Meaning?

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Anonymous:
Hi friends,
I can't get the meaning of "he now colors copper tan" in the following text. May you help me?

“And what if he falls off? Worse, if Max leans out the window, stark naked, and pushes him off? He doesn’t know much about Max—he knows almost nothing—but Max had first choice of lockers, and he chose the red one. Aggressive. Stan wouldn’t wish to be pushed off an extension ladder by an angry naked man, a naked man he now colors copper tan, and to whose rippling epidermis he adds—now that he comes to think of it—copious tattoos.”

Thanks
What's the context? Is Stan drawing or painting a picture of this naked man?
That's what it sounds like.

Clive
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Stan imagines Max as a white man with a deep glowing tan (perhaps from being at the beach in the sun?) with a lot of tattoos.
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Anonymous:
“Jasmine and Max must already have changed into the civvies they stored there last month. Now they must be checking out of their respective wings and ditching their orange prison uniforms at the main desk. Very soon they’ll hop onto their scooters and make their way to the house. Stan has a voyeur’s urge to hide behind the hedge, that cedar hedge he
trimmed last week, tidying up the slapdash job done by Max during his last sojourn. He’ll wait until they’re both inside, then peer through the windows. He’s figured out the sight lines, he’s left the ground-floor blinds up a crack. If they go upstairs, though, he’ll have no option but to set up the extension ladder, and he knows how screechy and metallic that would be.
And what if he falls off? Worse, if Max leans out the window, stark naked, and pushes him off? He doesn’t know much about Max—he knows almost nothing—but Max had first choice of lockers, and he chose the red one. Aggressive. Stan wouldn’t wish to be pushed off an extension ladder by an angry naked man, a naked man he now colors copper tan, and to whose rippling epidermis he adds—now that he comes to think of it—copious tattoos.”

Actually he thinks what if he watches them through window secretly?
Yes.
He's using his imagination to paint a mental picture of Max.

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