Is A Body Painted Lady Nude?

body painted nude woman outside, Calgary

Is A Body Painted Lady Nude?

Body painting is having a very sheer second skin covering your nude body. The whole body could be covered when the art is finished, or bits of skin still peek through. When you look into the mirror, you can see the transformation.

So are you nude now or considered “dressed”?

The most common observation once painted is the women don’t feel they are nude; they feel covered. In some cases, they feel like another character. The painted outfit or abstract often emboldens them. It is exotic and exciting, creating an incredible rush.

body painted blue jeans and corset boudoir by Mark Laurie Inner Spirit Photo
Painter adding touches to the body painted jeans

One client who was posing with another, both in the ’50s painted clothes style. Making a dance move, he swung her into him when she squealed then apologized. She said up until the moment of contact, she had forgotten she was naked.

The most amusing was my client walking out of a downtown hotel wearing a painted-over G-string and heels in deep conversation with her friend. We had been doing a project there. It was noontime rush hour; the sidewalks were full of people going both directions.

It was nearly a block before the breeze came up, startling her with a windy caress. While she hurried back, no one else appeared to notice that she was naked . . . or was she? 

This is not new; there are YouTube video experiments around the world with the same results. There are painted women sitting in outdoor cafes for lunch or strolling through festivals, workplaces, busy tourist venues or down sidewalks full of busy office workers.

So few people even notice the painted ladies.

The double-takes are amusing for the rare ones that do.

Body Painting is one of the adventures we offer, it is exciting.

Some women have clothes replicated on their bodies like corsets, sports jerseys, superhero costumes, suits, etc. Others go in for abstract designs that focus on strength and power, including personal icons vital to them. This superhero was painted by Lucie Brouillard.

super hero body paint on nude woman by Mark Laurie, Inner Spirit Photography
Looking like a nude superhero in body-painted art.

Body Painting Increases Your Confidence

Once painted, clients tend to move differently. You can see the confidence grow; they start to have delicious fun with it, especially if it is clothes or a character. The Zombies in my birthday painting session did just that. When their faces were done, they completely became zombies, in their case, Graduation zombies. Melody Kielek outdid herself with this set. 


Zombie body painting transformation by Inner Spirit Photography, Calgary
Mathew transformed into a zombie.

You can really see the transformation take hold when Cosplayers become body painted at a comic convention. The detail is fantastic, but weapons and accessories really complete the whole effect.

What is so wonderful is their body shape; even if they are a bigger person portraying a lean fighting Superhero, it makes no difference to them or those who see them. Nor does age matter; body art elevates them above all of that.

Mayan Goddess, nude body paint by Mark Laurie
Body Painted nude woman becomes Mayan Goddess

To push the authentic clothing look a little further, they add actual items to the art. Like blue jeans will have ripped threads, or biz cards will stick out of back pockets. You can see the ripped shirtsleeve holding the cigarette package in place. Metal decorative disks will be glued on the painted belts.

nude couple body painted, looking like 50's rockers
Body Painted couple get a retro look.

In Las Vegas, several fully body-painted women fooled the bouncers of a no nudity bar for 4 hours before they were spotted and escorted out. Waving them in, the doorman clearly thought they were not nude.

It is so cool, this effect. To be either painted or lucky me, to be the photographer.

So what do you think, is a painted lady nude?
Could this be for you?

body painted characters start off nude, bright colors
Become a Character, a bit of a Cosplay approach

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