There's not a female nipple in sight on the Astor Place Plaza in lower Manhattan.
But outside the New York offices of Facebook, which is also the people company of Instagram, on a very early Sunday morning, nude men and women are sporting a total of nipples. Each person is holding huge, blown-up photographs of male nipples to cover their genitalia.
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They are here to be photographed by Spencer Tunick, an artist whose work depicts tens, hundreds, even thousands of naked bodies arranged as art. Tunick has done more than 75 of these installations—including one at the RNC called "Everything She Says Means Everything" —so he has it down to a exy Sun rises at 5: The participants and their nipple stickers cluster together and pose, faces serious, backs to the Facebook office, one nipple disc aloft and one over their private areas.
Tunick's team yells tiny malaysian teen stalling taxi cabs and gawping bystanders to get out of the shot; even at this unearthly hour, New York City isn't empty.
For another pose, the group faces the Facebook office, asses to Tunick. For a third, they lie on the cold, dirty sidewalk. Nude quick and efficient, the quiet punctured by calls from Tunick of "Nipples towards me!