Painting the bodies of nude models in the middle of Times Square is perfectly fine, under a court agreement reached on Thursday.
An artist who decorated the fully naked bodies of beautiful models until he was arrested for violating public exposure and lewdness law, won the right to go back to work. The only condition: His models can only do the full monty after dark. But bare breasts are fair game in broad daylight.
Ron Kuby, the lawyer for Andy Golub, 45, argued that New York laws do not prohibit public nudity in the name of art. Kuby got charges against his client dropped, provided he agreed to the conditions.
"He is permitted to paint bare breasts any time, anywhere, but the G-strings have to stay on until daylight goes out," Kuby told Reuters after a hearing in Manhattan criminal court.
New York's laws against public exposure exempt "any person entertaining or performing in a play, exhibition, show or entertainment," Kuby said.
"I feel that when I do live body painting it's a good thing, a positive thing," said Golub.
One of his models, Karla Storie, also had charges against her dropped if she abides by the rules.
Golub told Reuters he was planning to paint a nude model in a park near the courthouse on Friday.