Fluoro and feathers for World Body Painting Festival
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This weekend brought a surreal sight to the small southern Austrian town of Poertschach, when the World Body Painting Festival landed on its shores. Artists from forty different countries descended on the town, on the banks of Lake Woerth, which has a population of just over 2600. The festival has been held every year since 1998, but this is the first time Poertschach has been its chosen venue. 3D effects were used to turn one model into a peacock, whilst another paid tribute to fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld with his portrait on her back and signature on her buttock. Other spectacles included a model eating fire and an array of costumes that went far beyond what would be considered traditional ‘body art’. Costumes ranged from the tribal and bird-like to ornate and elegant, with most of the models appearing naked aside from their paint. Prizes included the World Face Painting Award, the Amateur Award, the Special Effects Makeup Award and the Fluoro Award, which was presented in the dark in order to find the best ultra violet, glow in the dark costume. Categories included that for Special Effects, Brush and Sponge, and Airbrush. The festival took place from 1st-3rd July, with workshops, lectures and demonstrations taking place throughout the weekend. Various entertainment was seen throughout, including an appearance by rapper Shaggy.
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