Monday, November 28, 2011

Henna Tattoo

It's not the greatest pic, but I wanted to show off the henna tattoo I got at the San Jose Harvest Festival last Friday.  It was quite the interesting experience, as the artist was this adorable little round outspoken Indian woman with an accent who also tells your fortune before drawing the tattoo.  She explained that when she tells the fortune first, she gets to pick the design of the tattoo, because whatever she chooses and where she places it will act as a physical prayer on the body to compliment what she "sees." 

And she doesn't mince words; the gist of what she saw in me is that I worry my head off, I'm ridiculously hard on myself, and I try overly much to make everyone around me happy because I feel like I have to prove myself all the time.  (All true.)  She chose this design for me to symbolize inner strength and new beginnings, and told me not to care so much what other people think and focus on doing what is right for me and making myself happy. 

I was with my mom and another family member at the time, and her readings were dead-on for all of us.  I think it's also interesting that the woman chose for me the exact type of design I would have asked for if I had been given the choice, and I told her so.  I certainly do feel that I could not have asked for a more "me" tattoo.  I might even consider making it permanent if it wasn't on my hand.  At any rate, when it starts to fade, I'm going to be really tempted to go over it with brown Sharpie!

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