Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Sunburn art is absurd, but I still like this version of the Mona Lisa

Sunburn art is such a bad idea. However, despite warnings, some people continue to subject themselves to the potentially cancer-causing practice. Search #sunburnart on IG, and you'll find dozens of examples of this painful summertime fad.

The images are created by deliberately covering a section of skin with sunscreen, permanent marker, fabric, or even sticker, and then spending time in the sun. The designs range from abstract shapes, to intricate floral patterns, animals and logos of superheroes. I think the version of the Mona Lisa painting (pictured above) is the best I've seen so far.

Naturally, not everyone feels happy with this trend. Dermatologists call the practice ridiculous, and, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, "sustaining five or more sunburns in youth increases lifetime melanoma risk by 80 percent."

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