It is that time of year again for body paint and bicycles (and skateboards and skates)
For many years now the Summer Solstice Parade in fremont (Seattle) has been crashed by a growing number of body-painted (and sometimes naked) cyclists. The real parade is a wonderful spectacle put on by the Fremont Arts Council (who have nothing to do with the cyclists who take over the parade route for a short time before the actual parade starts).
For another many years I have set up a portable studio to capture the look and spirit of the riders once they are painted and on their way to their bicycles. I have no idea how many cyclists actually participate, as there are a number of private locations where people meet up to paint each other. I can only be in one place at a time, so present this gallery from one of the painting locations. I've seen estimates range from 700-1000+ riders. Here are only a very few of them.
After the portraits in the gallery I have also included some photos from the ride itself and the after party at Gasworks Park. Such a joy to see joyous naked non-sexualized dancing and frolicking through the park. It seems so natural to see the painted bodies casually strewn through the crowds with no one freaking out. After a while everyone blends in together into a beautiful scene. Wandering the neighborhood over the next couple of days is quite a let down as one notices all the painted bodies are missing.
How do you celebrate?