You know those black pore masks that feel akin to ripping the flesh off your face whenever you remove them? Well, imagine that same feeling, but over your entire body — including your nipples and your vagina.
This is what I imagine it must be like to participate in the Black Tape Project, a body art trend made viral by Miami artist Joel Avarez. The Black Tape Project involves creating complex and intricate body art over one’s naked body, using black (or occasionally metallic) electrical tape. The idea is that the tape almost acts as a kind of censor bar, creating a scandalous look which also technically passes Instagram’s nudity policy.
However, I can’t help but wonder: just how painful is this body art trend?
I mean, even if you shave your entire body, there are tiny little hairs that you’re bound to miss, right? So, what are the odds that removing this tape is actually an excruciating ordeal?
I’m willing to bet that the odds are WAY up there.
I mean, not only are your nipples covered in black tape, your bikini area is literally swathed in the sticky stuff. Short of living your life with tape on your vagina, you’re going to have to rip it off at some point.
And in case you were wondering, no: Avarez never seems to actually use his own body as a canvas for this daring body art. PERHAPS BECAUSE HE KNOWS IT REALLY FUCKING HURTS.
Outlets such as the Daily Mail and New Zealand Herald allege that the trend is becoming popular with non-model folk. However, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that, outside of Coachella and perhaps certain kink proclivities, nobody is willingly applying electrical tape to their taint.
Thanks, but I’m going to dish out a hard pass on this particular trend. If I’m going to willingly inflict pain on my body I’ll just go get my eyebrows waxed.