Choosing the Best Dust Mask for Burning Man

Choosing the Best Dust Mask for Burning Man

Burning Man is known for its whiteout dust storms that bring Black Rock City to a halt at any time, day or night. Winds can reach up 80 mph (130km/h) creating dangerous whiteout conditions that will have you choking on the playa dust if you aren’t prepared. As a veteran burner I can vouch that breathing in too much playa dust can wreak havoc on your lungs and vocal chords. 

I, Robot: Men's Outfits for Burning Man 2018

I, Robot: Men's Outfits for Burning Man 2018

Every year Burning Man releases a new theme that is meant to inspire the art and inspiration for the burn that year. One of the most fun ways to participate in the theme is to create outfits based on that year's theme.

While I, Robot might inspire images of tin man and C3PO, and who doesn't love a shiny outfit, the organizers have asked people to be inspired by current and future technologies (including robots). 

Choosing the Best Goggles for Burning Man

Choosing the Best Goggles for Burning Man

Burning Man is legendary for its dusty storms that sweep across the Black Rock Desert without warning. Winds can range up 80 mph (130km/h) creating complete whiteout if you happen to be outside the city. Exposure to the elements at Burning Man can be serious, and that's why the right pair of goggles is something to consider as you prepare for that thing in the desert.

How to Get Tickets to Burning Man 2018

How to Get Tickets to Burning Man 2018

Believe it or not, until 2011 it was possible to drive up to Burning Man and buy a ticket at the gate. But that all ended in 2012, which was the first year that Burning Man sold out. Since then the rise in popularity has made tickets to that thing in the desert more and more difficult to come by. Here's a helpful guide to securing tickets in 2018.

Ten Tips for First Time Burners

Ten Tips for First Time Burners

Heeeeey virgin! You, yeah you! If you haven't been to Burning Man you are still an uninitiated virgin. And unlike high school where that word would garner you all kinds of attention, at the burn, we love our virgins. Yell it loud and proud that it's your first time, and keep these ten things in mind:

The Best Tent for Burning Man

The Best Tent for Burning Man

You can get $80 tents at your local discount store or spend thousands on a new Lotus Belle or ShiftPod tent. While that cheap tent might do just fine on your annual camping trip, it won't hold up in 80 mph (130km/h) winds, and it won't withstand the dust storms either. I've been to the burn and watched tents get shredded, poles break, and entire setups blow away in the right conditions. 

I, Robot: Women's Outfits for Burning Man 2018

I, Robot: Women's Outfits for Burning Man 2018

Every year Burning Man releases a new theme that is meant to inspire the art and inspiration for the burn that year. One of the most fun ways to participate in the theme is to create outfits based on that year's theme.

While I, Robot might inspire images of tin man and C3PO, and who doesn't love a shiny outfit, the organizers have asked people to be inspired by current and future technologies (including robots). 

I, Robot: Burning Man Theme for 2018

I, Robot: Burning Man Theme for 2018

While the theme is based on a book from 1950, the organizers have challenged the Burning Man community to consider "the many forms of artificial intelligence that permeate our lives; from the humble algorithm and its subroutines that sift us, sort us and surveil us, to automated forms of labor that supplant us

Alchemy Regional Burn 2017

Alchemy Regional Burn 2017

If you find yourself in the south, as I did, may I suggest you make your way to the Georgia and visit the Alchemy Burn. This local burn is located just a few hours outside of Atlanta and this year was hosted in a new location, on an open field surrounded by a dense forest.

The Best 5 Videos of Burning Man 2017

The Best 5 Videos of Burning Man 2017

Did you miss Burning Man this year? Or maybe you're just yearning for the dust of Black Rock City? Indulge your senses with the five best Burning Man videos from 2017. 

I, Robot: Top Ten Fashion Trends at The Burn

I, Robot: Top Ten Fashion Trends at The Burn

Whether you opt to be nude, or you get styled to the neck, the citizens of black rock desert love to express themselves through their fashion. While the styles have changed over the years, and some things like tutus are a playa staple that you can not leave at home, other looks come and go. If you want to have the latest looks when you arrive at the burn, here are the top ten fashion trends for the burn in 2018.

Playa Guide: Your Pre-Burn Beauty Regiment

Playa Guide: Your Pre-Burn Beauty Regiment

In the days and weeks leading up to the burn you may start hearing about how alkaline the dust is and that your hair or skin may dry out in these harsh weather conditions. Most burners after their first burn create a plan leading up to the burn so they can limit their exposure once on playa. 

Playa Guide: Customizing Your Playa Ride

Playa Guide: Customizing Your Playa Ride

Having a bicycle at the Burn is something I recommend to everyone. Anything with knobby tires can handle the terrain, but if you want to ride with style I've put together this short tutorial with suggestions for customizing your playa bike:

Playa Guide: How to Eat Healthy at The Burn

Playa Guide: How to Eat Healthy at The Burn

Before my first burn I was told that it was impossible to have fresh fruit or vegetables because they would go bad. So I spent an unhappy week eating canned food and dried fruit. Fast forward to the next year when my friend, who is a vegan chef, showed up with four coolers to feed three people and force fed me kale for an entire all week.

Dusty DIY: How to Add El Wire to Your Playa Coat

Dusty DIY: How to Add El Wire to Your Playa Coat

I searched high and low to find the best instructions to add El Wire to my new (Goodwill scored) playa coat. When I didn't find anything simple I decided it was time to write my own blog.As I've mentioned in previous blogs, having a long, very warm playa coat is critical for late night excursions, but sometimes you are just going out for a few hours, and hauling around a huge coat that is unnecessarily warm just doesn't make sense.

I, Robot: Nighttime Outfits for The Burn

I, Robot: Nighttime Outfits for The Burn

Temperatures can drop significantly at night on the Black Rock Desert, and while you may be smart have pack a playa coat, you won't want to wear a heavy coat the entire time you are out. So I've organized a variety of outfits based on events, themes, and color that will be sexy, but warm.

Dusty DIY: How to Customize Your Goggles for The Burn

Dusty DIY: How to Customize Your Goggles for The Burn

I can appreciate the crafting that goes into some of the goggles that I see on the playa. But I have to be honest, I don't have $100+ to spend on a pair of goggles that I use once a year. Tragically I lost my goggles last year, and so this year I decided to take the leap and decorate my own pair.

I, Robot: Daytime Outfits for The Burn

I, Robot: Daytime Outfits for The Burn

For the yet to be christened burner, and even those with some experience, choosing outfits can be time consuming and perhaps a bit stressful. Choosing a wardrobe is hard enough, before you even consider that there are lots of events like the Billion Bunny March, White Wednesday, and Tutu Tuesday that you only hear about once on playa. Of course you could probably borrow a set of bunny ears or a spare tutu, but if you're anything like me, you prefer to be prepared. It's all about self-reliance right?

Playa Guide: Veteran Burners Review Shift Pod Tents

Playa Guide: Veteran Burners Review Shift Pod Tents

One of the tents that recently hit the market and has been making a big splash on the playa is the Shift Pod. Now, full disclosure, I have not camped in a Shift Pod before. But I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, so I reached out some experienced burners to ask them what they thought of their Shift Pod tent. Here's what they had to say:

Playa Guide: Tips and Tricks for Comfortable Tenting

Playa Guide: Tips and Tricks for Comfortable Tenting

If you're anything like me, you prefer to maintain some level of comfort in your surroundings regardless of where you are. When it comes to tent comfort at the burn, I don't expect the Four Seasons, but I do want to get a decent night's sleep, and not be covered in dust every morning. Assuming you are using a tent at the burn, here are the things I bring to create comfortable living accommodations: