So I’m standing in this bar the other night. This total stranger … never seen him before … is passing in front of me. Suddenly he stops and just swings around and looks me in the eye.
Then he starts talking … a little tipsy, British accent, and I’m thinking who is this guy? We chat for a while, I’m making small talk to be polite, and he mentions Burning Man. I like to hear what people say about Burning Man without them knowing what I do for a living, so I let him go on for a while without letting on.
He says Burning Man is the one place in the world — and he’s lived in more than a handful of exotic countries — where he actually felt HOME. He came with his friends from the UK and it changed his life. He tossed it all up in the air, moved to San Francisco, and here he stands in front of me.
I finally tell him who I am, and he says: “Oh, wow! OK, I really need to tell you this story.”
“You know that one Banksy stencil of the little girl with the heart balloon?”
“Yeah, sure,” I say. He tells me he was an animator back in the UK, and made a short animated film based on that image. He had a picture of it on his bedroom wall for years … it was the first thing he saw when he woke up in the morning, and the last thing he saw before falling asleep. Then he came to Burning Man for the first time. Read more »