We’re used to seeing long-tail requests over here, but last week we had a request that surprised even us:
I am looking for a professional makeup artist to transform me and my friends into the blue Na’vi people from Avatar for the morning of the bay to breakers race. I’m guessing this will involve some sort of airbrush.
Bay to Breakers is a hallowed San Francisco tradition–think early morning drinking, metallic spandex, tutus and nudity and you’ll get a pretty good idea. Our user wanted to go as a character from Avatar–so without the budget for stereoscopic technology, he did the next best thing and posted his request on Thumbtack. He got a few bids, and ended up going with Oui, Three Queens Productions. Evan, the artist behind Oui, Three Queens, specializes in fantasy bodyart and did not disappoint.
Update: A follow-up from the Na’vi:
I wasn’t quite sure who to turn to when I needed to be painted blue in my apartment at 6am, so I posted on Thumbtack and within hours, I had a professional, well priced bid in my inbox. Communicating with the service provider was a breeze since Thumbtack’s messaging system is set up to synch with my email– allowing me to be in touch with the service providers without giving away my personal email contact info. Because thumbtack verifies all of its service providers, I received zero spam or “sketchball” emails that I might receive on other classified sites. The makeup artists went above and beyond expectations, and a fantastic time was had by all.