A tattoo on your body is one of the biggest commitments you can take. It will be on your body forever, and will sag along with your age. My motto has always been, 'as long as it doesn't scare the grand kids, it's good'. And, as a parent, when your young child says she wants a tattoo as soon as she/he is 18, you cringe. But, there is a way to get a tattoo, that will stay for about 2 weeks or so. It is a centuries old art from western countries, and you can get it done right here in Portland.

Henna are the powdered leaves of a tropical shrub, and it's been used for body art and dying the hair for, well, forever. In many countries, it is used in a Bridal ritual, and was used to dye hair for over 6,000 years starting in Ancient Egypt. Now, it has become art and spiritual in the US, and is celebrated for it's beauty. Check out the substitute for a real tattoo, henna tattooing.

Henna tattooing is available at The Eye of Henna in Portland, Maine.