Neil Curtis is an artist who is breaking with tradition in the medium of body painting and turning it into art. As he says in the trailer for this project, most people when you mention body painting associate it with female models so when it is on a male model they are more likely to see the actual project.
Part of this project is about taking away the symbols outer layers of what we use to represent ourselves to the rest of the world, the colour of our skin and our clothes. Whether we like it or not, race still does influence how people are treated and our clothes always have and always will influence people’s judgement of us. Are we dressed appropriately? Expensively? Cheaply? By stripping a model completely nude and taking away those clothes and then taking away skin colour by painting every inch of their body, we bring everyone down, or up, to an level playing field. Talking with the artist today online, he explained that the sideways format is intentional, again it stops people looking with preconceived ideas.
The first of these videos that I’m sharing with you is “the Boxer”. He also happens to most fit the image of the “hot” guy. He’s got a great body and a beautiful cock. Neil also tells me that the Boxer is straight. All of these models must be pretty comfortable in their own skin to be so completely revealed and exposed on video and for a straight boxer, a macho sport by anyone’s standards, to have another man using a roller to apply paint to every inch of your body, would be pretty challenging.The models also have to shave down their body as, as Niel says, hair and paint don’t go well together.
The matt finish on the paint once the model is painted is giving me some ideas on how to proceed with my own “tribal” series.