|News and views about teen body painting. Here's a little history on body painting in Illinois:|
Red paint was commonly applied to the faces of Illinois men, women, and children. This paint was traditionally made of ochre, a reddish mineral that the Illinois obtained from natural deposits of oxidized iron. However, vermilion began to replace ochre as a source of red pigment in the early 1700s. Vermilion, a bright-red mineral composed of mercuric sulfide, was imported by the French and obtained by the Illinois as a trade item. As indicated by the 1735 de Batz painting, women and children applied red paint to their cheeks. Men often covered their entire faces with paint: red, black, and sometimes white. Some men also applied red paint to their torsos, shoulders, and upper arms, highlighting and filling in their tattooed designs.