Ideas for Hippie Body Paint

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Ideas for Hippie Body Paint
Hippies liked to paint cool images and words on their bodies. (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

The hippie movement of the 1960s was a time of peace, love and harmony, and people often expressed themselves with body paint. Colours were bright; body paintings were most commonly found on the shoulders, hips, tops of feet and ankles, underside of wrists, the lower back and cheeks.

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Peace Sign

The hippies' universal symbol was the peace sign and the hand gesture of two extended fingers to represent peace. They did not believe in war; their motto was "Make Love Not War." They felt that conflicts in the world could be resolved without creating chaos.

Flower Power

Flowers, especially daisies, were very popular with hippies and symbolised their love for nature, hence the term "flower children," which is a universal term to identify the hippies.

Yellow Smiley Face Circle

Hippies were all about being happy and free. The yellow smiley face circle is known worldwide as a symbol of happiness and was often found painted on a hippie's body.


Many hippies painted words on their bodies to represent their beliefs. Certain sayings were popular during that era, including "Groovy," "Far out," TTOW ("That's the only way"), "Heavy," "Down with the establishment" and "Free love."

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