In the past, “leather and feather” has been a very popular look amongst all the cool kiddies on the Playa. Last year, LA Weekly published a great guide to Burning Man style, and “Neo Tribal” was named the #1 look.
It seems radical self-expression only goes so far. You want to wear the most stylish fashion? Sorry, that’s against the rules, it’s banned.
Feathers are outlawed, just like dogs, plants and firearms. If they find any feathers during the vehicle inspection at the gate, they will be confiscated.
[UPDATE: Bobzilla has let us know that confiscation would be a joy compared to what BMOrg have in store for you if they find feathers. No matter if you've been in line for 5 hours, they will make you turn around and dispose of the MOOP in the nearest empty public trash area you can find: you'll have to go back at least as far as Gehrlach. If you arrive on Thursday or Friday with feathers, you might be trekking back to Reno to find an empty trash can. Because of course, people would drive another 6 hours to throw their feathers in a trash can if BMOrg tells them so. They definitely wouldn't throw them out on the side of the road or anything, people who bring feathers LOOOOOVE the 10 principles and LNT, they just didn't know all the details...]
No word yet on if BLM agents or BRC rangers will be doing on the spot fines and seizures on the Playa if you manage to smuggle a mohawk or two in. Keep your feathers on the DL, just in case.
USA Today has some practical (if kinda frumpy) tips.
This Burner thinks making the feathers out of leather might solve any MOOP issues.
Don’t worry, when you escape the confining regulations of Burning Man for the freedom of expression that’s enshrined as your Constitutional right in the Default World, you can bust out all the feathers you want at the Grand Sierra after party.