I do henna, I have tattoos - my 2 cents worth

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Posted by jenn in BC on August 14, 2002 at 15:26:05:

In reply to: Back to a frequent confrontation: Mine's Real posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on August 10, 2002 at 22:24:09:

I have gone under the tattoo needle 10 times over the past 10 years.
A few years ago I discovered henna and have been doing it
professionally ever since. To me, they are 2 very different art
forms. I get tattoos to keep certain memories and moments in time
with me forever (I haven't regretted any of my tatts). The pain has
very little relevance to me it's just part of the process...(unlike
many others, to whom the pain has high significance).

Henna, on the other hand, is a beautiful, cultural means of
decoration and celebration. To me, it is a way to connect with
people, to give something of myself - art, time, imagination - and to
leave a person with a little piece of history, a bonding with the
roots of humankind.

To me, henna & tattooing, although both body decoration, have totally
different meanings, and although I don't recall being confronted with
attitudes of "real vs fake", my personal thoughts are - to each his/
her own - I would not even argue with anyone over what's "better"
because we all have our own views which ar purely personal. I will
certainly discuss the topic to understand someone's view or to share
mine, but I feel that we all do what we do for our own reasons and I
respect why others do what they do.
I really liked reading about Littlefox's discussion with the elderly
man about his experiences with tattooing. He cartainly has good
reason to feel about tattooing as he does, I'm just happy that he
realized that henna is different - joyful and bonding - to bring
happiness and to soothe the soul. That is what henna means to me.

peace to all, jenn (in BC)


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