Paint fight: A neon war


Cutline: Glow in the dark paint will abound in this Saturday’s Uprising paint fight, happening in downtown Salt Lake.

Photos by Loren Peterson

An empty warehouse. Black lights. 2,500 people armed with squirt guns filled with fluorescent UV paint. This weekend, these elements will combine to guarantee an adventurous night for anyone in attendance.

This Saturday students across the state will gather to participate in the third annual Uprising. The night will be filled with music, dancing, giveaways, prizes, performances and, of course, the paint fight. The party begins at 8 p.m. at The Complex, 100 South 526 West in Salt Lake City.

Marcus Wing, DJ for the event, described this dance as his favorite to DJ.

“This type of event just has energy that isn’t at other dance parties,” Wing said. “If you haven’t come, chance it and I am 100-percent positive you are going to have fun.”

Stefanie Lukowski has been an organizer the past two years, and said the paint fight begins at 11:30 p.m. They will pass out 2,500 guns filled with neon paint, split the room into two parts and let everyone begin. People are encouraged to attend early; last year they sold out only two hours into the party.

Elizabeth Hoyt, 20, from Murrieta, Calif., said she is excited for this night and all the fun she anticipates this event will bring her.

“I am so excited to shoot people with paint,” Hoyt said. “What better way to spend my Saturday?”

Lukowski said part of the proceeds will be given to the Synaptic Global Impact Foundation. This foundation travels to Asia and builds orphanages for children. They focus on providing basic needs such as clothing and food. Because this is a fundraiser event there will be no violence (except for paint gun fighting), no drama, no drugs and no alcohol. Those planning on bringing these things are asked not to attend.

“I am most excited for seeing the people come and enjoy themselves,” Lukowski said. “It is really different from all the dance parties going on and the most exciting part is the paint fight.”

Participants can buy tickets online at for $13, or at the door for $15.

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