We, YNA, had partnered up with Andy Golub for a group body painting session at the outer edges of Times Square, 53rd and Broadway. Ten people participated, including a guy who volunteered from the crowd.
Overall the day went very well, but not without its fair share of trouble from city officials, police officers and security guards. First some people came over claiming the sidewalk we were on was their property (it wasn’t), so Andy had to deal with them. Then we had some plainclothes police officers come over, yelling and demanding that I put my clothes on. I just kind of stared and continued to get painted. After confirming that they were actually officers, Andy retrieved some documents he carries with him, for situations just like this. They calmed down and started reading a letter which explains that nudity is totally legal in NYC if it’s part of an exhibition or show. This letter also states that he has express permission from NYPD to do his body painting. They said okay and left us alone. This is not a one-time occurrence for Andy, who gets bothered and harassed all the time while doing his live body paintings, despite the fact that he has permission and that it’s 100% legal.
- Naked Body Painter Andy Golub To Make Triumphant Naked-Body-Painting Return To Times Square Today (blogs.villagevoice.com)
- Andy Golub Times Square 2013: Body Artist Draws Crowd For Painting Nude Models (PHOTOS/VIDEOS) (hngn.com)
- When Awesome Body Painting Meets Contortion (kitskinny.wordpress.com)
- Nyack Artist Returning To Times Square To Paint Nude Models (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- New Yorkers gawk at city-sanctioned nudity in Time Square (bizpacreview.com)