Black Tape Project: How To, A Little History and Pictures!

October 17, 2015  •  1 Comment

When I first heard about The Black Tape Project it was supposed to be an event and series to help with Breast Cancer Awareness. The event itself was just a way for people to go to clubs and see hot girls standing around naked while being wrapped in tape. To me, it didn't really make sense that it was to raise awareness at all. The events themselves actually donated a portion of the moneys raised toward the BCA movement though. 

So even though it's not a direct way to raise awareness, I still think that it's very cool and a great way to accent the curves on a body while still (barely) covering them. A definite draw for many men and women. After a few years of talking about it with Heather (the model in the pictures) we finally got together this week and finished our first (of probably multiple) shoot. Here's what I learned:
 

  • The tape is important. Use electrical tape. It goes on easily and more importantly it comes off easily without leaving marks. It didn't hurt the model at all and after it was off it was like it was never there. Other tapes will either not stick well or they can cause injuries to the client or model. At the very least you can leave behind red marks and indentions on the skin. 
  • Make sure your model's skin is dry. Don't use any oils or lotions beforehand or your tape won't stick
  • Have a plan going in on what you want the design to look like. You cannot simply "wing it" and expect to have something resembling a useful outfit.
  • "Clothing" your model is going to be an extremely up-close and personal situation. Both of you need to be very comfortable with everything or she needs to have a friend or family member there to assist. Discuss the logistics in advance to avoid that awkwardness later. 
  • Your model will have to rely on others to get her ready. Once you start applying tape she needs to move as minimally as possible. Bending and stretching will change the tape and cause gaps and loose spots to appear. 
  • Know your poses in advance. Once you're ready to start, you should be able to move quickly and get through your set before the tape starts to distort or come off. 
  • Basically, this entire shoot is all about preparation. Prepare to succeed or prepare to fail. 

Here are a few of the shots that we got from our recent session. The models' name is Heather and a few more photos of her can be found here from our Breast Cancer Awareness Project in 2014.

Kristian Colasacco Art and Photography on Facebook 

P.S. I still have tape. Who's next? 



 


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1.Justin C(non-registered)
I got the urge to do it after seeing your post on FB. I planned to sketch out the design before hand but this article definitely helps with the overall execution of the shoot. Thanks for the insight.
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