Bare Essentials - Erica Madrid - Nude Parkour in Bangkok
‘Even though Parkour is a new sport, it really is the most classic of all sports.’ My friend Frosti Zernow said during an interview once, talking about how Parkour goes back to natural movement with no assisting tools. What he said resonated with me, and sums up where the idea for Nude Parkour came from, even though he said it after I shot my first nude series with Tim Shieff.
When my friend Erica, born and raised in Colorado, visited Bangkok, I asked her if she was down to explore the rooftops above the city’s crowded alleys. Spontaneously she said yes, and we leaped into a day of ridiculous urban streaking.
The next morning on the roof of my apartment building. The sun has just started to peak above the horizon and Erica is looking great. Unfazed by the heights, she moves graciously around the rooftop, and while it’s obvious that she isn’t wearing any clothes it never feels as if she is naked, just comfortable.
Twenty-five floors above street level, we are shooting right next to a main intersection, and it would be easy for people to spot her balancing close to the ledge. We know people rarely look up from their mobile phones, or, in Bangkok’s case, the many delicious foods offered from street stalls at breakfast time.
Done with the roof, we treat ourselves to some street food and jump in a cab headed towards the next location, an abandoned 30-story high-rise. The outside is boarded up, and after sneaking around we jump the fence, just to be caught by security on the other side. He is not a man in uniform with a mustache, but a hysteric middle-aged woman and her shirtless boyfriend drinking a Chang. Both live in a make-shift hut on the ground floor, and while the boyfriend clearly doesn’t care, she won’t stop talking while pointing us to the exit, resistant to my bribery.
We refuse to leave, so she decides to get her boss, and walks off and leaves us with her boyfriend. Sensing that we might have a chance I inform him that we’ll follow her, to which he just shrugs. As soon as we stroll around the corner, out of his sight, we pick up pace and dart up the first staircase, knowing that they will be too lazy to ascend 30-stories to kick us out. We made it!
The rooftop is breathtaking! A huge metal structure sits on the building like a rusty crown for us to play on. Erica starts exploring the environment while I’m looking for a shot. Impressed by Erica’s bravery and control I decide to ask her for a shot I’ve had in the back of my head, prepared that she will call me crazy.
I walk her up to the frontside of the building, where part of the metal crown has broken off and fallen back onto the rooftop. I turn around and ask her, knowing that losing her balance would mean sure death, ‘Do you think you could lean out onto the beam?’
Erica looks at me and then leans over the edge, inspects the beam closely, places her palms on it to get an idea of how it would feel. She turns back around. I’m ready for a ‘No, absolutely not,’ but Erica says ‘I think I could hang off of it, do you think that would look good?’
Model - Erica Nicole Madrid - @erica_n_madrid - ericamadrid.com - Youtube
Photos - Jason Paul - @thejasonpaul
Derek - November 27 2019
Congratulations to Erica and Jason both, these photos turned out amazing! I hate that you both caught some slack from your followers about it; those uptight, sheltered conservatives… These photos were definitely done with class, and would make a great motivational poster or a calendar like the Stone Nudes used to be for climbing. The human body is beautiful, especially in motion and you both captured it wonderfully. The photo of Erica hand standing on the edge of the building is my favorite and most intimidating!
Ragdoll - November 22 2018
So Jason have seen Erica naked
And one could spit her naked in a few of these photos😶😶
penisberger - November 04 2018
Jules - November 03 2018
I always had the naked parkour idea, it would be so fun to go doing flips with your shlong going like “HELL YEAH”, we could even come up with new tricks ideas such as Side helicoptero and so on .. Jokes aside I would totally do a nudist parkour session in a nudist beach or camping, not to peak or laugh at other peoples but for the surealistic aspect of the situation.
Like imagine it becomes a thing, Imagine going from a point A to B as fast as possible whilst NAKED.
Andrew Obenreder - September 25 2018
Parkour is a discipline that utilizes natural human movement within the confines of our adopted/adapted environment. We weren’t born wearing clothes either, we adopted their usage. This is nothing more than bringing more of the natural self into the confines of our movement, or more so, the movment and natural self into fine art photography related to our practice.
Dagan Shaw - September 25 2018
This work really captures the value of parkour for me. That we can be strong and effective with nothing but our own bodies. Other sports require equipment, tools, uniforms. Parkour is just us, just our bodies. You managed to express that artistically and beautifully without having to use any words. Impressive work, both of you. I’m really glad to see our sport represented with sophistication and class.
Rishabh Purohit - September 24 2018
Wow, this is was absolutely amazing and utterly thought provoking aswell. Everyone will have a unique perception about the blog, and that’s the beauty of it. The amalgamation of the human body’s natural state of existense and the concrete jungle in its predominant form despite being a huge part of our lives, stupefyingly inarticulating. This was a wonderful Idea, Kudos to you Jason and Erica. Go Farang!
Dakisemuts - September 24 2018
Thats was amazing
john - September 24 2018
why do you have to bring nude into parkour
pete - September 24 2018
Could be in an exhibit
Alexis - September 24 2018
parkour is a beautiful discipline, combined with the natural method of the naturalness of the naked body … perfect combination
Enjoy what you do
Cody - September 24 2018
This is too good to pass up, I’ll run it by my group, also, I feel #FarangStreakGang is a great hashtag for this 😂