Sunday: Bodypainting Day Brings Live Nude Painting, Naked March, Protest To The Waterfront [NSFW]

Tomorrow, a New York City artist is paying San Francisco a visit, along with hordes of vibrantly painted nude models.

The artist, Andy Golub is bringing his Bodypainting Day to San Francisco for the first time. Between 11am and 3pm, artists will live paint nude models outside the north end of the Ferry Building, then all march in the buff to Fisherman's Wharf. 

"There is no city with a greater commitment to free artistic expression. It's an honor to be here," Golub said of the event's San Francisco debut.

The theme of this Bodypainting Day is "Inner Beauty," and Golub is encouraging artists to look to the inner spirit of their models for inspiration.

Participating artists will paint more than 50 nude models in a cordoned off area—but still in full public view. A team of security will be present throughout the event to ensure the safety of all participants. And a large canopy will be provided if it rains.

Golub began painting bodies back in 2007. Two years later he was kicked out of New York City's Times Square for painting models wearing nothing but G-strings in public. In 2011 he was arrested again after painting nude models for several hours on the streets.

It took two more years for the city to acknowledge that Golub could paint fully nude men and women on any public street in New York City.

Throughout the last few years, he has expanded his event to cities like Amsterdam and Brussels, and is now brings it to California.

Since 2013, public nudity has been banned in San Francisco, except when an event sponsor has obtained a permit.

Those who opt to check out Bodypainting Day tomorrow will likely notice a protest targeting the event; but it has nothing to do with nudity.

Bay Area activist Gypsy Taub is organizing a protest of the event, in the nude, over accusations that one of the event organizers sexually harassed her daughter. 

Golub told Hoodline that he is aware of the issue and that the event organizer in question "decided not to participate in the event because he never wanted it to be a distraction from all that Bodypainting Day is about, which is free artistic expression and human connection through art."

Bodypainting Day is free and open to the public, but participating models and artists have already been selected.

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