Aaron repairs bike and explains
procedure for knowledge-hungry Burner.
Elliot's personal Playa bicycle in 2007, Miss Gina up.
photo by Marc Merlin
Elliot, ready for bicycle repair.
The public section of the camp in 2015. Main shop under
the gray section, D.I.Y. under the white section. Lobby in the
tan tent to the left (note oriental rug in front of it), piano
under the blue. Mary's Foot Salon in the tan tent to the right.
Now some details about our camp:
If we play recorded music, we keep it down to where it does not interfere
with normal conversation. “Techno” and “rap” are absent. We do not judge
anybody's taste in "audio art", but the rest of Black Rock City is bouncing
three feet off the ground with that stuff, and our camp is not.
The Bicycle Shop and adjacent attractions is a smoke free area.
...we do not have one. Every year, more of us routinely go nude, and
we encourage campers and visitors alike to enjoy the warm breezes on
their skin. That is, on all their skin.
Just remember, “Nude Is Not Lewd”. We are not an “adult” camp.
And we strive to make our camp a safe and comfortable place for all who
wish to wear their birthday suits.
As for clothing, clever outfits (costumes) are strongly encouraged
over everyday garments.
Imbibers and teetotalers alike are welcome. Of course, we will not
serve alcohol, or allow alcohol to be available, to anyone under 21, or
who is otherwise prohibited from drinking alcohol in Nevada.
This camp is not involved with bicycles for income, or in any
other commercial way. Bicycles are strictly a hobby to us. There is no
"Elliot's Bicycle Service" anywhere outside of the Burning Man event.
We regret we cannot help you with your bicycle the rest of the year.
Also, our Camp Resident Lawyer wants to point out that no warranty is given or intended for any
repair, service, advice or suggestion. "Read the back of your ticket".
And always remember "Safety Third!"
Now please enjoy our other pages!
Our Kelly (left) made a success of the
Body Painting department again -- here
with "canvas" Katy. Note that painted
flames match colors of tutu -- of course!
Our 2017 camp! This was our third year in the 4:30 Plaza,
so we must be doing something right.
Many thanks to Duncan Rawlinson for the photo.
But what is Burning Man?
Let’s try this fanciful definition:
Think 1953… and imagine if Walt Disney had bought those 160 acres,
torn out the orange trees – and then given up, hopped a train to Detroit
and spent the rest of his life putting hubcaps on Fords. There would be a
huge flat area of nothing there in Anaheim.
But then imagine Disneyland being created anyway, by the thousands
and thousands of ticket-buying visitors – each and every one bringing a
tiny piece of amusement park from home and installing it himself.
That’s what we do at Burning Man. For one week a year.
70,000 people invent, build, bring, assemble, and operate the entire
“Black Rock Amusement Park”, and take turns on each others’ space
mountains and haunted mansions and jungle cruises.
This is called Interactivity.
We also serve the food and pick up the trash. Whenever we see
something that needs doing, we do it. This form of government is
called a do-ocracy.
And this fellow Elliot saw a lot of bicycles that needed fixing, so that’s
what we do in this camp. No E-ticket needed.
Or you can think of Burning Man…
...not so much as Burning Man, the dance party; but as Black Rock City,
the idealistic community. Everyone participates and contributes to the
best of their ability. “Tourists”, “frat boys”, “bucket-listers”, voyeurs,
gawkers, and other spectators find themselves ignored and alienated.
“You” have been warned, in all kindness.
Leave No Trace
Perhaps the most important tenet of the Burning Man ethos is to
Leave No Trace. Absolutely none. Not even watermelon seeds.
After the event, a large crew combs the Playa for debris. They
mark everything on a huge map – green for nothing, yellow for minor,
red for major, black for disaster. Our camp has always been solid
green, and we intend to keep it that way. New camp-members should
be prepared for acculturation. Not kidding. LNT. Thank you!
Burning Man is absolutely not for everyone.
That said, we were all first-timers once, and everything takes learning,
and we all help each other. If this is new to you, please find an old
hand to apprentice with. You will not need to search long.
Elliot's Naked Bicycle Service & Piano Bar...
...is a small camp at the annual Burning Man art festival. Our bicycle
services go back to 2006. In 2015 we became an official Theme Camp
and expanded. We grew further in 2016, and are 40+ in 2017.
And we keep adding new features, such as massage and body-painting.
What's with the "Naked", you ask?
More and more of us enjoy going nude in camp. It is simply so
marvellously comfortable in the BRC climate.
What's with the Piano, you ask?
Yes, we have a piano. Please come and play it all you want!
We have members coast to coast in the US, and in Canada, and even
from Europe! And we range from 20s to 80 in ages, with a near perfect
balance of girls and boys, couples and singles.
Our off-season "home office" is in rural Northern California.
The Camp Coordinator is Elliot Naess.
We are dedicated to the ethos of Burning Man and the Ten Principles.
This includes Radical Self-Reliance, so please find the Ten Principles on
your own – there is no link to them here. Ha, ha.
Same with the Survival Guide, which must be read and understood.
Yes, there will be a test, but you won’t know it unless we tell your next
of kin that you flunked.
Burning Man is not for everyone.
"No problem, Sir, it will be
ready in ten minutes."
...to our not-so-humble camp.
This year's Event.
"Sorry, Ma'am, your wheel is not
(We installed a good used wheel.)
Elliot's Naked Bicycle Service & Piano Bar
677 bicycles repaired.
Lots of massages, and Reiki,
and Body Painting, and
"Awesome? Yes, we do awesome. Please bring
your bike right in."
Jill on duty as Service Writer. Black Rock City 2015
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