July 8th Body Painting Day

Body painting has been around for centuries. Warriors use to paint themselves to look more dangerous, hunters to blend in with their environment and kids because… well it was fun. Andy Golub took that to an entire new level in 2007 when he painted people and then took pictures of them in New York City. He was promptly arrested and thrown in jail not because of the art work or the picture but because the people he was exhibiting were naked. He kept trying though and eventually won out because it was considered a work of art and proclaimed this day as Body Painting Day in 2014. My question is, if you are covered in paint… are you really naked?

How to celebrate – Get a painting done somewhere on your body. Take up painting as an art. Be careful if you sweat a lot, your clothes might run.

July 8th Body Painting Day

Well, have you ever wanted to walk around in public naked!?! I didn’t think so but, technically since July 8th 2007 you can… well, sort of anyway. Thanks to Andy Golub and his art in New York City, if you are covered in paint, you can!

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 6: Artist Andy Golub paints Sarah Zickel as a demonstration before World Body Painting day which will happen on July 9th in New York on Wednesday July 6, 2016. (Photo by Damon Dahlen, Huffington Post) *** Local Caption ***

Originally Andy went to jail for his “art” but he was soon released since he was able to demonstrate that it was a form of art. After all, many sculpture and paintings considered art are not dressed so his body painting qualified for the same exception.


And technically, if you are covered in paint are you really naked? I mean, you are wearing something! Some of it may cover more than a lot of bathing suits these days! Of course, you do have to worry if you start sweating, or if it’s too cold, or if it rains, or if you walk by some yard sprinklers… come to think of it, you really do have a lot to worry about.


And some of the clothing worn today is so tight that it shows every curve and line of the body. So, is wearing paint any different than wearing clothes? So long as you don’t make any of the wrong moves, like bending over, you might get away with it and no one will notice!


Body Painting Day was celebrate in Amsterdam in 2015, San Francisco 2016 and Berlin 2017. I sort of understand New York City and no one noticing, maybe even San Francisco but Amsterdam and Berlin? Anyway… the day was crated in 2014 by Andy Golub. It might be more appropriately named, “Getting To Know You Day”.

How to celebrate – Well, get some paint… not oil based! Paint yourself, your best friend or someone willing. stay inside afterwards cause no one really wants to see that!

July 8th Body Painting Day

Well today is certainly an interesting day, particularly if you like to walk around naked in public. Of course, one isn’t really naked when they are painted, or so the law says. But just think about it, you’ve covered your body in paint so it’s more or less like wearing a very thin body suit!


Today was founded by Andy Golub and started in New York City in 2007. Golub was promptly arrested but then the charges were dropped since it was considered art. All of his models originally wore undergarments but they have since been parted with, making it a little tasteless. Unless of course you are into that sort of thing.


It’s really not anything new however. Ancient tribes use to paint themselves and the Scottish warriors were famed for their blue paint. Most painted people, at least to me, are a bit scary to look at. I can appreciate the artwork, but maybe not the canvas.


I mean, if one is physically fit and not flabby like me, then maybe they are okay but so many are not in shape. It’s sort of like having a twisted canvas and painting something beautiful on it. It’s still just a twisted canvas with a little paint thrown on it!


It does make wonderful camouflage though and that is probably good for people like me who would rather not see all that ‘art’ so exposed! But that is me. What started in New York City has begun to spread. Amsterdam added Body Painting Day in 2015, San Francisco in 2016, and Berlin in 2017.

How to celebrate – If you are into it, go ahead and paint yourself, or a friend, today (make sure you use a water based paint). Get a Body Painting Day established in your town. Go buy a painting and hang it on the wall, enjoy it for years to come.