Me, tooling around in my husband's giant Chevy pick-up
I can’t draw. My company, Earth Henna, manufactures the Earth Henna tattoo kits, but I can’t draw. I wrote a book about henna titled Mehndi, The Art of Henna Body Painting, but I can’t draw. Isn’t that sad? So when I feel like getting a beautiful henna tattoo I am lucky to know lots of fabulous LA henna artists, whom I can call upon for body adornment, which is awesome. And often, when the mood for a henna tattoo hits me, I turn to the stencils that come in our Earth Henna temporary tattoo kits, which makes it really easy to create a cool design just by tracing over the stencil. Then I allow myself to get creative, adding little flourishes of my own as I go.
But sometimes, I don’t want to schedule an appointment with an artist, and I really, really just want to pull out my applicator bottle and go to town, without worrying about how perfect the design will be. Still, I know my limitations! So that’s when I turn to my trusted “lines.” They’re not swirly, they’re not leading to something floral; they're not symmetrical, either, but they really appeal to me. So, I just go very slowly, and draw 3-5 lines around my wrist, trying to make them as equidistant as possible, without getting obsessive about it. My lines aren’t straight and they’re usually not even, but you know what? I always get tons of compliments on them. I guess there’s something a little tribal about them.
My lines are simple and straightforward. Nothing fancy here—just a very satisfying answer to my recurring henna tattoo craving. Why am I telling you this? Just to inspire you to do your own thing! It doesn’t matter if it’s imperfect. Who cares? Perfection is for perfectionists, and they’re usually a little uptight. If you feel like a henna tattoo, forget about trying to compete with the great designs you see online. Do whatever inspires you. It's a lot of fun!
Our henna kits are 15% off until April 21, with free shipping if you spend over $30. Use code: FESTIVAL15 and enjoy! (We called it festival 15 'cause it's festival season, and festival goers love henna tattoos, and buy lots of henna tattoo kits this time of year!)