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To Do at Burning Man: Get a DIY Tattoo? Yoga? Pimp Your Bike? and more

August 15, 2009

So once you get your camp set upburning_man_2006_Gnomes, what to do next? If you’re a long-time Burner like me, you know that’s a joke! Camp is only set up long enough for the wind to come blow it around and possibly down!

But once it’s set up enough to survive a dust storm, your bike is ready to roll, you’re sunscreened up in your playa best, you’ve got a mask and some goggles at the ready, what should you do? Where do you start?

The obvious place is to roam the playa and check out the art. But wait, there’s more! If you’re not a long time Burner, you’ll find there’s always more to do on Playa than you can imagine–planned events and spontaneous ones. All day and night–going on all at the same time!150px-Om.svg

Among other events this year, you can make a DIY tattoo. Here’s where and when: http://playaevents. burningman. com/brc/2009/ playa_event/ 740/

Not so interested in a permanent DIY tattoo? Find the Art Predator on Playa (yeah, that’s me–the dirty blond with pink and orange hair, cowboy hat, wearing lingerie and cowboy boots on a pink bike…oh, guess that could be any of dozens of women out there–so look for my pink and white bike with the kids seat on the back and the ganesh on a bicycle scarf!) Or

please look us up at DNA and 5:30 in Kisdville!

Anyway, I will be happy to give you a skin deep tat like the one pictured using a rubber stamp, India ink, and possibly methyl blue or beet juice! According to Wikipedia,

Aum (also Om, written in Devanagari as , in Chinese as , in Tibetan as , in Sanskrit known as praṇava प्रणव lit. “to sound out loudly” or oṃkāra ओंकार lit. “oṃ syllable”) is a mystical or sacred syllable in the Indian religions, including Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, and Buddhism.Aum–the English spelling for  is said to be the primordial sound that was present at the creation of the universe. It is said to be the original sound that contains all other sounds, all words, all languages and all mantras.

Tattoos not your thing? burningman

In addition to riding around checking out the art or even taking a guided tour of it, there are literally thousands of events going on at Burning Man every day–adult oriented and family fun too!

Spanky’s Wine Bar

Date/Time(s): Monday, August 31st – All Day
Tuesday, September 1st – All Day
Wednesday, September 2nd – All Day
Thursday, September 3rd – All Day
Friday, September 4th – All Day
Saturday, September 5th – All Day
Sunday, September 6th – All Day
Hosted by Camp: Spanky’s Village
Contact Email:


Fine wine & finer floggins. Care for some beaujolais & bondage? Enjoy the bondage wall, the rack&roll machine, spank-o-matic, the famous Orgasmatron!

Or for family-fun, how about adopting a GNOME?

Gnome Adoptions

Date/Time(s): Monday, August 31st, 2009 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Type: Kid-friendly
Hosted by Camp: Gnome Camp


Come adopt a garden gnome! Qualified adoptive parents will receive a gnome and disposable digital camera to document its adventures on the Playa; we post the most interesting and creative pictures on our website, You must return the camera, but the gnome is yours to keep forever.

While yes, many playa activities are adult-oriented, there’s plenty of family friendly activities:

Bike I.D. Tags

Date/Time(s): Monday, August 31st – All Day
Tuesday, September 1st – All Day
Wednesday, September 2nd – All Day
Thursday, September 3rd – All Day
Friday, September 4th – All Day
Saturday, September 5th – All Day
Sunday, September 6th – All Day
Type: Game
Hosted by Camp: Fantasy Funhouse & Wheel of Karma
Contact Email:


Come try your luck playing our wonderful carnival games,spin the wheels of chance,ring toss for useful prizes & Bike I.D. Tags

Pimp Your Bike

Date/Time(s): Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, September 4th, 2009 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Type: Kid-friendly
Hosted by Camp: Bioluminati
Contact Email:


The Bioluminati are pleased to provide some sweet, non moopy pimpernalia to upgrade your ride. In our Bicycle Pimparium, learn first-hand the difference between mere decorations and true playa-style pimpin’. Add night-lighting to your Bike! Great for Kids. And by Night, come watch our Mini-Ciné!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 15, 2009 1:59 am

    You must get a temporary contemporary tattoo.

  2. August 15, 2009 3:19 am

    What would a temporary contemporary tattoo look like? Send me a link!


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