What you missed last night at the Naked Painting Party (slide show)

The Naked Painting Party reminds us that all bodies are beautiful—and even more so when they're covered in glow-in-the-dark paint

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  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Naked painting party, March 2014

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Naked painting party, March 2014

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Naked painting party, March 2014

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Naked painting party, March 2014

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Naked painting party, March 2014

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Naked painting party, March 2014

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Naked painting party, March 2014

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Naked painting party, March 2014

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Naked painting party, March 2014

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Naked painting party, March 2014

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Naked painting party, March 2014

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Naked painting party, March 2014

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Naked painting party, March 2014

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Naked painting party, March 2014

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Naked painting party, March 2014

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Naked painting party, March 2014

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Naked painting party, March 2014

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Naked painting party, March 2014

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Naked painting party, March 2014

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Naked painting party, March 2014

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Naked painting party, March 2014

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Naked painting party, March 2014

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Naked painting party, March 2014

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Naked painting party, March 2014

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Naked painting party, March 2014

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Naked painting party, March 2014

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Naked painting party, March 2014

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Naked painting party, March 2014

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Naked painting party, March 2014

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Naked painting party, March 2014

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Naked painting party, March 2014

Photograph: Grace Chu

Naked painting party, March 2014

Last night, while you were doing whatever clothed activity you were doing, a bunch of surprisingly attractive people were painting each other's mostly nude bodies at Soho gallery–party space W.I.P. Some of them were wearing underwear, many of them weren't. So why would anyone want to do this?


The answer is: because it's really fun. For a lot of people, it's far more social and less pretentious than a regular night out. "I hosted a lot of events before the Naked Painting Party, and I found that there were always a lot of cliques," says Sally Golan of Social Exposure, who organizes the events. "The nudity helps level out the playing field; suddenly you have this totally different energy and vibe. I get a lot of people telling me that they’ve met people that they would have never spoken to otherwise."


And despite what you may think, the people who turn up are not creepy and gross. Plus, behavior monitors make sure that no one is acting inappropriately or making others feel uncomfortable. "This event is very much for the mainstream," says Golan. "A lot of people who show up are not by any means nudists or naturists; they’re the typical clubgoer who's just sick of the regular nightlife and wants something different. They go to work the next day with paint marks on their skin, and they have a story to tell."


While they might have a story, they won't have any photos, as personal photography is completely banned. But we got a photographer in—click through the slide show to see what a nonsleazy naked art party looks like.



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