One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who decorates or ornaments others' bodies, especially professionally; a practitioner of body art, especially a tattooist.
2An artist who uses his or her body as a medium; a performer or creator of body art.
1960s; earliest use found in The Washington Post. From body + artist, after body art.
body artist/ˈbɒdɪ ˌɑːtɪst/
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