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Festive flesh: Bodypainting Day will color their world

BY NIXIE STRAZZA | On Sun., July 25, artists and models of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds will take to the street to partake in the Eighth Annual NYC Bodypainting Day festivities.

What started with founder Andy Golub’s arrest for public nudity in 2011, grew into a celebration of self-expression and human connection. Over its tenure, Bodypainting Day has endured heat waves, protests and, with the help of strict safety precautions last year, COVID-19.

As city dwellers rise from a prolonged shutdown, the theme of this year’s event — resilience — is especially fitting. What better way to commemorate rediscovered freedoms than to bare it all?

Body painting veteran Amy getting done up at last year’s event in Times Square. (Photo by Bob Krasner)

The day begins at noon in Union Square with four hours of live body painting, followed by a parade-style march down Fifth Ave. to Washington Square Park, showcasing the final products.

From there, models will board a double-decker bus to attend an after-party at The Space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and enjoy a live music performance from R&B singer Frankie D.

No butts about it, it’s going to be a colorful affair. (Photo by Bob Krasner)

All are welcome to attend this uniquely New York event and witness the artistic potential of the human body. For more information and a detailed schedule of the event, visit Human Connection Arts.

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