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    Temp Tat News — body art

    Thanksgiving Activities

    Thanksgiving Activities

    What are you doing for Thanksgiving this year besides eating, eating and eating? And trying to avoid discussing politics with your Trump-supporting relatives? And attempting to explain why the special dish you made didn't come out as planned? Or getting stuck doing massive cleanup after the big meal? Or after you finish going around the room stating why you feel grateful for the wonderful people in your life, your health,

    your dog, and that you have a roof over your head?

    I have an idea! Henna tattoos! Or jagua tattoos! or White Henna/Silver Glitter tattoos! I swear you'll have more fun than playing scrabble or any other game someone decides to bring to the table. Seriously, I'm not just saying this because we're the makers of Earth Henna Temporary Tattoo Kits. Well, maybe just a little bit. But, really. It's from years of experiencing being in a group setting and busting out a henna kit, and then sitting back and watching as an artist in the crowd steps forward to offer everyone henna designs. If there are 50 people in the room, 49 of them want one. And the 50th person usually says something like, "I'm dying to do it but I'm going to a spa later and will be sitting in hot water for hours!" And then she goes off, sits in a corner and cries. This makes me feel really bad for her, so I go sit next to her, rub her back, tell her everything will be alright, and that I'll send her a henna kit in the mail so she can do it on her own.

    It's true. If an artist doesn't magically happen to be at your gathering, the stencil transfers that come in the kit are so easy to use that an 8-year-old could do it. Just ask all the moms who buy our Earth Henna Kit for Kids.

    So this Thanksgiving, make all your friends and family happy before or after dinner by bringing your Earth Henna kit to your party. It will make them feel grateful all over, especially for you!

    Visit our website at www.earthhenna.com to get your kit in time for Thanksgiving! We're having a 15% off sale right now!

     

     

    Tattoo Lovers: Try Jagua First!

    Tattoo Lovers: Try Jagua First!

    So you're thinking about getting a tattoo, but you're not sure what to get. And this is important since you'll be looking at your tattoo for the rest of your life, right? I know this seems like an obvious thing to say, but sometimes what's obvious for some is hiding in plain sight for others: jagua tattoos look just like permanent tattoos, except they last two weeks.

    We were at a tattoo convention once, and a young woman walked into our booth and asked the artist for a design she was thinking about getting as a permanent tattoo. The next day, she came back, showed us her design (as you know it takes 24-48 hours for both henna and jagua stains to develop on the skin). Even though she had only waited 24 hours, she knew she loved it. She walked right across the aisle to one of the tattoo artists and requested the very same design on another part of her body. That was like, wow! Sometimes you just know what you want, I guess.

    With jagua, you can live with a design for two weeks before making the big decision. And unlike that woman, most people have a much harder time making up their minds about something as important as permanent body art. So, if you're trying to decide which tattoo you might want for eternity, I highly recommend trying out a jagua tattoo first. They're gorgeous; their blue/black color looks just like the real thing, there's no pain, no needles, you can change your mind if you want to, and they last two weeks! 

    Our Earth Henna black Jagua Tattoo kits come with everything you need to create your own design. The stencil transfers that come included in the kit make it super easy. But if you have a specific design in mind and you don't know how to draw, I suggest you ask an artist friend to do it for you so you can get a real sense of how it will look. Why not give yourself some options when it's so simple to get a preview? 

    Visit our website at www.earthhenna.com, and check out our various jagua tattoo kits!

     

    Halloween May Be Over But...

    Halloween May Be Over But...

    There is one more mysterious and magical activity you can partake in with jagua as your guide. In my last post, I suggested you get together with friends and shrink somebody's head as a fun and scary idea for Halloween. This one is a little more subtle, though. You can disappear!

    I don't know about you but when I first heard of the "cloak of invisibility" in the first Harry Potter movie, I totally wanted one. But magical and mystical powers don't usually work the way they show it in the movies. The end result is the same but how you get there is often a little more earthly. 

    In my book, Jagua, A Journey into Body Art from the Amazon, there's a chapter called Jagua Magic, which recounts the many magical myths and belief systems of various Indigenous groups in the Amazon around the jagua fruit. When it comes to the belief around jagua helping people achieve invisibility, it's easy to understand how it came about: when certain tribes would head out to attack another tribe, the members would paint their entire bodies with jagua, turning them black, and thus easily camouflaged and impossible to see as they moved stealthily through the forest, especially at night! Hence, jagua = invisibility.

    Another evidence of jagua's power to confer invisibility is entwined with the Indigenous Kuna people's beliefs around the soul's perilous "Journey of the Dead." A shaman stands over the deceased and uses special chants, amulets, plants and seeds needed to help the soul through multiple dangers and traps, including swimming through roiled rivers and boiling waters, leagues of hungry alligators, oceans of giant sharks, as well as scaling of rigorous, snake-infested mountains. PLUS, the soul needs to travel through dwellings where trapped souls will do anything to stop this spirit's forward motion to heaven.

    For this purpose, the shaman brings with him the sacred fruit of the jagua tree to paint the soul black so that it may avoid detection by these dreaded trapped spirits. Once the soul has successfully overcome these trials, he will vanish into a void for a long period of time. When he emerges, he will be a purified, immortal and superior being charged with overseeing the fate of humans in the physical world. So, not only can jagua make you invisible, it also helps turn you into a superhero! 

    But does it really work? You may ask. Well here's the proof, provided by Felicia, a friend whose forehead was painted with a  pretty jagua design before she knew about an unexpected trip to New York. The only problem was she had lost her I.D. and her passport was expired. But she decided to try anyway, in spite of her prominent facial tattoo, and here's her report:

    “I was never stopped,” she said. “From the ticketing agent to the security people, they just waved me on through.”

    Anyone traveling in post 9/11 America knows that this is impossible. Two weeks later, her tattoo had faded, and Felicia flew back to Los Angeles, again with no I.D. and an expired passport; and, here's what she told us:

    “Every step of the way, I was the only one chosen for a random search.”

    If you need to be invisible for any reason, I suggest you get yourself to our website at www.earthhenna.com and get yourself a jagua tattoo kit. It works!

    Photo: Felicia with her facial tattoo 

     

    Design ideas for Halloween--Free!

    Design ideas for Halloween--Free!

    Believe it or not, we, here at Earth Henna, may not be as big as Amazon.com, but like that retail behemoth which seeks to be "...the Earth’s most customer-centric company”, we think about our customers a lot. We pride ourselves on having the best products on Earth, and in providing the best customer experience ever. Unless you're being unduly mean and nasty to us, we're going to take care of you and make sure you walk away happy! Which is why, as special days and holidays approach, we put on our thinking caps and try to come up with ideas that will put a smile on your face. 

    I bet you can guess which special day is coming up, right? Yes, in a couple of weeks, on October 31, that day which celebrates all things dead, lots of people are going to be thinking about what frightening things they'll be doing that night, and, most importantly, what they'll be wearing. Well, we're not in the costume rental business, but, as purveyors of Earth Henna temporary tattoos, we do fall into the fashion accessory category, or in this case, costume accessory.

    Think about it, there are so many ways to enhance your costume with henna or jagua or white henna tattoos! As we brainstormed ideas for Halloween, we came up with a plan I think you'll love: a free download of Halloween-themed designs! Check it out.

    All you have to do is click here, and you'll be able to download and print this stencil sheet. I can see that crow filled in with black jagua gel, can't you? Or the hat, or cat. And what about that cute ghost? Seems to me white henna was made just for this design! 

    If you already have your Earth Henna jagua, henna or white henna kit, then you're good to go. If not, just head on over to our website, where we've got a 20% off sale going until October 31st. Just use code ALLTREATS20. Because this year, at Earth Henna, our theme is No Tricks, All Treats. Happy Halloween!

    Yes, There Is Such A Thing As Black Glitter

    Yes, There Is Such A Thing As Black Glitter

    Black glitter almost seems like an oxymoron. If it's black, how can it produce a sparkling effect? When you think glitter you visualize shimmery silver, like what comes in our White and Silver temporary henna tattoo kit. You imagine gold, red, any color, really, but not black. But that's what so cool about the black glitter we found. It has the unique characteristic of looking on the skin like a really cool black design but with a super subtle hint of glittter. (You can get our kit, which comes with black glitter here.)

    White henna tattoos are the newest addition to the temporary body art mania. As everyone probably knows by now, "white henna," just like "black henna," doesn't exist. Natural henna designs are made from the crushed leaves of the henna plant, so you start out with a green powder with which the henna paste is made. When the paste is applied to the skin, it leaves a dark, rich, reddish brown stain that lasts 7-10 days. The "White henna" mix is made of white body paint and medical grade glue. It has the same consistency as the henna paste and is applied just like henna from a soft-squeeze plastic applicator bottle outfitted with a fine tip. People refer to designs made with this mix as "white henna" because the tattoos created with it look just like henna tattoos.

    This can be very confusing because "white henna" does not stain the skin; it dries in five minutes and sits on top of the skin. You set it with cornstarch and it lasts one to three days and peels right off. It's temporary body ornamentation for a special occasion. It's like wearing jewelry, only you don't feel it as much as you would a bracelet. You kind of forget you have it on--that is, until someone tells you how gorgeous it looks! We came up with "White Lace" tattoos to try to address the "white henna" confusion. But no matter what we call it, everyone still calls them white henna tattoos. So, we give up. Call them whatever you want! 

    But back to the subject at hand: black glitter. So the cool thing about white henna tattoos is that if you want a sparkly look, instead of setting your design with cornstarch, you can use glitter instead. Our kit comes with silver glitter. But one of our favorite customers asked if we could come up with a kit just for his company, which sells our kits on Amazon. That's when we found our black glitter! We're totally in love with it. You can't find our freehand white henna kit with silver and black glitter options anywhere else but on Amazon.com from USAtoZ. Check it out. Black glitter is the newest, most exciting thing going. We know you'll love it as much as we do.

    Back in April, SOMA magazine referred to our black jagua tattoos as "dark and deviant." Bet they'd come up with something just as sexy for our black glitter tattoos!