CLASS ANNOUNCEMENT – Henna Retreat 2015!!
I Have a Real One: The Intersection of Henna and Tattooing
by Nic Tharpa Cartier
Body art practices of all kinds are often grouped into two categories: permanent and temporary. Especially in Western cultures, these two ideas are often seen as being at odds with each other, as one implies a lifetime commitment while another may be a simple flight of fancy. But in all cultures where henna is used as a traditional temporary body art, permanent tattooing is also practiced as a complementary mode of body adornment. In this class you will investigate tattooing traditions that run parallel to henna traditions in India, North Africa, and the Middle East. You will learn about different designs and their meanings, and the cultural role of permanent body art alongside temporary henna. You will also look at modern tattoo culture, which in recent years has come to incorporate rich traditions of henna design to great effect, and find out what you can learn from the work of tattooers who excel in this type of fusion. Your teacher Nic Tharpa Cartier is one of several American henna artists who have made the transition from temporary to permanent, having worked in the tattoo industry for 15 years, almost as long as he has been working with henna. He is currently working as an apprentice tattooer under his teacher Horikei.