This weekend, Tampa hosted the Gasparilla Parade through Downtown. People of all ages were out in their pirate regalia looking for beads. As described to many that don’t know about it, Gasparilla is Tampa’s version of Mardi Gras with the same amount of drunkenness and a little less flashing.
Because of the amount of craziness that goes on, every year, UT holds Piratefest the day before to give students tips and tricks on how to stay safe. I have always thought that this was a great idea because of the amount of freshmen that are inevitably going to drink underage, but have never done so in this setting. They learn what signs to look for that someone is not doing well and can find out who to call if they need help.
Another reason that this is such a fun event to me however, is because every year, we get Lester and Susan to come out and make balloon animals and do face/body painting. I always get my face painted by Susan and she always does a phenomenal job. This year while she was doing my face (pictured above) I talked with her a little bit on how long she’d been practicing this art. She taught herself 30 years ago and now she creates masterpieces like that on my face. Now, I know I referred to this as face painting and the title of these blog post is “Make-Up is Art,” but face painting is make-up and make-up is face painting, hence why I sometimes call it “painting my face.” Susan even uses Ben Nye cosmetics, high quality theater make-up to make sure that the colors are vivid and pop.
I’ve always thought that make-up is an art and anyone else who has tried it should as well but when you see something like this on someone’s face, I don’t know how you could even try to dispute it any further.