Body Painting

Jan Tana’s Bodypainting Revolution, a colorful and artistic event, debuts at the 2018 Arnold Sports Festival going on March 1-4, 2018 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.   

This unique art exhibition and competition will take place in public view in the connector between the Greater Columbus Convention Center and Hyatt Regency.  Artists will paint models, some taking more than six hours to complete, in hopes to impress the judges, captivate photographers and delight audiences with breathtaking stage performances.

Artists will draw creative inspiration from this year’s theme, “The Heart of a Champion” as many artists will have the opportunity to work with a champion of the fitness world as their competition model.  Among the models being transformed into a living piece of art will be three-time Fitness International champion Carole Semple, IFBB Pro League competitors Charles Lyons, Becca Sizemore and many top NPC competitors.

Exhibition paintings will be featured on Thursday, Friday, March 2 and Sunday, March 4.  The international competition, with $5000 in prizes, takes place Saturday March 3.  Winners will be announced Saturday night during the Arnold Classic on the Battelle Grand Stage.

Bodypaint artists from across the United States and around the globe will compete. These professional artists include former and reigning world champions, international title-holders, north american champions and artists featured on the reality TV show, Skin Wars.

Fans of Skin Wars will find household names among the roster of artists, such as Avi Ram (Floriday), Cheryl Ann Lipstreu (North Carolina), Angela Rene Roberts (Louisiana), Tiffany Beckler (North Carolina) and Aryn Fox (Ohio). International champions include Sanatan Dinda (India), Hyun Yong Jin, aka Moona J. Weaner (South Korea), Giusy Campoluo go (Italy), Alex Hansen (Brasil). Some up-and-coming U.S. pro artists slated to compete include Ren Allen (Tennessee) and a hometown favorite, Jonathen Kinney from Columbus, Ohio who will also be the feature artist in a demonstration on Thursday, March 1 with Columbus NPC competitor and model Holly Powell O'Leary.

The expert panel of judges deciding the winner will include former world champions: Nick Wolfe, Scott Fray and Madelyn Greco, plus Skin Wars judge Robin Slonina along with presenting sponsor and international tanning specialist, Jan Tana, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

If you are interested in participating in the Body Painting Jams as a Painter, Painter’s Assistant, or want to be a “Live Canvas” send an email to

Body Painting Artists who wish to compete click HERE.

Experienced athletes / models wanting to participate, click HERE.

Click HERE for photographer requests for the Body Painting Revolution.

For Information on Sponsoring the Body Painting Revolution or other questions on participating send an email to

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