HK Rugby 7’s 2010 Day 1- feathery body art

26th March 2010

Mainly a day of painting faces, of course, but I had been asked to do a shoot for ‘The List’, a magazine in HK. Luckily the Rugby organisers also wanted me to demo for a bunch of Press, PR & VIPs, so my boss Pat was persuaded to pose for it.

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As this was all last minute she hadn’t had time to buy some cheap bikini tops I could paint over, but luckily I still had a pair of latex boob covers in my chair from a booking the week before. We popped them on in the ladies, (body glue – so actually sfaer than a bikini top – can’t gape or be untied) and once I had a quick coat of colour onto her, went back to our stall to keep painting.

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As usual people were fascinated, and kids kept coming up to ask what it felt like and if they could touch it/ her.


I did a fairly fast (with interruptions for posed shots, VIP’s to pretend to paint, etc) on a feathery theme seeing as the boob covers were sort of swirly.

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The List’s photographer couldn’t get into the stadium so after I painted Pat inside, we nipped out to meet him on our very late lunch break.


Interesting reactions as we walked round – some fans didn’t notice, others did total double takes. I think its as the breast covers meant there were no strings/ straps and some people thought she was naked. With deformed boobs, I would imagine!


So we were furious, the next morning, to discover one of the journalists who had stayed for the entire paint, asking lots of questions (and repeating rude ones and ones about money – we all work at charity rate for the rugby AND YAF is a charity AND all the money taken on the days goes directly into Rugby charity boxes) had published photos and an article in the main chinese paper ranting about a naked woman at the event.  As you can see Pat was in huge shorts… AND the journo had kept asking about the boob covers and even touched them. Sigh.

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The List  magazine was published a month or so later – a page on ‘how to be…a bodypainter’. Cool!

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Very blury video of Pat organising the queue in my stall…

Pacific Cigar African Body Paints

-19 March 2010

This was sort of a reprise of the APA Cancer event but with a smaller group and using paint rather than glitter – the same stunning costumes, props, effects etc as before were used at the Mira Hotel In Kowloon.

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I did them all as zebras as requested, body and face, although losuise did 2 of the eyes. I even had a go at hair which is NOT my strong point!

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This time I actually stayed for a sip of wine too…I felt sorry for the singer on after the dancers, as the courtyard trapped all the smoke from the cigars being handed out. Yak.

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M Bar Opening Glitter Tattoos on Dancers

18th March 2010

Well after nearly a week of ‘just’ paint, back to glitter tatts – on pole/ aerial performers again!  Well, and painted their eyes as well. Not any of the girls I knew this time.

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Hard work as we crammed into a cubicle store-room/ office behind a bar, but we all did our best. I attacked whichever lady had a useful bit of flesh ready and was at a relatively ‘still’ stage of her dressing/ makeup.

2 were in red corsets for a pole performance, and wanted triba;/ grafiitti/ 80’s rock inspired stuff to match their costume & music. The other 2 were a snake and a leopard. I couldn’t get to the performances but heard they were fab.

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Goth Necklace Glitter Tattoo Hoop Dancer Acrobat Burlesque Performer

April 2010

Symone of had a goth/ victorian black beaded choker she had worn at another event I decorated her for. I loved it and said I HAD to paint or glitter her to match it!

So we set up a shoot with photographer Boris Mak.

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Sadly, the intricate dots (getting them more or less symmetrical, then shading each glue ‘dot’ with up to 4 monochrome glitters) took so long that I only had time to do a chest-to-knickers section of the design I planned. I also used a new sort of breast cover I had found which ended up matching her skin perfectly.

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Symone, of course, had AMAZING props to match from her day job (performing/ teaching aerial arts, pole dance etc). Check the shoes!! AND the METAL mask. Wow.

She then did a few impressively ‘casual’ looking poses on her aerial hoop…

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…before Boris arranged some beautiful shots.

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Remind me of the ‘Roxanne’ section in Moulin Rouge or something, I think.

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On a final note, its the LAST time I crouch/ straddle a model for several hours (I know Symone well, she didn’t mind!) to get symmetry on a torso – I couldn’t walk/ stand/ sit with ease for nearly a week! See, bodyart isn’t just a creative outlet its a fitness regime too!

Albert Yung of took a great video of most of the process. Symone looks like she’s chattering away insanely but all 3 of us were talking back, I promise!

Butterfly Bling Rooftop Glitter Tattoo Acrobat

Feb 2010

Randomnly the fiancee of my brother-in-laws girlfriend (really nice couple, have met them a lot) emailed for advice on where to have his wedding suit made in HK – he was popping over for that, and to see his mum who visits HK for work. As Chris is a brilliant photographer,  and I’d been trying to arrange a shoot with him when I was in the UK (watch this space), I press-ganged him into one whilst he was here instead. A tour of all the interesting/ useful button & bits shops in Sham Shui Po in return for a glitter body shoot!

I wanted to try big swathes of body glue and glitter this time…

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As of course Chris had only a camera and no studio kit, we did a quick shoot in Symone’s dance studio,

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… then bundled her up to the roof of her building. A typical overcast HK day; but due to the weird weather we have had this year, it was also cold and windy!

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She was a trooper,  balancing on a chair in her warm boots and flinging off my hoodie to bare her butterflies so Chris could get the highrises of Sheung Wan as a backdrop!

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Glitter Tattoos on Forbidden Garden Pole Dancers @ M1NT Club HK

Jan 2010 –

I was one of the sponsors for this event, showcasing Pole Paradise Studios instructors and the best of their students.

M1NT is a private members only club in HK, fairly luxurious, with 1 wall of the ‘champagne lounge’ area being a giant shark tank with blacktips the size of dogs. Very James Bond…

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Anyway I did quick body glitter tattoos on most of the dancers; the show was themed so they were all dressed as butterflies, fairys,  jungle women etc. Slight problem being a tanning studio was another sponsor; and like any skin treatment the tan made it harder to do body art (and my glitter tatts took off the tan when they came off!).

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Symone had 3 different performances to do so was in 3 different outfits. For her ‘storm’ one I did swirls and lightning on her tummy and fairy wings on her back, which wouldn’t show in her other 2 outfits.

 I echoed this in the swirly designs I did on the skin of Rebecca Choi who had a solo on silks.

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A few days earlier I had got Symone into the long-legged flesh tone leotard she would be wearing for her hoop duet with Jose. As she had several costume changes and we had no time to decorate between her time slots, I glitter tattoo’d the leotard in the Adam & Eve theme.

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On the night I did a snake and leaves (tribal stylee) to match, on Jose’s arms. Amy Liu also had a leafy body tattoo for her pole show as she was in a jungle nymph outfit.

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The hoop show was great, tho very low down due to the lack of ceiling height in the club, Albert of took  this great video though not in colour.

Purple Rose Body Glitter Tattoo Burlesque

Jan 2010-

Well, a client of Symone from Pole Paradise Studios was hiring her for a performance at the ‘2 and a bit’ Birthday Party for HK’s Beijing Club. He saw the peacock feather glitter I did on her and liked it so much I was hired to create her costume. We went for purple again as its Symone’s fave colour. It looks green here as the cosmetic adhesive dries clear (ie invisible – difficult to see what I had done last time) so I added some body paint to tint it this time.

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This has the advantage of making removing the glue easier too, later on! Again we used cosmetically-glued-on prosthetic breast covers from Yolanda (met her in NZ & at the Shangai BodypainF festival) at . I love them – the ladies say they are comfy; they cover well, won’t fall off and the range of designs add to any artwork – plus they are easy to paint over and far less naff than those plaster-nipple-cover things. We went for roses this time.

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I did shades-of-purple swirls and then fine holographic gold roses twining around them.

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Symone has a lot of real tattoos so on her back I tried to incorporate them into the design – the round yellow globe and purple squiggle (repeated on her arm by me) is actually the club name & logo on chinese. I did that as I KNOW from experience promoters will always ruin any bodypaint, in China/ HK, by slapping big logo-stickers on your model! 

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I painted Symone in the afternoon; she taught classes all evening and went on to perform and the glitter tattoo, of course, was still perfect. Eugene Lau took these great shots of her performing through the night:

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Kung Fu Tiger! Martial Arts Torso Glitter Tattoo

Jan 2010 –

I was contacted by Andrew Dasz of to say he was visiting HK and would love to work with me. His portfolio was impressive, as was Rosemarie Conway’s, a UK photographer who would be visiting at the same time, so we arranged a collaberation.  As Andrew was a well-known martial arts choreographer, and the Year of the Tiger was approaching, I opted for a ‘Kung Fu tiger’ design.

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The glitter tattoo (I added green paint to make it visble)started out like a ‘real’ tattoo, in matt black mica, near his waist band. As it rose it  developed into colour and sparkling glitter.


 He was glad to be able to wear a top as we all walked down to Stanley – it wasn’t the warmest winter! We started out on a small, deserted favourite beach of mine, (which Andrew recognised from a vintage martial arts film) only to be joined by a local high school field trip and TWO wedding shoots!

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Rose then had him leaping and kicking on all the beaches arounsd Stanley as well as posing in the public gardens and by the temples at dusk.

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She added some amazing effects to what was already a stunning shoot.

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BIG Glitter Body Tattoos – Body Painting that BLINGS!

Dec 2009

Well this all began from an idea I had in November ’09, when I decided that the small freehand designs I occasionally offered (mainly at adult events) could and should be MUCH BIGGER.

And would be great for performers/ models on show for a long time as its waterproof and won’t smudge like paint does.
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I met the lovely Symone of at a networking event in HK, who she said she’d love to be a guinea pig for me.  And she had her own dance studio, which we could use to paint and shoot in. I fixed a date with a photographer and off we went.

Painting with cosmetic glue IS harder than with paints; it gums up your brushes (and they seem to die quicker), it blobs and drips and is harder to correct. But as soon as I started brushing off the cosmetic glitters to reveal the coated designs underneath – whoooo! Symone and I were both grinning like idiots and loving the sparkle.

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I’m afraid the photos, amazing as they are, really can’t catch the shimmer, but there is a video below that shows some of it (though the colours aren’t true!). This was a vaguely peacock feather design for my test shoot.A new addiction – I mean form of bodyart – for me!

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