Naked Body Painting
YNA Teams Up with Andy Golub in Live Naked Body Painting
Last week, I got naked in Times Square. Stark naked in the heart of New York City. I even convinced three friends to get naked with me. So what was the occasion? Live body painting with artist Andy Golub! I had interviewed Andy Golub for my blog a few months ago and really liked his art and way of turning bodies into living canvasses. I believe his work challenges people’s perception of the human body, especially those who fear nudity or feel shame towards their own bodies. So Andy and I decided to collaborate on a group body painting session in his most frequented area, Times Square, where he’s painted over 30 times.
It started with me at 6pm in the pedestrian plaza. I stripped down to only my pink thong, and Andy quickly swept his brush to cover my breasts in paint. Later, Justina, Beth Nolan, and Eva showed up, along with a guy friend of Eva’s. He gradually swept colors over the four of us as the crowd grew and cameras flashed all around. The crowd was huge. Andy and his assistants would periodically have to tell people to step back when it started feeling claustrophobic. As can be expected in that area, it was mostly tourists flocking in droves. The viewers looked happy, mesmerized or just baffled by what we were doing.
Following Andy’s agreement with the city, we were permitted to take off the bottoms after sun sets (despite the fact that it never actually gets dark in Times Square). Somewhere around 8:30/9pm we took them off. It felt great to be completely nude. I felt lighter. I was surprised at what a difference it made, taking off that one little piece of remaining fabric.
And we had fun! Minnie Mouse and Elmo came over to say hi and gave their approval. We took group photos in front of Sephora. And here we were, vibrant works of art, standing right next to cigarette butts and empty chicken McNugget cartons on the plaza ground. I was kind of amused by the contrast.
A publication called Vice Magazine covered the whole thing with photos and video. Before I comment, I really want to hear what you think.
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Photographers of photos featured above: Caryn La Greca, Chris Taylor, Arthur Eisenberg, Andrew Koenig, Dream Reality Photography