No, is not. I got them 2 days ago. It has been in transit for 2 days. It has no roots. The plant is not blooming. Also, area I suspected to be some browning on the leaves due to damage...is red. Like someone painting something over them. The stem bottom, near the roots where they should be...is red. Some paint got on it.
Here is another shot...
, on Flickr
"No, is not"? Somewhat perplexed by this statement.
Does not matter if they have been in transit for 2 days, if if has no roots, plant not blooming, areas that you suspected to be browning on leafs....
How long have you been growing Tillandsia? I hesitated with replying to your post, but what the hey, you posted so I'll reply.
Roots have nothing to do with a Tillandsia's growth, health, or coloration. Atmospheric Tillandsia use their roots for anchoring (roots have very, very, litlle to do with nutrients, water, or plant growth). I cut many of the roots off my plants because they are nothing but a mass of ugly wire-like growths, and are not being used to anchor themselves to an object in my applications.
If a species is flushed/blushed, it does not guarantee flowering. This particular species has been known to blush red without flowering, revert back to a green coloration, and then re-blush and flower several months later. More importantly, no two plants (even if they are the same species, or if they are offspring of the original plant) will be identical, and that goes for coloration, although the general plant structure should be fairly similar.
Many of these plants are bought already colored with a "natural" red coloration, and the buyer becomes very disappointed when the red soon disappears and reverts back to a green coloration ~ because the buyer's & seller's growing conditions are different. This is especially evident when an outdoor grown plant is brought indoors to be grown under artificial lighting (or in many cases, in front of a window).
If the plant was induced with chemicals to force blushing, the plant may not flower and loose that red coloration over a course of time. I'm not saying this is the case in your situation, I saw your OP in this public forum about an air plant being spray painted, so I decided to respond (and that response was an opinion that your plant was not spray painted to add color). By no means am I trying to belittle (or disrespect) you in any form or fashion... just trying to put the cards on the table, per se. When right/wrong or correct/incorrect is an unknown, an attitude of doubting the truth, along with contention and flame wars often follow.
Thanks again for sharing your photos, but if me... I would really take your concerns back to the seller, and would "point blank" ask what they meant by "color added" instead of assuming the plant was spray painted.
noticed your plant appears to be wet in your photos. Tillandsia can look quite different when wet and dry. For what its worth: a photo of a wet T. chiapensis and a photo of a dry T. chiapensis (same identical plant).