Beautiful Body Paintings

Captivating Human Body Painting By Chadwick And Spector

Living on the verge of art, body paint has always been a provocative trait characteristic of either indigenous cultures or the fashion world. As time goes by, body painting is becoming increasingly popular and used in various commercial and mainstream activities. The art of body painting has diversified so much, as to have its own sub-categories, ranging over traditional body painting, fashion body painting, fine body painting and even graffiti on body. The shared trait of all body painting styles is that they use body as canvas, emphasizing the transforming potential of the human skin.

Body painting has been around for centuries, typical for various cultures of Pacific islands, Australia, New Zealand and Africa. The Indian Mehndi is the traditional hand painting technique with henna, popular even in the western cultures today.

Since the 1960s, body painting has had a revival in the West, but it is still leading a battle to be recognized as a high-brow art form. Disputed by many art officials, body painting gathered an army of followers and aficionados.
Although usually associated with nudity, body painting does not necessarily imply the fully naked body, but can be executed on parts of skin, while the model is partially dressed.

The best places to enjoy body painting live are definitely body painting festivals. They are organized annually worldwide, bringing together star body painters and artists and the less known enthusiasts alike. The biggest body painting festival occurs in Austria, in the town of Portschach. Called the World Bodypainting Festival, it represents the largest event of the sort attracting thousands of visitors from all over the world. These events are not limited to any region and there are festivals in the Americas, Europe and Asia dedicated to body painting.

Hand body painting – Ray Massey


Snake arm art


Treefrog (5 people) – Johannes Stötter


The Joker


Iguana hand painting


Heart (2 people) – Gesine Marwedel


Intricate detail painting – Emma Hack


An elephant – Craig Tracy


Sugar skull (7 people) – Chery Lipstreu


Tiger (3 people)


Venom – Georgette


Utopia painting – Craig Tracy


Seahorse – Gesine Marwedel


Lily art


Human motorcycle (6 people) – Trina Merry


Bald eagle – Guido Daniele


Trolley car – Craig Tracy


Flamingo – Gesine Marwedel


Million Ming vase – Emma Hack


Drip art body painting – Tim Engle


How to start body painting

While we admire the fantastic talent of some of the body painters, it’s no secret that anybody can get involved. If you prefer to create than to be painted on, here is how you can start applying body paint onto a model.

First of all, arm yourself with patience, as body painting takes a long time to complete. Six hours is considered fast for a full body work.

The basic equipment you will need are brushes, make-up sponges, regular sponges, rubbing alcohol, palettes, bottle of water and, of course – body paint. Body paint is sold in specialized stores and it is non-toxic and safe for the body.

Before starting any type of work on the body, make sure you have a clear idea of what you want to paint. Perhaps it will be useful to create a few sketches as well.

Painting directly on a body may be a little intimidating at first, but if the atmosphere is good, both the artist and the model will get used to it quickly. The pressure onto the skin should be steady, but not too light, as this can tickle and make the model move. Make sure you advise your model on how to remove the paint afterwards. Check the paint for instructions, but one of the best ways to clean it in general is using the dishwashing liquid.

Finally, make sure all of your equipment, your studio and your hands are clean and sanitary, as you are about to touch somebody’s skin. Use floor covering and avoid any type of unsafe paint.

If you are in need of inspiration, here is a selection of 55+ beautiful body painting images, which may entice you to create something of the sort.