More than 100 men and women were in the buff in Times Square on Friday afternoon.
“Body Notes” — a free event created by artists Andy Golub and Matthew Chavez — features nude participants covered in body paint, which helps spread the artists’ message of acceptance and body positivity.
“Everyone feels that being naked is such a big thing but in reality that’s just who we are,” said Golub, 44. “When you experience this, it quickly becomes no big deal.”
Chavez, 28, from Gilroy, Calif., is also the street artist behind the sticky notes project in the 14th St. subway station tunnel last November.
“Body Notes” is a combined effort from the artists that precedes next month’s fourth annual New York City Bodypainting Day.
Men and women, young and old, painted each other in yellow, orange and blue paint on Friday. Then, artists painted written messages on their chests.
Brooklynite Amanda Cerami, a 20-year-old student from Williamsburg, wore the words “exist in this reality.”
“I never really ever felt this alive before,” said Cerami. “It is an adrenaline rush to be in front of all these people and not care what they think of me.”
Hundreds of people stopped to photograph nude models of all shapes and sizes. Nicole DuBow, a 44-year-old office administrator from Rockland County, said Golub’s events are for everybody.
“I am here to promote body positivity,” she said. “Everybody is perfect.”
Some people in the crowd planned to attend the event. Others were simply passing by.
Tasha Levell, of West Hempstead, L.I., was in shock — but not surprised at the army of naked bodies.
“This is what makes New York New York,” she said.