Show & Tell: Tatt Two

November 12, 2009

in Show & Tell, Tessa

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.

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{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

JJ April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

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 :)

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JJ April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

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 :)

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jill April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

Oooh I love henna art!

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Brenna April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

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!

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ani April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

so much fun the girls and i love them even learned tow to make them ourselves,,love it

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Meghan April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

How fun! What a great memory for the two of you to share

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Sandy April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

You are the coolest mom ever! I’ve always wanted a henna tatt. Love it!

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Kymberli April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

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!

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PFM April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

Yeah I wish I had know that before going to the hospital

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Kristin April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

How cool…both the girls’ day out and the henna tats!

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PFM April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

that is a great thing to do. I love your title btw.

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Kristin April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

How cool…both the girls’ day out and the henna tats!

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nh April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

What a fantastic memory that you’ve built. Love it.

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battynurse April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

Very cool.

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Once A Mother April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

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

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areyoukiddingme April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

Awesome! Very pretty. Now that’s the way to create some memories!

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nh April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

What a fantastic memory that you’ve built. Love it.

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battynurse April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

Very cool.

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Once A Mother April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

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

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areyoukiddingme April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

Awesome! Very pretty. Now that’s the way to create some memories!

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Quiet Dreams April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

Beautiful tats. I agree, you are a very cool mom.

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Lynn April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

Love, love, love them! Makes me want to go get one now :D Glad you and Tessa had a good time out!

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Geochick April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

What a great idea! Be-ribboned skulls makes me laugh. I must be missing some very important trend.

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chicklet April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

Very cool.

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kbreints April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

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 :)

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WiseGuy April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

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

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

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Suzy April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

That’s awesome! What great memories you made together.

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jenn April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

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

I love that she picked the girly skulls!

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WiseGuy April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

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

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

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Suzy April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

That’s awesome! What great memories you made together.

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jenn April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

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

I love that she picked the girly skulls!

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awomanmyage April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

I love those henna tattoos. I love to get them whenever I go to street fairs!

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Krystal April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

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!

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Miriam April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

How neat. They look lovely! Thanks for sharing :)

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MrsSpock April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

Beribboned skulls- soft and edgy at the same time.

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babyattheend April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

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!

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Sunny April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

Super duper cool! What a fun mother-daughter bonding experience.

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Lollipop Goldstein April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

Gorgeous. I love henna. What a perfect activity for mother/daughter time.

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MrsSpock April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

Beribboned skulls- soft and edgy at the same time.

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babyattheend April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

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!

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Sunny April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

Super duper cool! What a fun mother-daughter bonding experience.

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Billy April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

That’s so lovely – having a mother-daughter moment. And I love the tattos.

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Sheri April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

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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Jamie April 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

Very cool! And I don’t think you can get more original than skulls with bows. :-)

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