20 Body Art Masterpieces That Are So Ingenious, You Won’t Believe Your Eyes

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Image: Johannes Stötter

In another work from Johannes Stötter, this boy blends perfectly into the azure skyline and grass, creating an eerie, ghost-like presence. The kid’s bemused stare, too, adds to the mystery and intrigue. And while the body painting itself is not as complex as some other examples in this list, there’s no doubt that the overall effect is suitably other-worldly.

Image: Shannon Holt

We can spot at least four models here, but there could be more making up this cunningly good fox face. It’s the impressive work of Shannon Holt and her pal Angela Roberts. In a 2014 interview with The Daytona Beach News-Journal, Florida-based Holt described body painting’s “ephemeral” nature as echoing humans’ own plight on the planet. She said, “It’s here and then it’s gone. It’s kind of like ourselves – we’re here on Earth and then we’re gone, and it’s beautiful.” We couldn’t agree more.

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Image: Johannes Stötter

Chameleons are well known for their camouflaging capabilities. But here it’s actually the humans blending in in another masterpiece from Johannes Stötter. This design is actually made up of two models, one resting on top of the other. And, incredibly, it only took the artist and a helper six hours to paint the pair as one staggeringly detailed lizard.

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