Monday, March 1, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
I decided that my arm has had enough "bare" time, and it was time to henna myself.
I opted for a design in the style of Kiran Sahib, with a little twist of another artist, Rajeswari.
I think when it's at peak color in 2 days, I will gild it with some glitter pastes, and maybe even some swarovski crystals.
On Saturday, I did henna for an 11 year old's birthday party. On Sunday, I did henna for a 60 year old's party.
The 11 year old's were great! I don't think I saw one smudge, and suprisingly they all wanted somewhat traditional designs! I think they had alot of fun.
I also did henna at a 6oth birthday party for an Israeli woman and her family.
I think I probably did 15 different hamsa's in 15 diferent varieties. I don't get to do them often, so this made me happy. Everyone really enjoyed getting the treat of henna, I'm happy I could have been part of this special occasion!
Here is an example of what was done on the birthday girl.
A khamsa, or a hamsa, hand of Miriam, or hand of Fatima is a symbol used throughout the middle east by Jews, Muslims, and some Christians to ward off the "evil eye" or bad thoughts and actions, and to protect ones self or home. It is a hand with 5 fingers, and sometimes an eye in the center.
I had 3 this weekend, as well as on of my first few days at Perfection Dermagraphics in Des Plaines this Thursday.
First, on Thursday I had one of my first few introductory days at Perfection Dermagraphics. This is an absolutely incredible tattoo shop in Des Plaines, where I am taking my private henna appointments. This provides for an excellent oppotunity to finally take smaller appointments, as well as appointments for people who don't want to pay the pricey mileage which can often accompany out of state and distant appointments.
A little bit I learned about Perfection that I was extremely impressed with:
This shop is like no other I have seen (and I've seen quite a few). When you walk in, the scene is quite different. No blaring death metal, no punk kids in mohawks or intimidating bikers hanging out in the entryway. The shop looks a lot like the dentist office next door.
The master tattoo artist Stephen Knight ran me through the cleaning processes, explaining along the way every reason why things are done in that exact way. Just cleaning up after a tattoo appointment involved THREE different glove changes! It is BY FAR the cleanest shop I have ever seen.
Then I watched Steve do a tattoo on a client that would be comparable in quality to a painting, a true piece of artwork.
I can think of no better place to bring my henna clients.
You should check out their site at http://www.perfectiondermagraphics.com/