Who is Killbuck Norman?

Killbuck  is an artist who has contributed to Black Rock City in over the years.  He is the artist who created the sideshow-carny-inspired art that surrounded the man at Carnival of Mirrors in 2015.  He lives in Carson City, and frequents Reno and Sparks where he has studio space; and is a volunteer at Morris Burner Hostel of Reno, a great place to stay for visitors and weekenders.  As an advocate for The Morris, he believes that it has great value for the community of Reno.  They need our help right now to get up to code and he shares how we can help.  

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Music by Duckman on SoundCloud

Links associated with this podcast:  

The Morris Burner Hostel:  http://morrisburnerhostel.com/

Killbuck art: http://kostoomarts.weebly.com/paintings-and-sideshow-art.html


Kino Pālua


Bay Area artist, Kahai Sumida-Tate, is bringing out to BRC another amazing large-scale build called Kino Pālua.  

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She brought Pa’hao’aho – The Volcano to the playa in 2014 and her transformative journey continues within Kino Pālua.  I sat down with some of the build crew at a downtown Oakland cafe early in the build season.  We chatted before they had their planning meeting. This time around, Kahai brings us two 16′ x 24′ temporary, wooden structures that were meant to embrace the participant within the center of each structure.   Kino Pālua will welcome you to become at one and interact with the ‘ahi’ structure or the  ‘wai ‘ side of her sculpture.  Within the ‘ahi’ side, feel the heat and hear the roar of the 6 propane poofers as you let it all go. Inside wai on the opposite side, you will  be soothed by the calming and embracing experience of from water.  

Also in the conversation, Architects David Gastaneta and Dan Swain and fundraising Lead, Georgina McLachla.  Al Stahler is the Flame and Pyrotechnics guru.

Links associated to the podcast:   Kino Pālua and the   Indigogo Campaign

Graphic renderings by David Gastaneta, photo by Joel Miliken and music by Duckman on Soundcloud.

Kino Pālua



Tex Allen is Hugging America!

Tex Allen is a long-time burner who has gifted thousands of burner hugs on the playa and beyond.  Maybe you’ve seen or felt that meaningful hug on the playa that becomes a big part of what burners have described as their transformative experience.  Tex has campaigned using a simple red nose for over 7 years and has shared how his daily  intention of being acutely aware of presence has opened him to “magical”, synchronistic experiences daily.  Now he’s taking another step forward and inviting you to Hug America with him.  We know the power of hugs.  You are invited to join Tex’s Hug America Campaign to spread the love beyond Black Rock City.


Graphic art by Tex Allen

Links Associated to this podcast:

Hug America Page on fb

Hugging America fb Group

Music by Duckman on Soundcloud

Inside the Mind of Mischell Phoenix Riley

You may have found Mischell Phoenix Riley’s large sculpture called Inside the Mind of Da Vinci last year.  She’s back with another another amazing walk-in art sculpture called Maya’s Mind.  It’s about 11 foot tall and made of bronze.  The bust of Maya Angelou will inspire so many people just as she has inspired the artist, Phoenix, and will be the first of her series of sculpted, historical women.  She will be our beacon to remind us to go for our dreams despite our defeats.  Join the artist as she talks about her development as an artist, her inspirations she brings us, and her plans to continue to bring art to Black Rock City in the future.

Links associated to this podcast:

Facebook  Page for Maya’s Mind

Mischell’s Website  

Inside The Mind of Da Vinci

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Photo by Scott Kline

Music by Duckman on Soundcloud

Mayas Mind

 Photo by Eleanor Preger

Meet Liz Linsell, Volunteer Lead at AfrikaBurn

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Meet Liz Linsell from AfrikaBurn.  You’ll find her behind the scenes throughout the year working as key Volunteer Lead. Volunteer-driven Tonkwa Town needs 100’s of  volunteers to fill 1000’s of shifts to keep infrastructure running smoothly from the arid desert. For the past nine years, she’s has helped volunteers find their perfect groove that’s just right for them.   Liz and her team have modified the volunteer tracking system as they have grown.  Theme camps and regionals may be interested in what she has to say about working with volunteers.

Links associated with this podcast


What’s going on at AfrikaBurn, 2017?

Volunteer Now!

Radiofree Tonkwa

Music by Duckman on Soundcloud



Photo credit,  Jacqui Woolfson

AfrikaBurn 2013-AAQ

Photo credit, Sean Furlong


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When theme camps in the streets of Black Rock City put their heart and soul into making a great space for hang-outs, performances, offerings and the like, all the residents are better for it.  Meet Dave and Debi from Destiny Lounge 3D Camp where you can find the totally trippy Vortex of Destiny, Rock Yer Balls game and Free Blow Jobs during the day.  If we are lucky, Destiny Lounge 3D may be where we can find the Oracle.  If you are a fan of neon, if you need a break from the dust, then find them, come on in to their beautiful, happy place at the amazing Destiny Lounge.  There’s even neon carpet with koi fish!

Websites associated with this podcast:

Destiny Lounge 3D fb group

The Oracle at Burning Man


Kostume Kult of NY and BRC

Burner playa self-expression often starts with our own bodies.  If you’re wearing your work jeans on the playa, then there’s Kostume Kult from New York to fix that for you.  Take the K-Train to Kostume Kult, tryon some amazing costumes from their costume tent, and come out looking like a playa super star!  Some of the kult’s mantras are, “Stray from the flock”, “Choose your own path” and “Have more fun than anyone you know”.  Although some would say that they are not a “cult”, others would say they are an open collective where all are invited to get involved and get dressed up.  #Culture jamming  #NYCostume parties!  Costume Jim and Eliza, a.k.a. Ass Master, from the famous Kostume Kult of New York and the Esplanade at Black Rock City talk about how they share their passion all year long.

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Photography by Costume Jim

Websites associated with this podcast

Facebook Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/Kostumekult/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/KostumeKultPage/

Website: http://www.kostumekult.com/

Flickr Album of their recent Year of the Rooster NY Party