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FIRST EVER BODY PAINTING AND PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION COMES TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

LOS ANGELES (March 16, 2015) – More than 30 body paint artists, photographers and judges from around the world will converge for the first ever body painting and photography competition in Southern California, Saturday, May 16 at The Springs in the downtown Los Angeles Arts District. The Body Fine Art Competition (#BFALA2015), hosted by modern burlesque artists the Boulet Brothers, will feature live body painting, a competition catwalk, dance group Bijoulette, live music from Robbie Fitzimmons and DJ sets by DJ Wolfie, Uru Majik and iPunx. Celebrity judges include host of KCRW-FM’sMorning Becomes EclecticJason Bentley, CEO and Founder of the World Body Painting Festival Alex Barendregt, world renowned body paint artist Filippo Ioco and world champion body painter and GSNTV’s Skin Wars judge Craig Tracy.

“The Body Fine Art Competition raises awareness for an emerging and fast-growing art form – the second oldest visual art in the world next to drawing in the dirt,” says world champion body painter Craig Tracy, an event judge from New Orleans and owner of the world’s first art gallery dedicated to fine art body painted images. Tracy is also judge/co-producer of GSNTV’s highly rated show Skin Wars, a body painting reality competition show.

When doors open at 7:00pm, audiences will explore each artist workstation up close and personal as they watch the competition unfold; body and face painting will be offered to attendees as a variety of high-energy entertainers including glow performers will roam the venue. Gourmet healthy food options and organic wine and beer selections will be available.

Body painting is an ancient art form seen in the cultures of indigenous people worldwide and has become a popular art form in Europe where a festival organized by the World Body Painting Association (WBPA) is held every year in Austria. Body Fine Art’s first Southern California event of its kind is supported by the WBPA, an alliance for body paint artists and models.

The art of body painting is a way of illustrating the energetic, psychological and spiritual activity below the surface of the skin. “Sacred Body,” the theme of this year’s competition, offers artists the opportunity to explore the vast possibilities of representing the mysteries that lie beneath the exterior of the human form, as well as the inherent beauty of the human body.

“We’re excited to bring the body painting community and the world’s best artists together under one roof,” says festival curator Nicolette Spear. “Once I discovered a lack of events like these on the West Coast, even when they are so popular in other parts of the world, I became obsessed with launching the Body Fine Art Competition here.”

Featured artists competing for the grand prize include Dewayne Flowers of Flesh and Colors who has amassed a social media following over 100,000 strong. Cheryl Ann Lipstreau was awarded the 2013 grand prize at the Emerging Artists International Body Painting Competition for Living Art America. Also competing is body painting legend and accomplished graffiti artist Wiser Oner whose clients have included NBC, Clear Channel, Playboy, Absolut, Bacardi, Ed Hardy, Tapout, Penn and Teller and more. Learn more about all the artists at http://bit.ly/BFAfeaturedartists.

Event hosts the Boulet Brothers are well known on the Los Angeles party scene. Aside from producing events such as Dragula and Miss Kitty’s Parlour, the duo presents a high style, comedic, modern take on burlesque. Bijoulette is a fully interactive sexy, clowny, sophisticated dance troop. Music will be provided by solo artist Robbie Fitzsimmons who has a song on Lana Del Rey’s newest album, and after-party DJ sets featuring DJ Wolfie, Uru Majik and iPunx. The Springs is a hub for health-conscious wellness-seeking, foodie Angelenos featuring an organic beer and wine bar, a raw vegan restaurant, juice bar, wellness center and yoga studio.

The Body Fine Art Competition will be held at The Springs, 608 Mateo Street in the downtown Los Angeles Arts District on Saturday, May 16. Artists will begin painting earlier in the day and doors open to the public at 7:00pm. VIP tickets are $50 and include early entry to the venue at 4:00pm plus a beverage. General admission tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door while early bird tickets are $15 through April 15. Tickets can be purchased at www.bodyfineart.com.

Follow Body Fine Art on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @bodyfineart and #BFALA2015.

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Jason Bentley

Reflecting on a life in music, Jason Bentley is still listening carefully, with a youthful anticipation of that next brilliant sound. “I have always been fascinated by the power of music, from translating the most intimate moment to commanding the masses, it’s a profound connection between us all. It’s with respect for that connection that I approach my work every day.” For Bentley, that work includes serving as Music Director of KCRW and host of their signature program Morning Becomes Eclectic, as well as a distinguished career as a music supervisor for film and advertising, and a busy DJ schedule from festivals to bohemian loft parties. He’s a tireless champion of new music and culture with an influence close to home and around the globe. Bentley’s DJ itinerary is as busy as ever, with recent sets at Coachella, SXSW, the Dorothy Chandler, as well as underground dance clubs and industry events. In 2013, he’ll also be playing at the Lightning in a Bottle festival, the Squamish Valley Festival, and closing for Mumford & Sons in San Bernardino. “I like to stay in touch with the artistry of live DJ’ing along with everything else. It’s such a creative wellspring for me.” While acting as the music director of the station where he’d grown up – literally and figuratively – is a challenging task, Bentley is devoted to leading KCRW’s team of talented DJ’s into a new era.

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Alex Barendregt

Alex Barendregt is the CEO of WB Production, the chairman of WBA – the World Body Painting Association and the producer of the World Body Painting Festival. With a passion for inspiring the world around him, Alex Barendregt set forth to follow his dream of organizing and producing creative events. Accruing personal growth from travel and experience, he began the World Body Painting Festival in 1998 as a small event in a public park, bringing artists and the human canvas out into the beauty and freedom of nature for the enjoyment of all. The festival successfully evolved into a full-scale competition, attracting more visitors, media and artists and establishing itself as the industry’s premier event. In 2001, Alex felt the need to create a worldwide artist’s network, and the World Body Painting Association was born. As of 2013, artists from 35 nations enjoy membership standing in the WBA, headquartered in Austria, which also lends organization to many diverse body painting events around the world. In 2011, World Body painting Productions was established as the leading agency in the body painting industry, helping to professionalize the association as well as the festival.

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Craig Tracy

Craig Tracy is a master airbrush artist, painter and sometimes even finger painter. He combines his work with both the living form and traditional canvas art to create illusions in fine detail. His compositions demand a perfect placement of the body that harmonizes with the natural shapes present and reflects his appreciation of human beauty. Craig Tracy became an important part of the body painting community when he joined the World Body Painting Festival in 2004. He immediately found a place among an artistic circle of friends that has encouraged communication between artistic styles. He also further earned the respect of fellow artists and body painting appreciators by becoming world champion in the category of airbrush body painting. Craig helps spread understanding for the art of body painting to its viewers by bringing together artists with varying styles and techniques. Some of his most interesting work is in collaboration with fellow body painting artists. One of Craig’s greatest achievements has been the creation of the ‘Painted Alive Gallery’ in New Orleans. This is an innovation for the body painting world as it is a space dedicated purely to body painting.

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Filippo Ioco

Filippo Ioco is one of the most outstanding and groundbreaking body painting artists of all time. It is his combination of experience, innovation and courage that has kept his work at the top for over two decades. His work has been featured in music videos, commercials, book covers, ad campaigns, printed media and such television shows as Larry King Live, Good Morning America and Ripley’s Believe it or Not to name a few. For people familiar with the body painting world he is an icon, and for those new to the industry he is an inspiration as well as a role model. Filippo Ioco also an accomplished Fine Artist and Decorative Artist dedicates a large amount of his artistic energy to charity work worldwide.

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"CHIC" by Craig Tracy

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Rug Messiah by Nicolette Spear

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Fantasy Two by Craig Tracy

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"Game of Thrones" by Julie Hassett

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Ecstacy Whispers by Craig Tracy

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The Chase by Craig Tracy

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