Art has always been a huge part of Julie's soul.

In addition to running Coast, Julie is also a multi-award winning bodypainter and owner of Skincognito, Sydney’s largest body painting agency - a premier supplier to the events, public relations, fashion, film, music and television industries.

Julie has delivered successful body art campaigns for hundreds of Australia’s biggest companies, TV productions and celebrities over the last 14 years. Her clients include:

Ashton Kutcher
Benji Marshall
Brooke Blurton (Bachelorette)
Camilla Franks
Chris Lilley
Ella Hooper
Georgie Parker
Jarryd Hayne
Joel Madden  
Kyle Sandilands
Lisa Curry-Kenny
Little Mix
Michelle Bridges
Nadia Bartel
Olympia Valance
Nick (Honey Badger) Cummins
Rachel Finch
Ricci Guarnaccio (Geordie Shore)
Ricki-Lee Coulter
Steve Aoki
The Veronicas
Turia Pitt

TV Appearances
The Bachelor
Celebrity Apprentice 2021 (Shayna Blaze & Wippa’s teams)
Celebrity Apprentice 2022 (Turia Pitt & Amy Shark’s team)
Full Monty, Ladies Night
Get Arty, Guest Presenter - Seven Network
Saturday Disney, Guest Presenter
Sunrise, Seven Network
Today Show, Nine Network

Over 100 Corporate Clients
Aussie Bodies
Bauer Media
Bicycle NSW
BP Castrol
By Charlotte
Commonwealth Bank
Convoy International
EA Games
Easy Trades
Fash Mob
Goodness Me Box
Global Colours Body Art
Greater Union Cinemas
Holly Eva Accessories
Hungry Jacks
ING Bank
Interface Flooring
Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance
Jones Lang Lasalle
Mehron New York Cosmetics
Morrison Hotel
PMDL Interior Design
Protecht Advisory
Ribs N Burgers
Riot Art and Craft
Sanofi-Aventis Healthcare
Sol Republic
Sumo Salad
Stoli Vodka
Sydney City Motorcycles
Tip Top (George Weston Foods)
Tsing Tao
TruFX Special Effects Prosthetics
Tynan Motor Group
YamahaPR, Advertising and Events Clients
Bang PR
Bekstar Events
Channel T
CI Events
Event Planet
Frank PR
G1 Group
HT&T Advertising
Jaden Social
Loud Advertising
Leo Burnett
Madd Films
Made in Katana
Ooh Media
Open Door Films
PR Edge
Red Lotus
Runway Fashion Productions
Spike Media
Styled by Sting
The Conference Room
‘The Creative Producer’
The Royals
Thrive PR
Umm Media
WASA Media

Print Media Clients
Culture Magazine
Daily Telegraph
News Corporation
Fairfax Media
Indesign Media Group
WHO Magazine

Film/TV Production Clients
Seven Network
Nine Network
Network Ten
Warner Bros
Twentieth Century Fox
Big Salad
Ebag Productions
Film Graphics Entertainment
Immortal Films

Digital/Radio/Music Clients
Sony Music
Tribal Apes
Anja Nissen (The Voice)
Destiny Haz Arrived
Stafford Bros
DJ Lauren Neko
DJ Gordi Waters KIIS
Mashum Liberta
Masketta Fall
Mat Zo
Nick Broadhurst
Peter Deppeller KIIS
Royce Drixhen
The Art
We are the Brave
Brown Orr Fletcher Burrows
Media Shack
Media 1
Upside Down Productions
Vanguard Studios
Where There’s Smoke

Sports Clients
AFL (Australian Football League)
Canterbury Bulldogs
Cronulla Sharks
FIFA World Cup
Jarryd Hayne
Mark Murphy (AFL)
Ninja Warrior Olivia Vivien
NRL (National Rugby League)
Parramatta Eels
Paul Gallen
St George Dragons
South Sydney Rabbitohs
Tim Mannah

Venue/Function Clients
Australian Body Art Festival
Bavarian Bier Cafe
Belgenny Farm
Color Run
Fox Hole
Hot Kandi
International Makeup Artist Trade Show
Ivy Nightclub
Kids Day Out
Luna Park
Magique Circus
Museum of Contemporary Art
Slide Bar
Sydney Mardi Gras
Sydney Opera House
Tropfest Film Festival
Starpower Studios

Government and Charity Clients
Breast Cancer Network Australia
Butterfly Foundation
Childrens Hospital Westmead
Council – Parramatta City
Council – North Sydney
Council – Sutherland Shire
Jeans 4 Genes
NSW Department of Human Services
Red Cross
Sydney Childrens Hospital
Starlight Foundation
University of Technology Sydney
Variety Club Australia

To view more of Julie's bodypainting, please visit Skincognito's website.

How did Julie get into Bodypainting?

After an economics degree and 12 years in the financial markets, Julie felt a strong craving to discover her true passion and a more purposeful life. She left the corporate world and volunteered in the children’s cancer wards of Sydney’s two largest children’s hospitals.

She set up a free weekly face painting service for the children undergoing chemotherapy and visited the wards dressed as a fairy every Tuesday for over two years. Over this time at the hospitals, she developed a deep love of both painting, and the connection made with people while being painted. She had found her true passion and never looked back.

Learn more about Julie's work with Children's Hospitals and Kenyan Orphanages here.

Bodypainting? ARE PEOPLE NUDE?!

This is our most commonly asked question! And the answer is 100% NO. We paint over clothing, seam-free underwear, latex prosthetics and other modesty garments to ensure all our body art is family friendly, media friendly and respectful to our models.

Julie’s Body Art Credentials:

  • First place winner of two national body painting championships in 2012 and 2013
  • First place winner in NSW face painting “Face Off” championships 2013
  • Author of industry text book “Face Painting for Fun”
  • Judge for the top four Australian national body painting competitions
  • Guest speaker for the makeup industry’s prestigious IMATS (International Makeup Artists Trade Show)
  • Creator and presenter of “The Body Art Show”
  • Author of industry blog “Confessions of a Body Painter”
  • Editor of “BodyArtist Magazine”
  • Brand Ambassador and product developer for one of Australia’s largest paint and makeup manufacturer, Global Colours Body Art
  • Has her own line of professional artist’s paintbrushes in stores all across the world (Global Colours “Springback by Julie Tattam” range of 23 Brushes).



Founded and run by Julie Tattam for over 12 years, the Global College of Body Art (GCBA) is Sydney’s premier training institute in body painting, face painting and special effects for body art. The college has proudly graduated over 600 artists over this time.

Created to meet the growing demand for highly skilled, highly trained bodypainters here in Australia and internationally, we run short workshops and longer certificate courses in body art, beginners and advanced face painting and special effects.

Mentoring and Career Opportunities

At GCBA, we offer more than just knowledge. We know that these days becoming a successful artist takes more than just lots of skill and talent – it takes exposure, opportunity, media attention and connections. Therefore, in addition to our intense, comprehensive training, GCBA students have access to career opportunities which are unavailable anywhere else.

Classes Offered

- Certificate of Body Painting (16 weeks part time course)
- Individual Specialist Body Painting Short Courses (eg. realistic clothing, camouflage etc)
- Certificate of Face Painting (2 day course)
- Face Painting Day One: Beginners and Intermediate (one day workshop)
- Face Painting Day Two: Advanced and One Stroke (one day workshop)
- Halloween Special Effects (one evening class)

For more information on our classes please visit our GCBA page.

Contact us to be the first to find out about new upcoming classes.


In pre-COVID times, our classes were all held in our state-of-the-art training facilities in Grays Point (NSW Australia) and Marrickville, with private classes also being held at various art galleries.

In 2022 however, GCBA is going online! We are converting our best-selling classes to online learning, so that they will be available all over the world, 24hrs a day. Users will be able to enjoy self-paced learning in their own home, and all accompanying kits, paints and equipment will be available to purchase to accompany each course.

Do students need to know how to paint already?

No, not at all! Our classes are tailored to cater to all levels of artistic ability, and are suitable for all levels from the absolute beginner to painters who would like to take their art to the next level.

Do students receive a certificate after class?

A “Certificate of Face Painting” is issued after completion of both Day 1 and Day 2.
A “Certificate of Body Painting” is issued after completion of the 6mth Body Painting course.

A “Certificate of Attendance” is available for completing any of our other classes and short courses.

Contact us for more information on our classes, or read more information here.