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We got a little more playa-fied on Tuesday. We went over to the Black Rock Boutique to get some fancy new duds.

A group of Burners from Portland have been setting up shop here for years, helping new and veteran Burners find the look they want.

We ran into Cobra Commander and Phoenix Firestarter waiting in line.  “I just ask them for something dark and threatening,” Cobra said.

We didn’t find much in the way of dark OR threatening inside, but there was plenty to choose from  nevertheless.  Perhaps a blue gingham dress with white apron? Umm, no. Too domestic. Wrong message.

In the end, three of us emerged with our new threads, happy and transformed. Everyone who visits the boutique must exit via a fashion-show ramp on the outside of the tent. There’s blaring music, and you dance down the runway, and if you’re lucky, there are cheers and whistles from those waiting in line for their turn.

Once inside the tent, we got to go through the racks of donated and reconditioned playa wear.
Once the boutique visitors came back outside, they danced down the runway.

About the author: John Curley

John Curley has been Burning since the relatively late date of 2004, and in 2008 he spent the better part of a month on the playa, documenting the building and burning of Black Rock City in words and pictures. John is a longtime newspaper person and spent many years at the San Francisco Chronicle, where he was a deputy managing editor in charge of Page One and the news sections of the paper. Since leaving the Chronicle in 2007, he was a contributing editor on Blue Planet Run, a book about the world's water crisis, and for the past two years has been a lecturer at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. He has also started an event and editorial photography business, and is also working on a book about the "Ten Dollar Doc" from Arco, Idaho, which will make a lovely film someday.

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