Yes, it’s very hip at the moment to dump on Burning Man and fret that tech companies are killing the art festival. Or make jokes about building a wall around the Bay Area to keep Burners out.


Hate all you want. There is nothing like Burning Man. Nothing. And while we were getting a trickle of images posted during this year’s festival, we’re starting to get a flood now that people are coming home to scrape off the playa dust and upload their photos.

Here are some of our favorites from Instagram. Starting, of course, with that one from Katy Perry:

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🔥🚨obvious first time burner alert🚨🔥

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This guy found a way to get around the lines:


Ultimately, though, Burning Man is home to some incredible art and architecture. Put your cynicism in a drawer for a few moments and check out these creations: