Hair Painting

Artist Jarrett Key paints with his hair. When I first saw the story about him in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, I thought that must mean he had cut some of his hair off and made a brush out of it. But no. He uses his hair as a brush while it's still attached to his head.

Key says his inspiration came from his dead grandmother who appeared to him in a dream and said, "Your hair is your strength. Paint with your hair."

Key probably doesn't realize this, but he was actually anticipated in this technique by comedian Pat Paulsen who, back in 1966, before he became famous on the The Smothers Brothers' show, made headlines by claiming to be an artist who used his head as a paintbrush. Paulsen called it 'Cranial Painting.'

Arizona Republic - Mar 6, 1966

     Posted By: Alex - Sat Nov 03, 2018
     Category: Art | Hair and Hairstyling

Pat Paulsen also founded a winery in California. I had the pleasure of meeting him when he visited a wine store in downtown Milwaukee that had begun selling his wines. This would have been in the early 1980's. The wines we tried were excellent, and the winery is still in operation today. I remember chatting with him about his presidential "campaign". A very nice individual.
Posted by Fritz G on 11/03/18 at 08:27 AM
Those Milli Vanilli guys would have lasted longer if they had taken up painting as a career. Have you ever seen a performance video of them with their hair extensions whipping around like crazed cowboys at a rodeo?
Posted by KDP on 11/04/18 at 10:57 AM
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