Skin Wars

Watch Skin Wars

  • TV-14
  • 2014
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.1  (1,469)

Skin Wars is a televised body painting competition that aired on the Game Show Network in 2014, hosted by RuPaul Charles. The show is highly regarded for its unique perspective on reality TV, in which the contestants are professional artists who compete against each other in sequential challenges that test their creative and technical abilities. Skin Wars ultimately crowns one winner who receives a prize of $100,000 and is known as America's Best Body Painter.

The show's format revolves around progressively difficult challenges that the contestants must complete. Each episode has a different theme and includes various obstacles that the contestants must overcome, such as having to work as a team or incorporate specific elements into their art. The challenges start off with simple tasks such as painting the human body to match a piece of artwork or creating a body representation of a particular city. As the competition progresses, the tasks become more difficult and require more time and effort, culminating in the final challenge, which requires the contestants to create a full-body masterpiece in a matter of hours.

Through the competition, the contestants demonstrate their range and versatility as artists, working with different mediums such as airbrush, sponge, and paintbrushes to create stunning body paintings. Viewers can appreciate the artistry and technique of the contestants while also learning about the history and culture of various styles of body painting.

RuPaul Charles, the show's host, adds charm and personality to the show, bringing his signature humor, wit, and style. He is well-known in the entertainment industry as a drag queen performer and the creator of RuPaul's Drag Race, which also airs on the Game Show Network.

The judges of Skin Wars are experienced in the world of body painting and include Craig Tracy, Robin Slonina, and RuPaul. Each week they evaluate the contestants' works, offering constructive criticism and feedback on the pieces. They are also aware of the challenges facing the contestants, such as time constraints or the difficulties of working with certain materials, and use their expertise to help them push past their limits.

As the competition progresses, the bonds between the contestants become stronger, and the camaraderie and mutual respect among them that develops is added to the overall appeal of the show. Throughout the series, viewers have the opportunity to see how the contestants' personalities and artistic styles develop, making it a nuanced and dynamic show.

Overall, Skin Wars is a thrilling, high-stakes body painting competition that showcases the talents of remarkable artists while offering insight into a fascinating art form. The combination of a unique premise, experienced judges, and RuPaul's unmatched hosting skills makes the show a must-watch for fans of reality TV, art, and pop culture.

Skin Wars is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (29 episodes). The series first aired on August 6, 2014.

Skin Wars
Filter by Source

Last Looks
10. Last Looks
June 28, 2016
Finale episode as the season-long search for a body painting champion comes to an end. The finalists must undertake their most challenging piece yet, making their naked models both stand-out and disappear in a setting of their own creation.
Contort This!
9. Contort This!
June 20, 2016
Gymnast Shawn Johnson guest judges as the artists take on the complex challenge of painting multi-body illusions. The models are acrobatic contortionists who can bend their bodies into almost any shape. Rebecca Romijn hosts.
8. Fashionistas
June 15, 2016
Adrienne Bailon guest judges in a high fashion competition that has the remaining artists painting runway looks on their naked models; a new twist forces the painters to collaborate in an unexpected way. Rebecca Romijn hosts.
Survive & Thrive
7. Survive & Thrive
June 8, 2016
Samantha Harris guest judges on this inspirational episode as the remaining body artists paint breast cancer survivors, displaying the women's personal stories and strength through beautiful body art. Rebecca Romijn hosts.
Under the Sea
6. Under the Sea
May 25, 2016
A field trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific is both an inspiration and a challenge for the artists who must create waterproof designs that stay beautiful and intact as their models forgo the runway for a tank of water; Rebecca Romijn hosts.
Disappearing Act
5. Disappearing Act
May 18, 2016
Magician Christen Gerhart guest judges as the remaining body artists explore illusions and fortune-telling through their art, with an unexpected twist that makes the painters realize that nobody ever really knows the future.
Miss Skin Wars
4. Miss Skin Wars
May 11, 2016
The remaining artists are joined by nine fabulous drag queens, all vying to be crowned the first-ever Miss Skin Wars through competing in body-painted swimwear and a more personal painted costume design; judges include RuPaul Charles.
New Dimensions
3. New Dimensions
May 4, 2016
Make-up artist and internet sensation Kandee Johnson guest judges; working in their first partnered challenge allows the body artists to see another side of their competitors as they must paint their naked models in both 2-D and 3-D poses.
Not All Fun & Games
2. Not All Fun & Games
April 27, 2016
Actress Jillian Rose Reed guest judges; the body artists must tackle the difficult camouflage challenge, blending their naked models into intricate backgrounds; for one artist, what seems like child’s play becomes an important lesson.
Skintastic Celebration
1. Skintastic Celebration
April 20, 2016
In this Season 3 opener, it’s an all-out celebration of talent as 12 of the world’s top body artists begin the competition for the title of best painter of the naked human form; Rebecca Romijn hosts; judges include RuPaul Charles.
Where to Watch Skin Wars
Skin Wars is available for streaming on the Game Show Network website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Skin Wars on demand at and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    August 6, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    7.1  (1,469)