Re: Henna artist insult of the day...

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Posted by Zimra on August 23, 2002 at 03:22:11:

In reply to: Henna artist insult of the day... posted by Alissa on August 22, 2002 at 20:26:08:

: and evenings at the local outdoor arena in the Camel club doing
: henna.

Oh, aren't the Camel ampitheatre gigs fun? <snort>. I've danced at a
few this summer, and I have suffered from attempted groping, guys
crawling on the floor trying to look up my skirt, and at the worst
one (the *Chicago* concert of all things!!!) I had to flee the
premises and hide because of the drunk guy who was staggering in
screaming my name (they had my name on the board out front, and my
bouncer was nowhere to be seen). To be fair, there were the
occasional great people who made my night. Once or twice.

Some advice: Think up snazzy come-backs before hand - they help. I
had a few thought-out ones going into the gig, and they came in handy
(like the inevitable "baby, take it off!" I finally just started
rolling my eyes and saying "oh, like I haven't heard *that* one
before!") Remember CCJ's comments about not being able to henna
penises "because we forgot the tweezers and magnifying glass." :-)
Sometimes a good "Oh, get real!" is all it takes... many people are
just looking to get a rise out of you.

Take a break if it gets really bad. If it gets really really bad,
ask for a bouncer to loom nearby.

Don't let these goobs touch you! Bring a pillow for them to rest
their hands on. Henna fast, and yell "Next!"

As for the Hindu thing... I learned so much about dealing with
religious bigotry from my Hindu boss. She would just sort of nod
politely... she was so nonconfrontational that I began to wonder if
she even was a practicing Hindu, but it turned out that she is very,
very devout... and very practical. She has to deal with people all
day, every day. Many of them dislike her skin color, accent, and
religion. Most people who hassle her about it are too narrowminded to
listen to anything she might say in her defense, so she just doesn't
bother. (I could never understand how calm she was about it, at least
not until I hit age 30 or so... some people just aren't worth your

As Catherine says, treat that gryphoemia! After hell nights like
you've been having, you really deserve to treat yourself.

I hope you get a few of those truly wonderful clients that make this
all seem worth it! Hang in there! And isn't the season almost over?



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