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.
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.
Symone of poleparadisestudio.com 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.
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.
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…
…before Boris arranged some beautiful shots.
Remind me of the ‘Roxanne’ section in Moulin Rouge or something, I think.
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 www.shizznit.com 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!
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! www.chrisridley.co.uk
I wanted to try big swathes of body glue and glitter this time…
As of course Chris had only a camera and no studio kit, we did a quick shoot in Symone’s dance studio,
… 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!
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!