10 May 2010
Tattoo is a fashion today and is a modern genre for self and artistic expression to many people whether an artist or not. However, to have a tattoo you will need to endure some sort of pain. Etching it into your skin can be painful but the pain is its expression and beauty. For those people who are too naïve to consent to this lifelong branding, the ancient henna tattooing was reborn. With various henna tattoo designs to choose from, it can provide similar artistic fulfillment and the good thing is- without the pain and permanence.
Henna tattoo as opposed to the permanent tattoo have become the latest fashion, made popular by celebrities like Madonna, Shakira, Demi Moore, Britney Spears, Angelina Jolie and many others. It has become a rage not just in America and Great Britain but throughout the world. For some, it is an artistic expression, for some it is a fashion that you can apply in your skin and remove later just to compliment your ensemble and for some it is their way of calling attention. Well, whatever the reason- it looks very nice, trendy and you don’t have to be stuck with it for the rest of your life. Cool.
A lot of people applies henna tattoo but very little knew that centuries back people have been painting each other. Henna, also known as mendhi is a shrub like plant that only grows in places with relatively hot and dry climate. Places like Sudan, Pakistan, Egypt and India, North African and Middle Eastern countries. The mendhi leaves are ground to powder and turns into paste then applied artistically into skin. It then leaves an orange stain which later darkens into reddish-brown. After 4 to 6 weeks, it begins to fade as your skin renews. When the entire tattoo fades, they paint themselves again.
Henna tattoo was introduced by Muslims. The women before are using henna to decorate themselves for ceremonies, especially on weddings when the bride meets the groom and his family the first time. They apply it in their hands and feet and wore it every day. However, widows do not wear them as a sign of mourning.
There are four styles of henna tattoo, the Middle Eastern style which are mostly floral designs, the North American using geometrical floral designs, the Indian and Pakistani designs and the Indonesian or South East Asian styles with blocks of colors on the fingernails and toenails. These traditional styles have evolved and expanded to various henna tattoo designs of today influenced by the different cultures that we have and personal inspirations. It has become an outlet to many and a way of expressing themselves.
If you know the basics in henna tattooing then, you are all set for your first henna tattoo. Henna tattooing is indeed so easy to do. It is made from organic materials which guarantee safeness and less possibility of any skin allergy reactions. Because, it is made of organic materials, this means that they are available in the market, easy to look for and are practically affordable. It does not need an expert to get a henna tattoo, So long as you know the basic in making the henna paste and doing the tattoo then, you can and or any first timers out there. Try it and have fun!