Skin Wars is an American reality competition game show television series in which contestants perform weekly challenges in the art of body painting, with one contestant being eliminated each week until only one remains to win the grand prize.
The host is model and actress Rebecca Romijn, who was the first model to be body-painted for Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue in the year before she made her big-screen debut as the blue body-painted Mystique in the film X-Men.
The series pits talented and versatile body painters against each other for a $100,000 grand prize in a series of challenges that promise amazing reveals.
Entertainer and drag artist RuPaul joins body painting rock stars Craig Tracy and Robin Slonina as judges, with one contestant eliminated every episode.
There are regular guest judges including Carson Kressley, the fashion expert on the TV hit Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Another guest is Wonder Woman Lynda Carter, who comes in to judge after a superhero challenge.
Some of the contestants are as colourful as the art they produce. They come from various backgrounds including tattoo, comic books and freehand (one even paints vehicles) and use their talent to turn the body's blank canvas into works of art.
Each week, contestants are given a particular theme and collateral. Once the clock starts ticking, contestants need to battle it out for the best body-painting design of the day, which guarantees the contestants a step closer to the ultimate grand prize.
The body painting artists with "skin in the game" this season includes:
An award-winning artist from Denver who also makes a living as a firefighter and paramedic. At an early age he started creating creatures and characters on himself for Halloween parties and contests.
The youngest of the group at 21 years old. This former college track star from Lafayette, Louisiana has used her talent and art to overcome some of the learning disabilities she's faced since an early age.
Dutch teaches workshops around the country with his wife, in addition to owning and operating a face and body painting workshop in Seattle, WA. He started out illustrating comic books and his love of the art has evolved into a wide variety of projects, from murals, tattoo flash, and album covers to special effects makeup on film and music videos.
A master of the air brush gun who has painted murals and more for hip hop royalty, including Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Beyonce, and Kanye West. Owner of a custom auto painting shop in Detroit, MI, he is also a member of Economic Growth for Detroit.
A street graffiti artist turned body painting instructor from Las Vegas. Known in the business for his talented air brushing skills, Gear loves all things anime and Bruce Lee.
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A certified hypnotherapist, a Reiki Master, and a reverend from Denver. She also spends her time teaching spiritual body painting for healing.
From Bend, OR, Natalie is trained in classic realism and technical painting, and specialises in hand painted camouflage landscapes
From Riverview, FL is the black sheep of her family of dentists and doctors. She fell in love with art and decided to become an artist while on spring break in Florida and never left. Nicole also competes on a roller derby team and performs circus acts.
From Hinesburg, VT, was once a professional wrestler, commentator and ring announcer and is now a father of five. He is known for body painting fantasy and science fiction characters, usually on his wife, who serves as both a model and his muse.
From Orlando, FL, got her start painting guests at high end nudist resorts. Now she travels the world, body painting at art galleries and private parties. Shannon is an animal lover and animal rescue is a big part of her life.
Skin Wars is executive produced by Michael Levitt of Michael Levitt Productions (Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, Ask Oprah's All Stars, Billboard Music Awards), Jill Goularte, Colleen Sands and Rebecca Romijn. Craig Tracy and Robin Slonina serve as producers.