Main paint party
We do not yet have a paint party location which can accommodate all riders. This page describes the rules we’ve had in the past for a group paint party.
Paint party rules
- The paint party is only for cyclists, painters, and a few registered photographers. To get in the front gate you need
- wheels (identifying you as a rider), or
- painting equipment (if you’re just painting others), or
- a photographer badge.
- We will ask for a donation of $10 toward the cost of hosting the paint party, but if you can’t afford that, you won’t be turned away. Any extra money will be donated to a related non-profit.
- No alcohol or other drugs are allowed on site.
- Please only smoke in the designated area (see the map).
- Do not touch any of the boats; don’t let paint splatter on any boats!!!
- No glitter except in the one designated spot.
- Please arrive with plenty of time to get painted, and exit the building promptly when asked. Our volunteers need time to close up and join the ride.
- Kids under 18 are allowed, but they should not be nude.
- Please clean up your area:
- Wipe up any spilled paint.
- Throw away disposables.
- Bring any extra paint to the sharing table for others to use (if it’s acrylic or body makeup).
- Don’t leave anything of yours behind at the paint site.
- For each color you need:
- Take a small amount of paint in a cup (or bring the whole container if it’s small); try to find an existing cup before pouring a new one.
- Feel free to mix colors if you don’t find the hue you want; you can also thin the paint with water.
- Move away from the paint table to apply it.
- Return your cup to the table sorted with others of the same color.
- Leave the paint brush in the cup; get a new brush for each new color.
- Repeat till done!
- There will be a broad selection of colors available at the start, but towards the end, colors may run out. If you must have a specific color, bring your own, or come early.
Additional rules for anyone with a camera
These guidelines apply even if you’re only taking a few pictures of your friends. People who have trouble following them will be asked to leave.
- If photography is your primary reason for showing up, you need to apply for one of the few photographer slots.
- Identify yourself and ask permission of everybody you capture in your pictures.
- This includes anybody identifiable in the shot, not just your primary target.
- If you will be making the pictures publicly available, make that clear.
- Be especially careful about capturing unpainted or partially painted people!
- Don’t take video; there’s always somebody in the background.
- Don’t be a creep. (If you have to ask, you may be at risk.)
- When polite discussion breaks down, ties go to the person who isn’t holding a camera.