Andy Golub’s Nude Body Painting – Artistic Unclothed or Downright Lewd?

Naked Body Painting – Body painting is one of our favourite things to do while naked, both at our indoor Unclothed Night Outs and at outside gatherings. It is a playful blend of art, creativity and nudity and all you need is a brush (or your fingers) and some paint.
But some actually require it the next level as a true art form, the body serving as the canvas and turning into a living, breathing work of art. This is what NYC artist Andy Golub does. In public. And in the most congested streets of The Big Apple! Andy has gotten a ton of press and caused quite a stir since his reside naked body painting started in Times Square and took place in over 20 other public spaces. I got the opportunity to interview him about his art and experiences with the public and law enforcement.
Andy got his start painting items, then mannequins, subsequently transitioned to painting bodies. Individuals have the additional additional facet of style and I incorporate their character into the painting at the same time, he said. Then he started painting live in public so folks could view the procedure. But his live work with topfree and entirely nude models did not just blend into the crowd in Times Square. The first time he did it, he was kicked out.
Andy Golub’s art, courtesy of
Coming from a naturist’s viewpoint, I was most interested in learning about the aspect of public artwork and nudity. How does the city and law enforcement respond when they see live art with a lot of skin? (Yeah I’ve been down this road before.) How does Andy view nudity as an artist and in general?
Public nudity is really legal in NYC when it is part of a play, performance, exhibition or show. (Of course the question must arise, what makes up a show?) Nevertheless, when one of Andy’s models removed her g string leaving her completely unclothed in Times Square, policemen were ready with their handcuffs. Andy himself has been arrested once, along with a few of his models for public lewdness. Charges were dropped, but a compromise remains: he’s abiding by a rule to paint totally unclothed models only after the sun goes down. NYPD has been notified of this, and Andy does not anticipate further problem from them when he resumes his work outside.
As expected, you can find individuals who believe what Andy does is flat-out wrong, and though Andy honors their awareness of morality, he also says many of them are unable to see nudity without seeing sexuality. I do not believe what I’m doing is improper, in fact I would even say what I am doing is just the opposite because it is enabling people to see nudity in a nonsexual manner. (Sound familiar?) He says folks who do comprehend his work, see that ‘s entirely nonsexual. It all comes down to shame, he says, and trouble ensues when nude or semi-nude people don’t feel others’ sense of shame. All too true.
I remarked that it’s amusing you can barely tell the models are nude at all when fully painted. Andy answered the controversy isn’t over what people see, but what they do not seea strap or line. Merely understanding the model is nude is enough to create a buzz. Needless to say the issue of kids seeing his work has come up as well. He says, the entire notion that kids must be shielded from it entails that it is sexual in nature, that it is a peep show. And I’m not doing a peep show, I’m doing art.
Bare Body Art By Andy Golub
I want to just share this last quotation in which he describes his art:

It’s a means for [the models] to accept themselves for who they’re in their strengths and weaknesses and being comfortable in sharing that with other people, which is challenging. Most or all of the individuals who get painted have somewhat of a liberating experienceMe and the model link with each other and we do it in full public view so people can link with us. In lots of people’s lives there’s a particular disconnect that is caused by technology and the manner we communicateUltimately I believe my artwork is about human link.
Beautiful! You’re able to see more of Andy’s artwork and press coverage on his website at
What do you guys think of his work? What do you think of the town’s answer to it? If asked, would you ever participate in public nude body art as certainly one of his models?
This interview of unclothed body artist Andy Golub byFelicity Joneswas published by Young Naturists and Naturists America FKK
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