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Body painting is a form of body art where artwork is painted directly onto the human skin. Unlike tattoos and other forms of body art, body painting is temporary, lasting several hours or sometimes up to a few weeks Bikini body painting the case of mehndi or "henna tattoos" about two weeks. Body painting that is limited to the face is known as " face painting ". Body painting is also referred to as a form of "temporary tattoo". Large scale or full-body painting is more commonly referred to as body painting, while smaller or more detailed work can sometimes be referred to as temporary tattoos.

Body painting with clay and other natural pigments existed in most, if not all, tribalist cultures.

Often worn during ceremonies, it still survives in this ancient form among the indigenous people of AustraliaNew Zealandthe Pacific islands and parts of Africa. A semi-permanent form of body painting known as Mehndiusing dyes made of henna leaves hence also known rather erroneously as "henna tattoo"is practiced in Indiaespecially on brides. Since the late s, Mehndi has become popular amongst young women in the Western world. Many indigenous peoples of Central and South America paint jagua tattoosor designs with Genipa americana juice on their bodies.

Indigenous peoples of South America traditionally use annattohuitoor wet charcoal to decorate Bikini body painting faces and bodies. Huito is semi-permanent, and it generally takes weeks for this black dye to fade. Body painting is not always large pieces on fully nude bodies, but can involve smaller pieces on displayed areas of otherwise clothed bodies.

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There has been a revival of body painting in Western society since the s, in part prompted by the liberalization of social mores regarding nudity and often comes in sensationalist or exhibitionist forms. Body painting is sometimes used as a method of gaining attention in political protests, for instance those by PETA Bikini body painting Burberry.

Body painting led to a minor alternative art movement in the s and s, which involved covering a model in paint and then having the model touch or roll on a canvas or other medium to transfer the paint.


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