Each summer, a plethora of (mainly) trustafarians gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for a week-long post-apocalyptic fashion show. Behold Burning Man in all its glory.
If you are fortunate enough to be possessed of spare cash, an in on tickets, a crew of like-minded hippies, and a penchant for drug-induced euphoria, well, welcome to Burning Man—a week-long desert bacchanalia that combines the post-apocalyptic hellscape and creative costuming of Mad Max with the cultish idolatry of The Wicker Man (albeit with far more positive vibes).
From August 27 to September 4, approximately 70,000 people will descend upon Black Rock Desert in Nevada for this annual rich-hippie carnival, where people young and old flock to “find themselves” and snap Instagrams of their end-of-the-world outfits on the Seven Mile Playa. Founded in 1986 by Larry Harvey and friends—and not discovered by Dr. Dre, thank you very much—it bills itself as a celebration of “artistic self-expression” and “radical” inclusion. And over the years, it’s grown from a miniature fete to a full-blown extravaganza replete with art installations, burning effigies, and DJs galore. Now, celebs like Paris Hilton, Katy Perry and Cara Delevingne flaunt their best designer “burner” duds on “The Playa” (while retiring to luxurious RVs), alongside decidedly less attractive tech entrepreneurs—and even conservative blowhard Grover Norquist.
This year’s theme is “Radical Ritual,” whatever the hell that means. Here are some of this year’s weirdest burners doing their thing.
PENIS POUCH MAN
Things can get pretty sandy out there in the desert, so a tight, shimmering penis pouch like the one below can prevent one from getting any sand in or around the nether regions. Silly chest art entirely optional.
Think you love your smartphone? Fuck you. I have a smartphone helmet. Now, can one of you please use one of these to call my mom and tell her to pick me up?
More images via… Source: The Weirdos of Burning Man in Photos