With the growing fear of ecological and social collapse, comes an artistic response in the creation and consumption of dystopic arts and entertainment. Books, graphic novels, television shows, movies, and so on...

Stories about futures where people are struggling to survive under desperate and dehumanized situations. It was only a matter of time before this shared appreciation for the end of the world would result in one of the largest gatherings in the middle of the Mojave Desert called Wasteland Weekend.

Metal Jesus stands atop his very own replica of Mad Max's Interceptor Ford Falcon XB V8.

Wasteland is a place where tribes and people from all over the country and world come to live in this desolate region of the desert.

The aesthetic and attitude is largely based on the post-apocalyptic worlds of Mad Max and Fallout. Taking place towards the end of summer the environment itself is hostile and extreme.

Wasteland Weekend is an escape but also a test. That if the worst came to be, that we could all find some way to survive.

That we would continue, and that this all just makes for good practice.

Art has a way of acting like a mirror, when you look at it, you see yourself. Art can express hopes, dreams, our love for each other.

It can show our anxieties, our anger, our fears, the hardships of life.

It’s all fantasy, but how it feels is what makes it real.

The Wastes

by Joseph Philipson

Doug Corbin, Wasteland Veteran

661.727.4057 - JPhilipson@gmail.com