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In-N-Out Burgers

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In-N-Out Burgers

I was first introduced to In-and-Out when I was living in Los Angeles as a paid audience member and extra for Hollywood, needing fast food, “in” and “out”. I was introduced to their un-advertised attraction, the leaf wraps. Those were back in the days when I had no problems with fast food or the health consequences of having that kind of diet. I have since made motions to thin out (and someday totally eliminate) fast food from my diet. Me and my wife are on the gluten-free path, so the idea of a leaf wrap sandwich when there was no other open food options sounded perhaps ‘healthier’ than some of the alternatives. While ditching the gluten by skipping the bun, it still was a mild option to the the extremes that is fast food. Traveling through the American Southwest we were curious to give it a gander. Personally in terms of fast food, its not much different than the others, though the quality outside of the lettuce was good tasting but same as most fast food. We were surprised they didn’t advertise the lettuce wrap option on their menu and that its more a “word-of-mouth” item, especially since its an element that makes them stick out from the others. The In-N-Out Burger chain is regional, with locations throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Texas. It was founded by Harry and Esther Snyder in Baldwin Park, California in 1948. Their grandchild Lynsi Torres currently runs the operation. It is not franchised nor public, and has distribution centers in California; Phoenix, Arizona; Draper, Utah; and Dallas, Texas. They have not changed this practice in order to maintain quality and customer consistency. They are one of the few fast food chains in the U.S. to pay their employees higher than the state and federal mandated minimum wage guidelines. They offer three burger varieties – hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and the “Double-Double” (their trademarked double meat, double cheese). They also sell french fries, milkshakes (vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry), and typical fountain drinks. Burgers come with lettuce, tomato, optional onions, and their special sauce (like McDonald’s, a variant of thousand islands dressing). They do however have a secret menu available at most In-N-Outs. These can be found on their web site. These include a 3×3 (three patties, three slices of cheese), a 4×4 (four patties and four slices of cheese), 20×20, Neapolitan shakes, grilled cheese sandwich (no meat, two slices of melted cheese), Protein style (wrapped in lettuce – all ingredients of a burger just no buns), and Animal style (animal style: burger cooked in thin layer of mustard, lettuce, tomato, pickles, grilled onions, and extra spread – hot peppers option. Animal fries come with two slices of melted cheese, spread, and grilled onions on top). Their decor is red, white, and yellow branding – white building exterior and uniforms, red for the roof and aprons/hats, yellow for the roof’s decorative band and iconic zig-zag in the logo. They also plant palm trees often to form an “X” in front of the restaurants. One problem with In-N-Out is its secret proselytizing of Christianity. They print discreet references to Bible verses on their paper containers such as the Double-Double burger wrapper and the drink cup. These consist of the book, chapter, and number of the verse not the actual text of the passage. This came into play during the 1980’s when Rich Snyder was president, as a reflection of the Christian beliefs he held. Because of their fundamentalist Christian practices and the fact that the food is not healthy (not company specific – fast food overall), I will no longer frequent this company. For those of you desiring junk food and not minding the Christian fundamentalism, enjoy your GMO beef. Rating: 2 stars out of 5.

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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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Empire, Nevada


Empire, Nevada, U.S.A.:

Very much tied to “Gerlach“, Empire is the smallest of the two towns on the edge of the Black Rock Desert. It is the classic company town of the United States Gypsum Corporation which owns all property and buildings in Empire. This was the longest continually operating gypsum mine in the U.S. It has a church, public pool, 9 hole golf course, a post office, and a airport for light planes with an asphalt landing strip as well as a day care facility for employees of the mine. A convenience store and gas station, the only one for more than 50 miles, sits here. Its combined population is 499 with Gerlach. Both towns support the local ranching and Gypsum plant miners as well as the annual festival tourism from Burning Man. Empire is the headquarters of the areas Gypsum Plant that closed its doors on January 21, 2011. Residents with kids can continue to inhabit the town until June 30 after that, Empire officially becomes a ghost town with the onslaught of 95 jobs being terminated. It is estimated that now there will be only 7-15 kids left in Gerlach.


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Pyramid Lake, Nevada

Pyramid Lake Reservation
* Nevada, United States of America *

One of Nevada’s stunning natural beauties is “Pyramid Lake” on the Pyramid Lake Reservation that is a remnant of the 890+ feet deep Pleistocene Lake that geologists call “Lake Lahontan”. The lake is fed by the Truckee River after leaving Lake Tahoe upstream and has no outlet except evaporation or sub-surface seepage. The original location was first inhabited by the Paiute tribe in the late 19th century. The lake was then mapped by the explorer John C. Fremont in 1844. 19th century saw two battles fought at the lake. It was re-claimed by the Paiute Tribe in 1936 with completion of their constitution and by-laws. With damages caused by water diversion in 1905 onwards from Derby Dam, the Paiute sued the Department of Interior as by the 1970’s the lake lost 80 feet of depth. The name of the lake comes from the tufa formations that surround the local such as Anaho Island which is home to the largest colony of American White Pelicans. The lake is also home to the Cui-ui Lakesucker, the Tui Chub, and most notably the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout which were of subsistence importance to the Paiute.

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West Wendover, Nevada

West Wendover, Nevada, USA:
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As you enter Nevada coming from Salt Lake City, Utah – the first town you see in Nevada travelling along I-80 is West Wendover making it a very popular hotspot for the loose laws of Nevada with ever-flowing alcohol 24 hours a day and gambling casinos supporting one’s habits that have been squashed when staying in conservative Utah. It is a small town with just under 5,000 inhabitants (2000 census was 4,721) and sits on the western edge of the Great Salt Lake Desert and is contiguous with Wendover, Utah that it is often confused with. It is Nevada’s only official city to observe Mountain Time Zone (though Jackpot, Nevada unofficially does) as part of its ties with Wendover, Utah. Wendover Nevada is prosperous due to the gambling while Wendover Utah is decaying in crumbles with almost no business tax base. Residents in both cities have voted to annex Wendover into Nevada but such has had a permanent halt by the politicians of Wendover Utah who disagree even though the states of Utah and Nevada as well as the Federal government endorse the idea.

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State of Nevada, USA

Nevada, United States of America:

Nevada is an atypical “Wild West” state of the U.S. that still embraces its history and outlaw appeal with legalized gambling, prostitution, lenient marriage and divorces, and rustic liberal freedoms. The term “Nevada” comes from the Spanish term meaning “snow covered” after the “snow covered mountains” a.k.a. the Sierra Nevada mountain range that is an integral part of the state. The area now known as Nevada was originally inhabited by the Paiute, Shoshone, and Washoe tribes prior to European contact. Originally claimed by Spain as part of Alta California until the Mexican War of Independence placed it under Mexican control. The U.S. gained the terrority in 1848 after victory in the Mexican-American War and was eventually incorporated under the Utah Territory in 1850. The Nevada Territory separated from the Utah Territory on March 2, 1861 due to conflicts between non-Mormons and Mormons especiall after the Mountain Meadows massacre of 1857 and the Utah War following it. Nevada became the U.S.’s 36th state in 1864. Nevada was dominated by the mining industry until the late 19th century. Nevada moved from its mining industry into gambling, gaming, and labor as early as 1909 though gaming was banned until 1931 but became a focal point for Las Vegas. Nevada however is still the fourth largest gold producer in the world. 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas, in 1951, came the establishment of the Nevada Test Site for the testing of nuclear weapons. The first test was a 1 kiloton of TNT bomb dropped on January 27, 1951. The last atmospheric test was done on July 17, 1962 when testing went underground until September 23, 1992. This locale is best known for the highest concentration of nuclear-detonated weapons in the United States. The Federal government owns over 80% of the state. The remainder of the state had pioneers, homesteaders, and settlers establish their homes near water sources and habitable land. As odd as it would seem since Nevada is quite libertarian with gaming, gambling, and prostitution, it is a very harsh state on non-alcohol drug use. It is the state known for having the harshest penalties for drug offenders in the country. This recently changed in 2006 when voters made it allowable to possess 1 ounce of marijuana for personal use without criminal prosecution and allow its use for medical reasons even though that is still against federal law. Alcohol runs like a river, bars can be open 24 hours a day with no last call and liquor stores, convenience marts, and grocery stores can sell alcohol 24 hours a day. Nevada did enact a smoking ban with the national “Clean Indoor Air Acts” that spread across the U.S. and was effecive December 8, 2006 outlawing smoking in workplaces and public areas. However, smoking is still allowed in bars that do not serve food, and permitted in casinos, hotel rooms, brothels, and tobacco shops. For the last five years, Nevada has been ranked as the most dangerous state in the United States just above Louisiana with a 24% higher crime rate than the national average placing it highest for robbery and motor vehicle theft and 3rd in highest murder rate. Nevada is primarily mostly desert and semi-arid climate regions with summer temperatures as high as 125 degrees Fahrenheit and evening winter temperatures as low as negative 50 degrees. Average rainfall is roughly 7 inches though some areas of the state can achieve 40. Nevada’s capital city is Carson City and the entire state boasts about a 2.7 million population with most of it located in Las Vegas. Nevada is bordered to the west by California, to the north by Oregon and Idaho, to the South by Arizona, to the East by Utah, and the Southeast by New Mexico.

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    References:

  • Baurley, Thomas 2015 Alternative America: Travel Guide to the U.S.A. Technogypsie Publications, Riverside, California.
  • McGowan, Leaf 2015 Magical America. Technogypsie Publications, Riverside, California.
  • Wikipedia 2015 “United States of America” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Website https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States referenced 8/16/15.

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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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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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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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