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World-famous body painter draws inspiration from Jerusalem architecture

Avi Ram, known as the 'Airbrush Hero,' went back to his roots for his new calendar project.


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Israeli artist Avi Ram, 31, paints a male model at the Tower of David in Jerusalem's Old City on April 27, 2017, as part of a calendar project.Israeli artist Avi Ram, 31, paints a male model at the Tower of David in Jerusalem's Old City on April 27, 2017, as part of a calendar project.Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images
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Is that a man, or an ancient tower? If Avi Ram has his way, you won't be able to tell.

Ram, a native of Israel who now works and lives in South Florida, went back to his roots recently for a new calendar project featuring his distinctive artwork.

You might have seen the gifted 31-year-old artist before. Ram came in second place in 2015's "Skin Wars" TV competition, and he came back the following season as a mentor to contestants.

Israeli Avi Ram was so inspired by the first season of "Skin Wars" that he auditioned to appear on the new season.Avi Ram narrowly missed the big win in the second season of 'Skin Wars,' which aired on GSN. (Photo: Courtesy GSN)

Now, he's doing what he does best – painting people to blend in with their surroundings – and finding new and impressive ways to do it. This time, Ram chose as his background the famed Tower of David in Jerusalem's Old City, and hired a male model to be his canvas. Here's the finished product:

A male model painted by 31-year-old Israeli artist Avi Ram poses for a picture at the Tower of David in Jerusalem's Old City on April 27, 2017, as part of a calendar project. When the artwork is finished, Avi Ram's subject strikes a pose. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Think that pose looks a little familiar? You've definitely seen it before.

Back-to-back collage of Avi Ram's male model body paint and Michelangelo's David statue.The two David references were not lost on us. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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