Everyone’s first brush with body painting was probably at a children’s birthday party, when simplistic kitty whiskers and rainbows ruled. But now, with the popularity of body paint competition reality show Skin Wars, the art form is gaining legitimacy and expanding into complex creations covering a model — often nude — from head to toe.
With the newfound acceptance in the art scene and progressive edge, body painters can be found at events turning their models into living paintings. To expand body-painting culture to new audiences and give a platform to undiscovered talent, San Antonio-based organization Beyond the Canvas is holding their annual Texas Body Paint Competition, now in its 11th year, at the Guadalupe Theater. At the growing event, 30 body painters and live canvases from Texas and beyond, will compete to win the coveted first-place trophy. The special guest judge will be renowned body-paint master Craig Tracy, who was notably a judge on Skin Wars.
Along with the body-paint competition, there will be live performances from the electric (literally) Flowbotics Hoop Troupe and Afro-Brazilian performance group Capoeira Luanda, and a set by DJ Sephi Hakubi. Beyond the Canvas was founded by San Antonio promoter Tomas Vasquez, who has since expanded his organization to hold events across the United States. But despite growing, his mission remains the same, focused on shining a spotlight on the community’s rising artists. In the words of Vasquez, BTC’s purpose is “working together for the benefit of the art community, creating opportunities within our city; providing mentors, fostering teamwork, cultivating a professional networking group and enabling artistic expression.” Tickets range from general admission for $30, to premium seating for $60. Big spenders can indulge in the VIP experience for $500, which includes a private table, bottle service and food. Watching paint dry has never been so fascinating.
$30-$500, Sat Nov. 10, 5pm-1am, Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe St., (210) 271-3151, beyondthecanvas.org.
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