Welcome to the bodypainting webpage for Sonik Magazine's 4th Anniversary Party.  To celebrate they held a “no holds barred” blowout at downtown Phoenix’s Icehouse venue on Thursday, November 4th, 2004.  The party showcased fashion, music, food, and performance centered around the theme of “Inside The Magazine.”  I was hired to provide bodypainting services for the Sonik Magazine runway fashion show that capped off the evening.

The magazine provided the model and selected the talented fitness model Kimber Leigh.  We got started with the painting around 10 p.m. in hopes of completing the project for her midnight runway walk.  I began by painting the white gloves and stockings using Reel Creations paints through a Badger airbrush.  We were working in the backstage area along with dozens of other make-up artists and hair stylists and countless models in various stages of undress.  Luckily we had a fairly private corner of the room to do the painting.  Using masking tape, I masked off the design for the blue first.  I used Badger’s Totally Tattoo paints through the airbrush for the blue and purple bodypaints.  To add sparkle, body jewels were glued on Kimber using spirit gum.  For the finishing touch, I “faux-finished” the blue and purple areas using a darker blue paint daubed on with a damp sea sponge.  Next it was time to accessorize.  The feathered headdress elevated the image into that of a Vegas showgirl.  It was rented from Mardi Gras Costume shop in Scottsdale.  Knowing that we were looking for a glamorous look, Kimber brought along a perfect set of bracelets and choker for a brilliant diamond-like sparkle. The costume was complete by 11:15 p.m.

An engineering associate of mine, Greg Larson came along to the event and was assisting me.  He brought a friend of his along who was just along to enjoy the party.  Her name was Jill and she expressed an interest in getting painted for the runway show if I had time to paint her also.  Since I had finished Kimber’s painting a little early, I came up with an off-the-cuff idea for Jill that would be quick to paint so she could be ready by midnight.  The design was a black and brown lattice top with glued on body jewelry at the line intersections.  And then to top it off, I added the Sonik magazine logo.  She looked gorgeous and was a welcome addition for the fashion show organizers.  At midnight, Kimber and Jill took their turns on the catwalk and the crowd response was explosive.

Earlier in the evening I had the good fortune to finally meet photographer Carlos Velarde.  He was on-hand throughout the entire painting process and stage show and captured some really cool images.  The picture below is one that Carlos took of Kimber that has been included in my 2005 Bodypainting calendar.  He was also shooting pictures earlier in the evening when the Arizona Dream Girls did their fashion show with their calendar girl contestants.  


If you are interested in ordering a print from this photoshoot or would like additional information on bodypainting, please feel free to contact [email protected] and visit my website at www.futureclassx.com .  Please browse through the additional images from the show below.  Thanks for visiting!




Sonik Magazine - www.sonik.info 
Photographer Carlos A. Velarde - www.alluringexposures.com  
Lokey Photography - http://www.lokeyphotography.com/WEB_GALLERY/Sonik_4yrParty_at_Icehouse_11-04-04_web_gallery/ 

Bodyart Store

Check out the selection of books, magazines, and more on my on-line BODYART STORE, powered by Amazon.  Your purchase helps fund this site, so please buy as many as you like and thank you in advance for your support!

Bodyart Store for books, magazines, and supplies

This page has been designed and maintained by FUTURE-CLASS X PUBLISHING.
Unless noted otherwise, Photography and Artwork by Mark Greenawalt c2004

Please send comments to:  [email protected]