Best Videos, Photos & “Overheard at Burning Man” 2012.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Sep 9, 2012
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All “heard it here” quotes below via 2012 Burners.

> Overheard at the forest: “Doing this spiral dance with your arms invigorates your DNA. You’re spinning, and your DNA is in that spiral shape, so it realigns it.”

> I overheard someone explain that you could ask mushrooms to grow with a particular purpose and they would be “happy to help.” Like you could just ask a mushroom to grow and cure cancer, and it would work.

> “the human race evolved because of the mind opening effects of psychedelics.”

> You know, if you do too much acid, your spinal fluid runs backwards.

> Overheard on esplanade: “it’s like Vegas…but in the desert.”

> Probably my favorite was hearing a ritual being done in the temple where they were saying the temple was dedicated to Hera, the goddess of the earth. There was a priestess and everything.

…she’s the goddess of marriage and birth, not the earth. That’s Gaea. She’s mostly known for being freakishly jealous and punishing rape victims. If you’re going to do a ritual, at least get your religion right!

> my favorite quote comes from a bro-dude who was clearly expecting to come to Bonnaroo in the desert “I’m going to tweet that Burning Man SUCKS!”

> Overheard in my camp, one recently-introduced campmate to another:

“Are you still jet-lagged?”

“No. I’m always like this.”

> “He was so uptight he wouldn’t let me stick my pinky in his ass.”

> “How’s your burn going this year?”

“Really great. We brought our 14-year-old daughter this year?”

“Oh, is she a virgin?”

“We don’t think so…..OH! You meant a first-timer. My god. She’s going to kill me.”

Did you hear / see something funny? Add it below, in comments.

Bonus: Photo: Reversed Roles.

More videos:

The Burn Wall Street Project at Burning Man 2012: Fertility 2.0 September 1st 2012. The names on the buildings are “Bank of Un-America”, “Merrill Lynched”, “Goldman Sucks” and “Chaos Manhattan”. You can’t see it at the beginning but on the front of Bank of Un-America and Goldman Sucks, there are LED dollar signs that pop up.

Here’s a shot before the Burn during the day.

This art piece wasn’t my doing, I just filmed it. You can probably find more info here.

Bonus: Dr. Seuss does Burning Man.

Bonus: Burning Man: a Love Story.

Some photos:


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


14 Responses to “Best Videos, Photos & “Overheard at Burning Man” 2012.”

  1. JoJo says:

    Burning Man…an excuse to get naked and party….that's it.

  2. […] There’s also a great collection of videos and “overheard on the Playa” stories at Elephant Journal. […]

  3. brock says:

    you obviously haven't gotten out much…your limited perspective contrived as a an omniscient truth is silly.half true, but ignorant.

  4. jessica and i couldn't make it this year :(…. so we made this video at home instead…hope u like it

  5. Jean Simenon says:

    Actually to understand the event better, I recommend to check out the history of the event first. And for that I highly recommend to watch Dust & Illusions ( and "This is Burning Man" the book! Very much worth it, and of course the documentary is a must with all its archival footage! 🙂

  6. awwww num nummmm i love the red nose project. love u all..big love

  7. […] me up at night—and the questions I posed and answered in a recent public talk at this year’s 2012 Burning Man Festival in Nevada. I love to share ideas and was thrilled and delighted at the response from Burner […]

  8. lorpa says:

    Burning Man: Fantastic, over-the-moon celebration of Cultural Narcissism in all its fiery glory; creativity on steroids; the Force of life, of Maya, and sachidananda, body-mind bliss—the evolutionary impulse that drives the show; the glory of Samasara culminating in flames. I love it!

  9. Question Master says:

    During the fantastical display of burning that fucking man to cinders, after the first fiery blast; i heard a girl cry out in ecstasy- or on it- "SO MANY HAPPY THINGS!". She then let out one of the most maniacal laughs i've ever heard irl. Good burn people, we did it.

  10. Katie says:

    Funniest thing I overheard this year…. while standing at the EGO sculpture, "The EGO is so complex, man"

  11. Bob says:

    More hard hitting journalism from EJ. Sharing photos & YouTube clips, way to go Waylon. You must be proud. Yet you haven't address Michelle