Is there a part of you that’s always wanted a tattoo, but you’ve never ended up getting one? I know I have, and for several reasons! The commitment of having something on my skin forever, the maintenance when it starts to fade, and moreover—the pain! Well, there’s a great alternative to this and I’ve started to see it more and more recently, may it be at clubs, parades, or festivals.

The art of body painting has been around for a long time. Just like tattoos, the body is a canvas for delicate and intricate designs. Its popularity spread from designer runways onto the streets. It’s amazing how body painting can make you look as though you’re wearing a full outfit, even when you’re wearing nothing at all! If you’ve ever been to Toronto’s Pride Parade, then you know what I’m talking about! Flowers and leopard print are probably two of the most common designs I see when I’m at an event, and what’s not to love about that? One represents the fun and carefree and the other is fierce and sexy.

If you’re going to a rave, you’ll definitely want to try the glow-in-the-dark body paints or the glitter ones! G The Body Art Professional carries stencils in a variety of sizes from small and delicate to a full back piece design. My personal favourite is the full peacock that goes on your back. The designs last about a week or so, and the possibilities of them are endless, with the variety of stencils and cosmetic glitters in every colour you can imagine! It looks stunning when the glitter catches the light! Glow-in-the-dark body paints are great for nighttime raves and there’s no better way to showcase your creativity. You’re guaranteed to be the centre of attention and everyone will know you’re in for a good time!

It’s a great alternative if you don’t want the pain or the commitment of a tattoo, or if you just want something wild and crazy for an event! If you don’t like the design or the placement, you can just wash it away and do it again!