There is no such thing as artifice when it comes to us. Our adorment of ourselves comes from a quest to understand who we are, what we can become and our place in the world. It is entirely natural. For me, I live to create these beautiful transformations from human to the sublime, the ultimate transcendental experience without the need for religious dogma and its concomitant atrocities. I’m passionate about science and how it can help us understand the world and alleviate human suffering through critical thinking, stringent experimentation and observation, the disciplines utilising both creativity and logic, and I’m currently exploring these ideas in my newer works, my main example being DNAges of man.
It saddens me to think that people perceive this art form as something lascivious. There is nothing more rewarding or beautiful than seeing someone truly come to life and express themselves, sometimes for the first time in their lives. I’ve worked with trauma victims, people with body confidence issues and extreme depression, and the change in them for that short time they are painted is remarkable. The confidence and power that radiates from someone when they’re transformed is nothing short of wondrous. Through my work I’ve built up friendships, trust and understanding through those I have painted. Bodyart, this art form once so ritualistic and primitive, is now getting its ultimate revival. It has been featured in Newspapers and magazines all over the world, has its own dedicated TV channels from everywhere from the US to South Korea, and there are festivals worldwide which attract up to 70,000 visitors every year from all over the globe. This is the most exciting time to be alive as a body artist. I’ve been lucky enough in this resurgence to work with some amazing clients, such as Nokia, The Black Eyed Peas, Robosteel and London Fashion Week to name a few.
I strive for excellence, and currently I’m 3rd in the world for my UV Body art, am a member of The World Bodypainting Association and The World Photography Organization. I take health and safety very seriously and through stringent research and my previous training as a piercer, tattooist and microdermal implanter, came up with a new health and safety workshop for artists worldwide. It’s my aim to educate and make bodyart the safest and most enjoyable experience it can be.
Ultimately, I’m so excited and passionate about new technologies emerging and how they can be integrated into body art and its sister disciplines such as makeup and dance, and I’m greatly looking forward to going further than I have before, integrating these beautiful new marvels to make nothing short of an artistically awe inspiring experience. I hope to take you all with me on this fabulous journey.