My Big Jubilee Gig (body paint, not henna, and kinda long, sorry!)
Posted by AmazingBodyArt on June 2, 2002 at 14:42:37:Hey everyone! I just wanted to let you know how my big gig of the
weekend went. I wasn't doing henna, sorry, but I just wanted to share
my high, if that's ok.
The gig was a local festival type thing for Queenie's Jubilee
weekend, held in the grounds of a local big old house that's now a
I knew there would be a lot of children and families there, so I
decided that henna wasn't really a viable option - too much
fidgeting, and kids wanting to jump up and go on the bouncy castle
(which was the pitch next to mine!).
I'd bought a cheap gazebo as a shade-or-shelter, and it turned out to
be a good idea, as the sun certainly shone done! Put my banner up
along the front, and my board of designs. I'd laminated my sheets of
designs, and then written the prices on with a wipeable marker so
that I could edit them the next time if I found some took longer than
I expected, etc. I had an old table, but covered that up with a nice
celtic throw, and set up my stock of body jewellery (I didn't think
there'd be much of a market, but thought I'd try anyway).
Unfortunately I'd forgotten my stash of business cards, but had
aftercare leaflets I could scribble my number on.
My sister and I were meant to be painting, with my mum managing the
front, but soon found we were swamped - our first clients were a
whole family - a little boy and girl who wanted cutesy cartoons,
followed by their two older sisters who had a rose-type belly design,
and an intricate flower fairy, and their mum who had a seahorse. That
trend continued later on in the day, with kids being drawn to us by
the bright colours, and mums and dads getting things done too.
We started having to operate a number system, and at one point were
giving out numbers around about the 15 and 20 mark when were were
only on numbers 6 and 7!
My poor old dad turned up to get the car jack out of my mum's car,
and got roped into to being the money man, and my fiancee turned up
to see how things were going, and ended up having a paintbrush shoved
into his hand!!
The day was hot, hot, hot - I ended up with a rather sunburned back
and shoulders (typically the gazebo never put it's shade in the right
place!), and four and a half hours after we'd finished we were all
tired and hungry (no time for lunch or the loo!), but very happy, and
proud of our work.
Now I have to streamline my operation in time for another jubilee
Sorry for waffling on, I just wanted to share my experience, and as
if anyone had any tips for tomorrow. I don't know if I'll have a
chance to henna there, as it's still mainly children, but I'll be
passing out information about henna, and leading people who are
I also wanted to say thanks to the people who gave me feedback on my
site - Maureen and Rupal and Kenzi. I've been working on everything
you said in my spare time (which I don't have much of at the
moment!), and hope to have the new-look, much-better site up and
Best wishes to everyone,
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