Body painting has come a long way in the last decades and even though the artists specializing in this area try to surprise us with ever more endevaouring artworks few have gone as far as Russel Powell, a US first grade school teacher in San Jose, California, who in his spare time has developed a whole new art form in this area. Using oil paints, Powell paints stunningly realistic portraits on his left hand and then “stamps” them to paper, leaving his fingerprints and creases on the final image. Given his other passion, rock and roll and jazz music, it is not surprising that Powell’s best known “hand stamps” are portraits of musicians and other public figures including Bob Marley, David Bowie, John Lennon or Tupac Shakur, even though he also takes commissions. For more information on his work, you can contact .