Plural of 'Burner'. A Burner
is someone who has been to Burning Man and has enjoyed it. Burning Man
is a week-long event over Labor Day weekend, this year (2007) attracting 47,000 participants. Hundreds of art projects abound (many involve fire), people do random acts of unusualness, there is no vending (gift economy) - it is indescribable. It attracts everybody from Silicon Valley billionaires to drugged-out 60's rejects. Most are middle class folks with a wild streak. Burners are self reliant, enjoy the unusual, have a giving spirit, and are just plain nice folks.
"The party will have a lot of Burners there."
"There are not a lot of Burners where I work."
"Joe went to New Orleans to help rebuild with the Burners Without Borders."
Expression said to Burners
arriving at Burning Man. Burning Man
is an event over Labor Day weekend on a dry lake bed in northern Nevada. 47,000 people attended in 2007. If you attended and loved it, you are a Burner
. The expression is intended to welcome a Burner back to the playa
for another year of fun.
Said by the BM
Greeters, "Welcome Home!"
Said to folks obviously just arriving at BM (driving in their overloaded vehicle) and looking for a camping spot, "Welcome Home!"
Said to a BM friend from a previous year, "Welcome Home! Where are you camped?"
Shorthand for Burning Man, a festival over Labor Day weekend (and the week previous). It started in the 1980's, and the 2007 event had 47,000 people. It occurs on several square miles of dry lake bed in northern Nevada - the Black Rock Desert. The community (4th largest city in Nevada) is called Black Rock City. Burning Man has incredible art, hundreds of pieces, such as one of 2007's: a 100 foot oil derrick 'worshiped' by 30 foot metal sculptures of people, all of which was blown up/burned on Labor Day weekend. Many unusual vehicles drive over the dry lake bed, such as mobile Couches, Dragons built on bus chassis, bakers dozens of moving Cupcakes, Unicorns, etc. Everyone is a participant - no spectators. Nudity is common, appropriate given the heat. There is no vending - it is a gift economy. Burners, as BM folks are known, share a common spirit of freedom, art, self reliance, self expression and a generous spirit.
"I just got my BM tickets!"
"I was at BM from 1999 through 2007."
As seen on a bus heading up to BM, "BM or Bust!"