Get marbled

New attraction at R&V.

New attraction at R&V.

Body marbling will be available at this year’s Rhythm and Vines festival. Pictured is an example of the body art which is non-toxic and approved for human skin. Picture supplied

First there was face-painting and body-glitter, now Rhythm and Vines’ party people have a new attraction — body marbling.

In a first for New Zealand, artist Drew Hill and “mad professor” Mike McVey have pioneered a body-painting medium that is non-toxic, approved for human skin and is wildly psychedelic.

The duo watched YouTube videos to see how the process worked then spent hundreds of hours testing various paints and mixes.

Their kids were test dummies, says Hill, but they dipped everything they could find.

It helped that McVey had a chemistry degree.

“We are the only company that has perfected this in New Zealand. It’s huge at festivals in the USA and since we have been working on it other people have cracked it as well. But we are only talking about five around the world.

“There is huge target market like festivals, international sports like cricket or rugby games for us.”

  • For more information visit http://marbleize.nz/ or look out for the 20 foot tipi with large art works painted in fluoro colours that glow under black lights at R&V.

First there was face-painting and body-glitter, now Rhythm and Vines’ party people have a new attraction — body marbling.

In a first for New Zealand, artist Drew Hill and “mad professor” Mike McVey have pioneered a body-painting medium that is non-toxic, approved for human skin and is wildly psychedelic.

The duo watched YouTube videos to see how the process worked then spent hundreds of hours testing various paints and mixes.

Their kids were test dummies, says Hill, but they dipped everything they could find.

It helped that McVey had a chemistry degree.

“We are the only company that has perfected this in New Zealand. It’s huge at festivals in the USA and since we have been working on it other people have cracked it as well. But we are only talking about five around the world.

“There is huge target market like festivals, international sports like cricket or rugby games for us.”

  • For more information visit http://marbleize.nz/ or look out for the 20 foot tipi with large art works painted in fluoro colours that glow under black lights at R&V.

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