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The Most Outrageous Burning Man Style Over The Years

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08/24/2017 03:52pm ET

Burning Man, the annual celebration of art, music and self-expression, begins again this Sunday.

Founded in 1986, the 31-year-old festival has grown in age and popularity, and festival goers’ style has only gotten more and more intense, too. This year, some 30,000 people (who were able to swoop up tickets before they sold out in under an hour) will bring their loudest, most delightfully outrageous outfits back to Black Rock City, Nevada.

Burning Man is in a field of its own when it comes to festival style. Sure, cutoffs and flower crowns at Coachella are cute, but Burning Man devotees spend careful time, energy and feathers into concocting the perfect, most on-brand looks they can find.

Ahead of Burning Man 2017, we give you a mere sampling of its most wonderful, wacky, wild looks throughout the years. Warning, a few of these looks may be NSFW.

1989
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Walking onto the beach.
1990
Stewart Harvey
A drummer on the scene.
1997
1999
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A group of artists performing.
1999
2000
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A couple in costumes dance at Black Rock City's center camp.
2000
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A masked man walks near a fire in Black Rock City.
2000
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The "Painted People," of San Francisco and New York, wear only paint for clothing.
2007
2009
2009

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2012

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2012

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2015
2015

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2015

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2015
2016

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2016

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2015

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2016
2014

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