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A TOUCH OF ART – 12 Reasons To Love Nudity And Celebrate NYC #Body painting Day

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12 Reasons To Love Nudity And Celebrate NYC Body painting Day

Posted: 07/16/2015 8:15 pm EDT Updated: 07/16/2015 8:59 pm EDT
  • It’s Free
    Michael Loccisano via Getty Images
    Just come down to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (47th Street at 2nd Avenue) on July 18. Full details at Bodypainting Day 2015.
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    All Are Welcome
    Andy Golub
    You can volunteer to be a model, artist, volunteer or just enjoy the show.
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    People Of All Races And Colors Will Be All Colors
    Andy Golub
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    It’s Clothing Optional (Sort Of)
    Andy Golub
    If you want to model, you have to take it all off. But if you just want to enjoy the show, you’ll need to put something on. Your choice.
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    It’s A Great Way To Enjoy New York City
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    Once the models are painted, they’ll parade from Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (47th and 2nd Avenue) to the United Nations.
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    It’s About Free Artistic Expression
    TIMOTHY A. CLARY via Getty Images
    Artist Andy Golub didn’t change New York City nudity laws, but he did influence how they were enforced. If you’re naked in a public space because you’re creating art, it’s legal. Thanks, Andy!
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    It’s About Body Acceptance
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    It’s A Great Way To Meet People
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    You’ll Definitely Fit In
    Andy Golub
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    It’s Art
    Andy Golub
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    And, of course, The Body Is Beautiful
    Michael Loccisano via Getty Images
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    . . . In All Its Forms
    Buck Wolf

 Our producer Katelyn Bogucki doesn’t need body paint. She’s already a work of art. Editor Jorge Corona and sound engineer Brad Shannon are our Picassos.

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Carnival and Medicine Wagons

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Carnival and Medicine Wagons

Carnival and Medicine Wagons

by Christina Nellemann on March 10th, 2014. 14 Comments

The other night, while watching the offbeat, but visually beautiful Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus by Terry Gilliam, I was charmed by the impressive Imaginarium wagon that the movie characters travel and live in. While the wagon in the movie (best known as the late Heath Ledger’s last performance) is whimsical and transports visitors to realms of fantasy, the basic idea of the carnival/sideshow and medicine show wagon is included in the tall, elaborate structure.

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The rural areas of North America in the 19th century enjoyed traveling sideshows and medicine shows as their entertainment – welcome during the time of the Great Depression. These shows included circus performers, burlesque, vaudeville, Wild West spectacles, oddity exhibits and theater productions. Medicine shows traveled around delivering “miracle cure” medications and other products between various entertainment acts. Many of these types of shows traveled in horse drawn wagons decorated with elaborate paint and filigree to add to the flair of the production. Because of the transient nature of the job, many of the performers lived in these wagons full time. Movies like 1932′s Freaks and shows like HBO’s Carnivale give a glimpse into how these people lived on the road.

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Very few of these wagons exist today, but some can be found refurbished and used as decor or displays. Even modern day fortune tellers like Suzie Kerr Wright, aka Astrogirl, has a recreated carnival wagon where she reads palms and interprets the Tarot.

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Photos by Scifi-Universe, Dreams, Legends of America, Go California, Dr. Solar, j_pidgeon, Astrogirl12, Frogpond, Moses Lestz