I have the great honor and privilege to produce a large educational conference for face and body painters, BodyCon Dallas. It happens in April in the funkiest part of Dallas- Deep Ellum. Surrounded by hundreds of murals by local artists, interesting shops, and amazing food, face and body artists come from all over to enhance their knowledge and skills by taking classes and workshops from some of the top names in the industry.

BodyCon Dallas is the only conference of this kind between California and Florida and the number of attendees and the amount of interested parties we receive reflects what a popular and needed event it is. A lot of us small business owners don’t get a lot of down time to commune with our fellow artists and entrepreneurs, so the social aspect of BodyCon Dallas is vital. The kick-off for the event on Friday night is a potluck and jam so everyone, including the instructors, can hang out and get to know one another or catch up with friends they haven’t seen since last year.

We’re fortunate to be able to bring the very best in the business to instruct at BodyCon Dallas. From seasoned veterans such as Marcela Murad and Nick Wolfe to new-on-the-scene first timers such as Lenore Koppelman, every instructor brings their own style and signature to their classes and workshops. We’re lucky to include intensive six-hour workshops before and after the event by many of the instructors. A very popular workshop this year was Shawna and Ronnie’s Sugar Skull Workshop. Everyone learned so much and came out of the class looking fab!

Silly Farm Supplies is our exclusive vendor of face paint supplies at the event, and they provide many perks for the attendees of the conference. I can’t thank them enough for the amazing goodies they provided for our swag bags, plus the exclusive first looks at new products- Elisa Griffith’s new makeup palettes for enhancing your face painting and Cameron Garrett’s brand new line of rainbow cakes and arty cakes debuted at BodyCon first!

Everyone who attends the full conference gets a swag bag loaded with goodies- from KIND bars to Loew-Cornell brushes to stencils to take your painting to the next level, the bags have it all! A huge thank you to Face Paint Forum Shop for providing wonderful, reusable bags for the second year in a row!

In addition, 2016 was the first year we also hosted a body paint showcase! Twenty-one attendees matched with models to produce some of the most amazing body paintings I’ve ever seen, and they were only given four hours in which to do so! This was definitely my favorite part of the entire weekend!

While the showcase models were being painted, BodyCon Burlesque was kind enough to perform for us again this year and it was a total show-stopper! They shook, they shimmied, they stripped! We had many talented acts, but I think a house favorite were The Blondeshells- a man and woman aerial team of awesomeness! Vivienne Vermuth is the genius producer behind BodyCon Burlesque.

Lastly, the attendees make this event what it is. The energy, the excitement, the eagerness to learn- all these contribute to a vibe that’s just contagious! I’m so thankful that the painters in Dallas and the surrounding area (which extends pretty far, judging from attendee addresses!) take time out of their schedules to attend the event and make it successful. Thank you.

If you want to level up your skills or learn face or body painting for the first time, I highly recommend finding your nearest educational conference or taking workshops from visiting (or local!) artists! Even though I don’t get to sit and participate in many of the classes, just being around all the skilled artists helps me get my own creative juices flowing and I come away from the event invigorated, inspired, and ready to rock my own business even more!