Below are some frequently asked questions for artists and models participating in NYC Bodypainting Day on July 18, 2015.

What's the purpose of Bodypainting Day?

To promote free artistic expression, body acceptance and connecting with the public through art. Read more about Bodypainting Day.

Do models need to be nude?

Yes, all models will be painted full nude. Bodypainting Day is about celebrating the human body without shame.
It shows that nudity doesn't always mean sex. It also shows just how diverse bodies really are. We are all unique and perfect in our imperfections.

Is there an award for the best painting?

No. This is not a competition in any way. It's about artists sharing their creativity and their ideas and models sharing their bodies to help give these ideas life.

What should I paint for the theme "What the World Needs Now..." ?

The theme is intentionally vague. It does NOT need to be taken literally. It can be as simple as an expression of something positive. Bodypainting Day is more than a display of artistic skill. It is a statement that art is for everyone to see and share and that the human body can be a powerful canvas for art.

Artists can paint whatever they feel speaks to the theme, including abstractions. We do NOT need to articulate how the art meets the theme. The art speaks for itself.

Click here to read more information and guidelines for artists.

Are there any age restrictions?

This event is open to the public and can be viewed by people and children of all ages. All artists and models must be at least 18 years old and must have ID. Attendance to the after-party (for artists, models & VIP's only) at No Malice Palace is 21 and over.

Can we use airbrush?

No, Kryolan has donated all of the paint, which comes in cake form. Artists need to bring their own brushes.

Can we use our own paints?

No, we will all be using the paints that Kryolan has donated. This way all of the paintings look great alone as well as together as a group.

What about things like headdresses, fake nails, etc?

Sorry, no accessories. We are just keeping this to the nude body and paint.

What if someone is being creepy?

The vast majority of spectators will be behaving themselves properly. That being said, there are occasions when someone might say or do something that can make our models uncomfortable. This could be something they say or even just the way they carry themselves. MODELS NEED TO BE COMFORTABLE. If for any reason you feel uncomfortable, please let one of our staff know right away and we'll take care of it. Please do not confront people yourselves.

Staff will be wearing colored Bodypainting Day T-shirts.

Are you sure that this is legal? What happens if police or security question me?

This is all perfectly legal. We have received a permit from the city and the police have been informed of all activities.
That being said, if anyone such as park security were to ask you any questions, please refer them to event staff.

Am I allowed to speak to the press?

There will be a lot of press coverage at this event. If you'd like to answer questions and get in the newspaper or TV, feel free to do so and have fun!

What do we need to bring with us?

Artists need to bring their own brushes and a towel for their model to stand on (to keep the ground clean).
Models should pack as light as possible. If you have long hair, please bring something to tie your hair up. Please wear comfortable shoes.
Also, please note that artists will at times be responsible for the models' possessions, such as during the march and when photos are being taken. Artists may want to bring a backpack for this. Models should not over-pack. Feel free to coordinate with each other.

What happens if I don't have a model/artist?

Artists and Models will be matched up through a random process. You will be given your model/artist at registration.

HOWEVER, there will be more models than artists. Some artists will paint more than one model.
Models will be separated into first-round and second-round. Only the former will be assigned to a particular artist ahead of time.
Second-round models will be assigned to an artist on an ongoing basis.
(Please don't worry. ALL accepted models WILL BE PAINTED.)

Artists: If you are interested in painting more than one model, please contact Andy at

Is there anything I need to know about painting as part of a large group?

With so many models, your work will often be seen at a distance. Detail work is great, but it's a good idea to use bold lines and colors.

What happens if it rains?

The rain date is the following day, July 19th. But even if it rains, we still may hold the event depending on the forecast for the next day. Bringing an umbrella could be helpful. The paint will run if it gets wet.