17 Must-See Body Art Images!

Australian body art is being taken to an out-of-this-world new level. But seeing is believing. Get your booty (painted, preferably) along to the Australian Body Art Festival (ABAF) for a visual spectacle of body painting, creative arts and culture. The festival centres on a unique artistic expression using the body as its three-dimensional canvas. A wide variety of creative arts will be showcased, from face painting and special FX, through to airbrushing, surf and skate graphic art and wearable art made from recycled materials. Get hands-on at workshops, check-out the impressive artist line-up and be inspired by the three day festival fusion of fashion, art, culture, music, street performers, body art installations and the creative merchandise marketplace.

ABAF2015_1Body Art Artist Julie Tattam will be creating more of these stunning displays at the festival.

ABAF2015_6 Body Art by Julie Tattam.

Pop Trashion
The 2015 theme is POP Trashion – a cool melding of the Neo Warhol movement with enviro fashion style – calling for participants to reinvent fashion in a completely cool new way on a human canvas. Think eco chic peppered with pops of colour and you’ve got a creative fusion of fashion, recycling and pop art that also reflects the up-cycling and artisan ethos of the world famous Original Eumundi Markets (OEM), the town’s premier tourist destination and also organiser of the ABAF.

ABAF2015_3 Get a new look with recycled fashion. Body Art by Julie Tattam.

The Artist Line-Up
Australian artist Emma Hack, who shot to global stardom for her creative body painting handiwork in singer Gotye’s haunting international hit Somebody That I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra), which astonishingly has received more than 640 million views on YouTube and has introduced body art to a broad mainstream audience.

_CLE0795-copyEmma Hack’s red-hot artwork.


_DSC6413-copy Emma performs artistic magic. Now you see it…

Blue&White-Portugal-copy … now you don’t! Blue & White Portugal by Emma Hack.

newpeacock Camelia and Peacock by Emma Hack.

Other artists include Sydney body artist Julie Tattam, who created the stunning Pop Art collection featured (above), as well as these pearlers …

MAUNSELLWICKES Body Art by Julie Tattam.

ben Body Art by Julie Tattam.

IMATS13 Body Art by Julie Tattam.

CATRIN Body Art by Julie Tattam.

Melbourne Special FX artist Juliet Bradford will create out of this world body art.

1897984_10151983536311546_430291962_n By Juliet Bradford.

_DSC9777W1 By Juliet Bradford.

Other guests include Queensland airbrush maestro Symon Molony and Sunshine Coast local artist Nina Neher, as well as award-winning hairdressing creative Ali Holmes and fashion guru Peter Dwyer, a stylist, costume and wearable art designer and also department head of Sydney’s renowned Whitehouse School of Design.

When: Queensland’s Sunshine Coast hinterland arts hub of Eumundi from Friday 16 – Sunday 18 October, 2015
Visit the Australian Body Art Festival newsletter for more details. The ABAF Official Charity Partner for 2015 is Forget Me Not Australia, with 10% of all tickets sold to the Australian Body Art Festival being donated directly to this notable charitable organisation. Forget Me Not Australia has a mission to raise vulnerable, displaced and trafficked children in India, Uganda and Nepal to be thriving, vibrant and connected to family, community and opportunity. A powerful 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on 25 April 2015, leaving at least 8,000 people confirmed dead. The Forget Me Not projects in Nepal are based in Kathmandu, one of the worst affected areas, so monies raised via ABAF will make a huge difference to this critical situation.

Written by Franki Hobson

Franki Hobson has worn many hats during her many years as a women's lifestyle journalist and editor. Her launching pad was COSMOPOLITAN magazine, where she moved from News & Entertainment Editor to Features Director, covering everything from the legalisation of the Morning After Pill to Gwen Stefani, fashion, beauty, sex, health, fitness, entertainment and relationships.

In 2003 Franki immersed herself in all things teen as Deputy Editor, then Editor-in-Chief of teen Bible DOLLY magazine. Following this, Franki was made Editor of COSMOPOLITAN Hair & Beauty, COSMOPOLITAN Pregnancy and COSMOPOLITAN Bride magazine, where she held the helm (and tiara) for more than 10 years. Franki was also the launch editor of COSMOPOLITAN Health magazine, and is an accomplished Homes Editor and Travel Editor, covering honeymoon destinations, family travel, luxe abodes and health retreats. Franki Hobson is a contributing lifestyle writer for The Carousel.


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