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Face Paint Blurs N9na’s Vision At SXSW [Social]

Published: March 19, 2011 in Tech N9ne by

In the final days of recording his forthcoming album All 6s and 7s, Tech took a break to rush down to Austin, TX for the SXSW Festival to perform at the VIBE House event, which aired live on UStream that night.  Upon arriving in Texas, the rapper realized that his make-up kit was forgotten in Kansas City and he went to Twitter to find a make-up artist that could suffice:

Smackola, a member of Dirty Wormz (and a member of Tech’s future rap/rock project K.A.B.O.S.H.), reached out to his peoples and connected Tech with a friend who could do his facepaint for the VIBE House event.  Tech was appreciative towards Smackola and his friend and for them to be able to make it, especially being that it was short-notice, but Tech was in for a surprise once he stepped on stage.  Within several minutes into the performance, Tech’s  facepaint began to drip in his eyes, on his shirt, everywhere.

The face paint became so irritating that Tech needed to leave the stage half-way in his set to clear his vision.  After a brief break to the men’s room, Tech was back on stage to finish the remainder of his set.  Check out the behind-the-scenes look of Tech:

Tech came back on stage after the Kutt Calhoun set, and of course, gave fans what they expected: the Tech N9ne Experience.  Interestingly, we found a Facebook post from Smackola after the event and in response to the make-up artist, Smackola said:

it held up for a good minute but once he started going on the stage it was a wrap!! lol!! but it was still good you were able to come throu and do that!!!! now the next call you get will be for my video!! thanks again

Despite the incident, Smackola is looking to the make-up artist for his next video.  The make-up artist wants another shot doing Tech’s facepaint and said, “Next time we will use performers paint and set it!”

What do you think?

Should the make-up artist get another shot doing Tech’s facepaint?  What would you have done if you were Tech in this situation?  Did you watch Tech’s performance on UStream during the VIBE house event?  Were you at SXSW this year?  Let us know in the comments below!

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.mcmanus Chris McManus

    In order for her to be able to do Tech’s paint again, she has to mob around town with performers paint in a holster on her hip for two weeks. That could have gone really bad. And Tech should have an intern spend a week finding out a resource in every state for this type of make up and build a database. lol just so this don’t happen again.

  • Kk

    she should have known better. i say pass!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jarrid-Smoot/1065691544 Jarrid Smoot

    Well, it was a last second choice. She wasnt prepared for what was needed. If she had more warning and knew she was going to be doing this like normal, im sure there would not have been any issues with it. Now, after looking at the paint and design itself, its looks like hell. You can see differences in both sides (little to no symmetry). That being said, I say give her one and ONLY one more try. After that, feed her to the dogs if you want lol

  • http://twitter.com/piggofdoom Emery Pigg

    Just stick to Scenario, like always. If it aint broke, don’t fix it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joshua-Teal/100001242002921 Joshua Teal

    Scenario it is.

  • http://twitter.com/fuzzy1111111 laurie castro

    maybe keep the contact in case Scenario isn’t available again. i’m sure she will do better, a second time around.

  • Kiwi

    Well this IS the artist who painted Tech N9ne so I have to respond to this by saying that although this is my work I was most definently not prepared with the right products. We know I was called late night and literally left my house within 5 minutes because the deadline was within the hour. Had I used clown or grease make up it would have been fine. Clown makeup is not used in my normal gigs and I did not have on hand. Also I see nothing wrong with the design but it is not mine, as it was from another picture for reference. Sad that it melted of course. But I have no doubt in my abilities or skill. And as I started to paint we talked about the paint and sweating..we knew what we were getting into. I tried my best by using a sealer spray and for what was available in my kit. Either way, if I was to give it a second go I would like to rock it with my own design and the proper paint!

  • Kiwi

    Well this IS the artist who painted Tech N9ne so I have to respond to this by saying that although this is my work I was most definently not prepared with the right products. We know I was called late night and literally left my house within 5 minutes because the deadline was within the hour. Had I used clown or grease make up it would have been fine. Clown makeup is not used in my normal gigs and I did not have on hand. Also I see nothing wrong with the design but it is not mine, as it was from another picture for reference. Sad that it melted of course. But I have no doubt in my abilities or skill. And as I started to paint we talked about the paint and sweating..we knew what we were getting into. I tried my best by using a sealer spray and for what was available in my kit. Either way, if I was to give it a second go I would like to rock it with my own design and the proper paint!

  • http://twitter.com/juggaloryda91 Juggalo Logo

    I say give the girl another shot! Yeah she should’ve had the right tools and equipment but that’s kinda hard on such short notice. To me the design is good, and we should be thanking her for coming to the rescue and saving Tech from going on unpainted. So give her another chance Tech and everybody! People screw up it’s just human, but it’s inhuman to put down and dog people for messin up, especially on short notice, unprperly equipped, and being her first time doing this for Tech

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