Thongs, Spots and a New World Record!

Just before lunch time today, over 300 people painted themselves into the Guinness Book of Record here in Cork, setting the new Body-Painting World Record! The event, which was organized by Cork Body Painting set out to break the previous 5-year long record of ‘264 bodies painted’ held by an American group.

People of all heights, all backgrounds, all shapes and all sizes showed up from 8am this morning to strip naked (Okay, we all had to wear a thong!), and just before lunch over 317 bodies has been painted from head to toe, fingers, ears, armpits…and sometimes even people’s hair!

By late morning, as the counter clicked 200 a mighty cheer erupted in the hall of the Camden Palace Hotel, gradually becoming louder as we approached the 264 mark. Confidence oozed out of participants as they pranced around half-naked, posing for photos, helping out others or just soaking up the general atmosphere.

However, it wasn’t all plain sailing, as panic spread through-out the city last night as every last shop in Cork sold out of Male thongs! Adult shop, Utopia, came to the rescue though and remained the only outlet with thongs still available yesterday evening, according to The Irish Examiner!

It was a bizarre feeling to be walking around the Camden Palace Hotel with all but a skimpy thong, sipping on hot tea and chatting to total stranger over a game of foosball. I never thought I would feel so at ease and comfortable surrounded by so many naked bodies!

I doubt I will ever forget the image of a 634 multi-colored arms, a spectrum of color, raised high above a sea of naked ambition as the last of the group photos were taken, with everyone smiling and cheering and in a state of utter bliss.

As Keira O Connell, the chief organizer and the lady behind the idea summed up the event, “I think it’s safe to say if I asked anyone that didn’t have an enjoyable experience today to raise their hand, we would be looking in the face of a liar!”

It truly was an unforgettable experience enjoyed by all and something I can now tick off my bucket list!

  • Joshapalooza (@Joshapalooza)
    July 28, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Looks like a lot of fun :) “for scott” how sweet! So where are the rest of the photos from the guinness event? This and the group nude art photography that you’ve done before are both on my bucket list as well.

  • strutdogg
    July 29, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Reblogged this on strutdogg and commented:
    that’s crazy. Can you image the body odor

    • intrepidtraveller
      August 5, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      There was actually no bad smell…it was in a large arts centre so there was plenty of space for everyone. And I guess if there was, we were all enjoying the experience too much to notice.

      • strutdogg
        August 5, 2012 at 8:39 pm

        thats cool I thought they were cramed

  • Michelle Gillies
    July 29, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Yeah! Congratulations! Glad you enjoyed it so much.

  • craftcrazygran
    August 1, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Such fun!

    • intrepidtraveller
      August 5, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      Sure was! :)

  • Cosmic1
    January 21, 2013 at 5:04 am

    A Beautiful “Cosmic” IRISH Sea of Color! Cork Ireland is free & it’s people are magical. Jack Armstrong, Cosmic Artist, L.A.