Body Painting In Fashion

Popularity of Body Painting In Photography

woman posing in studio for fashion photo session

A true form of novel art, body painting is one of the newer trends that’s smashing into fashion industry like Miley Cyrus’ wrecking ball. But what’s exactly body painting? Body painting is not a tattoo, as it not permanent unlike many other forms of body art like body piercing and subdermal implants.

Instead it is a quite simple form of artistry that leave much space to the creative mind of the artist itself to invent new shapes and motives directly on the skin of their subject. Most body paints cover the whole body, although some of them limit to just the face (face painting), to make someone appear like a cat or other animal.

Simpler forms of body painting are performed with just an airbrush and will last for a couple of hours (think about “living statues”), while more complex one may require more complicated procedures that may endure for a lot of weeks, like the henna tattoo. Woodstock Wedding Photographer, Sally Carpenter is a prime example of one who fuses fine art, wedding, and body painting into her images.

Full scale temporary body tattooing and all kind of spray-painting and decoration of naked bodies are all forms of body painting.

Fashion and body paintingA very common (and fashionable) form of body painting is nude art, where a model (usually female) is painted over her naked body with all kind of shapes and drawings. Face painting is also quite appreciated in fashion industry to re-create amazing masks that are then coupled with the latest dresses to be shown on the catwalk.

Fine art body painting is truly a marvel: a delicate and stylish artistic opera that truly transform a naked body into a real canvas. Sometimes the models are painted with minuscule details such as cityscapes or scenes from everyday life, or even the most surrealistic landscapes coming directly from the artist’s dreaming mind.

Photography is often combined with body painting to recreate incredibly detailed artworks full of breath-taking colors and suggestive imagery. Other times instead, photography is used to create surprising eye tricks, such as carefully painted bodies that allows models to perfectly conceal themselves in the background. To view examples of this visit this creative portrait photographer in woodstock.

Several body painting competitions are held every year around the world, with prizes often reaching significant amount of money, aim at choosing the best body painting artists to be recruited in fashion industry, or just to entertain people.

Body painting is also quite often employed by fashion industry during commercial events, to paint models with bright colors that recall the specific brand or company logos. It is also used to create a “shock and awe” sensation in customers and participants that will surely remember that event afterwards!

A lesser known form of body painting is called “belly painting”, a technique used to embellish a pregnant mother’s womb with beautiful drawings, usually depicting their own still unborn child, or other charming landscapes like colourful flowers or ocean floor.

Another specialty technique is the UV painting that employs specific black–light–body painting and fluorescent colours that can only be seen under the influence of UV–light. It is often featured as a cool idea in several discotheques, where dancers may be fully body painted to generate an incredibly unique effect to entertain their guest, or just painted in some specific details (such as the arms, face or legs) maybe to show a logo or another small symbol.


Understanding The Art Of Henna

Understanding The Art Of Henna

woman having a henna tattoo

Henna is a small flowering plant native to northern Africa and the western and southern regions of Asia, but its name also refers to the dye it contains. The henna dye is used to color fabrics and other textiles, but has gained popularity as body art for hair and skin. The idea of using henna for cosmetic purposes isn’t new. Dyeing hair with henna has been done since Ancient Egypt. Today, people who live in India, North America, Europe, and other continents use it to dye skin or hair. Here are some commonly asked questions about henna, and their answers:

How is henna dye made?

Henna is made by crushing the leaves into a powder and mixed with an acid, such as lemon juice or vinegar. Then, it’s left to sit until it turns into a paste. After that, it is applied to the skin or hair?

Is henna only used for fashion purposes?

No. While henna is popular to dye hair or skin with, being a fashion accessory isn’t its only use. Some cultures use it for traditional ceremonies. For example, some sects of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism celebrate weddings by adorning the bride and groom with henna. And this practice dates back between 1500-500 BC when women decorated their bodies with henna before meeting their new husbands.

Is henna dye permanent?

That’s one of the reasons why henna is so popular. Unlike a traditional tattoo, it can be easily washed from the body. You don’t have to worry about using needles to remove it.

How is henna applied to the body?

Applying henna to the skin is no different than using a marker. You can draw any design you wish, and then let it dry for 5-10 minutes.

Is henna safe for minors?

Henna is safe for children six years old and older. As long as you child isn’t allergic or is under six, he or she should be fine.

How is henna applied to hair?

First, you boil some water and add a small amount of henna to it. Then, put on rubber gloves and apply mixture to hair. Leave it in for about a few hours. After that, shampoo, rinse, and dry, and leave it in for about a day.

Is henna safe for hair? Will it make it fall out?

Don’t worry. If henna caused hair to fall out, then people wouldn’t be using it as a hair dye. While using henna dye on hair does cause the strands to loosen a little, you won’t end up bald. Actually, if you regularly dye your hair with it, your hair will become immune to the process, and you will shed less. Henna isn’t just a dye, it’s also a hair strengthener.

Here is a very good video that shows how Henna is applied to people.  You will notice that it’s an extremely delicate process and not something just anyone can do.  Many who take up Henna as a profession are very good visual artists and many even paint to supplement their income.


Now that you know the history of henna and its current uses, go out and impress your friends and family with your new-found knowledge. If you’re really feeling bold, why not see if a business in your area offers this service and dye your hair or add a drawing to your skin? It’s good to try new things once in a while.


Body Painting Festivals

Get Involved With Body Painting Art

Body Painting, Eagle on a clients back

You’re feeling bored and want to get out of the house. But, there doesn’t seem to be anything in town that interests you. The movies don’t have any films that appeal to you. Going out to eat at the same restaurants every week is starting to get monotonous. Have you considered going to a body painting festival? Performers at body painting festivals show off the paintings on their bodies on stage. It may sound weird, but it’s very intriguing. If there isn’t one in your town, you will have to find the nearest one and save some money for a long road trip and tickets. Here’s a list of body painting festivals in the United States to help you decide where to go.

The North American Body Painting Championship– Also known as Living Art America, this body painting organization is based in Atlanta, Georgia. Every year during the fall, they hold three festivals including:

  • The Human Zoo- A body painting festival where performers paint their bodies to resemble zoo animals. Not only do the artist themselves get dressed up, the guests are free to bring their own kits and participate, too. It includes music and cash prizes for the best costumes.
  • The Body Art Cabaret- A body painting variety show with 15 body painters from all over the world. Performances feature belly dancing, classic ballet, and aerialists.
  • The Living Art Competition- Artists ranging from amateur to professional levels create and show off their best work for a panel of judges. After they perform for the judges, the audience can also cast their votes.

The Face and Body International Art Convention- This body painting facility is located in Orlando, Florida. They offer body art classes for kids, teens, and adults. They hold contests every year that features a certain theme.

Just check out the short video below and tell me you’re not itching to attend this event next year…

The Face Painting and Body Art Convention- Though the name is similar to the one in Orlando, this Missouri-based body painting place holds a convention every year for a week in mid-November. During the event, participants have breakfast, lunch, and dinner, take painting classes, party to music, and body painting challenges.

The World Body Painting Festival- This festival isn’t based in the United States, (It originated in Austria.) but people from all over the world can partake in it. It started in 1998, and since then, it has become the most popular body art event on Earth.

Take a break from your usual routine and consider saving up money to go to a body painting festival. They may be expensive, but the money spent will be worth it. The cool thing about these events is that you don’t just sit and watch, you can paint your face and body, and join the fun, too. Since one of these listed events is based in Europe, you’ll might have to ask some friends or family members to help you pay for the trip. Speaking of loved ones, why not invite them to come along with you? Body painting festivals are odd, but interesting places for a vacation.


The World Of Body-Painting

The Art Of Body Painting

abstract with a variety of colors

Although body painting might seem like a trendy new fashion idea, it actually has a long history. There is evidence that body and face painting was done during prehistorical times and even by early relatives of modern humans like the Neanderthals. Many early uses for face paint were generally for tribalistic, religious or ceremonial purposes and was also often done while hunting.

The history of body painting includes a few traditional ideas that is seeing a recent upswing in popularity, including the art of Mehndi, a semi-permanent body painting method that makes use of dyes made using a flowering plant known as henna. Henna-based dyes have been used as a traditional body paint for brides in India and the Middle East for hundreds of years. There are also records of it being used as a hair dye dating back at least six thousand years. Since the 1990s, henna-based dyes have become a popular body paint among Western women. Henna mixed with lemon juice is safe to use, but one should avoid the use of a variation called black henna, which is mixed with dyes that could cause an allergic reaction.

The modern movement of body painting may have dated back to the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago, when Max Factor, Sr. attempted to promote his newly developed body paint by body-painting a model named Sally Rand (Yes – the same Sally Rand hinted at briefly though not actually, well, seen in the movie The Right Stuff!). Both were arrested for creating a public disturbance but it was enough to help give body painting a reboot in popularity that body painting hadn’t had in the Western world since the fall of the French aristocracy. Face painting became popular with hippies when women started painting their cheeks with flowers and peace symbols while attending anti-war protests. Even today, body painting is often used for the shock value when women go nude, “dressed” only in fantastical body paint patterns, for the sake of social activism for causes like animal rights.

True fans of body painting as an art form often attend body painting festivals such as Austria’s World Bodypainting Festival, which started in 1998 as a series of workshops followed by a three-day festival that is open to the public and includes competitions for the artists. North American festivals include the Face Painting and Body Art Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Bodygras Body Painting Convention in Nanaimo, BC.

Fine art body painting often uses the “canvas” of top supermodels in the vein of 1960s supermodel Veruschka, whose pictures are often sources of inspiration for body painters. Many body painters do most of their professional work for commercials such as a campaign for Natrel Plus that painted models as realistic trees and body painted models have also appeared in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue.

Body paint has also been used in the militaries around the world as part of camouflage, an effort to intimidate an enemy, or as a way to show respect to the indigenous tribes in parades.