I was two months deep into a celibacy stint, the cause of which was absolutely counter to anything honorable or enlightening. The hiatus was instead sparked by utter boredom: from repetitive first date Q&A sessions with Seattle's bearded, plaided Amazon software developers and their millennial text-messaged seduction tactics.
The disenchantment pushed me into a comfortable courtship... with Pornhub.
Then, the January issue of V Magazine came out. Splayed across its cover were Lady Gaga and her husband-to-be, enjoying a post-coital spoon, covered head to toe in body paint. The moment captured the couple trying out Love and Paint, a DIY kit from a company by the same name designed to help capture the art of lovemaking. Love and Paint offers all the necessary accoutrements (body paint, brushes, and canvas) to create your own body paint-based, sexy masterpiece with your partner. It's modern art at its very friskiest.
What can I say? I’m a sucker for unique decor.
So I called up Love and Paint's co-founder, Tyler Peters, who along with artist Alexander Esguerra, started the company in 2008. "It’s not about painting a canvas," Tyler said, before sending me a kit to try. "It’s about an experience.” He had a couple practical pointers for using the kit; like setting the canvas over something soft and ending the session after 30 minutes so the paint doesn't smear or blob. Our conversation ended with him encouraging me to be creative and spontaneous.