Nudes paint new record

They didn’t just barely do it — they smashed it.

Body-painting enthusiasts from all over Ireland have claimed a new world record for the most naked people body painted in one place.

A total of 316 people stripped down to thongs for the cheeky record-breaking attempt at the Camden Palace arts venue in Cork City on Saturday.

They smashed the previous record of 264 people, held by a New York arts group since 2007.

There were two independent witnesses and Cork Body Painting spokesperson Keira O’Connell spent yesterday compiling all the required photographic evidence and paperwork for submission to the Guinness World Records. It is expected the record will be officially rubber-stamped within a few weeks.

“It’s like a dream come true,” Keira said last night, as she paid tribute to everyone involved. “But Cork is great for embracing crazy things like this.

“I still cannot believe it. I now know that anything is possible with some hard work and good friends.”

Guinness World Record rules dictate that those taking part must by over 18 and must wear a thong.

It triggered a surge in sales of the skimpy underwear with several city centre retailers selling out.

With just hours to go to the record attempt, the adult shop Utopia was one of the few outlets which still had a few thongs left.

Just over 500 people had registered to take part by the deadline, but about 200 balked as last-minute nerves kicked in.

But 316 brave people of all ages, shapes, and sizes, and from all over Ireland, packed in to four rooms at the Camden Palace.

Over 100 artists were on standby to paint their naked bodies in staggered time slots before the record was reached around noon.

Keira said there is a serious element to the event too — to promote positive body image. “In modern society, we have a warped image of what beauty is,” she said. “We hope to change that perception so that people can see that their body is beautiful — in all shapes and forms.”

Later in the day 110 naked cyclists took part in the 2012 World Naked Bike Ride in Cork City. Hundreds of shoppers looked on, cheered, and shouted encouragement on as the 110 cyclists rolled through the city centre streets in a 90-minute cycle.

The cyclists included many participants who had taken part in the earlier world record attempt.

One of the organisers, Joe Collins, praised the riders for their courage.

“The principle of the ride is that riding naked demonstrates just how defenceless cyclists are in a collision,” he said.

The World Naked Bike Ride is an international event that has taken place in about 200 cities worldwide.

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