Weird Universe

Body Painting

Carnival in Trinidad:  Then and Now

I don't mean to sound like an Old Fart, but the 1957 Carnival just seems to me so much more charming and weird and ingenious--look at those bipedal seahorses with the mermaid--than the current version, which seems to be about nothing more than bare flesh. Maybe the 2015 videographer simply did not film the weird costumes--but then again, every other video of the 2015 carnival on YouTube features the exact same stuff. Now, I like bare flesh as much as the next voyeur, but I would really prefer to see a papier-mache Godzilla any day.

Makeup By Hanna Majava





Many more images at the links.

Her blog.

Her Facebook page.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jun 09, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Art, Europe, Body Painting

The Lip Art of Sandra Holmbom

Sandra Holmbom (aka Psycho Sandra) is a 26-year-old Swedish makeup artist. On her blog ( she says, "I don't have a makeup education, I just do it because it's so damn fun." She has a particular interest in using lips as a canvas for her art, and has achieved some unusual effects!

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Mar 03, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Art, Body Painting

Making an Invisible Statement

Liu Bolin, a young Chinese artist, has found a unique way to protest the government's decision to close his art studio in 2005. He paints himself to blend into the scenery, like a chameleon. There is no trick photography involved, and he doesn't use photoshop. Instead, he spends about ten hours studying a picture and painting his body so that people don’t even realize he is there until he moves. The Telegraph online has a pretty good gallery showcasing his images, but you can easily find more thanks to Google.
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Wed Nov 04, 2009 | Comments (8)
Category: Art, Magic and Illusions and Sleight of Hand, Body Painting


Once you have experienced the 1968 film PSYCH-OUT, you will be unable to return to your square, plastic, uptight lifestyle. Just the sight of Jack Nicholson's fake ponytail alone will trip you out!

The Tiger Lillies

Witness the weirdness that is the Tiger Lillies.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Sep 28, 2008 | Comments (4)
Category: Art, Pop Art, Surrealism, Eccentrics, Fashion, Humor, Parody, Music, Theater and Stage, Body Painting
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