Leaning Tower of Pisa

Pisa is a conservative church but we luckily, as a part of my artist residency at Il Palmerino, I got permission from Domus Comelina to paint in front of this beautiful view. 

I cleverly bodypainted a fake bikini on the back of the model so none of the tourists would realize she was fully nude. 

This model did pass out part way through the painting due to circulation issues, but after a little care and determination on the part of the model, we were able to finish this beautiful painting.

Here are a few in-process photos by Bertrand Orsal.

What Should the Model's Wear?

Looking at different coverage options for Bodypaint Models

I have a conversation about the assumed nudity that comes with bodypainting almost every day.  Here's a succinct list of some options clients prefer when exploring the exciting terrain of using the human body as a canvas.  All create an experiential imprint that is lasting and generates lots of Wow factor power.  Some are better suited for your campaign so let's examine options.

 Gigamon Trade Show Activation

Gigamon Trade Show Activation

Fully Clothed:

Best for conservative corporate events and campaigns wanting to focus on a creative concept while guaranteeing the widest reach possible.


 "Hidden Figures" Home Release Press Stunt

"Hidden Figures" Home Release Press Stunt

Dance & Swim Attire

Good for creative but conservative campaigns wanting to try something fun & creative but getting a little more attention and open to the same coverage as dancers and cheerleaders.


 With Seamless Monster Pasties

With Seamless Monster Pasties

 With Briefs/Speedos

With Briefs/Speedos

 Topless with Thongs

Topless with Thongs

 Topless with briefs & nipples photoshopped out for social media

Topless with briefs & nipples photoshopped out for social media

Briefs, Thongs or Strapless Thongs (with or without Pasties for women)

Best for:

  • This is the option 80% of clients select.
  • Campaigns where you need minimal interruption to the visual painting.
  • After Hours Events, 
  • Edgier campaigns 
  • Character focused projects (ie aliens, prosthetic creatures, etc)

*Trina likes the brand “Monster Pasties” as they offer fuller coverage but are smooth & seamless like “Barbie boobs”.  All underwear should be tan (or sometimes white) seamless microfiber underwear/speedos. There are a few strapless prosthetic thong options available that create an alien/Barbie- like appearance 


 Human Sculpture with implied nudity- even gender of the models is unknown in this image

Human Sculpture with implied nudity- even gender of the models is unknown in this image

 Full nude, live performance at Red Dot Miami (Art Fair)

Full nude, live performance at Red Dot Miami (Art Fair)

 Full Nude, semi-implied, done in studio

Full Nude, semi-implied, done in studio

 Full Nude Durational Performance done at Superfine! Art Fair NY

Full Nude Durational Performance done at Superfine! Art Fair NY

Nude (Implied or Full Nude)


Trina’s preferred option for:

  • Human Sculptures (especially for print/photo)
  • Fine Art Performances
  • Body Positive and “Bare All” Campaigns
  • Riskier Creative Campaigns that want to focus on the art instead of the lines of clothing
  • Stronger optical illusion art works using implied nudity but wanting to trick the eye and have people do a double take.  (strapless thongs and pasties can also be used for these campaigns).

Feel free to talk to Trina further about your needs and we will help you select the best options for your project!  trinamerry@gmail.com 917-500-7573