More than miles north of Reno, Nevada, is Black Rock City, an expanse of desert ringed by distant mountains that has been home to the annual Burning Man festival since the s. Started by a small group of artists in San Francisco in , the weeklong event is held around Labor Day every year. Most of the tens of thousands of attendees go to experience the openness, art, whimsy, freedom and — let's be real — the nudity.
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When she stopped holding the fires, attendees Larry Harvey and Jerry James kept them going, with a twist — in , the bonfire was an eight-foot-tall wooden man. After the man was ignited, a bystander ran forward and shook the burning man's hand. The wind had shifted slightly, blowing the flames so she was unharmed. The increasingly spectacular pyrotechnic event was halted in by park police as a fire hazard. The zone would feature dadaist performance art and free expression.
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Burning Man is set to return to the desert this weekend. Whether you're curious about it or not, you can't deny there's a lot of desert action that goes on. Every year, thousands of festival-goers flock to the middle of nowhere Nevada to participate in Burning Man. The iconic desert art festival and bacchanal is the place to be if you want to experience otherworldly art installations , wear the most inventive costumes, and party nonstop. Evidently, Burning Man is also where you want to go if you want to see sexy hunks get all oily and participate in some very lovely nude wrestling. Check out the NSFW below. This video above depicts a nude wrestling match that took place at Burning Man in in all its oily glory. The nude wrestling match was hosted by the Active Naturists, a nudist group that setups a Burning Man camp and gym at Black Rock City every year. Active Naturists aims to recreate a Greco-Roman gymnasium at Burning Man, with all the oily men and women in the buff getting close and personal.
The Burning Man Festival is over. The man, he was burned. The clothes, they were bonkers—when they were even present. And now, while the unlucky are still trapped in traffic hell as they attempt to escape the playa, we look back and reflect on all the absurdity of the past weekend. Warning: naked people ahead. Remember: At Burning Man, shirts are optional. But stupid headwear—like, say, a red velvet crown—is mandatory. Quiz: Is this person a unicorn?