Body Painting

Body Painting

and Body Art

Body Painting is the art of using a live human body as the canvas for painting.  This person becomes a non-permanent decorative art piece.  When we do body painting for an event, the models become part of the event’s atmosphere and environment.  They add whimsy, cheer, color, excitement and wonder to your occasion.

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We do three types of Body Painting:

1 . Body Painting as Performance.  The audience gets to see the entire process.  We set up in one spot at your event where patrons can view the progress as the painting progresses.  The can take anywhere from one to five hours.  People love to see the development taking place and ask questions or take pictures.  One completed, the model can move around the event and take pictures with your guests.

2. Body Painting as Costume.  We paint people who are going to work or perform at your event.  Whether they are servers and models, or acrobats and jugglers, body painting gives your event an edgy look and feel.  We need to be onsite prior to start time to get all the painting done.  We can give you an estimate on how much time is needed based on the number of individuals being painted and what style you need done.  When the party begins your models or performers are unveiled to the excitement of the guests.

3. Commercial Body Painting for Video and Photography.  Painted models can make an amazing piece of photography or film.  Many advertisers and brand managers are now incorporating body painting imagery into their messaging because it always commands focus and attention.  We can work with your models or we can provide fantastic models who understand how to sit still for painting and how to move for the camera.  Body painting communicates a thousand words to your target market in the blink of an eye. 

    A body painting session is normally completed and photographed within one day.  We offer free consultation and quotation for commercial related body painting and design.

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    “A man without tattoos is invisible to the gods,” 

    -Iban proverb from Borneo

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    More About Body Painting

    Body painting is one of the oldest forms of art. Consider war paint, tattoos, piercings and other forms of decoration that have been used by humankind since the dawn of time.  North & South America, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Polynesia, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, Oceania, India, Middle East, China, Japan, Thailand, Bulgaria, and Kosovo are all known for different forms of body art and body painting.

    Body painting with clay and other natural pigments existed in most if not all tribal cultures. Often worn during ceremonies, this ancient form of expression is still used among many indigenous people of the world today. 

    Other ritual-based art forms include tattoos, piercing, nose-ears-mouth plugs, Mehndi, henna, and scarification.

    All types of body art hold great meaning in these cultures.

    Unlike tattoo and other forms of permanent body art, body painting is temporary, painted onto the human skin, and lasts for one day, or at most (in the case of Mehndi, "henna" or tempory tattoo, glitter tattoos) a couple of weeks. Some body paintings can last beyond one day depending on thy type of paint being used.  Our paints are always 100% non-toxic and safe for skin.  They are high performance makeup based paints with super high quality pigments.

    Body art is a crucial part of social, spiritual, and personal expression.  Today face painting has come a long way since the cave man days.  We now have popular reality TV shows entirely based on body painting, such as Skin Wars.  Many famous album covers, pieces of advertising, and performance art feature face and body painting.  It has become one of the hottest live performances for events because it involves the viewer.  They take pictures and videos with their phone, and they love to get their picture with the model or performer so they can post it on social media.  Imaging the traction your event will have long after it’s over, when all over the internet are hashtags and photos referencing your company, your event and your message.

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