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The world's largest bodypainting festival is going down this weekend

Naked women, body paint, and the beautiful image those four words conjure are all on display this weekend at Austria's 17th World Bodypainting Festival, the largest event in the world designed to celebrate the covering of nude people in liquid latex. 

The festival -- which takes place annually at the idyllic Lake Wörthersee, in Carinthia -- will draw artists from 46 countries, competing for titles in categories such as "Airbrush Bodypainting", "Special Effects Bodypainting", "Brush/Sponge Bodypainting", and "Facepainting". The naked contestants modeling said art will be festooned with intricate and outlandish prints designed to make them look like solar systems, aliens, multi-legged insects, or sea creatures; if you can paint it, anything goes. 

For the non-artists interested more in spying women's nipples through the paint, there'll be 120 tents manned by international art exhibitors, food stalls, classes in bodypainting, and a VIP lounge offering gourmet treats and better stage views of the aforementioned nipples, as well as over 30 live music/entertainment acts and a "Colour Splash" after-party to wrap things up.

Here's a taste, set to a very energetic soundtrack, of what you can expect to see at this year's event...


World Bodypainting Festival, 2014 Trailer 2 from World Bodypainting on Vimeo.

For more of a glimpse, peruse the photos from previous years below.

Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Yes, that's a British accent. No, she doesn't watch Doctor Who. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.