Getting painted at Fan Expo Vancouver was something of an experience for me. It was not too long ago that I would never have dreamed of a) being body painted, b) parading around an event nearly nude, or c) finding my self esteem relying heavily on pasties … and then all three happened publicly at once.
Words on Fan Expo had been gaining weight around Vancouver the few weeks preceding the event. A friend and I had plans to attend, particularly excited about any thing we hadn’t expected. As each story passed through my ears, new ideas came to light on which costume to prepare; who to settle on and how to execute it.
Like the majority of my socials, roles switched, and I again joined from the working side. Jennifer Little was in need of a model for a live demo. “Finally. After so much persuation.” It was around a year ago that she had the proposition to stand for the cover of The 24 on Art World Expo 2012. Slightly less terrified this year, I confirmed with her before the want to back out snuck up within me.
Event day began extra early, with the body prep added on top of a makeup job I had that morning. (Post to come shortly on this music video with 1000 Mile Films) Dropping my makeup and brushes at home, I rushed to the convention centre at Waterfront to meet Jennifer.
She guided me swiftly through a crowd, to a booth set up a few rows back, somewhere to the West, in the middle. Vancouver FX had stationed a group of makeup artists for live demos that day. Passing three bodies seated, in various stages of attire, Jen went about setting up shop, and sent me to the bathroom.
It was almost amusing, yet sad at my lack of cooperation. Medical tape, cross cross pattern, in all it’s simplicity. Six layers later, I had reached near an end to the roll. Fear of running out had persuaded me to gather my luck and go about it. The looks you gain, when exiting a stall in a public washroom, strutting through a venue in nothing but your finest torn boots and dressing cape.
Jen sat me down for hair, then back up for base coats. She did the majority before detail with my back facing the table, somewhat curing my nerves of standing before any sort of people. With Tracy Cake assisting, it was the first time in a while the three of us had worked together. Quickly we fell into smiles and laughter, and I was reminded once again what great hands I was in.
Waves of people sifted through as faces were transformed in hours. Save for the few trying to snap between curtains, most people were polite enough to ask before taking pictures, capturing the progress and finished product on cellphone, video, and camera. The layers blended together and Jennifer went through details in black before escorting me out to the hall for a formal photoshoot. (Images coming soon!)
Touring through the venue, we were dancing over just as many others as were stopping for us. Over for hi’s with the Soska twins & Tristan Risk, around to the
DELORA, Slimer and men in uniform. Loosing my mind at the wall of Ninja Turtles, made intirely from single squares of Lego – the child in me screamed agan! I couldn’t get over some of the amazing costumes roaming the space; detailed work on makeup from other artists and concepts by fans. We ran into Miss Kiss with Toy Traders, and Brad Loree at a signing booth.
Topping the list, and leaving Jen droolling with excitement, we chatted with Doug Snyde, on his work, and the piece I was wearing. An alien concept, inspired by the art of H.R. Geiger, in rare times does it come in context with pin-ups, Playboy, or it’s bunnies.