Jump to navigation Jump to search “Face Painter” redirects here. Body painting is a form of body art where artwork is painted directly onto the human skin. Body painting with a grey or white paint made from natural pigments including clay, chalk, ash and cattle dung is traditional in many tribal cultures. Often worn during cultural ceremonies, it is believed to assist with the moderation of body heat and the use of striped patterns may reduce the incidence of biting insects. Many indigenous peoples of Central and South America paint jagua tattoos, or designs with Genipa americana juice on their bodies. Body painting is not always large pieces on fully nude bodies, but can involve smaller pieces on displayed areas of otherwise clothed bodies. Body painting is sometimes used as a method of gaining attention in political protests, for instance those by PETA against Burberry.