Andy Golubs Nude Body Painting Artistic Naked or Totally Lewd

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Naked Body Painting - Body painting is among our favorite things to do while nude, both at our indoor Nude Night Outs and at outdoor gatherings.
But some really require it the next level as a real art form, the body functioning as the canvas and turning into a living, breathing work of art. This really is what NYC artist Andy Golub does. In public. And in the most congested roads of The Big Apple! Andy has gotten a ton of press and caused quite a stir since his reside nude body painting began in Times Square and took place in over 20 other public spaces. I got the opportunity to interview him about his artwork and encounters with the public and law enforcement.
Andy got his start painting objects, subsequently mannequins, then transitioned to painting bodies. Folks have the additional additional aspect of style and I integrate their personality into the painting also, he said. He then began painting live in public so folks could view the procedure.
Andy Golub's artwork, courtesy of
Coming from a naturist's standpoint, I was most interested in learning about the facet of public artwork and nudity. How can the city and law enforcement respond when they see live art with lots of skin? (Yeah I've been down this road before.) How does Andy see nudity as an artist and in general?
Public nudity is really legal in NYC when it is part of a play, performance, exhibition or show. (Of course the question must appear, what constitutes a show?) Yet, when one of Andy's models removed her g string leaving her completely nude in Times Square, officers were ready with their handcuffs. Andy himself has been detained once, along with a few of his models for public lewdness. Charges were dropped, but a compromise remains: he's abiding by a rule to paint entirely bare models just after sunlight goes down. NYPD has been notified of this, and Andy doesn't expect further problem from them when he restarts his work outdoors.
As expected, you will find people who think what Andy does is flat-out incorrect, and though Andy respects their awareness of morality, he also says many of them are unable to see nudity without seeing sexuality. I don't believe what I am doing is improper, in fact I would even say what I am doing is just the reverse because it's allowing people to see nudity in a nonsexual way. (Sound familiar?) says folks who do understand his work, see that it's completely nonsexual. All of it comes down to shame, he says, and trouble ensues when nude or semi-nude people don't feel others' sense of shame. All too true.
I noted that it is amusing you can barely tell the models are naked at all when fully painted. Andy replied the controversy just isn't over what people see, but what they don't seea strap or line. Just understanding the model is bare is enough to create a buzz. Obviously the issue of children seeing his work has come up as well. He states, The whole concept that kids need to be shielded from it implies that it is sexual in nature, that it's a peep show. And I am not doing a peep show, I am doing artwork.
Let me just share this last quote in which he describes his art:
It's a way for [the models] to accept themselves for who they're in their strengths and weaknesses and being comfortable in sharing that with others, which is hard. Most or all of the people that get painted have somewhat of a liberating experienceMe and the model link with each other and we do it in full public view so people can link with us. In lots of people's lives there's a certain disconnect that is the result of technology and the way we communicateUltimately I believe my art is about human connection.
Amazing! You're able to see more of Andy's art and press coverage on his website at
What do you guys think of his work? What do you think of the city's answer to it? If asked, would you ever participate in public naked body art as among his models?
This interview of naked body artist Andy Golub byFelicity Joneswas released by Young Naturists and Naturists America FKK
Tags: body painting, censorship, youngsters and youngsters, laws, big apple, new york city
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