Bodypainting (or body painting) is the art of painting on a human body.
- 1 History
- 2 Styles
- 3 Techniques and colour types
- 4 Bodypainting in public
- 5 Free galleries
- 6 Free movies
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Bodypainting is considered as one of the most ancient forms of art and has a long tradition in most countries of the world, especially on the African continent. From the beginning, it also included the application of colours to the female breast. For example, the Himba, an African ethnic group living in Northern Namibia, use a mixture of butter fat and red ochre to protect their bodies against the harsh desert climate. Himba women usually do not cover their breasts and are known for their unusual sculptural beauty.
Besides this kind of full bodypainting, people in Africa and all over the world have many variants of traditional bodypainting for purposes like ceremonies, ritual events and for warriors (generally men).
In erotic and big bust art, there are different styles of bodypaiting:
Painting the whole body in a single colour
This distracts the focus from superficial colour details to the form of the body. The technique is often used to give a body a statuesque appearance. Big breasts can be accentuated in a considerable way, especially when using shiny colours. This kind of bodypainting is often used in fine art as well as fetish photography. In 2008, Muffia, a division of Reality Kings, seized the subject and produced Star Trix, a pornographic parody of the Star Trek series starring Jayden Jaymes as an alien with green skin.
This allows breasts to appear clothed despite of being shown nude and is is often used for commercial, but also for adult photography. One of the best-known examples of painted clothes and perhaps of modern bodypainting artwork in general is the Demi's Birthday Suit cover photo of the August 1992 issue of Vanity Fair showing Demi Moore wearing nothing but a painted suit.
For this variation, only parts of the body are painted or the body is covered with smaller drawings, leaving most of the skin natural.
Sometimes colour is simply smeared on breasts or the whole body, more for the feeling of it rather than aiming at really painting the skin. In adult pictorials and films, the painting procedure itself is often shown too and becomes part of the sexual act, mostly ending in hardcore play.
Techniques and colour types
Brush and sponge
A brush is a device with bristles or other filaments used for applying the paint to the model's skin. It allows the bodypainter to draw fine details as well as larger designs, but often leaves visible traces. For larger areas of a single colour, a sponge is often preferred . This tool consists of porous material and can take more colour than a brush, making larger colour areas look more consistent.
An airbrush is an air-operated tool that sprays the paint on the model's body by a process of nebulization. This allows smooth colour transitions and a consistent thin covering of the skin without brush traces.
Fingerpaint is usually made for small children to provide an easy way for them to paint without further tools. It typically comes in pots and is applied with the fingers. It has, however, also found its way into adult photography.
Liquid latex is a special material that works like a colour when painted onto the body, but becomes a garment and can be worn like clothing after drying.
At some occasions, powder is used for bodypainting purposes. At South American carnival events like the Rio or São Paulo Carnival for example, bronze or gold powder is often used in combination with oil to add a glittering effect to the dancers' shiny skin. Canadian photographer Martin Perreault used graphite powder as a theme for a pictorial with Bianca Beauchamp, and German bodypainter Walter Stein even sells the gold and silver powder he developed as a base for his very consistent and smooth body paint.
Apart from different kinds of colour, powder and rare cases of beaten gold applied to a woman's skin, other fluids are often used for fine art and adult pictorials. This technique comes close to colour smearing (see above), but the original function of the substance is mostly not to provide colour, but it is used for its viscous and shiny properties.
The line between decorating ("painting") a body and the mere pleasure of smearing liquids on it without wanting to achieve a certain result is hard to draw. Several websites have emerged that focus on the "messy" or "splosh" fetish, i. e. covering the body with various (mostly gooey or viscous and often edible) liquids to create sexual arousal. Mud wrestling can also be regarded as a niche in this field, as the goal of winning a fight often becomes less important for the spectators than seeing the fighters covered with mud and exposing their breasts. Wax play, on the other hand, is often seen in BDSM contexts, because it mostly hurts when poured over naked breasts. Another popular topic is the shiny appearance of wet breasts as such, be it by water, oil or body fluids like sperm or urine.
Bodypainting in public
While many bodypaintings are made for studio photography, they are also used at public occasions.
Bodypainting festivals have become popular events where both amateur and professional meet to show their works and often compete in contests. The World Bodypainting Festival in Seeboden, Austria, has become the biggest festival of this kind, attracting thousands of participants and visitors each year. Other popular events are the American Body Arts Festival in New York, USA, or the German Bodypainting Festival in Mainz, Germany, or the Face and Body Art International Convention in Orlando, Florida, USA.
Parades and events
Many parades and events throughout the world have developed quite lax clothing habits, with participants showing their breasts or decorating their bodies with bodypainting.
São Paulo Carnival
The Fantasy Fest is a street party held annually on the last week of October in Key West, Florida, USA. It started in 1979 as a party, but soon acquired a life of its own and grew to more than 100.000 visitors and participants. The celebration now lasts ten days and includes balls, costume competitions, AIDS fundraisers, bodypainting, drag queen contests and costume parties, culminating in a big parade where people wear humorous and fantasy outfits.
The clothing of the participants is often very revealing and comprises a great variety of erotic outfits, including deep cleavage, transparent and open bust clothes, painted breasts and bodies, pasties, nipple tape, nipple shields and nipple chains. Some participants simply go topless or wear only a bodypainting on their nude bodies.
The Loveparade started as a kind of political movement in the summer of 1989 in Berlin, Germany, four months before the fall of the Berlin Wall. It was organised by Matthias Roeingh, known as "Dr. Motte", "a DJ of the Berlin underground scene who wanted to use the international language of music as a medium for spreading peace and love, and promoting world unity." Since then, the Loveparade has grown into the world's biggest techno dance festival with 1.6 million participants in 2008. As a result of the general love slogan and with increasing commercialisation, more and more people who were not originally involved in the raver scene were attracted to the festival, and the number of commercial bodypaintings increased.
Public bike ride events have become a more and more frequent means of expressing political views as well as showing naked bodies, often in combination with bodypainting.
The Solstice Cyclists (also known as The Painted [Naked] Cyclists of the Solstice Parade or The Painted Cyclists) is an artistic, non-political bike ride which constitues the unofficial start of the Summer Solstice Parade and Pageant, an annual event sponsored and produced by the Fremont Arts Council (FAC), Seattle, Washington. The parade was started in 1989 by Barbara Luecke and Peter Toms and quickly grew to thousands of spectators and hundreds of participants. The Solstice Cyclists have originally emerged from streakers who crashed the parade, but over the years, the bike ride became a discrete part of the event, with participants emphasising bodypainting and other forms of creative artistry done in the spirit of the parade.
The Critical Tits ride started in 1996 at the annual Burning Man event in the Black Rock Desert, in Northern Nevada, USA. On a day when the Critical Mass bike ride was taking place in San Francisco, five female participants of the Burning Man festival painted their chests, got on their bikes and rode through the camp shouting "Critical Tits." Each year since then the ride has more or less doubled in size. In 2008 there were more than 5.000 riders.
The Sidney Body Art Ride is an annual event held in the middle of February in Sydney, Australia. The essential idea behind it is an art project from Jake Lloyd Jones called The Human Rainbow. It consists of hundreds of painted cyclists riding in groups to form a rainbow that travels through the city to a beach where the riders march into the sea and wash off the paint. 100 % of the funds raised go to the Children's Cancer Institute Australia.
One of the first combinations of bodypainting with fashion was the midnight blue Crêpe Dress designed by famous Yves Saint Laurent from his autumn/winter 1969 collection. It is an open bust dress combined with a gilded metallic breastplate created by sculptor Claude Lalanne. The breastplate was a mold of the breasts of Veruschka, a model from the 1960s, which was usually replaced by golden body paint at fashion shows. The dress, which is today considered as one of Saint Laurent's "most dramatic outfits", was presented again by Yfke Sturm at the retrospective fashion show of Yves Saint Laurent on January 22, 2002, in Paris.
- On September 3, 2008, Davorka Tovilo takes part in a show by the Bavarian traditional clothing manufacturer Angermaier on behalf of the Munich Oktoberfest. Unlike the other models, she is only wearing panties with the rest of the clothes painted on her body.
- On October 12, 2008, the American jewellery manufacturer Bullets 4 Peace launches the label with a presentation in Hollywood that even shows all models in bodypainting, some of them wearing panties, others completely naked.
Promotion and advertisement
As painted breasts are still "covered" and not completely nude, many companies started to use painted busty female models as a medium for advertising and promoting their brands and logos.
- In March 8, 2006, the South Korean mobile phone company VK Mobile shows painted models to promote their products at the CeBIT trade fair in Hannover, Germany.
- From September 29 to 30, 2006, American bodypainter Mark Greenawalt creates several bodypaintings at the Mr. Olympia event in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, for the booth of ThermoLife International, a supplier of bodybuilding suppliments.
- In 2008, the South African advertising agency Grey South Africa launches a campaign for the Lifestyle brand to promote their ultra thin panty liners, showing nude busty women with painted clothes. Although the authenticity of the bodypainting was discussed, the campaign received considerable attention throughout the world.
Bodypainting has also become popular in sports, especially soccer. Many fans paint their faces in the colours of their favourite team, and sometimes women even show themselves in a soccer jersey painted on their body. On June 15, 2008, the SexySoccer 2008 match was organised in Vienna, Austria. The two teams, Austria and Germany, consisted only of female players with outfits painted on their skin. The popularity of bodypainting combined with soccer even lead to the creation of two hardcore websites dedicated to female performers wearing painted soccer outfits: Sex-WorldCup 2006 and SexEuroCup, both run by DDF Productions.
- Picture gallery of the famous Demi's Birthday Suit bodypainting of Demi Moore by Joanne Gair
- Picture gallery of the silver cover shoot of Dita von Teese
- Colour smearing
- Picture gallery of the Chloe Veria colour smearing pictorial
- Picture gallery of the Kelly Madison colour smearing hardcore scene
- Other fluids
- Picture gallery of Faith smearing ice cream over her body
- Picture gallery of Merilyn Sakova pouring milk over her body
- Bodypainting in public
- Picture gallery of the 2007 Fremont Summer Solstice Parade
- Picture gallery of the Bullets 4 Peace presentation
- YouTube Video of the Bullets 4 Peace presentation
- Critical Tits - Homepage of the all-women bike ride at the Burning Man Festival
- body painting - FreeOnes discussion thread
- Women pouring liquids on themselves - FreeOnes discussion thread
- Tag ‘body painting’ at Data18
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