Friday, October 16, 2009
MassKara Festival Face Painting
MassKara means a sea (mass) of faces (kara) or a mask (maskara). Now on its thirtieth year, the world-famous MassKara Festival of Bacolod also celebrates Electric MassKara beginning 2007, the night version of the dancing street parade of colorful masks and costumes.
A popular come on in the Electric MassKara are the Bacolod artists doing face painting on locals and tourists as well. Aside from the traditionally Bacolod designs, some clients also want tribal tatto designs on their faces using face paint.
Without a guide, the cobra turned out looking more like a worm, the lion more like a sun, the dragon more like a bat, and the eagle more like a chicken like the one shown in the picture above.
That is why, as one of the artists doing the annual face painting for two consecutive years, I took to the internet, careful to narrow the designs to just a few choice ones as experience told me that the street partygoers tend to choose the more complicated (and time consuming) designs.
So it is better to compile only a few but popular designs for the public to choose, master them and be confident about face painting!