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BODY ART PAINTING is not something I produce, it's something that produces a change in me and my clients. I transform the human body in to artistic body canvas. I consider myself nothing less than a chronicler of the human condition, for better or worse. When you see my Body Art, I think you'll agree. My Body Art painting goes on every night in the "Garden of Eden" a clothing optional club here in Key West.
Artist Michael Epperhart doesn't paint pictures he hopes will someday sell. In Epperhart's world of commercial art, the selling comes first, and the painting isn't always done on canvas.
A short drive around town reveals numerous examples of Epperhart's work as a mural artist, sign painter and body painter.
From living room walls to dangling wooden signs, Epperhart's "canvas" changes once again every evening, when he sets up shop in Tioti Body studio on the top floor of the The Bull and Whistle Bar.
The Garden of Eden rooftop bar is a clothing-optional venue where approximately 10 women each night line up to have Epperhart cover their top half with body paint.
"It's not just for Fantasy Fest," he said. "I'm up there every night, and so many women are scared before they get painted, but once we're finished they're literally transformed and they love it."
Once the women leave the Garden of Eden, of course, parts of Epperhart's work get covered by a scarf, vest or other miniscule covering.
I'm up there most nights from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m., but am usually on call starting at noon in case there's a private party or something where people want to be painted," he said, clearly enjoying the diversity of a job that sees a day start at a pawn shop in the morning and ends at a clothing-optional bar each night.
"It's a really cool niche I've found," he said. "And I get to drive around and see my work all over the place."
Other talents show he is an actor performer, musician composer, movie maker/Director .Video Creator Ect.