9 Amazing Body Painting Photographs by Trina Merry


Trina Merry is a bodypainting artist based in San Francisco. There’s a good chance you’ve seen her work before, as a number of her projects have enjoyed widespread viral success on the Web.

Her “Human Motorcycle Project” is a series of photographs showing motorcycles created entirely out of painted human bodies.

The images were created to promote the International Motorcycle Roadshow tour, and featured three bikes: a sport bike, a dirt bike, and a cruiser:



By carefully painting and positioning the models, and from shooting the scene from just the right angle, Merry was able to create something fresh with the already-popular medium of bodypainting photography.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how the motorcycles were created:

While working under body painter Craig Tracy (her teacher and mentor), Merry also helped to create photos of the Fiat 500 out of bodies:



Here’s a behind-the-scenes vid for that series, which appeared in ESPN’s 2013 “Bodies Issue”:

Merry sometimes captures the final photographs herself, and sometimes works with photographers to turn the visions into reality. In each case, she works closely with the camera to ensure that her painting matches the perspectives of the photographs.

“I love the double-take people do as they look at my work,” she writes.

Other photographs in her portfolio include a tree on a human canvas, a tribute to Jackson Pollock, and a skull tribute to Salvador Dali:




This is her most recent creation, showing a worshipper in a temple that’s being reflected on water:


It was actually created with the help of seventeen carefully-painted models:


You can find more of Merry’s work over in her online portfolio.

Image credits: Photographs used with the permission of Trina Merry

  • Jeremy Madore

    Great work – love the motorcycle series!

    I can hear it now…
    “Okay, so now grab the handlebars and look toward me”
    “Woah, that wasn’t the handlebar…”

  • Scott Stacy

    I could just see all the guys arguing about who gets to be the seat!

  • Mojo

    It would be a difficult photoshoot if one of them suddenly gets bad gas…

  • Vaughn Arthur

    While I am impressed by the photography I am surprised and somewhat offended that no mention is made of the artists that actually do the bodypainting. I know that the great artist Craig Tracy was the artist that actually did the painting and positioning of the models for the fiat ad. We often have stories about credit not being given. This is one of those times.

  • Shay Armstrong

    Trina was only part of the crew for the Fiat paint. The lead was Craig Tracy of the Craig Tracy Gallery in New Orleans. Craig is an amazing artist, and is Trina’s mentor and teacher.

  • fatso

    Super awkward if just one guy gets a boner!

  • Sarmad Berlin

    What excellent work. Honour and virtue to all involved, please!

  • superduckz

    Excellent work indeed but there’s a certain air of “milking” this for all it’s worth while it’s in vogue. but hey more power to them I suppose.

  • MediaWarzDoTCoM

    Wow , impressive !


    Awesome Painting Photographs, love all of these…

  • A Lawrence

    watch the video.

  • Bijutoha

    That was amazing. How long do they wait in cars frame?

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  • Pia Alicia Pilar Mogollon

    seems like the article says Trina Merry is the artist who does the bodypainting.