Mythica News: When a Bodypainter becomes an “Artist”

Models were mistaken as mannequins

Models were mistaken as manniquins

“Why was Bodypainter at Artopia a Big Deal?”

It may have gone unnoticed that one of the 25 artists at Artopia in Denver, Colorado this weekend was a bodypainter. I mean there were several artists who were painting mannequins also. So when one of the 3 white mannequins turned out to be a real person a few people were surprised, or freaked out a little that “it moved” or “blinked.”

The actual difference was that a bodypainter was considered a real artist. Often we are seen as shady, or reserved for painting shot girls in night clubs. Most people’s experience is limited to face painting at fairs or children’s parties. In the past few years bodypainting has really gained momentum nationally. First was the X-Men and the blue bodypainted Mystique. Then came Face Off, the first reality competition special effects show which showcased bodypainting as one of the challenges. HBO saw how well people responded and created Naked Vegas two years ago, the first full bodypainting show that several of my friends were on. Then last year I was on Skin Wars, by GSN, the first reality competition bodypainting show, which will be running a second season this year.

Bodypainting is often used in shows locally as entertainment, like adult face and bodypainting, something fun for the kids, but not necessarily seen as “art.” Those of us in the profession have been fighting to change this, by painting our hearts and souls onto the models who love what we do. In the past three years the number of artists has easily tripled. I don’t personally know what it is but most face painters have no problem saying that they are $100 or more an hour for a child’s party. It has been my experience that we bodypainters have had to struggle with asking what we are worth. Fortunately we help elevate and support each other when events try to get us “for free.” The world hasn’t quite figured out what we are to them, and sometimes when we struggle to define ourselves, it really doesn’t help the situation.

There seems to be at least two separate social worlds. One is the bodypainting world, where there are classes and competitions. In this world we know who are big powerhouse names, those who have been on tv, and we watch for teachers on FABAtv.(Face & Body Art) Then there is this other world who has never really seen much bodypainting at all other than in the movies, and face painting at the neighbor’s child birthday party. So when a credible and established Art extravaganza like Westword’s Artopia, bridges those worlds, and calls a bodypainter an “Artist” and not just a bodypainter, it validates not just me but every fellow artist in my profession.

We are artists to begin with! When we become bodypainters, there is a tendency to stop saying we are artists. Most artists say they are artists and then people inquire what kind, sculptor, illustrator, mixed media, AND bodypainter… There is also the follow up question, “so do you also do any real art? I mean like on canvas?” a Human canvas is a real canvas, the photos can be printed like any other art on a giclee print. They can be hung in galleries and look as amazing as any of the subjects that win awards with photography. Only with a normal piece of art you can only get one print, but a living canvas you can not only get hundreds of photos, but video, performance… it’s expressive diversity is endless. Then it is washed off. The digital captures make it timeless.

a Selfie at Artopia

a Selfie at Artopia

Bodypainting is an Art. Bodypainters are Artists. This weekend’s Artopia helped to validate that, not only for myself, but for all bodypainters in Denver. That is why you may not have known it was a big deal. A big thank you goes out to Westword and Guerilla Garden for the opportunity and acknowledgement that bodypainters are also artists.


Mythica von Griffyn
Artist: Bodypainter
Instagram, Twitter, Youtube: iammythica



Franchise Reboot Revolves around Road Trip from Hell

  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams Franchise Reboot Revolves around Road Trip from Hell  According to Murphy's Law, "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong." And Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul provides cinematic support for that pessimistic principle. For, this kitchen sink comedy relies on the domino effect to exacerbate the ever-mounting misfortunes visited upon the beleaguered Heffley family … [Read More its Good for You.....]


The “King” Will Take Center Stage at the 2017 Wildlife Conservation Expo

  The “King” Will Take Center Stage at the 2017 Wildlife Conservation Expo by Amy Lignor   Each and every year the Wildlife Conservation Expo is held to address situations out there that are harming our world and its animal inhabitants. This time around, WCN’s annual Fall Wildlife Conservation Expo in October, will be focusing on various issues, but it is the King of the Jungle who will be taking center stage. For those who are … [Read More its Good for You...]


Hit the Wrecks and Rigs for Summertime Cobia

  Hit the Wrecks and Rigs for Summertime Cobia By Craig Lamb Cobia, ling or lemonfish. From the Gulf Coast of Texas far up the Atlantic Coast into the Carolinas, Rachycentron canadum is highly valued as a prized fighter and epicurean's delight. Tasty and sporting, the fish is fun to catch, and summertime is a great time to land a trophy. Do that by searching for big fish over the wrecks, reefs and other bottom irregularities. If you are … [Read More its Good for You...]


College Football Arriving Soon!

  College Football Arriving Soon! by Amy Lignor   Ask any college football fan and they will tell you that it seems like an eternity waiting for the season to begin. But, have no fear, the kick-off to the college season is almost here, with Colorado State and Oregon State hitting the field on Saturday, August 26th at 2:30 p.m. ET. On the same day, fans of Oregon State and Colorado State will see an active match-up, and Portland … [Read More its Good for You...]


Going Back in Time on the Ultimate Steamboat Vacation

  Going Back in Time on the Ultimate Steamboat Vacation by Amy Lignor   Many people love taking a cruise. But it is the river cruise on that glorious steamboat that not only offers all the benefits a big ocean liner offers, but also creates a more personalized, intimate vacation experience. It is a unique recipe: being able to witness stunning landscapes, mixed with amazing history, while dining on acclaimed regional cuisine and … [Read More its Good for You...]

Real Estate

Real Estate: Refinancing Rates on the Rise in 2017

  Real Estate: Refinancing Rates on the Rise in 2017 by Amy Lignor   The term ‘meteoric rise’ usually applies to something fun. Think: A Hollywood actor who has been ‘discovered.’) Unfortunately, when it comes to this article, ‘meteoric rise’ is something that will not bring a smile to one’s face. To put it simply, if you wish to refinance your home, you need to do it ASAP. If choosing to wait too much longer, homeowners across the … [Read More its Good for You.....]


Umbrella Insurance: The Safety Net You Need

  Umbrella Insurance: The Safety Net You Need by Amy Lignor   The realm of insurance is just about the most difficult maze to get through. Each and every day it seems the financial and insurance industries are changing. What is not changing, however, is the fact that lawsuits fill up the courts more and more – lawsuits that award cash to third parties even if you don’t happen to have that cash saved. More and more, the words “umbrella … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden

  Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden by Amy Lignor   Many are still dealing with that wintery mix Mother Nature just loves to toss down from the sky this time of year. Yet, that gardener living inside the soul – the one just dreaming of the sunny skies and lazy rainy days that are must-haves in order to grow the best vegetables possible – is already jotting down the facts, tricks and tips they need to know in order to make that … [Read More its Good for You...]


Book of Black Heroes

  Book of Black Heroes Political Leaders Past and Present by Gil L. Robertson, IV Foreword by Myrlie Evers-Williams Just Us Books Paperback, $12.95 80 pages ISBN: 978-1-933491-21-9 Book Review by Kam Williams “The first African-American political leaders began to serve following the Civil War...Known as Reconstruction, this period represented a window of opportunity for African-Americans... Many [Black] political leaders emerged … [Read More its Good for You...]