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Irish CORE Crew jamming at the effigy; Burning Man 2011



Wednesday, August 31, 2011 – the night before the burning of the regional effigy’s (all 21 – largest planned controlled burn on the planet outside of war) our CORE group – Ireland – got together for a small party and Irish jam session as our effigy – the Celtic Dragon to wish her farewell into the ether taking with her our dreams, prayers, petitions, joy, sorrow, hopes, and wishes. ~ Black Rock City, Nevada – Burning Man – Rites of Passage – 2011.

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“Whiskey in the Jar” – Irish jam session at the Dragon


“Whiskey in the Jar”

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 – the night before the burning of the regional effigy’s (all 21 – largest planned controlled burn on the planet outside of war) our CORE group – Ireland – got together for a small party and Irish jam session as our effigy – the Celtic Dragon to wish her farewell into the ether taking with her our dreams, prayers, petitions, joy, sorrow, hopes, and wishes. ~ Black Rock City, Nevada – Burning Man – Rites of Passage – 2011.

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Chronicles: Sept. 5, 2010: Sunday at the Burn, Breaking Down Camp and Returning Home

Sunday at the Burn 2010:
Breaking Down Camp and Returning Home


Exodus on Sunday, bumper-to-bumper,
3 hour long, 7 + lanes wide

Sunday, 5 September 2010
* Burning Man, Black Rock City, Nevada, United States of America *

While still a bit hungover, Sir Thomas Leaf awoke rather early to set out in breaking down camp. He would need to depart Black Rock City in order to be back to work in Colorado on tuesday morning at 7 am. It would be a tight journey as it was. It took him some time to break down his bodypainting station camp and pack up the van. A good percentage of the other attendees were doing much the same thing. He tried to find his brother the eccentric Docteur Mangor, but alas no such luck. Was unable to find most of his friends who were probably sleeping off last night’s partying. Good times were had by all. A long 3 hour bumper to bumper 7-lanes of traffic wide exodus from Black Rock City await for Sir Thomas Leaf just to get out of the city. His rideshare Lady Ellie decided to stay longer at the Burn and catch a ride back with the knightly Sir Guy who offered the fair maiden passage back to Boulder, Colorado. In exchange, Sir Guy sent several bins of his gear back in the “Isis Adventure through Time” vardo Sir Thomas Leaf was driving. Long hot journey across the playa in three hours of traffic – white out conditions and the usual partying from the cars in line as everyone waited to slowly creep out of the city. Finally to pavement, Sir Thomas Leaf headed south through Gerlach, Empire, and onwards through Pyramid Lake Reservation. Finally back on the highway, heading east towards Utah, Sir Thomas Leaf was onwards to his return home. He had caught out of a glimmer of his eye enroute to the Burn a oddly decorated kitchy monument on the side of the road he earmarked to visit on the way home. So off he exited to view the abandoned “Thunder Mountain Indian Monument”. He was a bit creeped out as no one was there and it was just turning dark, having an eerie creepy feeling as he got out of his car and walked the monument grounds thinking how easy it would be for someone to mug him and rob his belongings at such a stop-off in the middle of nowhere, before dark, alone, down a dirt road offset from the highway. Back on the road safe, as darkness fell, Sir Thomas Leaf high-tailed it along the highway, pitstopping for dinner, and back on the road driving to where he started to phase out. Then he heard something pop in the engine. Deciding to exit to investigate to find a gas station at midnight, just as he pulled into the closed station’s parking lot, the headlights he saw following him turned into flashing reds and blues …. a police officer followed him from the Interstate as his tags were 2 days expired (Expired end of August and new stickers were probably awaiting him in his mailbox back in Colorado). The officer ran his i.d. as Sir Thomas Leaf opened up his engine to see what was wrong – power steering belt snapped. Luckily, it only ran his power steering. He was glad the warrant for his delayed payment of a speeding ticket from Burning Man 2009 was cleared, as he wasn’t sure if it was still on file, as it wasn’t. Relieved, he drove onwards to find a rest area to pull over to sleep. Good thing the “Isis Adventure thru Time” Vardo van had a comfortable futon bed in back, he thought.


Thunder Mountain Indian Monument

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“Excellent Adventure” @ Burning Man 2010


Excellent Adventure

Excellent Adventure
* Burning Man 2010 * Black Rock City, Nevada * Contact: bm10 (at) carbonworkshop (dot) com *

A art piece near the Temple of Flux stands voice-reacive audio-visual laser-blastin’ phone booths created by Gustavo Huber and Shelly Brown of Carbon Workshop. In tribute to the time travelling “Bill and Teds Most Excellent Adventures” stand these sensory experiences symbollic of “Metropolis 2010” – the theme of this particular years Burning Man. During the day they stand simply as telephone booths in the middle of nowhere with static signal, bu at night these two telephone boohs focus beams of visible light to transmit voice data from one to the other with dynamic lighting built within designed to pulse and fade through the spectrum in response to the tones and volumes of the calls received.

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Temple of Flux @ Burning Man 2010

The Temple of Flux
Burning Man 2010 * Black Rock City, Nevada * www.temple2010.org *

Designed and constructed by Rebecca Anders, Jessica Hobbs, Peter Kimmelman and their crew from Berkeley, California. This year’s temple stands as a counter-monument rather than the usual Burning Man temple that echoes the churches and mosques of history. It serves to reference our impetus to create structure as well as to its relatin with the environment. A giant Gumby statue greets patrons of the temple. It beckons one to take a journey through its pathways by following its sensuous lines as they arc into the air. Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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“Bliss Dance” – Burning Man 2010

“Bliss Dance”
* http://earth.burningman.com/brc/art_installation/758/ * Burning Man 2010 * Black Rock City, Nevada * Contact Email: production@blissdance.org *
An extroadinary art piece at Burning Man 2010 by Lloyd Taylor that I’d have to say was my most favorite art piece. A unique steel sculpture made of cutting edge design replicating the human form as a woman stading 40 feet tall in the middle of nowhere on the Playa. She celebrates humanity and demonstrates the beauty of the feminine with power and strength emerging when women are safe and free to be themselves. She dances naked with her eyes closed, a sign the Burning Man page says “the spirit of community is healthy and the balance between male and female is present. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Chronicles: 9/4/10: Saturday at the Burn

Saturday at the Burn 2010:
Bodypainting, Dust Storms, Art, Music


Saturday, 4 September 2010
* Burning Man, Black Rock City, Nevada, United States of America *

Awakening with a bit of a hangover, Sir Thomas Leaf set out to open up the Tree Leaves Body Painting Station before setting out for his day. He wandered over to Dr. Mangor’s camp to catch up with his brother and to take a ride-a-bout on to the playa to visit the various art objects. Sir Thomas Leaf and Dr. Mangor spent some time admiring the amazing “Bliss Dance” sculpture. A triple “WOW” Sir Thomas Leaf had echoing through his mind. Dust storms were pretty heavy most of the afternoon. The dust mask and goggles were definitely a required clothing accessory for the day for the duo of mischief makers. An over-indulge of pyschedelic cream soft serve all-you-can-eat ice cream station satisfied the after effects of the dust and sun. More bodypainting ensued for the day for Sir Thomas Leaf, and a late afternoon/early evening tribute ceremony for the passing of Isaac Bonewits with some fellows druids at the Temple of Flux. The ceremony was quite lovely and a send-off to a great man to the Otherworld. Wine and liquor was the focus of the evening as the motley crew prepared for the night of the Burning of the Man. The Burn was spectacular as was the fire spinning performances and fireworks. Afterwards, the crazy duo headed off to a pirate vessel to dance and party atop the rig’s net-pile. Sir Thomas Leaf was a dancing desert faerie all night long stuck in a never ending loop of elecronic trance music. Good times were had by all.

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Chronicles: Sept. 3, 2010: Friday at the Burn, Bodypainting, Dust Storms, Art, Music

Friday at the Burn 2010:
Bodypainting, Dust Storms, Art, Music


“The Man” – 2010

Friday, 3 September 2010
* Burning Man, Black Rock City, Nevada, United States of America *

Awakening to the hot sun after a mid-morning glare peering into the Vanwagon vardo, Sir Thomas Leaf stumbled out of the van, off his futon, and into this bodypainting station camp. Pulling out the paints and getting the Body Painting Station ready for its patrons for the day. Dust on the horizon. Lots of wanderers coming in to get painted and painting each other when Leaf was gone. Leaf took a wander-a-bout in search of his brother the mad Docteur Mangor again to no discovery. While he was gone, Dr. Mangor had stopped into camp and left him notes. After a pitstop at the free soft-serve “Psychedelic Ice Cream” camp for some vanilla and chocolate twist, he spent the afternoon painting many beautiful people. As he was finishing bodypainting a lovely Canadian Goddess, the mad doctor arrived. Then it was an afternoon of exploring the playa and cycling around, viewing the amazing art pieces on the playa, visiting camps and getting drunk, dancing to music, and playing well into the evening. Pitstopped in to see the lovely Bonefinder who unfortunately was under the weather so unable to go wander-a-bout with this crazy duo. They searched for Karen at Deathguild who was on her own wander-a-bout. Late night fun with two beautiful princesses from Sweden that was camping within Mangor’s camp, Sir Thomas Leaf and Dr. Mangor went adventuring to an 80’s dance club, a goth night, and several intriguing bars.


Desert Faerie riding into the dust

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Thunderdome @ Burning Man 2010

Thunderdome / Death Guild
* Burning Man * Black Rock City, Nevada * http://www.deathguildthunderdome.com/ *

Every year many Burners look forward to the infamous “Thunderdome”, the interactive art project of San Francisco’s famed “Death Guild”. It is one of Burning Man’s most famous landmarks and one of its most exciting projects/theme camps. Operating for 6 years straight, Burners come to expect Death Guild every year. Inspired by the movie “Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome” (starring Tina Turner and Mel Gibson as Mad Max), “Thunderdome” is a life-sized replica of the same named structure as found in the film. “Two man enter, one man leave” is not really the case here at the Burn, as only friends and friendly-foes who are looking forward to venting some frustration by battling each other with nerf bats while dangling and swinging off bungy cords. All the audience pile around the edge of the dome and climb the rafters to watch the sometimes extremely hillarious battles that take place. Afterwords, it is often a late night Goth/Industrial dance club. Not much activity takes place during the day, but evening it is a very crowded area of the playa. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Burning Man 2010

Burning Man 2010: Metropolis
* Black Rock City, Nevada * Monday, 30 August 2010 through Monday 6 September 2010 *

Every year, in the heart of the Nevada Desert, a city known as Black Rock City is constructed to host the Burning Man Festival. It is a human created world with a dream of teaching self-reliance, self-sustainability (though is not sustainable in its existence on the planet, but attempts to teach its attendees how to become more sustainable with day-to-day life as a concept), and consciousness about community and the sharing of ideas, experiments, and lifestyles. It is a thriving metropolis of artists, freaks, scientists, musicians, dancers, theatrical sorts, and brilliance. The city focuses on community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. It is a gifting economy with its own nightclubs, bars, classes, theme camps, costume stations, bodypaint stations, entertainment, hospitals, post office, rangers, cafe, ice house, and airport. It is primarily a “pedestrian” city. The city itself (not necessarily the attendee’s personal or theme camps) powers itself on a solar power array and bio-diesel. Every year it celebrates a new theme and for 2010 this was “Metropolis”. This year over 50,000 attended with amazing art, installations, and theme camps. In the next week, photo galleries will Here for a visual walk-through of the sites and scenes of my experience at Burning Man this particular year. Enjoy! Burning Man is a must-visit experience at least once in a lifetime before one departs this planet. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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9/2/10: Bodypainting Day 1-2, Burning Man


Burning Man, Facepainting by Leaf McGowan 9/2/10

Bodypainting 9/2/10:

At Burning Man 2010, on Thursday, 2 September 2010, the Tree Leaves Body Painting Station was officially opened up for its first day this year for participants of Black Rock City to come and paint themselves or be painted by Leaf McGowan when he’s in camp. On this particular thursday, Leaf primarily did face paintings, and the following are a few samples from the day.

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Chronicles: Sept. 2, 2010: Thursday at the Burn, Bodypainting, Playa, Thunderdome

Thursday at the Burn 2010: Goddesses, Bodypainting, Playa, & Thunderdome

Thursday, 2 September 2010
* Utah-Nevada, United States of America *

Sir Thomas Leaf awoke and setup the Body Painting Station. Lots of wanderers coming in to get painted and painting each other when Leaf was gone. Leaf took a wander-a-bout in search of his brother the mad Docteur Mangor. No avail. He did find the Canadian Goddesses, whose camp he always enjoys a visit to see his good friends from Canada. Margaritas and Caesars all around, laughter, catching up, and excellent new friends made. Wandering around the playa and exploring the art was the theme of the day. Hot sun, dusty winds, and some revealing omens at the temple. Central camp was thriving and he did find Bonefinder, one of his best of friends from Canada. The floats and art cars were fabulous. An afternoon of bodypainting, as darkness fell, Leaf took a wander over to see his friends at Death Guild. He ran into his close friend, the wonderful Lady Karen of San Francisco for some vino and late night frolick. “Two Man Enter, One Man Leave” bungy battles in the Thunderdome. Much imbibing of alcohol throughout the evening at all the nightclubs and bars. Sir Thomas Leaf passed out near morning’s light.

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Gerlach, Nevada

Gerlach, Nevada, USA:

Gerlach was founded with the construction of the Feather River Route of the Western Pacific Railroad from 1905-1909. Very much tied with Empire, Gerlach is the larger of the two towns on the edige of Black Rock Desert. Combined population with Empire is about 500 according to the 2000 Census. Both towns support the local ranching and Gypsum plant miners as well as the annual festival tourism from Burning Man. With the January 2011 closing of the Empire Gypsum mine, and Empire becoming officially a ghost town, the population of children in Gerlach will be reduced to about 7-15. As opposed to Empire’s only convenience store/gas station, a Shell station was established for 24 hour service as Empire’s gas station is expected to close this year. Gerlach has a Union Pacific switching station as well as Washoe County public services including a roads department and a K-12 public school. There are 3 bars in Gerlach, Bruno’s Country Club, Bev’s Miners Club, and Joe’s Gerlach Club. Gerlach also has the only restaurant and motel for 80 miles. The rest of Gerlach consists of small private businesses, mainly internet-based. Gerlach’s population is increased every Labor day with the creation of the temporary festival city of Black Rock City by approximately 50,000 tourists. Gerlach has a small airfield suitable only for light planes as a graded dirt strip. Gerlach was the film setting of “Far From Home” starring Drew Barrymore.
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Burning Man

Burning Man Festival
Black Rock City, Nevada

Burning Man is a week long arts and entertainment, sustainable and self-reliance festival that occurs every year embracing Labor Day. From 1986 until 1989 there was a Summer Solstice bonfire ritual held on Baker Beach in San Francisco by Larry Harvey, Jerry James, and their friends. Here they claimed, not inspired by the “Wicker Man” movie (they state they hadn’t seen it before their party), they would burn a 8-9 foot tall wooden man with his smaller wooden dog, and they did this not for Pagan offerings, but rather as an experiment in art, community, radical self expression and reliance. Apparently Larry’s girlfriend Janet Lohr’s friend, Sculptor Mary Grauberger had been throwing Baker Beach bonfire parties prior to Larry picking it up after she stopped organizing them. By 1987 the “Man” was 15 feet tall and by 1988 at a whopping 40 feet height making it much more of a concern on the beach to the authorities. They eventually called their event “Burning Man”. Because they didn’t have a permit for such a fire on the beach, they had to relocate, and in 1990 a separate event was put on by Kevin Evans and John Law of the Cacaphony Society in the Black Rock Desert on its large dry lake. They billed it as a dadaist event with temporary sculptures and situationist performance art called “Zone Trip #4: A Bad Day at Black Rock”. The Baker Beach Burn “Burning Man” event, after having been kicked off the beach, dissassembled their “Man” and brought it to “Zone Trip #4” just in time for the event. One of the Cacophonists in attendance, Michael Mikel, concerned that the attendees would not be familiar with the harshness of the desert environment, took on the name “Danger Ranger” and formed the “Black Rock Rangers” to make sure everyone was safe. It was here in 1990 that Black Rock City and “Burning Man” was founded. Word spread about the event and people from all over the world started to flock to this desert event. It was assembled of participants only with no paid or scheduled performers/artists, no separation from art space and living space, and no other rules except not to interfere with another’s experience and no guns were allowed in central camp. In 1991 they filed for a legal permit with the Bureau of Land Management evolving to a formal partnership in 1996 for them to own the name “Burning Man”. 1997 Saw the biggest changes in structure to the event when the remaining organizers formed the Black Rock City, LLC after John Law, Kevin Evans, and others left. As the BLM refused a permit for the event, it was moved to “Fly Ranch” that adjoined the Hualapai Flat mini dry lake bed. Since the event moved to Washoe County permitting, more heightened rules and laws were enacted, banning driving of non-mutant or service vehicles and guns, imposing a low speed limit of 5 mph for art cars, a imposed curved grid street structure, no campfires or tiki torches, all burnt art must be on approved burn platforms, bans on fireworks, firearms, and dogs. It was also then that a 7 mile long temporary plastic fence to be erected to surround the event as a 4 foot high “trash fence” to catch wind blown debris. After 2002, no attendees of the event could go beyond this fence. In 2006 was the first time that Burning Man was covered extensively by television, which continued as “TV Free Burning Man” from 2006-2008, and the coverage nominated for a news Emmy Award in 2007.

The man remained 40 feet tall until 1995. By 1997 it reached 50 feet, and by 2001 at 70 feet, from 2002-2004 at 80 feet tall, Then was reduced in size from 2005 until 2008 when it was pumped back up to 84 feet, and at an amazing 104 feet by 2010. In 2007 a well known prankster named Paul Addis set the Man on fire four days ahead of the schedule and was arrested for the incident. The Burning Man crew was able to still erect a replacement effigy in time for the scheduled burn. By 2010 it reached an attendance population of over 51,454 recorded paid participants. Burning Man attendees nickname themselves “Burners”. The festival is based on community, artwork, absurdity, decommodification, revelry, participation, self-awareness, self-reliance, and self-sustainability. In those regards, it has nothing to do with the modern Hippie movement even though the un-knowledgable compare the two as being the same. Burning Man is governed by 10 principles – (1) radical inclusion, (2) gifting, (3) decommodification, (4) radical self-reliance, (5) radical self-expression, (6) communal effort, (7) civic responsibility, (8) leaving no trace, (9) participation, and (10) immediacy. Burning man is a “gifting economy” in like to the tribal potlach ceremony, and relies on the unconditional “gifting” of resources. No cash transactions are permitted between attendees of the event (though the event will charge for entrance tickets (pays for event), daily ice (benefits the local Gerlach-Empire school system), tea and coffee (benefits the event) for those wanting it). The event is clothing-optional and nudity is very common. Once in the event you are highly discouraged from leaving. A re-entry wristband costs a high price if one needs to exit and re-enter. Portable toilets are throughout the event, a temporary airstrip/airport is setup along the event boundary, hospitals and law enforcement stations are setup throughout the city, as is ice stations. All attendees are responsible for bringing their own food and water as none can be guaranteed to be obtained elsewhere in the city. The Event is “Leave No Trace” and all attendees are expected to collet M.O.O.P. (Matter out of place) when observed. All attendees are expected to participate as much as possible, no water is permitted to be drained on the playa and much be either evaporated in a drain field or ported out when attendees leave, no fires without approved burning platforms, and observance of US and Navada federal, state, and local laws. Every year a different theme transforms the event. Art and entertainment, is centered around these themes each year. Numerous registered and un-registered theme camps are all around the city, including over 100 bars, and numerous art or mutant vehicles parade around the playa during the days and nights. Otherwise many participants have their own transportation with bicycles that they bring to the event. Some art is funded by ticket sales through art grants. In addition to the “Man”, a giant “Temple” is constructed and burnt on the last night of the event culminating ritual and interfaith spiritual offerings, prayers, sacrifice, and observance in its participation.

Leaf’s personal photos from Burning Man 2008; Burning Man 2010 (coming soon).

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Chronicles: Sept. 1, 2010: Utah to Black Rock City

Utah, Nevada, into Black Rock City

Wednesday, 1 September 2010
* Utah-Nevada, United States of America *

Sir Thomas Leaf and Lady Ellie awoke after night stay at the Wyoming and Utah border rest area. They were quickly back on the road to Black Rock City. Driving through the hot terrain of Utah, past the Great Salt Lake, and into
Nevada for a lunch pitstop at the Casinos of Nevada. They struggled with the vardo “Isis Adventure Thru Time“‘s lack of air conditioning and the rigged cool fan Leaf installed. They were on their way to the infamous Burning Man Festival in the Nevada Desert. They passed through West Wendover and got some cell phone connectivity to Sir Guy who they would be camping with at the Burn and where the Tree Leaves Bodypainting Station would be erected. Ever since Salt Lake City, they would see sporadic Burners on their pilgrimage to Black Rock City. As the weary travellers headed north through the Pyramid Lake Reservation, traffic of burners became congested as they made the slow and hot trip to Gerlach, Empire, and finally Black Rock City. As they headed from Empire to Burning Man, they entered bumper to bumper traffic as a several hour wait lay ahead before entry into the city. A pitstop off at the gate with the box office to grab Lady Ellie’s ticket, they were soon through the main gate and customs, onwards to search for their camp. They searched for the mad Doctor Mangor, Sir Guy, Ranger Rockbear, and Ranger Chimistry and started to get frustrated in not finding the camp. Shortly enough though, they spied Ranger Chimistry and she coordinated with camp members and neighbours to make room and space for the free bodypainting theme station / camp. It took a little over an hour for Sir Thomas Leaf to construct the tent and booth, as darkness fell, he found Sir Guy and Ranger Rockbear. No mad Doctor Mangor could be located though. Sir Thomas Leaf and Sir Guy wandered the playa, imbibed in elixirs found at various bars and nightclubs, and much fun was had.


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Black Rock City, Nevada

Black Rock City, Nevada, United States

Is one of Nevada’s largest cities during Labor Day every year. It is a temporary, experimental, city of art that only exists for the annual Burning Man Festival that creates it. It is created together by artisans, community, adventurers, gypsies, scientists, Burners, and the Black Rock City, LLC organization. It is built in the heart of the Black Rock Desert of Northern Nevada. Burning Man begins the Monday before and ends the day of the Labor Day holiday that is observed in the United States with upwards of over 50,000 participants attending. The festival began in 1986 as a Summer Solstice bonfire ritual in San Francisco. It moved to the Black Rock Desert in 1990 but not a legal event until 1991 with a permit from the Bureau of Land Management. The city evolved to a series of concentric radial streets in a composing arc by 1999 with 2/3rd of its 1.5 mile diameter circle hosting the “Burning Man” Sculpture with supporting complex of art at its center. The Avenues connect these streets to the Man. Google Earth searches can display aerial photography of the outline and design of Black Rock City. The City’s innermost street is called “the Esplanade” while the remaining concentric radial streets change names every year as they relate to the festival’s theme for that year, with the connecting streets given clock designations such as 5:00, 5:15, 5:30 so individuals will not get lost as the Man represents the center of the clock face with 12:00 as the middle of the third of the arc lacking streets. This assists individuals in finding locations or their camps when mischief makers tear down the street signs towards the end of the festival. In the center of the the camping streets is a large tented camp called “Center Camp”. This is aligned mid-line facing the Man at the 6 o’clock position on the Esplanade as a central meeting place, Cafe, Black Rock Rangers, Camp Arctica (daily ice delivery), the Post Office, and Information Centers. Hospitals and Law Enforcement Stations are integrated at pivotal points throughout the city structure that are stationed by various local and state law enforcement agencies, the Bureau of Land Management Rangers, and the Black Rock City Emergency Services Department. These emergency medical centers are set up like tented camps similar to those found in the old television series “M*A*S*H at stations 3 (BRC ESD personnel, emergency, basic life support), 6 (physicians/nurses), and 9 (BRC ESD personnel, emergency, basic life support). Official Villages and theme camps are located along the innermost streets including bars, nightclubs, art stations, and entertainment camps. Un-official camps are scattered throughout the city. Theme camps represent an identity collective of individuals providing a certain theme, art, entertainment, or service. Villages are a collection of smaller theme camps banded together to share resources. Theme stations are small camps that provide entertainment or a service. Adjacent to the city is the Black Rock City Airport (officially recognized by the FAA as 88NV airport), a temporary airstrip that is constructed on the city’s southern side that allows landing and take-off of private airplanes, helicopters, ultralights, gliders, skydivers, and hot air balloons. Air traffic operates on a Klamath Falls Sectional using CTAF of 122.9 MHz as Black Rock Unicom. Pre-paid shuttles from Reno and San Francisco take long distance travellers to and from the event. There is also a paid shuttle between the event and towns of Gerlach and Empire, but involve heavy fees and assessments which is discouraged. Environmental regulations and cautions are placed by BRC and the BLM to make sure no damage is done to the environment and its inhabitants. All fires are conducted on burn platforms, never on the bare ground. Water is NOT permitted to be dumped on the Playa, and must be carted off site or captured and evaporated off in a evaporation field. The BLM has very strict requirements for the event and the city including trash cleanup and removal, removal of burn scars, dust abatement, capture of fluids dripping from vehicles, etc. Black Rock City has its own Department of Public Works with a Playa Restoration Crew that remains in the desert upwards of 4 weeks to clean up damages caused by he event. The existence, construction, and destruction of Black Rock City relies on its volunteers.

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“The British Tree Leaf” Festival Tent: 2001-Present

“The British Tree Leaf”
a.k.a. The Tree Leaves’ Merchanting or Bodypainting Camp Tent

2001 C.E. to Present. :

It was in 2001 that Sir Thomas Leaf was blessed with this new festival tent. The tent was created by the infamous seamstress “Bonefinder” for Leaf in Vancouver, British Columbia. It consists of a historic British Columbia Forestry Shelter Tent extended and expanded with canvas, velcro flaps, door ties, and patching by Bonefinder. Long dowel tent poles with recycled plastic bottle tops hold up the tent, while split 1×1 end poles hold up the corners and flaps, staked and corded with rope and rebar stakes. It is an easy to setup up tent with another person, and about a 30 minute chore for a single person. It has served Leaf well and while it has sustained damage from a tornado at Starwood, high wind rips at several Burning Man festivals, and mold damage from East coast festivals, it still stands and serves the Techno-Gypsie travels.

Burning Man:
“Tree Leaves Body Painting Station at Black Rock City” – Burning Man 2003, Burning Man 2004, Burning Man 2006, Apogaea 2008, Burning Man 2008, Apogaea 2009
, Burning Man 2010.

For five (unconsecutive) years, Leaf McGowan has been setting up a Body Painting theme station at Burning Man. This camp, consists of a shelter, water, tables, chairs, stools, throw sheets, pillows, mirrors, and approximately $300-500 worth of paints / art supplies that visitors to the station can use to paint themselves, paint one another, or be painted by Leaf when he’s in camp. This is Leaf’s gift to Black Rock City every year that he goes as Black Rock City is a non-commercial event and community, where everyone brings gifts and excess to share. As an example, while Leaf shares his paints and art; his neighbour down the corner might have a soft freeze ice cream parlor where a visitor to that camp could bring a cup or bucket and have free ice cream pumped into it for them, or one of several hundred bar camps where a visitor just needs to bring a cup to get a free fill of alcoholic drinks, beer, or wine. Another camp may offer free massages or baths, scalp massages, or poetry, rollerskating rink or a ride. Because at Burning Man, it is a gift economy. It is a true meaning of what community should be mixed with self-reliance and self sustainability. Sharing of resources when one has excess, gifting gifts because one wants to, and making another happy or content. That is Burning Man.

Adaptable to any festival, the Tree Leaves’ Bodypainting Tent becomes a festival booth at other festivals, such as those with a commercial nature. Underneath this shelter can be found tables of arts, crafts, herbs, books, paintings, artwork, faerie figurines, collectible rocks, and Leaf doing tarot readings or bodypainting. Sometimes, if you are lucky, one evening at a festival, you might be blessed with one of his magic shows. Other evenings you might find a nice space to chill and chat, exchange stories, music, or art.

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Chronicles: August 29, 2010: Packing Up For Burning Man

Packing Up For Burning Man …

29 August 2010
* Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America *

Sir Thomas Leaf arose early to drag out his festival tent, Burning Man survival gear, equipment, and camping supplies. This was the first time he would be taking his new (well very old, but new to him) “Isis Adventure Through Time” vardo / caravan and had to equipt it for this kind of journey. Survival in the desert for a week under extreme conditions is never an easy feat for many, though luckily he’s been to many festivals of these sorts as well as a return visitor to the city of Black Rock for 4 years now (non consecutive) – so knew what to expect. He decided he would van camp this year, as opposed to the last 4 years of tent camping. Hoping this means less dust in his evening’s breathe while sleeping. He moved a futon into the back of the van and set up a bed/sleeping area, bungy corded the ice chest, camp stove, and food crates for a kitchen area, a camping supply area, body paints storage area, rigged a home cool fan into the van as a means to stay cool during the drive (van has no air conditioner), and rigged a JVC home stereo into the van as a car stereo (van has no working radio/stereo). All using their regular electrical socket (house) plugs. Atop the rack the previous van owners installed, he packed the festival and tent gear, extra storage, and 20 gallons of water, solar showers, and spare tires, with a full ladder so he could climb up easier setting up camp. Most of the day was spent testing layouts with the van (first camping trip of this kind with him and this van) in how he wanted the free bodypainting theme station / camp to be setup once he arrived at Black Rock City. After a successful setup, he slowly packed everything up. Sir Leaf got online and did some coordination and planning with the Lady Ellie who would be ride sharing with him to the Burn. Exhausted and ready for a drink, he wandered over to the Underground to meet a faerie warrior who claimed she had something very important to discuss with him. Once at the club, she seemed distracted and never brought up the important discussion. Sir Leaf shrugged, imbibed some gin n’ tonic and danced up a storm. Until a local Satanist he had problems with years prior started to bug him. Perplexed as to why this formerly ‘banned’ individual from the Club was now allowed in, he just shrugged and went his merry way. The Satanist wanted to apologize for his actions from years prior. Sir Leaf accepted those apologies but said he had no interest in friendship. “Let the issues pass and walk our separate ways” said Leaf. The Satanist did not want to accept that. Eventually he gave up. A drive back home early, exhausted, Sir Leaf passed immediately out. He still had work to do in the lab early at 7 am and more preparations for the voyage to Burning Man where he was to deliver a memorial service for Isaac Bonewits.

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Apogaea 2009


Volcano Burn at Apogaea 2009

Apogaea 2009
http://www.apogaea.com

Happy Ass Ranch, Lake George, Colorado * Annually each June * Colorado’s Regional Burn *

Every year the local Colorado Burner community puts together a regional burn in central eastern Colorado called “Apogaea”. An amazing festival of arts, sustainability, and community with leave-no-trace green thumbs on a wild ranch on 140 private acres of Rocky Mountain forested land blended with a community ethic to attain self-sufficiency, production of renewable energy, creation of agricultural base, and the development of mineral resources and mining reclamation. They possess a low-impact approach supportive of environmental preservation. The lands are surrounded by Pikes National Forest. Apogaea is a great testing ground for the local Burning Man community to set up and test their theme camp ideas for Burning Man. This year the theme was a sacrifice of the virgin offering to the Volcano Gods … incredible fire spinning and dancing, ritualized dramatic performances, and a festive dance around the bonfire. Dozens of theme camps and DJ booths, wild parties, workshops, and special events. Art installations and theme camps. Bodypainting. Contact Improv. Cuddle Camp. Safe Sex Play. Dancing. Hulahooping. Camel racing. Color book sessions. Multi-colored goats that you could learn how to milk. Pancake and bacon breakfasts and parties. Xpat Alien parties at the Crop Circle Cantina. Festivity, Friends, and Community. Apogaea is simply amazing. Highly recommended especially for any Burning Man enthusiasts and community. Galleries, photos, and items are located here: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?cat=233. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. [ Photos on Flickr ]


Crop Circle Cantina



View Apogaea: Day 1 [ Myspace ] ; Day 2 [ Myspace ] [ Technogypsie.com ] [ Techno-Gypsy.livejournal.com ] : Photogalleries: [ Myspace Photos (does not contain nudity) ] uncensored: [ ColoradoBurn.ning – Day 6/5/09 ] [ Rest on ColoradoBurn.ning ] [ FlickR ]

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Tree Leaves’ Bodypainting Station at Apogaea 2009

Tree Leaves’ Oracle Bodypainting Station at Apogaea 2009:

Our second year at Apogaea, gifting to the community body paints and bodypainting assistance as a camp where you can come paint yourself or (if he’s in) be painted by the resident bodypainter Leaf McGowan. Below are some of this year’s paintings by Leaf McGowan. Apogaea is a non-commercial event where community groups “gift” to one another various presents as it is a “gift based” economy. This is the Tree Leaves’ Oracle’s gift to the Burning Man community. We also set up a station at Burning Man and many other festivals. View Blogs and 2008 paintings here.

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Day 3: Apogaea – Technicolor Goats, Xpat Alien Party, Sacrifice to the Volcano

Saturday, 6th June 2009
Lake George, Colorado

Travelogue: Apogaea, Day 3 [ Apogaea – Colorado’s Regional Burn, June 2009


Partying at the Crop Circle Cantina * Fawn and Kerri Anne dancing up a storm

Another morning rising early … hanging in the hammock, enjoying the rising sun, and the multi-colored goats across the way. As Camp Chaos (Goes Capricious) with their technicolor baby goats that you could cuddle and learn about goat-raising. They threw milking lessons at 9 am and 5 pm each day so anyone could take some raw milk back to their camps to share.


Technicolor Goats

The group had another big breakfast and enjoyed catching up and social conversations as we were all pretty hungover from last night’s parties. Noah wandered out in this risque’ ninja turtle suit with his package hanging out … too funny. Special Bacon breakfast up on the hill for the Apogaea newbies. In addition Mr. Mojo’s had a Reggae Pancake and Bacon breakfast as well … so no excuses for not having breakfast. Early, I started in on the painting, and I went for a half-gold, half-silver paint job for wandering around. Testing that “if you’re painted solid gold you won’t breathe and suffocate” myth and quite proved it to be innocent. Well, I did feel a little lightheaded, but I’m sure it was the sun and not the paint. I got to paint my youngest canvas … a 2 year old who was very squirmy as I tried to paint straight outlines of the insect he wanted on his face. That was tough! Allison went for flames. The XPAT Alien Camp was having a rockin’ party with booze aflowin’ all day long. Had an incredible blast. Thank you Xpats! One of the top parties for the entire event! Hoop it Forward had their annual decorate and create your own hula-hoop workshop which I unfortunately missed as I was distracted elsewhere. Then come dark it was time for the sacrifice of the virgin to the Volcano as it opened up with ritual performances by Colorado’s spectacular Fire Conclave as they spun wildly before and during the explosion of the volcano into embers … dancing around the madness and wild partying all night long. What a blast!


Volcano burn

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Travelogue: Apogaea 2009 – Day 2 – Bodypainting and Wandering

Friday, 5th June 2009
Lake George, Colorado

Travelogue: Apogaea, Day 2 [ Apogaea – Colorado’s Regional Burn, June 2009

Early to rise I meandered out to the hammock for some relaxation before breakfast. The camp slowly started waking. Viktoria, Alan, and a bunch of others camped with us too. Breakfast was had together – Noah and Bella whipped up hashbrowns, eggs, and bacon; while our neighbour Mr. Science made blueberry and banana pancakes. Mr. Science brought mucho toys and props to help make our camps merge night-time, like glow-in-the-dark webbing and lights. Got bombarded with bodypainting in the morning, and eventually escaped the body paint station so as to wander. Popped into Damien’s Cuddle Cavern to say hello and then wandered out and about down the hill. Wanted to hit the Contact improvisation but was a bit too bodypainted as I went tribal alien today.

    “And we will be ready, at the end of every day will be ready, will not say no to anything, will try to stay awake while everyone is sleeping, will not sleep, will make the shoes with the elves, will breathe deeply all the time, breathe in all the air full of glass and nails and blood, will breathe it and drink it, so rich, so when it comes we will not be angry, will be content, tired enough to go, gratefully, will shake hands with everyone, bye, bye, and then pack a bag, some snacks, and go to the volcano.” ~ Dave Eggers, a heartbreaking work of staggering genius (Apogaea 2009)

We wandered out to the Colossus for a wide view of Apogaea and spun around on the “Flip Rig” which let us hang upside down like a bat … stretching our spines with a free chiropractic-like spinal adjustment. Chillin at the Lookout Lounge with good music, sangria, and a great panorama of Apogaea.

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Telluride Mine Burn Party (Telluride, Colorado) : 5/30/09

Telluride Mine Burn Party
Telluride, Colorado
www.totallyawesomewow.com
From Burning Man’s “Wheel of Thwarted Ambition” Art exhibit comes a new sensational party that appears to be slated annually for fun in historic, scenic, and artistic Telluride. Within and around a defunct Limestone Mine the local artistic community throws the party of the year – to celebrate and commune with one another in the international collective of communities building and growing around Art, Fire, and Community. Setup in a limestone mine with tunnels and chambers going hundreds of feet into the earth, wherein lies art exhibits, a ballroom, fun, festivities, and djs to dance to. Two artistic flowerings of the Fire Wheels spinning, fire dancers, fires, explosions, and a humongous bonfire – it was an all night party. They required safety first – goggles, gas masks, and helmets; BYOB and party favors, but a delicious soup was served. By far, one of my most favorite Colorado parties! Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Burning Man- American Dream: Bodypainting Pics, Day 5 The Burn

Tree Leaves’ Body Painting Station * Corner of 5:00 and B streets * Black Rock City, Nevada * Burning Man 2008 / American Dream * DAY FIVE – DAY OF THE BURN
A Theme station for bodypainting and body art for costuming, fun, adoration, and entertainment. Whether being painted by professionals in the camp or a do-it-yourself-paint station … Tree Leaves gifts the Burning Man community its paint, art, style, ideas, motifs, decorations, brushes, and encouragement for self-expression, self-decorating, and fun with designs whether on oneself or each other. Tree Leaves’ opened on Tuesday, 8/26/08 and shut down Saturday, 8/30/08 as a service and gift to Black Rock City. Each day, droves of playful playa-goers came and used themselves or each other as canvases for creative art. Following in day-to-day installments are some examples of that art and play – for those that didn’t mind having us take their pictures for our portfolio. Enjoy! While in almost all regards, “paint” is seen as “body clothing” legally in many instances, there are different discretions and debates amongst mainstreamers and restrictive online networks like Myspace and Facebook as to what is termed “nudity” and what is not. For that matter, any photo that does not have actual clothing over what mainstream American society terms as a ‘private area’ will not be displayed on Myspace or Facebook. These photos will only appear on Livejournal: Thomasrymour (private blog) / techno_gypsy (semi-private) (under a NSFW cut) or on the Technogypsie.com Bodypainting portfolio pages.

Due to Cameras breaking and failing, a white-out and dust storms, very few bodypainting pics came out from today.
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Burning Man 2008: Bodypainting Critical Tits Parade

Tree Leaves’ Body Painting Station * Corner of 5:00 and B streets * Black Rock City, Nevada * Burning Man 2008 / American Dream * DAY THREE – CRITICAL TITS
A Theme station for bodypainting and body art for costuming, fun, adoration, and entertainment. Whether being painted by professionals in the camp or a do-it-yourself-paint station … Tree Leaves gifts the Burning Man community its paint, art, style, ideas, motifs, decorations, brushes, and encouragement for self-expression, self-decorating, and fun with designs whether on oneself or each other. Tree Leaves’ opened on Tuesday, 8/26/08 and shut down Saturday, 8/30/08 as a service and gift to Black Rock City. Each day, droves of playful playa-goers came and used themselves or each other as canvases for creative art. Following in day-to-day installments are some examples of that art and play – for those that didn’t mind having us take their pictures for our portfolio. Enjoy! While in almost all regards, “paint” is seen as “body clothing” legally in many instances, there are different discretions and debates amongst mainstreamers and restrictive online networks like Myspace and Facebook as to what is termed “nudity” and what is not. For that matter, any photo that does not have actual clothing over what mainstream American society terms as a ‘private area’ will not be displayed on Myspace or Facebook. These photos will only appear on Livejournal: Thomasrymour (private blog) / techno_gypsy (semi-private) (under a NSFW cut) or on the Technogypsie.com Bodypainting portfolio pages.
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Burning Man 2008: Bodypainting – Day 2

Tree Leaves’ Body Painting Station * Corner of 5:00 and B streets * Black Rock City, Nevada * Burning Man 2008 / American Dream * DAY TWO
A Theme station for bodypainting and body art for costuming, fun, adoration, and entertainment. Whether being painted by professionals in the camp or a do-it-yourself-paint station … Tree Leaves gifts the Burning Man community its paint, art, style, ideas, motifs, decorations, brushes, and encouragement for self-expression, self-decorating, and fun with designs whether on oneself or each other. Tree Leaves’ opened on Tuesday, 8/26/08 and shut down Saturday, 8/30/08 as a service and gift to Black Rock City. Each day, droves of playful playa-goers came and used themselves or each other as canvases for creative art. Following in day-to-day installments are some examples of that art and play – for those that didn’t mind having us take their pictures for our portfolio. Enjoy! While in almost all regards, “paint” is seen as “body clothing” legally in many instances, there are different discretions and debates amongst mainstreamers and restrictive online networks like Myspace and Facebook as to what is termed “nudity” and what is not. For that matter, any photo that does not have actual clothing over what mainstream American society terms as a ‘private area’ will not be displayed on Myspace or Facebook. These photos will only appear on Livejournal: Thomasrymour (private blog) / techno_gypsy (semi-private) (under a NSFW cut) or on the Technogypsie.com Bodypainting portfolio pages.
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Bodypainting Station at Burning Man 2008 – Tuesday, 8/25/08 – 5:00 & B streets

Tree Leaves’ Body Painting Station * Corner of 5:00 and B streets * Black Rock City, Nevada * Burning Man 2008 / American Dream
A Theme station for bodypainting and body art for costuming, fun, adoration, and entertainment. Whether being painted by professionals in the camp or a do-it-yourself-paint station … Tree Leaves gifts the Burning Man community its paint, art, style, ideas, motifs, decorations, brushes, and encouragement for self-expression, self-decorating, and fun with designs whether on oneself or each other. Tree Leaves’ opened on Tuesday, 8/26/08 and shut down Saturday, 8/30/08 as a service and gift to Black Rock City. Each day, droves of playful playa-goers came and used themselves or each other as canvases for creative art. Following in day-to-day installments are some examples of that art and play – for those that didn’t mind having us take their pictures for our portfolio. Enjoy! While in almost all regards, “paint” is seen as “body clothing” legally in many instances, there are different discretions and debates amongst mainstreamers and restrictive online networks like Myspace and Facebook as to what is termed “nudity” and what is not. For that matter, any photo that does not have actual clothing over what mainstream American society terms as a ‘private area’ will not be displayed on Myspace or Facebook. These photos will only appear on Livejournal: Thomasrymour (private blog) / techno_gypsy (semi-private) (under a NSFW cut) or on the Technogypsie.com Bodypainting portfolio pages.


Fire bush vine motif
acryllic, hand painted by Leaf
Burning Man 2008 * 8/26/08


Butterfly breasts motif
acryllic, hand painted by Leaf
Burning Man 2008 * 8/26/08


Waterfall motif
acryllic, hand painted by Leaf
Burning Man 2008 * 8/26/08

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Some Enchanted Burning, A Twisted Burner Prom (Denver 08)


Me and Allison,
Some Enchanted Burning Prom (Denver, CO) 8/9/08
Photos by Shutterbug


Me
and Allison,
Some Enchanted Burning Prom (Denver, CO) 8/9/08
Photo by Pesoptimist (c) 2008

Some Enchanted Burning – A Twisted Burner Prom
* August 9th, 2008 * 9:00 PM – 5:00 AM * 2625 Larimer St, Denver, CO * $10 pre-sale, $20 at door with no costume * http://denverbm.eventwax.com/recompression
Photogallery from the night: http://coloradoburn.ning.com/photo/album/show?id=2014648%3AAlbum%3A21539
Entertainment by: Zombie Nurse Jungle Labs Hi Octane Shapeshifter Orange Peel Moses MOONBASS – Arison / David Seied / DC & Doc ENERGY RIDERS – Noah M. & T-Bohn BLINGFACED – ((Diverse)) & Ishe & Timmy
Also: * Your Friendly Lunch Lady, Rusty Moo, will be busting out his special School Noodle Bar; * Visit Cora Chaos + Princess Ariesin the “De-Tension” Hall. Don’t break
the School Rules or you could get a spanking!; * Watch Princess Aries as she wows you with her Naughty School Girl Act!; * Visit Johnny One, our Mis-Guidance Counselor for some career advice! ; * Stop by to get your prom photo taken with Shutterbug!; * Exercise your inner rebel by tagging the bathroom stalls. ; * Chill out in the Teacher’s Lounge, but try not to get caught there with one of your students!; * Check out all of the Art work from our fabulous students at Black Rock High!; * Video projections by Timmy, the head of the school’s AV Club.
A fantastic evening out with memories of high school prom, Sixteen Candles, and Long Duck Dong … down Larimer to the Orange Cat Gymnasium, nestled in a back alley with a smoking courtyard, gymnasium, lunch room, teacher’s lounge, and bathroom. Everyone dressed up in fabulous prom outfits and funky costumes. The event was well done and superbly decorated. The homeless prom couple added some fabulous spice and skits. The lunch lady Rusty made some healthy tasty noodles, and the burlesque show was tantalizing. Lots of dancing and fun. Humorous wall graffitti fun. Prom pictures well done. I had a fabulous time. Thank you! Rating: 5 stars out of 5.


Will
and Valerie,
Some Enchanted Burning Prom (Denver, CO) 8/9/08
Photos by Shutterbug


Noah,
Leaf, Allison,
Some Enchanted Burning Prom (Denver, CO) 8/9/08
Photo by Pesoptimist (c) 2008

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Denver “Freeze” Mob (1st Annual)


First Annual Denver Freeze

1st Annual Denver Freeze @ 16th street Mall * meet corner of Colfax and Broadway at 2:30 pm sharp, Denver * Sunday, June 29, 2008
A well thought out and planned event – sponsored by MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and Couchsurfing.com as well as Denver Burning Man, Cacophony, and other entities who helped gather together a crowd for the event. Media was present – at least Channel 2 news – to broadcast the spectacle. It’s not usually how Flash mobs should or do work, and it seems to be a continuation of a trend with flash mobs these days with sponsors hosting the events. I think it was successful for the causes of awareness that MADD and couchsurfing sought to accomplish. As I made my way down to Colfax and Broadway, I found a mass crowd gathered in City Center park with a bicycle leaned up against a tree hosting a sign “Couchsurfing”. I knew I was in the right place. They asked that we dress normal for this one – which again, a different presence than usual flash mobs that are often sponsored by Burners, Cacophonists, and Mobbers who like to dress up in costume. A few were in costume though. After a brief presentation from “Couchsurfing” to make awareness of their fabulous network (which I’ve been meaning to join for years and finally did last night because of the Freeze) and then MADD got up and talked about their mission and message they wanted to promote through the event. We processed to 16th street mall between California and Treemont and at 3:00 pm sharp all froze for 5 minutes in place. I made the uncomfortable choice to prop my boot on the flower pot and freeze tying my shoe on one leg – that was an uncomfortable and painful standing on one foot 5 minutes. Plus I got honked at by two buses as I guess I froze a little to close to the bus lane – added more effect I suppose. It seemed to be a success. Fun by all. All the news channels seemed to promote that it was just a MADD event as a demonstration of 5 minutes of being frozen and still to represent the deaths of 250+ Colorado drunk driver deaths. The following is a great before/during/after 9 minute youtube presentation of the event, where I spy’ed myself shot more than a handful times. The first 5 minutes you’ll get some info about MADD, Couchsurfing, and organizing the event then the fun event itself. With a wrap-up of the impact.

It was pretty fun watching the public freak out between concern and paranoia, to humor and amazement. Of course I think the concerned ones took to heart the watching the recent film “The Happening” for why they freaked.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sW2K3h-wAjE&feature=related
Someone’s Youtube (poor quality) of the newscast on their tv from CW2
Someone’s Youtube (poor quality) of the newscast on their tv from Fox 31 News


Couchsurfing.com spokesperson introducing the event


Procession to the event

CW2 News / KWGYN Report: “Freeze Mob Draws Attention to Victims of Drunk Drivers”
Hundreds stop in mid-motion on 16th Street Mall to highlight issue
By Laura Main, News2 * June 30, 2008

DENVER (KWGN) The 16th Street Mall was literally frozen in time Sunday afternoon. 226 people froze in mid-motion for five minutes to represent the 226 people who died in Colorado in alcohol-related crashes in 2006. At 3 p.m., life went from normal to strangely still and silent on the mall, all to prove a point. Emily Topkins is the Executive Director of the Colorado chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, “We want to freeze drunk driving in its tracks. We want to eliminate it. We want to stop it, but someone’s life absolutely stops at the moment of impact.” And the “freeze mob” definitely had an impact on people just walking by, who had no idea what was going on. Participant Devon McKinney said she got some strange reactions. “We had a guy come up and take our pictures and we had a guy and his girlfriend come up and they were like what’s going on and he was like, let’s just leave. We just need to leave.” Others thought it was a great idea. Spectator Russ Sprinkle said, “We were just walking down the middle and we started realizing everybody is frozen, so we were like we thought we’d take their picture. We look and everybody is just still, it was kind of neat.”
A neat spectacle with a serious reminder. Some participants spent their frozen time identifying with the victims of drunk driving crashes. “I was actually thinking about the length of time as we were standing there because we know of particular victims who’ve been for instance trapped in a car for less than 5 minutes and it felt like an eternity when I was standing there frozen and I wasn’t in any pain,” said one.
Organizers say Sunday’s event was a great success. It’s also a chance to promote the Walk Like MADD 5K, August 2nd at Sloan’s Lake Park. The non-competitive family walk will raise money to support MADD’s mission to eliminate drunk driving. (great news clip and viewing of the event in the above link … ca 1.5 minutes)
It was a fabulous event! Rating : 5 stars out of 5.
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5-8 June 2008: Bodypainting @ 2008 Apogaea Festival : Colorado’s Regional Burn

Thursday 5, thru Saturday, 7 June 2008 – Day 2 & 3
Apogaea Festival * Lake George, Colorado

Tree Leaves’ Face and Body Painting Station
Didn’t start up the booth officially until Friday the 6th. Thursday the 5th was primarily setting up. Friday I had a handful of festival-goers come in for some simple face and chest designs. Saturday the 7th of June was, as expected, the day for the majority of bodypainting taking place in my bodypainting station at Apogaea. Sunday the 8th was primarily break down of the theme camp. It’s to be expected, at unplugged festivals when there is no running water, facilities, or methods for artistic canvases to be willing to be fully painted so that they don’t have more than a day and night to run around with paint on them. Though Burning Man always seems to be an exception. People like to get painted up there every day of the week. But then again, many bring full showers and create their own facilities to clean up so they can change out designs daily. Pretty much as soon as I got up requests started coming in for painting. Even when I wasn’t around, there would be frequent visitors painting themselves or each other, especially as evening came around. It was soo much fun. I think the face and body painting station was a hit and very appreciated at Apogaea, and some great designs came out of it. Apogaea, like Burning Man, is a “gifting” economy. Therefore, you don’t use money or purchase anything at either of these events. We bring things to share, we bring art and ideas to share and gift, music, gizmos, frolick, massage, dance, booze, and fun. My contribution this year, was lots of professional paints … following are some of the creations that came to be from this fabulously spectacular event. Thank you to all who came over and let me paint you, and thank you to those who came and played, and did art together …. I had a blast, and I plan to bring the painting station again next year! Following is some of the art that came out of the station …. If you’re viewing this on Myspace or Facebook …due to Myspace and Facebook’s ridiculous issues with nudity, you’ll have to view the full portfolio on Technogypsie, Livejournal, and Flickr. The following reflect those who have given permission to have their pictures posted in this gallery. If you are in this gallery and have changed your mind, please let me know at darkleaves @ gmail . com and I’ll take them down. Please identify photo by name.

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Semi-public post here: Semi-public Livejournal (some not safe for work)
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tribal Indian Princess
“Tribal celestial pattern on Indian princess”
Ben Nye gold bodypaint & brown acryllic
handpainted by Leaf McGowan
Saturday 7 June 2008 * Apogaea * Lake George, Colorado

Technogypsie
“Techno-Gypsy”
Ben Nye gold and Silver body paint
handpainted by Leaf McGowan on self
Saturday 7 June 2008 * Apogaea * Lake George, Colorado

Hot Rod
“Hot Rod Eyes”
Ben Nye facepaint and acryllic, eye makeup
handpainted by Leaf McGowan on “Hot Rod”
Saturday 7 June 2008 * Apogaea * Lake George, Colorado

Technogypsie
“Julia’s flowers”
acryllic and bhindis
handpainted by Leaf McGowan on Julia
Saturday 7 June 2008 * Apogaea * Lake George, Colorado

Tyler's vines
“Tyler’s vines”
Ben Nye facepaint and acryllic, bhindis
handpainted by Leaf McGowan on “Tyler”
Saturday 7 June 2008 * Apogaea * Lake George, Colorado

Emily's Flaming legs
“Emily’s Flaming legs”
white and silver Ben Nye and acryllic
handpainted by Leaf McGowan on Emily
Saturday 7 June 2008 * Apogaea * Lake George, Colorado

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