Photos: How to throw a Star Wars-themed, body-painting Bitcoin party

Daniela Hernandez and Pendarvis Harshaw
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A long time ago (or rather, just over a month ago) in a galaxy far, far away (actually, in Palo Alto) there was an epic party. It was thrown by a group of young Bitcoin stars who hope that the crypto-currency will restore freedom to the galaxy. The party was, as you may have guessed by now, Star Wars-themed, and it involved copious amounts of body paint.

If you are a crypto-geek, you might be thinking, "That sounds amazing! Please help me replicate it, Yoda." Much to learn, you have. But we can guide you with a photo essay of the proceedings.

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The force was strong with the racially-diverse crew of Bitcoin ballers. They started their pre-game session at 8:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning, with bagels, tea and water-proof FAB body paint. They had hired Elizabeth Nguyen, a physical therapist who does body painting as a side gig, to ink them up for the big night. The first person to go under the brush was Joel Dietz, the resident in charge of the single-story house called the "Love Nest" where the party was set to take place.

Dietz got a black tribal tattoo painted on his face, chest and left arm. The pattern evoked the psychedelic Guy Fawkes mask taped to the wall; he looked sort of like a modern version of Luke Skywalker, one who prefers temporary tats to a Jedi's robe.

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He did have a light saber (and he may have vanquished the woman to the right with it). It was behind that coffee table, near the karaoke machine.

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Frank Sowokinos, a friend of the bunch, showed up while Dietz was getting his paint on. George the dog came with him. He didn't dress up, but his name was Star Wars-themed all the same.

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While he awaited his turn at body painting, he showed us his permanent tats. We could totally imagine Han Solo sporting this one:

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Though we're not sure Solo hearts PB&J sandwiches as much as Sowokinos does:

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While Sowokinos was in the backyard enjoying some sun and a smoke, Jessalyn Ballerano was in the kitchen, metamorphosing into Chewbacca, Han Solo's loyal hairy Wookiee friend.

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The transformation was complete. Ballerano was ridiculously good at imitating Chewbacca's signature vocals, which in case you didn't know, were a mix of bear, badger, lion, seal, and walrus calls.

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Dietz and his girlfriend, Marion Vogel, got the house Star Wars-ready. There weren't a lot of decorations, but famous lines from the movie adorned the doors and walls.

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You can't have a Star Wars party without some reference to the opening crawl:

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Meanwhile the body painting continued in the kitchen. Kelly Kerry ChowChow, who used to work at a venture capital firm, went as the Death Star, the menacing spacecraft with a killer laser.

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Angela Morente's avian look was inspired by the Millennium Falcon.

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Some Star Wars karaoke happened. Fusion's own Pendarvis Harshaw and Dietz sang Weird Al Yankovic's "The Saga Begins" to the tune of American Pie.

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Sowokinos morphed into Darth Maul, the light saber-toting Sith Lord from The Phantom Menace.

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He traded in the saber for George.

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Dance! Dance! Revolution-style videos with Star Wars-themed songs were loaded up for a galactic dance-off.

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Even we jumped on the body-painting bandwagon. Fusion's Daniela Hernandez has always had a soft spot for R2-D2.

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With the body-painting sessions wrapped up, it was time to party. Eric Smalls, the founder of stealth bitcoin startup Manna, came in Millennium Falcon gear.

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Stragglers let themselves in throughout the afternoon. One guy showed up with a box cut out to look like a Storm Trooper helmet.

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Now you know how to throw such a party yourself. Do…or do not. There is no try.

Daniela Hernandez is a senior writer at Fusion. She likes science, robots, pugs, and coffee.

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"I write about the future (Associate Producer at @ThisIsFusion).

I write about the past (publisher of #OGToldMe).

Oakland, CA raised me."

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