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Rock Hill native, body painter to compete on ‘Skin Wars’ TV show

Rock Hill native Tiffany Beckler will compete on the third season of “Skin Wars,” a TV show featuring elaborate body painting art that will premiere Wednesday on the Game Show Network.

Beckler, 27, is one of a dozen artists from the world of body painting who have been chosen to compete on the show for a top prize of $100,000.

“I love to compete in art, and I love to have different experiences,” said Beckler, who worked as a face painter at Carowinds when she was 16, and who later served as an apprentice to a tattoo artist in Gastonia, N.C.

The 2008 graduate of Rock Hill High School told The Herald in a telephone interview said she was unable to provide details about her experience on the show, which was filmed in Los Angeles.

“I like to be pushed and I like to be challenged,” she said about the show, which premieres at 10 p.m. Wednesday on GNS. “It gave me an opportunity to be pushed and challenged in a new way.”

Beckler said she has always been artistic, selling her drawings of flowers and butterflies for 50 cents each as a student at Saluda Trail Middle School.

After high school, Beckler earned a living doing tattoos and body painting. She studied at a cosmetology school in Chapel Hill, N.C., and began to provide hair and make-up services.

A couple of years ago, Beckler began entering body painting competitions on the professional level. Last fall, she placed third and fourth, respectively, in the professional category of the 2015 Living Art America’s North American Body Painting Championship event in Greensboro, N.C., and in Atlanta.

“It’s not like painting a canvas,” Beckler said. “A canvas is flat, and a body has a soul and personality. A body has different shapes that I can play with and that I can move around.

“It has shadows and highlights to give an illusion that there’s something there.”

“Skin Wars” is hosted by actress Rebecca Romijn. In the show, 12 contestants compete in elaborate body painting challenges to avoid elimination and win the approval of judges, including entertainer RuPaul Charles and body painting icons Craig Tracy and Robin Slonina.

Beckler uses a lot of realism in her body painting, but she doesn’t like to stick to one technique.

“I try to dabble in different styles,” she said. “It doesn’t get boring and it makes you a stronger artist.”

Clients want to have body painting done for a variety of reasons, she said: a special event, a night out at a club – even to cover an insecurity about their body.

“It’s like a growth process,” she said. “They can be who they want to be when they are body painted. It helps them overcome certain self pressures of society to look a certain way.”

Beckler’s body painting and artistic career will include some new adventures, she said, but she isn’t ready to talk about them yet.

“I have a lot of projects going on right now that I’m not ready to tell the world at this moment,” she said. “But I do plan on traveling, and still painting and doing make-up and hair, because it’s something I love.”

Jennifer Becknell: 803-329-4077

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“Skin Wars,” a television reality show featuring Rock Hill native Tiffany Beckler as one of 12 body painting contestants, will premiere at 10 p.m. Wednesday on the Game Show Network. The show is beginning its third season. Contestants will compete for a $100,000 prize.

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