Shakti Sunfire from Burning Man 2009. Photo by Kyer Wiltshire
2009 was the first time I ever saw her hoop. I think she was wearing this exact outfit, or something similar. It was during Desert Dawn when all the hoopers came out, and I happened to be really close to the pedestal she was on. She was spinning double LED hoops and was wearing gold lame, and I knew I was in love. And that I had to learn how to do what she was doing. That was the moment that I decided to BE A HOOPER!
And it’s nice to know that I’ve fulfilled that intention. I have made it a reality, and I can truly say that I’ve become a badass. And it was all because of her badassery. I still haven’t made it to Burning Man… One day. But I’ll always have Cheese.