Obviously, merely recoloring standard clothing or skin in the iconic colors is much easier to do as a real 3D costume. Though he still creates art for album covers, he has come a long way since then. This is the same generic phlebotinum used in the army uniform above. Older Than Feudalism as there's evidence for body painting in ancient Roman historical documentation. In a heart-wrenching scene in the movie Pleasantvillethe protagonist helps paint his mother with her still-grey makeup to disguise her sudden colorfulness. The artists' work is amazing.
Spawned a myth Summarily busted:
This artist transforms humans into animals using only body paint and masterful poses
She's promptly arrested for public indecency. In real life, full-body suits like this on models and actors can often take far longer to apply than most makeup sessions which, as any actor can attest, tend to be long to begin withoften twelve hours or moreand take a great deal of patience from the models themselves. Fela Kuti always performed in body paint and Tribal Face Paint. The Na'vi in Avatar love this stuff; Jake wears it in his initiation ceremony and pretty much everyone wears it during the Final Battle. Sports Illustrated did a few bodypaint-swimsuits for their annual swimsuit issue a few years ago; they were so popular that they have continued the practice every year since. In The Empress GameKayla wears body paint while fighting in the arena.