LIFE. IN. COLOR.
I went to Life in Color this weekend and it was fantastic fun! Basically, it’s an electronic dance music dance party. But with Paint. This was the first time I went to anything like this and LIC is on tour now so below is a list of things that might be helpful for those of you who are preparing for a color-splash-filled night.
WHAT TO BRING – You don’t need much. Everything should fit in your hands or pockets.
Essentials: Ticket, ID, $20-$40, Ziplock bags, Phone, Friends.
Optional: Goggles, a Hand towel, Water bottle. Draw string bag.
Not To Bring: Backpack, Glow sticks, Drugs (Fair warning: people were arrested at the gate).
Buy from student brand reps for much less than online. If you wait long enough and check the multiple Facebook groups, you can get tickets for as low as $25 on the day of. Buy the VIP tickets. You get a bag, shirt, CD, paint bottle, glasses, and coupon for not much more than General Admissions – they’ll come in handy at the event. Some reps sell the VIP bundled with Bus tickets for the same price as a General Admission ticket + service charge online.
Drink lots of water before leaving and bring a bottle of water to chug before the event. You’ll need it.
Go to the restrooms before you leave. It’s crowded there.
In Iowa City, there was a 6PM, 7PM and 8PM bus shuttle. Figure out how long it takes to get to the site and get there early for the bus. There are shuttle buses and party buses. If the bus is marked as “so-and-so’s party bus,” then it’s not your bus – don’t rush with the crowd, just wait for the shuttle. When the shuttle does come – Charge!
Paint-proof your car by taping trash bags to the seats. The paint should clean off with some soap but you still want to prevent as much from getting on your car as possible. Bring some towels and a dry shirt to leave in your car for when you get back from the paint party.
Go with friends, it’s more fun. I went with my sister and two friends. When you get tired of jumping up and down, you’ll look at each other and BAM, energy restored.
Do not wash the paint clothes with your other laundry. Even if you rinsed most the paint off before hand like I did. The paint washes off – for the most part. It’ll leave a pink tint to your clothes. The problem is that it’ll also splotch on to whatever clothing is cleaned with it… I now have pink stains on shirts, pants, underwear and unfortunately, my dress pants… but hey! I now have a nice pair of pants for any occasion! Not just formal events! 😀
Thinking back, perhaps wear two or three t-shirts. Then when you’re done, you can take off the outer layers. You won’t be as soaked, sticky or cold.
Men – especially if you’re tall – seriously.
For your phone and other essentials, bring them in ziplock bags. I recommend the Slide Seal Zip Bags. They’re easier to control when your hands are all slippery and sticky with paint. You can use your touchscreens through the bag as well.
Don’t bring a backpack. It’s too big and they won’t let you bring it in. Invest in a cheap draw string bag if you want one. Everything you need should fit in one zip lock bag or cargo pants.
Ski goggles, chemistry goggles, Swim goggles – bring something for your eyes. You don’t really need them though – they’re just fun to have.
If you wear glasses, bring goggles. Otherwise don’t wear them – Or bring a small hand towel to wipe off the paint. The paint is greasy and will prevent you from seeing things.
You can’t bring these in. They search and have you throw them out. So don’t even try.
FYI, people will smoke in the crowd.
Don’t wear super nice shoes. Whatever you do wear, clean them immediately after getting home. Otherwise the paint will soak in and be difficult to remove. I don’t recommend flimsy flip-flops since you’ll be stepping over beer bottles and other things people throw on the ground during the event.
Wear white, it shows up better.
Move towards the front – near the end of the concert. You’ll be drenched in paint if you move towards the front. It’s really fun but you’ll be freezing all night if you’re drenched immediately.
People will be bumping, grinding and shoving throughout the dance floor. Push them back and create some space for yourself and whoever’s with you. Be assertive!
Most Important: HAVE FUN!!! Haha, YOLO right?
If you’ve been to Life in Color or similar events, please add in any notes/advice that you have below! I’ll update the list as needed and cred you in the notes. P.L.U.R.