|Taking the beauty of the human body to another level, not to say to another dimension: Wolf is one of the most skilled bodypainters worldwide and his speciality is blacklight. A great pleasure to welcome him on the FREAKPLANET mushroom tour at 3rd of December for a very special show!
When painting on bodies, what are the most challenging aspects?
Well, you don’t work on a plain surface but with a model that is a three-dimensional ‘object’. A person that will move from time to time, that is breathing and that wants to keep comfortable and amused. So it’s always team work. And there is an ultimate deadline: You have to make it today, there is no ‘Oh, I’ll finish that tomorrow’. Today is the day.
Where did you already perform with your Body Magic troupe, what have been highlights?
We’ve been almost all over the world by now. One of my highlights is the Korean Bodypainting Festival in Daegu. It is one of the biggest bodypainting events in the world in terms of public attendance and coverage. It is a big time Saturday evening event, live on TV with roughly 20.000 people in the audience and 1,5 million in front of the screen. Getting invited there as a star artist is just priceless. A personal highlight on a Trance gig was at a little party in Hamburg early in the last decade. Suddenly I felt very observed. When I turned around, I spotted a long-haired guy with big glasses and moustache in the back who kept watching until I had finished my work. Later I had a really good, long, entertaining and enlightening conversation with him. I just had met Christian Rätsch. A highlight indeed. Absolute top highlight besides winning the 2nd place at the World Fluro Award twice is having been named one of the 25 iconic artists of our time and proclaimed ‘King of UV’ by Karala Barendregt Wallace in her 2008 book ‘Bringing Bodypainting to live’
You will be performing on ‘Freakplanet’. What was the freakiest experience you had?
The freakiest thing ever for me was painting Andrew Zimmern for the premier episode of his new series ‘Andrew Zimmern´s bizarre World’ during the 2009 World Bodypainting Festival. A very professional TV host with a very professional team. Still, very freaky. If you wonder why, do a quick internet search. He´s the guy who was travelling the world with a camera team, eating the most strange and unusual foods in his show ‘Bizarre Foods’. But hey, it got me on the Discovery Channel for a bit, so I am not complaining. Check it out on YouTube, search for ‘bizarre world germany andrew travels’ or ‘WBF Andrew_sBizzarWorld.mp4’
Do you rehearse?
I sometimes do sketches and sometimes do elaborate illustrations to have a clear picture what I am about to do. But when I work in blacklight, I still like to let creativity flowing free and work just in the moment without any plan at all. Just with a certain feeling and seeing where things go and let the painting ‘evolve’ on the body of the model.