My introduction to body art was the face painting sessions I would be taken for as a child, then later in the West African movies I over consumed for a while. I had not the slightest clue the significance or depth of the art until just a few years ago when I started seeing some artist's work on social media.
Any artist I've come across uses their work as a channel for cultural and artistic expression, whether for religious, social or ornamental reasons. Some of the symbols they use in their patterns might either hold some meaning, convey a message or simply be abstract.
Speaking of meaning: In West Africa, the Akan tribe of Ghana has for centuries been using Adinkra symbols. These symbols are extensively used in architectural features, fabrics, logos and pottery to represent certain ideas and concepts.
Over the past couple of years, I've been keen on exploring body painting as an art, and here are a handful of artists whose work I think were totally worth my while. Plus, they are amazing visual storytellers.