YNA Teams Up with Andy Golub in Live Naked Body Painting
Last week, I got naked in Times Square. Stark naked in the heart of New York City. I even convinced three friends to get naked with me. So what was the occasion? Live body painting with artist Andy Golub! I had interviewed Andy Golub for my blog a few months ago and really liked his art and way of turning bodies into living canvasses. I believe his work challenges people’s perception of the human body, especially those who fear nudity or feel shame towards their own bodies. So Andy and I decided to collaborate on a group body painting session in his most frequented area, Times Square, where he’s painted over 30 times.
It started with me at 6pm in the pedestrian plaza. I stripped down to only my pink thong, and Andy quickly swept his brush to cover my breasts in paint. Later, Justina, Beth Nolan, and Eva showed up, along with a guy friend of Eva’s. He gradually swept colors over the four of us as the crowd grew and cameras flashed all around. The crowd was huge. Andy and his assistants would periodically have to tell people to step back when it started feeling claustrophobic. As can be expected in that area, it was mostly tourists flocking in droves. The viewers looked happy, mesmerized or just baffled by what we were doing.
Following Andy’s agreement with the city, we were permitted to take off the bottoms after sun sets (despite the fact that it never actually gets dark in Times Square). Somewhere around 8:30/9pm we took them off. It felt great to be completely nude. I felt lighter. I was surprised at what a difference it made, taking off that one little piece of remaining fabric.
And we had fun! Minnie Mouse and Elmo came over to say hi and gave their approval. We took group photos in front of Sephora. And here we were, vibrant works of art, standing right next to cigarette butts and empty chicken McNugget cartons on the plaza ground. I was kind of amused by the contrast.
A publication called Vice Magazine covered the whole thing with photos and video. Before I comment, I really want to hear what you think.
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Photographers of photos featured above: Caryn La Greca, Chris Taylor, Arthur Eisenberg, Andrew Koenig, Dream Reality Photography
Category: Felicity's Nudist Blog By Felicity Jones
About the Author (Author Profile)I'm Felicity, author of Felicity's Blog and co-founder of Young Naturists America. I write about nudism and naturism in today's world along with issues like top-freedom and body acceptance, and various naked topics. Enjoy, and leave a comment when you've got something to say! :)
Well, now that I've heard from some of you, I'll give you my own opinion on the Vice article. It was totally exaggerated. I truly didn't feel as if I were surrounded by salivating perverts, as the author would have you believe. Sure there were a few creepy guys here or there, but in a large, diverse crowd it's to be expected. Aside from that, there's the gratuitous vulgarity of the writing. I (and the artist) have learned that this is the typical style of Vice. But that doesn't excuse the poor choice of words and the manner in which he describes a positive public display of art. The video is the best part and helps to show what it was really like.
Whether there are men leering or looking at us in a sexual way or not, I still feel Andy's work changes people's perceptions of the human body. The more people see such nudity in a positive way, the better.
Well done Felicity. You represented yourself extremely well. Thanks for being an advocate of natural nudity.
@FelicityJones Well, I think there's no one better to comment here than yourself. Thanks for sharing your perceptions, because you were there, receiving the feedback from the audience directly.I really think you should also write to the article's author and share your views. His profile (and e-mail, and Twitter account) is linked on the website, Not only it would be an important reponse to him, but also clarify any misconception he must have.
Hmmm, I really like this event. Don't like the creepy guys at the end, can they ever be avoided? I'm sometimes amazed our species has managed to overpopulate so much with guys being as lame as they can be... My gender sucks! Anyway, despite the pervs, it sounds like fun and I'd like to do it with YNA someday.
Good article, Felicity! Takes some nerve to do what you did! Perhaps even more nerve to add that other article!
Vice articles always have a pretty...unique approach. I know lot of people who gets offended by their material. I am a Vice reader for a few years, so I'm used to their style. I wouldn't expect a regular and/or impartial news report by Vice, 'cause this is never what they do.
Talking about this specific text, in the beginning it bothered me a litlle, but after reading it all it's more like a "journal" of the writer's experience witnessing not only the body paiting, but the whole gathering of people it created. So, I found it "honest. Just brutally honest". But not ill-intentioned.
I liked this sentence: " Just because people were barbarians, including myself, didn’t mean that this wasn’t worth doing. How people receive the art doesn’t dictate its value, right?" but a lot of that article is really uncalled for. We don't really know whether the writer was stiff or not. Couldn't he describe things in a more simple way?
Interesting that the Cooper article and the accompanying video presented such different takes on the same event. While the article described pretty much the much the expected reaction of men to naked women in public (one of the reasons topfreedom has such an uphill battle to fight), the video portrays a much more sympathetic view reminiscent of a street festival rather than of an exploitative publicity stunt and the inevitable response by crowds of leering cretins.
Most informative to us was the reaction of the kids there, and their parents. Though the video is obviously intended to present this event in the best light, nonetheless there's no faking the fact that the kids were unconcerned about the naked women. In fact, they seemed more interested in the process than the sight of so much heretofore unseen body parts. Of course, while their initial reactions of shock, dismay, and severe mental trauma may have been edited out, somehow it still seems as if they took it all for granted; just one more interesting thing in the life of a child, where every day brings new unexpected and wonderful things!
FYI everyone, I just fixed my poll so it will show the results. If you didn't see them, you can vote again - it won't count it again, but will then show you the results :)