Bodypainters came to the German city of Mainz for the Fifth International Bodypainting Festival at the weekend to adorn models from head to toe with brightly colored and in many cases highly original artwork.
It's a tough job for the models, some of whom have to sit or stand still for up to 14 hours. The artists competed in a number of categories including special effects, facepainting.
The artists use airbrushes, sponges or normal brushes to paint the models.
It's a very short-lived art form though. One shower and hours of work disappears forever.