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EU-wide bodypaint action for a ban on deep-sea bottom trawling

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 12-09-2014 20:00 | Category: Animal rights, Environment

EU-wide bodypaint action for a ban on deep-sea bottom trawling.

Marine conservation non-profit BLOOM teamed up with LUSH this week to draw public attention to the plight of the remote deep waters of Europe. All LUSH shops across Europe host a campaign from 8 to 14 September about the destruction caused by deep-sea bottom trawling and to ask European governments to support a ban. You can sign the petition here.

European Fisheries Ministers are currently discussing the reform of the EU deep-sea fishing regulation, in particular the proposed prohibition of the most destructive fishing gear: deep-sea bottom trawling.

On September 10th, a live performance of body painting deep-sea creatures was done in flagship LUSH stores across Europe to symbolize the diversity of deep-sea life and its vulnerability to destruction.

LUSH operates a strict policy against animal testing and supports fair trade and community initiatives around the world. This is what they did in 2008 with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in a anti-shark-finning campaign.

See all our body painting posts from our archive here.

Above: © Frej Thoren / Lam Hoang, Goteborg Sweden
Below: campaign video

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This organ donor ad is weird — and kind of beautiful

Posted by Tom Megginson | 22-03-2014 14:35 | Category: Health


How could two people be any physically closer than making love? How about having an organ transplanted between them?

It’s a weird way to promote organ donation, and could perhaps turn off some potential donors by sexualizing their deeply selfless act. But if the best an issue awareness ad can do is to provoke discussion, then this beautifully art directed example from Brazil has accomplished its goal.

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My body, my rights, my body painting

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 6-03-2014 21:30 | Category: Human rights

Hikaru Cho and Amnesty International: My Body My Rights

A woman is refused contraception because she doesn’t have her husband’s permission. A man is harassed by police because he’s gay. A teenager is denied a life-saving termination because abortion is illegal in her country.

Japan-based artist Hikaru Cho created a series of body art images exclusively for Amnesty International’s newest campaign My Body My Rights. Hikaru Cho and Amnesty created four videos on the subject of sexual and reproductive rights.
Each of the four videos is about the basic human right to make our own decisions about our health, body and sexual life.

This video: You have the right to know and learn about your body, sexual health and relationships.
See the other videos after the break including an interview with Hikaru Cho.

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Is this eating disorder ad too sexy?

Posted by Tom Megginson | 20-02-2014 16:10 | Academy | Category: Social Marketing


It’s a serious question. This woman has the typical idealized body of a model, and despite the scary body painting, the portrayal is undeniably drawing attention to her curves and bare skin.

When I think about eating disorders, I try to imagine looking in the mirror and seeing a funhouse reflection of myself that is always bulgier and heavier than reality.  That’s the really scary thing about dysmorphia, as opposed to just wanting to lose weight: it’s a chronic mental illness that can kill, because people who have it can’t see what they’re doing to their bodies:


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Breast cancer survivors’ body painting art censored by Facebook

Posted by Tom Megginson | 3-11-2011 14:29 | Category: Activism


Facebook continues its moral crusade against the human nipple. Ukrainian top-free feminists FEMEN (who have faced their share of Facebook bannination) made me aware of the latest administrator crackdown on an art and advocacy project called the Breast Cancer Awareness Body Painting Project (BCABPP).

Calling themselves “An all Breast Cancer Survivor project for awareness, fundraising, inspiration and healing worldwide” they use nude body painting and photography to help survivors express how they feel about what the disease has done to their bodies. But while Facebook generally gives an exception to nudity (which in America means exposed female nipples, bums and/or genitals) in paintings and other “art”, it does not except non-sexual nudity that has been painted.

“It has come to our attention,” states the petition against the social media network, “that Facebook is now censoring images being posted for this project. I have used social media long enough to know that they censor who and want they want. I see pornographic material on there daily. I see women, men, children using their bodies to elicit business in their avatar usage. What I want to know is HOW can they censor a project that uses the human canvas and creates ART - when they allow nude paintings and other photos to be shown? I am positive that our children see more T & A while surfing through Facebook (and other online venues), as well as just turning on the television, opening a magazine or going to a beach!”

Facebook is, as always, within its rights to censor based on its user Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. The problem artists and activists are having is that it simply prohibits “nudity” without stating details or exceptions and that enforcement is based on user reporting. So it is basically in the hands of the most prudish visitor to decide what is “pornography”, and Facebook admins usually follow a guilty-until-proven-innocent deletion policy. In the past, artists have been reinstated after causing PR headaches for the network. But they continue to pander to a very Middle American standard of decency.


The project is by Florida photographer Michael D. Colanero and body painter Keegan Hitchcock, along with an army of survivor volunteers.

You can see some of their work after the break.

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[Discussion] Public nude bodypainting: victory for artistic free speech or shameless self promotion?

Posted by Tom Megginson | 19-09-2011 19:54 | Category: Media


Artist Andy Golub specializes in painting bodies and objects. And as an artist, he knows that he has a right to exhibit nude body painting in public places in New York City. To remind the authorities of this, he has staged a number of happenings in Times Square.

Andy’s most recent event, painting g-string clad model Zoe West on August 30, resulted in her arrest. But as predicted, she was later released without charges.

While Golub has certainly drawn headlines with his public displays, he insists it is all done in the name of art. “When the model first takes her clothes off, some people think it’s a stunt of some kind,” he says. “But after the painting starts to take form, people just hang out and watch the painting develop. I think my favorite thing is the look that everyone has when they’re staring and contemplating how the process works.”

We see a lot of nudity in today’s digital media world, mostly because sex and beauty still have an instinctive power to fascinate us. But what do you think of the artist’s motives? And would you feel differently if the model was male, or the painter female?

Most importantly: Do you feel enlightened?

See (censored) mainstream media video of his latest work after the break.

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Are you obsessed with the right things?

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 29-08-2010 18:30 | Category: Health, Women's Issues

Breast Cancer Foundation of Singapore: Are you obsessed with the right things?

Three clever ads with real body painting. The Breast Cancer Foundation of Singapore wants women to become obsessed with the one which is mostly forgotten: breast examination.

“Are you obsessed with the right things? The difference between a pimple (big butt/bad hair day) and breast cancer is that of life and death. Regular breast checks are the best way to fight cancer. Show support for the women in your life by purchasing a Pink Ribbon.”

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Good intentions 2008: give a hand to wildlife

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 2-01-2008 22:10 | Category: Environment


Making campaigns for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) often results in bittersweet creative work. These images I really love. Body Painter Guido Daniele makes a lot of effort to paint these hands.

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