Showing posts from December, 2008

Bridal Henna - palms in process

According to Tuna, in Mexico City one can take courses in tattooing and body piercing at a couple of different institutions. But they are for learning the trade, and are not government regulated. Tuna views an inconsistency between government treatment of dental offices and tattoo and piercing studios, and unfairness: "There are a lot of dental offices around which are much less clean than our studios, and whose staff do not follow the most sanitary of practices; and yet the dentists are not subjected to the suspicion and innuendo that we are." [At least dentists are required to have a minimum level of training regarding matters of health, safety and hygiene.] Bridal Henna - palms in process I wish I had remembered to take more photos of this bridal henna tattoo . We were actually able to finished the fingertips with bold tear drops, dots & flourished that met the pattern you see here in the photo. The finish for the backs of the hands featured compatible floral &

Finished Color - More or Less

Kai, for one, is clearly an expert at his trade. From the outset, dating to his high school days, he would invariably read and otherwise learn before starting to work on someone. He would always work in consultation with a doctor, a relative of the family. The doctor was a most valuable resource for Kai in terms of guiding him through all the appropriate health and hygiene procedures, for every step. Kai has never worked on anyone without approaching the task with a high level of confidence. But, he acknowledges, "you never stop learning." Finished Color - More or Less I forgot to ask my friend to take a photo for me today. It was a beautiful, sunny day... I even had my camera.. but no. So.. here is a photo taken at 9PM.. by me.. camera phone.. bad lighting.. sorry ;{ for poor quality. However, I said I would post a photo of the finished color . I left the paste on for about two hours, then just did the olive oil after care.. and voila!

Practicing Peacock Arm Tattoo

The Economics of Tattoos and Body Piercing in Oaxaca Angy is working at the counter, doing a pencil drawing of a 1950s pin-up - with a twist. A young woman had come into the studio the day before, wanting a tattoo on her leg of a vintage pin-up girl, but part of the body to be non-traditional, as in one leg and half the head perhaps with skeletal bone exposed, the rest shapely and feminine; as in a Mexican catrina, as Angy puts it, "but with a bit of flesh on her body." The customer is due back today at 4 p.m. Practicing Peacock Arm Tattoo Inspired by the henna video showing work by the artists of Nepal, I decided to practice to improve both speed & style. Here is a photo of late night henna practice where the work focused on creating an armlet tattoo. I feel very good about peacock faces in general.. and I am sure the eyes are improving. I also feel better about my use of negative space, and am remembering to double line major design areas so that they r

Winter Henna - How to Wrap for Good Color

Two men in their twenties come in to look at tattoo samples. They sit down and browse through two albums for about 40 minutes, then arrange for one of them to come back the next day for a fairly large black tattoo of the Pumas Mexican soccer team logo. Then two younger girls come in looking for eyebrow rings or other similar adornments, in the 250 - 300 peso range. Winter Henna - How to Wrap for Good Color I am so fortunate to have met a new & wonderful goddess with a love of body art! Here are photos of her henna journey in December.. Jacksonville, Florida. The first photo in this series is of the palms of the hands. To accomplish this tattoo, I started with the Lotus Om on the left hand, then the mandala center on the right.. back to the left and so on. The patterns were misted with a lemon sugar glaze and allowed to dry as we moved from hand to hand, finishing the palms... but stopping before we got to the tips of the fingers. This way, it is easy to turn the hand ove

Fine Art Photo? Can you find the henna tattoo?

Fine Art Photo? Can you find the henna tattoo? I am so happy to have been able to do this full hand henna pattern. An "original" free hand design, the use of negative space makes a lovely pattern. Can you find the henna in this photo ? I really like the mehandi against this fabric. I am sure there is another foto coming soon.. but as I have yet to see it, I share this image with you in hopes that you will find is as much fun as I do. Wishing you warm nights. Namaste, Ann George