Dorm Henna Party

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Posted by Allison on October 10, 2002 at 14:45:06:

Well I did that henna demonstration at my dorm last night and for
those of you who would like to know hweres how it went.
My RA (resident advisor) had tried to get a representative from a
local tattoo parlor to come out and talk to the girls. Sadly they
didn't want to so she just rattled of a list of things too look at
before you get a tattoo. I was suprised because she not only told me
6 days before the event when it was going to be but she didn't tell
me she hadn't found someone to discuss ink tattoos. If she had asked
me I could have called a friend who does them. That way at least I
wouldn't have had to carry the whole thing on my back. The small
person (me) does not do public speaking! Oh well, things improved
from there.
I thought I was only going to get to henna maybe 4 people but it
seemed like every girl there wanted one. I gave them a quick rundown
of the history and what henna is exactly. The most interesting part
is after I explained that henna is a translucent stain and will in
fact stain darker skinned people I had a strong response from the
black girls. I gave them a little schpeil on PPD henna and told them
if they really want something black that Temptu body paint will stay
on even after a shower. I think I did maybe 20 people and out of them
I had only two white girls. The first one I did was a belly button
design then one over a girls heart. The majority were the lower back
designs. I did the back of maybe three or four girls hands and one
girls leg. Interestingly everyone wanted the more floral patterns. I
printed out some of the free ones from this page and CCJ's page. I
only did one Chinese symbol and only because the girl ran to her room
and looked it up on the internet. After I got started some of the
girls who were waiting started practicing their step routines. I
could here them stomping from across the room.
Over all it was a good experience. I think I would have liked it
better though if I hadn't had so many sniggerers and whisperers in
the beginning and some of the girls who came in after my speaking
were really obnoxious. It kind of annoyed me that some of them didn't
appreciate how much work this entails and how much studying I've had
to do on my own to know what I do about the history of this art.
There was this one girl who kept telling me how much she appreiciated
me doing this even though it took a long time for her design to dry,
so that was a plus. A lot of the girls kept saying how pretty it was
and how cool it would look. I did hear one girl say "I'm an art major
I could do this myself." Gee thanks.
I swear the next time I do this I'm gonna use CCJ's outline. I know I
missed so many things by not having it. But all the girls know where
I live, and I've already got an appointment to do a girls leg for
Homecoming. I'll be getting pictures of the finished designs
(hopefully) soon and I'll post my web address when I get them up. So
for those of you wondering thats the way it happened. Questions,
comments, and constructive criticism would be appreciated.


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