Who Is John Law?

John Law is on the case

John Law was raised in the Midwest and dreamed about bridges from a very young age. He attended the first Suicide Club initiation a year after his arrival in San Francisco in 1976 and through his apprenticeship in that saturnalian cabal came to know many of the world’s greatest bridge spans. It is his great good fortune to be affiliated with singular organizations such as Survival Research Labs, Dark Passage, The Cacophony Society, PeopleHater, Seemen, Circus Redickuless, S.F. Cyclecide, and The Madagascar Institute to name a few. John Law joined Laughing Squid as a partner in 1999. Past projects include: co-founding the Burning Man Festival an event he parted ways with in 1996, and co-founding in 1977 and directing (for 35 years) The Billboard Liberation Front.  He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and spends a lot of time in Detroit, MI.


Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society – slated for release in winter 2012/2013, co-authors Kevin Evans, Carrie Galbraith

“The Space Between” – December 2008, Furnace Press


“An Oral History of Burning Man, the Biggest, Weirdest, Most Clothing-Optional Desert Carnival on the Planet”
by Brad Wieners, Outside Magazine, October 2012

“Paris’s Suburban Underground”
Julia Solis, National Geographic

“Who the hell is John Law?”
Mark Beers, Comet Magazine

“Face Time John Law”
Louise Rafkin, San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday, November 4, 2001

“Gargolyles Over Manhattan”
by Brad Wieners, Blue, June

“Suicide Sports”
by Brad Wieners, The City, October 1991

photo by Scott Beale