the Man gets waxed

Crimson Rose

The Man Kcrew was on the playa last night, and they invited all hands to join them in waxing the Man.

Well, they didn’t really wax him. What they did was melt a bunch of wax, soak burlap in it, then attach it to the Man’s arms and legs. All to make him burn that much brighter in … wow, a week from Saturday!

Crimson Rose, the master of all flame-related customs at Burning Man, was directing the show. It’s a little different this year, because this is the year of Striding Man — the  Man  looks as if he’s in mid-stride. We’re not sure if he’ll assume his normal stance on Burn night, but we DO know that he’ll be able to raise his hands above his head before the fireworks kick off the big burn.

About the author: John Curley

John Curley (that's me) has been Burning since the relatively late date of 2004, and in 2008 I spent the better part of a month on the playa, documenting the building and burning of Black Rock City in words and pictures. I loved it, and I've been doing it ever since. I was a newspaper person In a previous life, and I spent many years at the San Francisco Chronicle. At the time I left, in 2007, I was the deputy managing editor in charge of Page One and the news sections of the paper. Since then, I've turned a passion for photography into a second career. I shoot for editorial, commercial and private clients, and I'm especially fond of shooting weddings. I'm also the editor at large of the Tasting Panel magazine, which is devoted to the beverage industry. I've also taught a bit, including two years at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and a year at San Francisco State University. I live on a (house)boat in Alameda, California.

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