Show & Tell: Tatt Two

We spent last weekend in Colorado Springs with 19 extended family members. Seventeen of them cheered at the Air Force/Army game (for the away team). But Tessa and I headed to nearby Manitou Springs for some girlie-girl time.

Manitou Springs is an earthy, small mountain town with an inviting personality. Tessa and I window shopped along the main street, played with toys in the toy store, sat on benches along the street, evaluated artwork in the many artisan stores, chatted with store-keepers, found a chocolate shoppe and had one of each (yum).

We weren’t really looking for anything — the ambling being the point. I just wanted to make some memories together. We got our chance at the last store.

The shop smelled of patchouli, and it offered tie-dyed t-shirts, peace signed clothing, Om symbols galore, silks from India.

And a woman who applied tattoos. Henna tattoos.

I didn’t even debate it in my mind. Tessa and I were gonna get tatted.

Tessa chose vining skulls. With bows.

I chose a Tao symbol encased in the sun. With moon and stars to balance it out.

It took about 10 minutes each to apply the henna paste to each of us. Deb, our artist, blew on some very fine glitter to adorn this phase.

We were to leave the paste on for as long as possible — 4 hours minimum, or even overnight. The longer we waited before flecking off the dried paste, the deeper the pigment would go and the longer our tattoos would last. Palms are especially good at holding in the dye.

Tessa went swimming in the hotel pool later that night, so her paste came off on the early side. But I kept mine on until the next morning.

My henna paste and Tessa’s henna tatt

Tessa’s beribboned skulls

My yin/yang

With luck, I’ll still have a visual memory of this day on Christmas.

See what my classmates are showing and telling over at Mel’s Show & Tell.

44 thoughts on “Show & Tell: Tatt Two”

  1. How purty! And cool to have a girls moment ;)

    The only one I have had lasted about 4 weeks–I loved it! I got a lizard on my ankle :)

  2. How purty! And cool to have a girls moment ;)

    The only one I have had lasted about 4 weeks–I loved it! I got a lizard on my ankle :)

  3. Such fun to read your post! We have a house in Manitou Springs (our first house together–we haven’t lived there for 5 years now, but we rent it out). It’s still my favorite place we’ve ever lived, and that includes Europe! I daydream about moving back some day. I’m glad you all had fun poking through the shops, and the henna tatoos are majorly cool. You’re such an awesome mom!

  4. Those are the types of things that kids remember for years. The memories that start out with “Remember that time when….” — those are the best.

    Love the tats!

  5. what a fun thing for you to have done together. and one that leaves a long lasting reminder of such a happy bonding day.

  6. what a fun thing for you to have done together. and one that leaves a long lasting reminder of such a happy bonding day.

  7. I LOVE that area. I actually have some family that live in a dreamy log cabin on the hill in that town. Sounds like a great day :)

  8. I totally love it! Your artist did a great job!

    And I love the symbols you both had…and the chocolate munching time! Cool!

  9. What a great memory! (Jealously wishing my mom had gotten tats with me!)

    I love that she picked the girly skulls!

  10. I totally love it! Your artist did a great job!

    And I love the symbols you both had…and the chocolate munching time! Cool!

  11. What a great memory! (Jealously wishing my mom had gotten tats with me!)

    I love that she picked the girly skulls!

  12. That’s so neat!

    I’ve been to Manitou Springs. I spent 2 weeks there when I was around 16 for a conference-type thing. It is an interesting town!

  13. How cool! Did you happen to eat at Adam’s Mountain Cafe? D and I ate there last time we were there with family… SOOOO GOOD!

  14. How cool! Did you happen to eat at Adam’s Mountain Cafe? D and I ate there last time we were there with family… SOOOO GOOD!

  15. I love the designs you chose. I love that you and Tessa had girlie-girl time together. And…I love that you can get tattoos without having to have them forever!

    Great photos!

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