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Monday, October 27, 2008

Henna Tattoos

When I was younger I toyed with the idea of getting a tattoo.The big craze that we see now is actually a resurgence movement that began in the early 1990's with my generation who would have been about 18 years old at the time. I say resurgence because tattooing was big in the 60's too! Well, I was too chicken to actually get a tattoo back when I was tempted, so here I am today with a clear mind and no tatts. I am happy about that because I am not in to permanency. I am still really pissed about some foolishness I wrote in my yearbook pertaining to some childish love affair. I can never take those words back, so there they sit in printed ink under my name on every 1988 ACHS graduate's shelf. Just imagine the foolishness I could have committed on my body if I had not been too scared of the needle. Would not have been good.

Hennas are the tattoos I love and admire, and they are the ones I will encourage my daughters to get if this tattoo craze continues into their young adulthood. Hennas are beautiful, decadent, ornate, and most of all TEMPORARY!!!! Just imagine one of my little daughters professing her love for "Little John" or "Spanky," instead of me giving her the sideways suspicious frown at her suggestion to add his name to her body, I can make the suggestion that his name would look so much better in the ornate henna style. Of course, not mentioning to her the benefit of it's "passing fancy status." Okay, okay, okay, I realize I have strayed way way away from the purpose of this post and have now gotten in to parental worst fears.

Here are some wonderful Henna Tattoo designs. They really are like wearing jewelry.

Wouldn't this be great to wear to the beach.

I had an Hindu Indian friend who invited me to her wedding. It was longest and prettiest ceremony I've ever seen. She had the Henna, which they call Mehndi, Party portion of the festivities a few days before the wedding. I did not get an invitation to that party though I wish I had. When wedding day came she and many other Indian women had the most beautiful henna designs on their hands and feet. and I felt like I had attended the ceremony naked and underdressed.

When doing my research for this post, I discovered that Indians are not the only culture that Henna before a wedding. Muslims, Sihk, Jewish, and other Eastern Cultures Henna as part of wedding celebrations.

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T.Allen-Mercado said...

Beautiful work! I am permanently inked. I have a 5 hour floral design across my back (shoulder to shoulder) and a smaller 2 hour piece on my leg. I've had mehndi done on my hands and feet (parts I'd never permanently ink) and it was really a treat, only when it starts to can look kinda ugly. Great post-I love how you thoroughly research your topics-makes for an educational and fun read!

Kala Pohl Studio said...

No tattoos for me so far, but being of Indian origin, I love Henna and the amazing Henna artists. Enjoyed your post and thank you for stopping by my blog:):)

Ms. Bar B: said...

Very pretty. I'm a fan of henna too. One of my friends, who is Pakistani, use to henna her hands often, especially when we were super bored in class, lol.

I love body art period, no matter how bizarre. I say, if it speaks to you and you decide to commit then you better rock it!

MBB Founder and Editor Denene Millner said...

I'm too scared of the needle, too, but these Henna designs are a GREAT option. How pretty! How long does the ink last? And is there any significance to the designs? Like, can you have some kind of symbol for "my boyfriend spanky is the s&$t" made on your hands and feet? Too cute!

Jewelry Rockstar said...

@ t.allen-mercado, you must show us your ink on Sunday.

@Ms.Bar. B. I want to see yours too if you have it.

@Denene LMAO at "My boyfriend Spanky is the S&$t." I certainly hope they can do that in Henna cause the men in from your youth don't always stay around, don't want his tattoo left behind, while his a$$ is gone.

fly tie said...

yes, they are so beautiful! two of my friends wore henna tattoos at their weddings.

i've always wanted one done on the feet. this coming spring, i shall...

melissa said...

I have to admit I am not a tattoo lover, but I absolutely love those ones on the feet. I find feet to be horribly ugly, and what a lovely way to dress them up. Great job!

Renée aka Mekhismom said...

I love the Menhdi tattoos. I was first introduced to them about 10 years ago when i lived in South Africa by my Indian friend. We were going to have my hands done for a rave.

No time for that but my friend is getting married next year, I hope I get invited to the mehndi party!

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Mike Hussey said...

The modern style statement covers henna flower tattoo in different colors and designs on various body-parts, including hands, arms, wrists, shoulders, upper back portions, and different other selected areas.

Anonymous said...

first of all i have totally nothing 2 do

bella said...

second of all fly tie is a crazy ass damn

Anonymous said...

hussey haha hussey is such a funny name

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