Recently I came across this photo and recalled those early days, and then began thinking about the practice of bodywriting in general.
(Talk about the polar opposite of the Goldie Hawn image! )
The two most frequent uses of bodywriting seem to be: political statement and sexual humiliation. It is also seen sometimes as artistic expression, but a lot (though not all) of these 'art' attempts also seem somewhat political. Here are a couple of purely political examples:
(Pretty straightforward. No need to be witty when your message is scrawled across a naked body. The most clever protest messages are usually found on placards carried by clothed protesters.)
(Cute. now turn around so I can see the "Got Milk" section.)
And here a couple of "performance art" examples:
(I like the way the words convey directly what their body language and gestures also hint at.)
( Art? Or just some corny-assed shit? You decide.)
And here's one that is just sort of artsy all around:
(This works on many levels for me and as such is probably the best example of bodywriting as art.)
Using a nude or barely dressed female body to draw attention to one's message is not a new idea, but it strikes me as odd that women...........who usually complain about this when used in advertising, seem to have no problem shedding their clothes when it's their own idea. It's like, "hey I can exploit my own body if I want to....but don't YOU go doing it." One photo I found makes no attempt to say otherwise......and is also pretty amusing:
(I'm a mathematical moron......but I'd willingly spend some time trying to figure this one out.)
I am also not entirely convinced that these naked protests are purely political. My guess is that there is an underlying urge towards exhibitionism that is inwardly justified when the person adds a few choice phrases to their naked body. "Yes I'm naked in public.....but I am making a statement, dammit!"
I'm also not a huge fan of the sexually humiliating examples of bodywriting and find most of them to be vulgar and offensive. I'm not against sexual humiliation, but there's something garish and coarse about it when it's done with marker.
(I guess some people find this sexy..................but not me.)
Oh, Goldie............just look what you started!