What is Body Painting?

Body painting is one type of body art. It is an ancient form of art. Unlike other forms of body art like tattoos, body painting is temporary in nature. It only lasts for some hours. Body paint can involve just the face or some body parts or it can be a full-body design.

Traditional Body Painting

In ancient times people used to paint their bodies with clay and other natural pigments especially during festivals. Body painting particularly existed in tribal cultures. It still exists in this ancient form among the indigenous people of Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific islands and parts of Africa.

A temporary form of body painting known as Mehndi or henna tattoos and is still practiced in India and the Middle East, especially by brides, young girls and women. Since the late 1990s, Mehndi has become popular amongst young women in the Western world.

Modern Day Body Painting

There have been a lot of changes and revival of body painting especially in the Western society since 1960s.In the beginning it is associated with liberalization of social norms regarding nudity. Even today there is a constant debate about the legitimacy of body painting as an art form.

Today body painting is considered as a great thing. It all depends on the individual choice why one wants to paint his/her body. Today body painting is huge in both amateur and professional arenas. Body painting festivals are conducted across the world bringing together professional body painters as well as keen amateurs. The World Bodypainting Festival in Seeboden in Austria is the biggest art event in the body painting theme and thousands of visitors admire the wonderful work of the participants.

Actors and clowns around the world have painted their faces and body parts for centuries, and continue to do so today

Body paintings can also typically be seen at international or national sports and games festivals. People paint their faces or other body parts to encourage their teams.

Now it is considered as an internationally recognized and respected form of art. It regularly appears in the media and is widely used by the advertising industry for campaigns requiring a unique hook. Music videos have long made use of this bold and daring technique.