Google+

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.

Namaste’

Mythica von Griffyn
Artist: Bodypainter
www.mythicavongriffyn.com
www.facebook.com/mythicalbodypainting
Instagram, Twitter, Youtube: iammythica

Entertainment

WWI Saga Revolves around Love Triangle in the Midst of Ethnic Cleansing

  The Promise Film Review by Kam Williams WWI Saga Revolves around Love Triangle in the Midst of Ethnic Cleansing It's Eastern Turkey in 1914, which is where we find druggist Mikael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac) applying his trade in his half-Armenian/half-Turkish village where Christians and Muslims get along swell. The ambitious, young apothecary would really rather be a doctor, so he strategically courts a neighbor (Angela Sarafyan) from a … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Books

Cop under Fire

  Cop under Fire Moving Beyond Hashtags of Race, Crime and Politics for a Better America by Sheriff David Clarke, Jr. with Nancy French Foreword by Sean Hannity Worthy Publishing Hardcover, $21.99 272 pages ISBN: 978-1-617-95857-1 Book Review by Kam Williams “David Clarke refuses to bow a knee to political correctness, and he refuses to give his party over to the hands of black activists whose politics would destroy America. … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the days of pain, the days of sorrow. We are in mourning. The sky looks down and sheds its tears for … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder

  History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder by Amy Lignor   For the longest time, scientists and archaeologists have been confused and bemused by various discoveries they’ve unearthed that offer little or no explanation as to the who, what, and why of the people who created these things or left them behind. Even now, in 2017, there are discoveries being studied; stories that were once legends now have actual bits of proof being found that … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

Dr. Leon Pressing On!

  Wilmer J. Leon, III The “Politics: Another Perspective” Interview with Kam Williams Dr. Leon Pressing On! Wilmer J. Leon, III is a political scientist whose primary areas of expertise are Black Politics American Government, and Public Policy. Dr. Leon has a B.S. degree in Political Science from Hampton Institute, and a Masters in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Howard University. He is a … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

What to Tip the “Tipper”

  What to Tip the “Tipper” He or she is your guide into those woods, out on that river, etc. They are the ones who have gone to school and been educated in this particular sport/pleasure you are delving into for your vacation time, and they are the ones with companies that make it easier than ever to plan a guided hunt or trip for you, family and friends. They are also the ones with just the right “tip” that could allow you to have the … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

“Sin City” Becomes Acceptable?

  “Sin City” Becomes Acceptable? by Amy Lignor   So…what changes will occur if an NFL team hits Las Vegas? Not many, actually. Perhaps more of the ‘contract money’ will be lost considering the blackjack tables ARE right in the vicinity; however, NFL owners seem just fine with the fact that the Raiders will once again wave good-bye to their “Nation” and relocate to Sin City. But when you look at the news headlines, the NFL has and … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Buying & Selling: Learning the Art of the Tag Sale

  Buying & Selling: Learning the Art of the Tag Sale by Amy Lignor   When people speak about making a few extra bucks, there is more than one way to skin a cat these days. Perhaps you’re trying to save up for a vacation for the family to take this summer. Perhaps you are looking for collectibles to invest in. Oddly enough, many people do not realize what, exactly, was in Great Grandma’s house when she passed on to a happier place. … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Where to Vacation? Go Big or Stay Home!

  Where to Vacation? Go Big or Stay Home! by Amy Lignor   We speak about luxury vacations, budget vacations, vacations that are fun for the kids, and many more areas of travel at this time of year. But there is also a category that many do not touch upon because they “assume” it is far too difficult for those on a budget to be able to enjoy these jaw-dropping wonders. However, whether you are a backpacker looking to “become a … [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...]