THOSE OF YOU WHO REMEMBER THE 1970 AND 80’S – AND THOSE WHO ARE SIMPLY FAMILIAR WITH THE MUSIC AND TRENDS OF THOSE DECADES – MUST REMEMBER THE TENDENCY OF CELEBRITIES TO OVER DECORATE THEMSELVES. DAVID BOWIE, ADAM & THE ANTS, DURAN DURAN, BOY GEORGE, KISS… FROM ANDROGYNE TO DEMONIC AND EVERYTHING THAT FALL SIN BETWEEN. THE STARS OF THE PAST DID NOT SHY AWAY TO USE MAKE UP AND PAINT TO COVER THEMSELVES UP AND MAKE THEM LOOK LIKE FANTASY BEING OR PLASTIC DOLLS.
The usage of paint to alter your appearance is not an invention of the last century. For millennia the habit of painting your face has existed in pretty much every tribalist culture. It was used to frighten off enemies, impress potential partners, please the gods and scare demons. Later is became a way to blend in the environment, to hide from others and in that form a useful military tool. Actors and clowns have used paint to change their faces in order to entertain people. And over the years we have refined the techniques of using paint and make up and brought it to perfection up to the point is has become a real form of art.
Brady Neher grew up in a Air Force family and lifestyle, meaning he traveled and lived all over the world. This eventually led to him moving from place to place in his adult life as well, never settling everywhere long enough to build a life for himself. He did many jobs, varying from dishwasher to construction worker and selling organic vegetables, until he met a balloon artist working under the name Katie Balloon. Not only working birthday parties with balloon twisting activities but also creating the most amazing balloon sculptures and installations, Katie became an inspiration for Brady in finding his own artistry. Searching for his creative expression, Brady eventually started experimenting with body paint and in no time he was hooked to it. It didn’t take long before he started making name for himself, offering his skills and service under the name – yes – Brady The Face, and driven by his passion he excelled in his art to the level of winning multiple awards and working with renowned artists. Such as Julian Vankim.
Based in Fairfax, Virginia, Julian Vankim practices the art of photography and is active in the areas of portraiture, events, promotional and fashion. Only 24 years old, Julian can already look back on an impressive portfolio in which you can find names of well-known models, online publications and well as printed editorials. One of the things that makes Julian’s work so outstanding and different is his ability to integrate different art forms in his work and work closely together with other talented people. Julian Vankim is an artist and likes to showcase his models in the most interesting way possible. One of the things he loves to do is photograph body and face painted models. He already showed in the past that he has made it a habit to incorporate this art form in his photography and recently he worked together with Brady The Face. With Brady applying his body paint, Julian was able to transform some of his favorite models into beings that have little to do with their usual self. Pieces of art that look like fantasy beings. Creatures with demon-like features and drawings on their body that resemble mythical animals. And by doing so, both Julian Vankim and Brady Neher show that body paint, one of the most ancient ways to distinctive one self, is still very much alive and has become an expression of art by itself. –BM-
Models: Daniel | Geoff | Stephen.
Body paint: Brady The Face.
JULIAN VANKIM | BEAUTIFULMAG