How to be a super fan

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    What do you want done?

    With that simple phrase, the creation of a walking, talking, screaming Horned Frog spirit machine begins.

    To join in, you don’t have to be crazy, and it doesn’t hurt.

    Here are some steps on how you can become part of this living tradition.

    STEP 1: Gather supplies

    To transform yourself from a regular fan to a super fan, you will need a couple of items:

    Washable paint – It comes in 16-ounce containers in various colors and will cost about $5.

    Foam brushes (various sizes) – 2-inch ($0.99), 3-inch($0.99)

    Synthetic sponges – Three 2 1/2-inch sponges – $1.99

    Total estimated cost – about $9

    Of course, you can always just stop by the Hyperfrogs tent at the pregame tailgate and get painted up for free.

    Step 2: To plan or not to plan?

    If you are going to do something as a group, it helps to plan ahead, said junior kinesiology major Billy Dorman. “Especially if you’re spelling something really long.”

    Although, you don’t always need a plan.

    “You can be as simple or as creative as you want,” said sophomore nursing major Claire Mueller. “I just do it, and if I don’t like it I’ll just take it off.”

    STEP 3: Apply and dry

    Your first layer should be applied with a sponge, and the second layer can be put on using your hands. While you might get a little messy, using your hand will allow you to achieve a more consistent color. When you’re done, stand out in the sun for a few minutes to let the paint dry.

    STEP 4: Show it off!

    Other suggestions:

    What to wear?

    Don’t wear clothes you like. There is a good chance the paint will ruin whatever you’re wearing.

    How long will it take me?

    How long it takes depends on what you want to do and how creative you want to be.

    Face: about 10 to 15 minutes

    Whole body: 45 minutes or more

    Safety

    Allergic reaction – If you have any skin allergies, be cautious of how much body paint you apply. If you’re unsure, read the label.

    Hydrate – The body paint will cause you to sweat more than usual, so be sure to drink water while you’re pumping up the crowd.

    Mueller said she notices her energy level and that of those around her increases when she is painted.

    “Even if you’re not super loud and crazy, [students] see you as some kind of super fan,” Mueller said.