As a henna artist's I find a variety of people in my chair. It's quite amazing how versatile we can be as humans. But when I find a fellow artist in my chair I am always excited. I love to learn about what other people are currently doing creatively and where they started with art. I'm especially elated when a fellow henna tattoo artist comes to sit with me. First, it's an honor to have someone who is in my line of work, appreciate my style of work, and appreciate it enough to pay me for said henna tattoo! Mind blowing. Second, I revel in thier stories of how henna came into their life and what sort of styles in henna they're working on currently. I always try to trade a henna tattoo for another henna, if time allows, so that I might view their style of work and become inspired for the next few days.
Fateful Sangeet Evenings
Recently I was able to meet Bhumika Mistry of www.ArtofMehendi.com and though we didn't get to trade, we were able to chat a lot. She brought her own cones to the sangeet party, and once everyone else had already gotten their henna tattoos, she very kindly asked if I might use one of her henna cones to draw a henna tattoo on her hand. I said I would, knowing how careful we artist need to be against chemical cones. And though I assured her my henna cones were all natural, she introduced me to a new kind of allergy I had never heard of before. She was allergic to the actual henna plant that came from any if the more southern regions of India. Both her and her daughter were said to be allergic to this strain of henna! I am glad she brought her own henna cones and we were able to still connect through a henna tattoo.
A while before that I had met Divya of www.HennaByDivya.com at a sangeet, I was working on the family members while she did an exquisite piece for the bride on for her bridal henna. This time we were not able to trade or work on each other, as we had plenty of other henna tattoos to do for the family. Until next time Divya!
Who are your favorite henna artists, and who would you enjoy meeting?
Henna Artists Visiting South Florida - My Home
The Renaissance Faire is HUGE in south florida and it calls for at least 8 henna artists in one day. I don't believe henna would have been in the area of these medieval settings, but I am not one to oppose any henna artistry! The more the merrier, this is not wrong way to adorn yourself in henna <3
This faire tends to bring a lot of artists from all over who travel with the faire and other festivals across the country. This year brought me the wonderful Jassikay and her sister! They came through Aaron, who operates A New World Henna and works with the Florida Ren Faire in many different ways, for many different years. It's not often you get to meet a season male artist, so I am very happy our Monday Margarita night worked out. We hit up La Mexicana next to The Alchemist in Wilton Manors if you ever need an inspirational sip and snack. The place is ahhmazing.
You can find Jessikay's work at her website or an her infamous TikTok.