They called it Millenium Pandemonium as they rang in the new year at Axis-Radius nightclub in Scottsdale on December 31st, 2000. The theme was "It's a Jungle Out There" and the promoter, Alfredo of G-spot Productions, redecorated the entire venue with a jungle motif. I was hired by Alfredo to paint several models as wild animals who would then dance in cages in the "jungle".
To promote the event, I did a live television
bodypainting demonstration on 3TV's Good Morning Arizona. This
show was on the 30th of December and I started painting the model
at about 6a.m. while being interviewed by newscaster Scott Pasmore.
Click the picture below for more on this television segment.
On the 31st I started the first bodypainting at
about 10a.m. The first model was Tanya Mendes who was painted to
be a cheetah. This painting was done outside on the sidewalk in
front of Axis-Radius and attracted a police cruiser who drove by 3
times, but luckily never stopped. As it turned out, Tanya was not
able to attend the party that night, however, a 3TV news crew showed up
around 2:00 and interviewed Tanya and I for the evening news. They
also used a short clip of Tanya dancing in one of the cages (see picture
below). One photo of Tanya's cheetah painting was included in an
article in Airbrush Action
magazine and also in my 2002
The rest of the bodypaintings were completed at the
promoters residence. I once again painted a snow
leopard for the evening, however, a few things were changed from the 3TV
painting. I didn't use the brown and instead used airbrushed gray
with the sponged-on black liquid latex splotches. Also instead of
doing the full face painting, I limited it to the nose and whisker areas
so that her make-up could show off more of her beauty. Glitter was added
to the outfit and a feather boa to complete the
image. One of these pictures was also included in the Airbrush
Action magazine article.
Next up was fitness model Brandi Wheeler who has
been featured in numerous bodybuilding magazines including a recent
photo in Ironman Magazine. For her bodypainting I airbrushed a
white tiger pattern. My contribution to her outfit was minimal
compared to all of the accessories that she added. She wore evil
looking contact lenses, a spiked choker, and a little black leather
outfit that brought the word dominatrix to mind.
The last two bodypaintings that were completed for
the evening were the Peacock motif on Justine (who has since moved to
California) and my first male bodypainting of an upper torso tiger
the end of the night, after dancing in cages and walking around the
packed club, most of the paint was still in tact. I used Ben-Nye
liquid make-ups for all of the airbrush work and Maximum Impact liquid
latex on Justine's peacock outfit.
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