By Hannah Parry For Dailymail. A woman stares at her camera, her eyes wide open - all four of them. In another picture a man's ample belly seems to have almost literally burst at the seams - barely held together by a few buttons. This surrealist nightmare is the latest Halloween craze sweeping social media as artists swap out their traditional costumes for paints and brushes. They may be a cheap alternative to a trip to the costume shop, but these mind-bending works of art take hours to complete.
Each woman painted herself a different color: orange, pink, gray, yellow, aqua, purple, etc. Note that the black paint could inadvertently cause offense in the West because of the history of black face; however, that is not the intent here. This is no accident, because Miyako says that fashion style is also an influence. Ditto for video games, which are home to numerous ishoku-hada characters. While Phantasy Star Online 2 seems to be especially well suited for ishoku-hada, these colorful characters have existed for a long time in anime. Hollywood movies and American comic books have done the same in the West.
Watch fullscreen. Amazing body paint illusions from Japanese artist. Hikaru cho has become an itnernet sensation after her incredible art work, creating illusions and stop motion videos by painting on people's bodies. Report by Longdens. Body painting. Browse more videos. Playing next