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45 Peculiar Body Painting Projects

From Body Calligraphy to Safari Animal Similarities

— June 13, 2013 — Unique
Many cultures around the world take part in body painting projects as a form of creative and imaginative expression. Whether for cultural, tribal or historical reasons, body parts like the back, legs, face and arms continue to be used as canvases for beautifully bizarre and aesthetic works of art.

In fashion, art, beauty and design, the body has been painted to blend into landscapes, look like animals or simply turn the human form into something unrecognizable. To turn the body into a medium for untamed artistic expression that can be in an instant washed away and erased is not only powerful, but intellectually stimulating. From plaster body painting to metallic-skinned editorials, using the body as a picturesque canvas opens up the door for a wide range of sublime picturesque creations.
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People-Blending Beverage Ads
People-Blending Beverage Ads
Sprite 'Camo' Campaign Encourages You to Express Yourself
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Metallic-Skinned Editorials
Metallic-Skinned Editorials
The Flair Magazine May 2013 Photoshoot Stars Kristina Salinovic
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Seasonal Body Paintings
Seasonal Body Paintings
Huang Yan Re-Creates the Calender on Human Skin
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Metallic Gingham Menswear
Metallic Gingham Menswear
The Spring 2013 Thom Browne Collection Boasts a Surreal Twist
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Light Reactive Face Paints
Light Reactive Face Paints
Electrify Your Halloween Look with the Neon FX Make Up Kit
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Extreme Olympic Fandom
Extreme Olympic Fandom
Fans Get Crazy at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games
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Body Paint Apartment Advertisements
Body Paint Apartment Advertisements
These Body Ads Utilize the Human Body in a Unique Fashion
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Eclectic Body Paint Captures
Eclectic Body Paint Captures
Manon Cormier Uses the Body as a Canvas
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Primary Color Makeup Looks
Primary Color Makeup Looks
The Kolor Me Krazy Photo Series is Ultra Vibrant
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Vaudeville Revivals
Vaudeville Revivals
The Lucent Dossier Burlesque Troupe
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Scintillating Botanical Captures
Scintillating Botanical Captures
The East of Eden Hunger TV Editorial Showcases Vivid Florals
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Vivacious Chromatic Visages
Vivacious Chromatic Visages
This Manel Rodriguez Series is Kinetic and Colorful
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Manimali Watchvertizing
Manimali Watchvertizing
Guido Daniele's Painted Hand Watch Ads (UPDATE)
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Body Calligraphy
Body Calligraphy
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Body Paint for the Rainforest
Body Paint for the Rainforest
Joaquin Phoenix on 4REAL
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Time Lapse Body Painting
Time Lapse Body Painting
Artist Paints Himself In Protest Against Diesel
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Vibrant Body Paint Photography
Vibrant Body Paint Photography
Allison Chase's Bodypaint Work is Equally Horrific and Beautiful
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Golden Queen Photoshoots
Golden Queen Photoshoots
'Boundless as the Dark' by Rio Surya Prasetia is Breathtaking
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Turning Athletes into Smurfs
Turning Athletes into Smurfs
Nike ‘V is for Victory' Campaign
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Paint-Splashed Dance Photography
Paint-Splashed Dance Photography
The Andrew McGibbon 'Super Colour' Shoot is Luminous & in Motion
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Baby Body Paint
Baby Body Paint
Craig Tracy's ‘Heaven and Earth' Artwork is Infantile
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Safari Animal Similarities
Safari Animal Similarities
The Lennette Newell Body Paint Series Explores Human's Wild Side
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Eye-Popping Skin Tones
Eye-Popping Skin Tones
Poras Chaudhary Photos For Holi, the Celebration of Colors
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Haunted Tribal Fashion
Haunted Tribal Fashion
Supreme Models' Showpackage for S/S 2010 is Eerie
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Spiritually Symbolic Body Paint
Spiritually Symbolic Body Paint
Swarte Explores Tribe Survival Through Tribal Body Paint Art
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Plaster Body Painting
Plaster Body Painting
Jasper Huang's 'Congeal' is a Blend of Painted & Live Art
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Spotlit Body Paint
Spotlit Body Paint
Aliona Michel 'Bodypainting' Shoot Puts the Focus on Facial Details
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Time Piece Body Painting
Time Piece Body Painting
Luxury Watch Feature in Zeitmagazin
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Paint-Exploding Photography
Paint-Exploding Photography
Gabrield Wickbold Plays With Fire and Ice
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X-Ray Body Paint
X-Ray Body Paint
Art To Promote Healthy Eating
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Ebony Tribaltography
Ebony Tribaltography
Biki John's ‘Zula' is a Celebration of Exotic Extremes
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Patriotic Body Paintings
Patriotic Body Paintings
The 125 Magazine 'Old Glory' Spread Celebrates the Star Spangled Banner
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Surreal Bodyscapes
Surreal Bodyscapes
Craig Tracy's Mesmerizing Fantasy Body Art
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Feathery Fowl Faces
Feathery Fowl Faces
Bird Body Paint That Will Make You Squawk With Delight
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Lippy Animal Art
Lippy Animal Art
Paige Thomas Creates Elaborate and Adorable Lipstick Designs
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Blacklight Body Painting
Blacklight Body Painting
Tim Engle's UV Photography Reveals Our Android Side
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International Skin Art Competitions
International Skin Art Competitions
Stockholm Body Painting Contest
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X-Ray Body Painting
X-Ray Body Painting
Sexy Skeletons and Glowing Bones
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Body Painting Evolved
Body Painting Evolved
Emma Hack, The Ultimate Body Artist
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Camouflage Body Painting
Camouflage Body Painting
Body Art as a Disguise
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Extreme Body Painting
Extreme Body Painting
Live Art from the World Championships
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Unisex Body Painting
Unisex Body Painting
World Body Painting Championship 2009 Included More Men
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Big Body Painting
Big Body Painting
Celebrating Plus-Sized Shapes
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Soccerific Skin Art
Soccerific Skin Art
SI Swimsuit 2010 Features Body Painted Soccer Sweethearts
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