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This was about two years after I was introduced to Artist & Friend, Shanna Melton and a world of creative people that I didn't even know existed. Spending time with other creative people; poets, artists, photographers, & singers made me feel at ease, it came very natural. I knew then for sure that paint was flowing through my veins and I needed to bleed. I actually did not know what body art was to be honest with you. I body painted for the first time in 2009 in what I considered to be an experiment of sorts. I had already been face painting for a few years and thought it would just be cool to paint a whole body. Lalli Wells graciously allowed me to paint her, photographer & friend, Ajani Housen took photos which were posted to face book, and I have been painting bodies since.

“WHAT FASCINATES ME ABOUT BODY ART IS HOW FAR YOU CAN GO WITH IT.”

~Alicia Cobbs UG MAG” What fascinated you about body art? Alicia: What fascinates me about body art is how far you can go with it, how creative it can be. The human canvas is very different than any other canvas I've ever worked with. UG MAG: I see that you use a mold to practice your craft. where do the concepts come from? Alicia: I actually don't typically use a mold for practice, that's new. I often practice on myself, my children, & other people who are willing to let me paint them for practice. My children have grown bored with being painted and usually disappear pretty quickly when they see my kit come out. My concepts come from different places. Often times it could be something as simple as a song or picture that inspires a design or something someone says. My brain is constantly moving, constantly creating. If someone is hiring me, I typically come up with designs based on their vision or theme.

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