Two Atlantans on GSN’s Skin Wars’ returning April 20: Luis Martinez, Jermaze Wade

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Luis Martinez of Marietta is competing on GSN’s latest season of “Skin Wars.” CREDIT: GSN

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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If you find the tattoo artists on Spike TV’s “Ink Master” a little too edgy, there’s GSN’s “Skin Wars,” which features body painters battling for $100,000.

The shows are similar in the sense that both use the human body as the canvas. The difference with “Skin Wars:” paint is not permanent. (In a way, it’s more like ice sculpting.)

This third season of the show with Rebecca Romijn again as host features two metro Atlantans: Luis Martinez and Jermaze Wade.

I got to meet Luis but didn’t have a chance to catch Jermaze. (As you can see, I wrote this before I left on a two-week vacation and time just ran out.)

Luis is just 21 years old. He came to the United States at age six and began clowning at age 13, a third generation clown in his family.

He performs locally as Spanky the Clown.  He said he began face painting, then evolved into body painting. To separate himself, he began painting celebrities on his torso, filming himself do it.  Watch him paint Amy Winehouse on himself.

“It takes four or five hours to paint and two seconds to wipe off,” he said.

He likes to challenge himself by incorporating the body itself into the art and make the model “disappear” onto a backdrop.  He did it to himself for a promo poster of “American Horror Story.”

Before he was cast, he had to do body painting on someone else. He did three friends in a marathon run.  The casting director was impressed.

Luis said men are an easier canvas than women, who are curvier.

Jermaze Wade of Atlanta is competing on the third season of "Skin Wars" on GSN. CREDIT: GSN

Jermaze Wade of Atlanta is competing on the third season of “Skin Wars” on GSN. CREDIT: GSN

According to GSN, Atlanta’s Jermaze “Blacc Jezus” is the owner of one of the busiest airbrush stores in the Southeast. Jermaze uses his art to inspire the community and its youth.

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