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NSFW link: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/jul/09/thousands-strip-naked-in-hull-for-spencer-tunick-photographs

 

3200 British volunteers took off their clothes and were painted four shades of blue and photographed in the streets of Hull as part of an art project by American photographer Spencer Tunick.

 

Tunick specializes in large photographs of crowds of nude people. The blue color is symbolic of Hull's relationship to the river and the sea.

 

I was amazed at the cheerful volunteerism exhibited -- the models are unpaid -- and the sheer variety of people participating. It seems to me an eye-opening sample of what regular people look like naked (well, partly, since in this project each person is painted monochrome).

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Many years ago I posed for an artist.  There were 31 paintings painted.

I was given -1, 01, and 30 as a reward.  The rest were sold.

Was quite the liberating experience, and really taught me self acceptance !

The paintings were watercolors, and amazingly good !

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I modeled for an art group years ago.  Much like Jasonator it forced me to deal with myself and my body.  I was also an art major at the school, so it was odd to have a couple professors drawing me, as well as a few of the other students.  The best part was the professors and everyone was awesome, and, knowing I might as well have been a bowl of fruit, I couldn't have asked for a better group to pose for. 

 

As to these 3200 volunteers, it shows how that nudity is not as big of a deal there.  In the US, I can just hear the protests now.  :wacko:

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I posed nude for Megan's Life Studies class - twelve students.

 

Megan's ended up on what she used to call her Naked People Wall, tucked where her mum couldn't see it when she came in through the door.

 

The Auld Grump - Megan was also on her Naked People Wall.

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Urge to see Avatar, rising!

 

The blue really stands out against the typical reds, browns and greys of the cityscape. Particularly in the bottom picture. If it weren't fro the short video, I'd assume it was heavily photoshopped.

 

I also can't help but think of literal blue-footed booby jokes.

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I actually wonder if painting your body could cause harm???

 

I know many people bodypaint these days, but is the paint safe?

Looking it up, the basic ingredients of body paint seem to be waxes and petroleum jelly with, interestingly, some mica -- used in metallic-effect paints as well -- presumably for a little visual kick to the color over skin. Nothing in that seems any more harmful than lipstick.

 

The pigments could be problematic. Just eyeballing it, at a guess, it looks like the two bluest shades are based on Ultramarine Blue and Titanium White, both of which are considered safe enough for eye makeup. The green and turquoise shades have some other pigment or dye added, but I don't know what.

 

On the other hand skin products have stricter regulations than paints about what can go in them.

 

I don't do body paint and I never let my kids get their faces painted at street fairs -- but that's because I could see the artists were using plain acrylic paints on human skin. :blink: This is not safe and may not be legal but is commonly done.

 

Anyhow, this is the best article I could find in the artist (again -- NSFW): http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2012/07/the-naked-world-of-spencer-tunick/100344/

 

A few observations:

 

Apparently it was a chilly day. This seems not uncommon in these projects, although at least the people on the glacier got to put little towels under their feet.

 

Hull wasn't the biggest project. That may have been the one in Mexico City, which had some 20,000 participants.

 

Not all of the projects involve painted people, although many do.

 

Most of the participants are pretty pink on average. There were only a few black people visible, most notably in a New York project.

 

The Australian project had an almost comical swathe of near-universally very pale bottoms. :blink:

 

Very interesting: When people are nude it is sometimes extraordinarily difficult to tell at first glance if they are a man or a woman.

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“Everybody just got involved, so we didn’t feel like it was that weird,â€

 

I think that speaks more to the "Madness of Crowds" than anything else.

 

^_^

Or sometimes, it goes the other way:

 

"Now that *everyone* is naked, what's all the puritan fuss about?"

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