Even though I was not one of the three finalists, Devour took it upon themselves to honor me as their favorite competitor of the evening and decided to include me in on the fun.
Read my full interview below and/or purchase the full mag here.
1: What is the first thing that you ever body painted on a subject?
Believe it or not, my first gig was to paint a regular horse to look like a zebra. I thought it was very strange at the time. I mean, why not just get a zebra for the project? But hey! Pay is pay, right? That was the only time I painted an animal. Moved on to humans since then, they are much better at holding still… mostly. 🙂
2: What tools/supplies (types of paint, application methods, brushes used, etc.) do you rely on the most to create your looks? Is it at all subjective to the piece itself?
I use primarily airbrush. I prefer European Body Art makeups and also Mehron Liquid makeup. The methods I apply are often unique to each piece. I bounce between, freehand, shielding, and/ or stenciling depending on what the look calls for. Sometimes I use the airbrush in non traditional ways, using different or multiple fingers on the trigger/needle or spraying at unusual angles for different effects, or blowing through the hose instead of using a compressor.
3: Do you prefer to work off the cuff or with a set idea?
It’s much faster, energetic, and easier for me to work off the cuff, but I tend to value the work of mine that expresses concept the most. So I often put more thought into my studio works beforehand. No matter what, once I figure it out, I don’t think too much while painting. I just go with the flow.
4: The theme for this year’s event was Sacred Body. What does that mean to you and how did you integrate that into your piece?
My piece was about my personal application of creativity. The body is just a vehicle for the soul. I live by the philosophy of “mind like water”, a buddhist philosophy that symbolizes letting the body go and letting the soul take control. Buddhist symbolism was heavily utilized depicting the lotus flowers growing from bud through full blossom on the legs, the petals around the heart eye, as well as the metaphysical mandala flower on the back.
Everything that is white is a source of creation, i.e. the hands (construction), heart (motivation), mind (idea), and crotch (sexuality). Because really! What represents creation more than the act of sex?
The eye on the chest represents seeing with and following your heart. Generally a third eye is represented on the forehead, but I tend to follow my heart more than my mind so I placed it there.
The billowing pompadour is a visualization of a lotus leaf hairstyle. It’s representative of me because that’s how I imagine my hair looks on a good day. And grease free too!
5: Besides your own piece, what other piece did you appreciate?
I really enjoyed looking at Rio Sirah’s piece. It had a very Retna-esque style to it, and it’s color and graphics were striking. Beautiful calligraphic brush work! With that said, there were some serious works there, and I am honored to be your favorite. Did you know that the most expensive burger in America is $5000. If only the judges felt the same as you, I would buy that with the prize money, and eat it. Just because I could.