Some guys like to get in touch with their feminine side. Or at least I think that’s what it is. Dozens of men don dresses. If nothing else, their costumes come ready-made.
In 2006 I was standing outside of Camp Center with my camera when the annual costume contest was going on. It’s where Burning Man’s best dressed strut their stuff. Somebody assumed I was ‘paparazzi’ and ushered me over to where participants were having their photos taken, a sort of Burning Man Red Carpet. I dutifully snapped away.
Many of the following photos are from that 2006 experience. Others are more random. I have also included photos by Don Green, a fellow Horse-Bone Camp member who is handy with cameras.
12 thoughts on “On Becoming Outlaw… Burning Man Costumes”
Faaaaaaaaabulous! All of you!
Thanks… The costumes are pretty amazing. Some people go all out.
Hey FeyGirl… WordPress has picked up my blog on Mutant Vehicles to go up on FreshPressed in the next day or so.Just though I would share.
Oh how wonderful…. CONGRATS!!! You provide such a great window into this culture / event.
Hi FeyGirl… Thanks so much. I always enjoy and appreciate your comments… and your great blog.
It is incredibly hot out there, you said. I am amazed at the breadth of costumes… From near nothing to the Shaman (which I thought was pretty cool). I hope you were toting a six-shooter – or at least a whip. Nice character shots overall (including the beautiful participant in pink).
The creativity at Burning Man goes on and on. The nature of the event attracts and encourages artists of all types. I’ve wondered about how some of the costumes fare in the heat, also. Scantily clad is more the rule than heavily clad… grin.
Hi… Just thought I would report that WordPress has picked up my blog on Mutant Vehicles for FreshPressed in the next day or so. As you might imagine I am excited.
Hey, that’s cool… or in this case, hot!
Wonderfull!!! I’s like so much to be there!!
Grab your bike and go!
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