Henna or Mehndi is actually the name of the plant based dye used in Egypt, India, and the Middle East as hair dye and pigment for body adornment. It is traditionally applied to the hands and feet of women as an important ritual for weddings and other Hindu festivals. Henna is believed to ward of evil spirits. The use of henna dates back as far as 4000 BC. The henna dye last from one to three weeks. It is usually drawn on the palms and feet, where the color will be darkest because the skin contains higher levels of keratin which binds temporarily to lawsone, the colorant of henna. Another reason for the placement is the belief that the hands and feet (unprotected by clothing) need protection from the evil eye and other bad spirits.
Legend has it that henna was warn by Parvati, Lord Shiva’s wife, to charm her difficult to please husband.
Dave Rodriguez takes the traditional henna patterns and incorporates them in modern permanent tattoo designs. Here are few examples of Dave’s henna style tattoo work.