Looking at these bright and bold images, you could be forgiven for thinking some mysterious new species has been discovered or that aliens have finally touched down on Earth. After all, these colorful creatures certainly look like they’re out of this world.
Mind you, we’re talking in the extraordinary, and not the planetary, sense here. Because, despite appearances, there are most definitely humans hiding behind these amazingly intricate costumes. Welcome, then, to the wacky and wonderful world of body painting.
Of course, body painting with clay and other pigments has long been associated with tribal cultures and indigenous populations. Within modern Western society, though, the practice first rose to attention in the art world during the 1960s. Since then, this highly specialized art form has grown in popularity.