Thank You, David Bowie

Long before I learned about Burning Man, David Bowie taught me about Radical Self Expression.

He was gay. He was bi. He was married to Iman. He dressed like a man, like a woman, like an alien. He was whatever the fuck he wanted to be. “Fuck you, labels, I’ve got a creative vision to listen to!”

I am so grateful that I now have a massive community of artists and weirdos (aka Burners) to connect with, but at one time, David Bowie was the shining freak example that made me feel better about being outside the box.
I know I am not alone is having my life impacted by his to-the-hilt expression of “Life as Art.”
(I predict a whole lotta Ziggy Stardust in the Temple this year.)

David Bowie has always been a constellation. Now his body has joined his spirit.

“The stars look very different today…

David Bowie

About the author: John "Halcyon" Styn


Halcyon is a 21-year Burning Man participant and co-founder of Pink Heart camp. He is author of "Love more. Fear less." and producer of the Burning Man short film, "The Pink Path." He's won Webby awards for his over-the-top personal site & his "Love On Demand" video podcast Halcyon co-founded the San Diego based "1st Saturdays" homeless outreach program based on Burning Man Principles and coaches people how to be radically self expressed in the default world. You can find his full Playa Tips & Tricks series at

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