The ancient art of henna tattoo has gone mainstream. Check out these inspired henna tattoos!
20. Hand Henna Tattoo
Finely detailed with dazzling pattern work, this henna tattoo is a stunning adornment stained into skin with impeccable precision. Very well placed lines and dots make up this intricate design that appears to rise off the hand and mirrors the look of traditional Indian jewelry. This is a very stylish and elegant tattoo that spirals on the back of the hand, circles and lines drawn perfectly, symbolizing protection. A beautiful shield ornamenting hand into a pretty work of art.
19. Original Henna for original body
Simplicity meets unique in this fun, one of a kind design that highlights an uncommon defect in human extremity. This tattoo is cleanly done and gets straight to the point; ‘cut here’ lines in the middle of a pair of conjoined toes indicating where the cleverly placed scissors should snip. A simple perfectly placed inscribe inspired by rarity that celebrates the irregular and laughs in the face of abnormality.
18. Geometric shapes
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Beautiful geometric pattern and tribal influence make this tattoo a real eye catcher, and the design is well thought out to compliment every section of the hand and wrist. Simple, clean line work makes this work flow fluidly and the heavy black lines almost appear as armor protecting the hand, and in turn symbolic of protecting the soul. Overall, a very cool tattoo with a distinctly Native American flare.
The pineapple is historically a token of welcoming and hospitality and given as a gift represents friendliness. Fitting then is this tattoo which is only visible when the hand is completely open; an inviting gesture, or when the hand forms the universal anti-symbol of the middle finger wave. In the case of the latter, this pineapple ink seems like a sarcastic signature of anti-everything ethic. But, maybe we shouldn’t read too far into it, this pineapple could just as easily be a favored fruit forever etched into every handshake.
16. Ying Yang henna tattoo
Yin and Yang, light and dark, opposites attract and are cemented together, a perfect jig saw match, each with elements of the other encompassed in never-ending circle. This symbol represents perfect balance and that is clearly on display in the fine henna work of this tattoo, with thick lines the patterning is evenly placed around the hand and hearts garnish the finger making for a special final touch. The Yin Yang symbol is beautifully framed by lotus petals, which themselves carry meaning of purity and beauty, neatly balancing this zen tattoo that will bring both happiness and peace to the wearer.
15. Face and shoulder henna
Intricate henna art frames the face of this Bollywood beauty in gorgeous stylized line work and lights up bronzed skin in a glowing, glittery glaze that highlights the mehndi patterns in glorious three dimensional viewpoint. The patterns on the face continue perfectly onto the shoulder gracefully and uniformly to match up as one piece. Traditional henna shapes and dots form vines and flowers growing out of flesh to symbolize joy, longevity, devotion and perseverance. I really love the elegance of this adornment and it makes a really special temporary body art for joyous occasion or simply for everyday vitality.
14. multi color henna
Wow. Mind blowing, highly detailed art that makes one fully appreciate the meticulous hours of creative genius that has gone into this work. Fit for a Princess bride and straight out of one of my trippy, Sitar infused imaginings, the mehndi art on display here is breathtaking and so intricate you really have to spend time taking it all in. Henna on the palm of the hand relates to images of offering and the left hand specifically has feminine connotations. However a closer look at blurry background reveals this dazzling darling has matching henna down both arms too. These complex tattoos of petal and pattern tangle are wonderfully enhanced by bursts of color throughout that screams festival of life in bold, traditional design and demands fascination in the eye of the beholder.
13. Back henna
A vine grows up the spine, flowering henna lacing it’s way from tail to neck in beautiful, bold, black line work. Placement is perfect in the center of the back, and the floral patterns stand out superbly in contrast to skin tone. This is smooth line art at it’s best and every petal is perfectly drawn, showcasing the artist’s talent. Henna flowers represent joy and happiness and this tattoo is very flowing and feminine with a sexy element to it. A very nice, pretty piece of henna artwork, simple in design, delicate in principle and expertly executed.
12. Color bone henna
Wonderful lotus mandala where the petals almost get lost in the inner rings of intricacy, this tattoo stays true to traditional meditation art deeply rooted in Indian culture. Mandalas are employed to focus attention, as a spiritual guidance tool and an aid for meditation throughout Buddhist teachings. There are many layers to this tattoo which makes it astounding that such detail has been injected into tiny designs on seemingly infinite petals. Placement of this lotus Zentangle , front shoulder just creeping onto the collar bone shows off the adornment completely and makes gorgeous use of fair canvas.
11. Tree Henna
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Amazing! Now this is different, inventive, raw and natural, henna has been used here to create a unique design and excellent use of space that is far from traditional mehndi ethic. The art work here really tells the story of the forest from thick, dense trees to just a sliver of what once was, and then the rebirth of life with mushrooms growing out of the decay. I really love this piece, its a whole new take on henna art. The artist should be proud and the wearer honored to pay homage to nature through this stunning green imagining.
Rich chocolate brown henna sits on slender hand staining fingers in traditional Indian style patterns with lots of squared off shapes to represent magic and healing. This finger art is really quite pretty and there is an elegance in the simplicity of the designs, but simple does not mean poorly done and these fanciful digits really show off the artists skill in the solid manipulation of henna to create energetic designs that really jump out of the skin. This tattoo is principally effective in the way it beautifies the hand, adding skin-deep adornment that ultimately reads pretty, dainty and stylish across the board.
9. Elephant henna tattoo
Green henna elephant climbing up the wrist instantly brings on a smile. Elephants are precious creatures, intelligent, wise and battle hardened and it is imperative we celebrate these peaceful giants before their time on this Earth runs out. This tattoo does just that in festive fashion, with elephant decorated in intricate lines, dots and patterns. In Indian henna art the elephant is a symbol of strength, divinity and kindness of spirit. It is said that an elephant never forgets and this tattoo stays true to form as it is an impressive, well placed concept with highly decorative, unforgettable detail that proudly displays kindred spirit in both the tattoo and the wearer.
8. Gorgeous henna
A beautiful bride to be illuminated in red mehndi designs that appear more like an extension of the luxurious fabric of her sari than precisely stained skin. The paisley henna patterns that weave across both hands and wrists are exquisitely done by patient hands, and represent luck and fertility for this Indian goddess. These tattoos are truly something to admire and one is easily lost in the spirals and dashes layered upon layers of twisting lines and dizzying dots. I love this work, it is classy, mesmerizing and regal and is only enhanced by the lovely charm of the canvas.
7. heartbeat henna tattoo
A simple, stylized tattoo that captures universal sentiment at heart. This piece is executed with crisp, exceedingly clean lines especially evident in the tiny writing, and the jet black fancy lines of the main design make for a very neat and well placed tattoo. ‘Faith’ represented by a cross, and ‘love’ by a curvy heart shape outline are tied together forever by ‘hope’, a heartbeat symbol of the electrocardiogram variety. This tattoo has a very sweet and positive concept brought to life permanently on flesh canvas, a constant reminder to keep love, faith and hope with us in all our endeavors.
6. Feet henna
High arches adorned with lacy patterns showing wonderful symmetry make these dogs bark loud and proud in displaying such beautiful henna work. The feet are where human and earth meet and thus the henna done here holds sacred meaning as the feet are considered a point of divine contact. Layers of zigzags are the main feature of this design which is symbolic of rain and represents fertility and abundance in mehndi art. A really attractive pair of matching patterns overall, and the wearer will be tripping over this henna for a while to come.
5. dandelion henna
Make a wish upon this fantastic and fresh design that shows mehndi art and henna manipulation at it finest. Delightfully drawn in green henna, this piece is both whimsical and flashy, with thin wispy lines creating the Dandelion’s wish and bold stylish curves making up the leaf. The seeds floating away up the arm as if taken by a slight gust of wind, add a whole new dimension to this tattoo and it’s so well done with lines fading off in all the right places. In floral terms, the Dandelion is considered a gift that brings happiness to a loved one and is symbolic of a promise of total faithfulness, but it is more widely thought to represent a wish to be made, the seeds of the lion tooth to be blown away, and be given truth by the universe.
An intensely ornate black henna tattoo that seems to have shading and highlighting much like its needle work counterparts. This mehndi art is traditional in design and awe inspiring in its intricacy, with perfect placement of all the elements, the tattoo flows over skin in magnificent style. Done with precision, care and patience in abundance, this back of the hand decorative personifies protection for the wearer. The flowers representing joy and the leaves; entwined lives and vitality, this art is delicate yet bold and really something special to behold.
3. Gold henna
Sparkling and rare, this whimsical work reads more like an acrylic on canvas than a henna tattoo. It has glorious gold etching with hints of silver and copper tones that set this piece apart from the crowd, and the glistening liquid lines create beautiful patterning inside leaf outline that makes this design sizzle with gilded grace. Impeccable lines and perfectly even dots add to the shiny array of ornate impression that seems to rise up off the skin and catches all eyes with its glittery royal glow. Leaves symbolize longevity and gold is synonymous with generosity and giving, good health, loving, wisdom and wealth. This work captures more than just an elegant pattern, and is in fact a well executed symbol of long life and prosperity enriching the flesh in gorgeous gold perspective.
2. wolf henna
‘Throw me to the wolves, and I will return leading the pack’. This tattoo features clean line work and minimal shading giving this wolf a very whimsical feel and it is well placed on the arm, just below the wrist joint so as to avoid break up over time. Wolves are symbolic of instinct, loyalty, free will and toughness. In traditional Native American culture a wolf howling at the moon is considered a way of finding the deepest levels of inner self, and represents intuition. These noble animals are regarded as pathfinders and teachers, and this tattoo will be a permanent reminder to stay grounded and follow one’s instincts to keep on the right path. A simple and quaint design that celebrates the wolf in charming style.
1. chest henna
Well placed for a bikini summer, this henna tattoo is both fun and pretty and makes for a beautiful embellishment in a unique spot. Thick brown henna lines seep into flesh in traditional fashion and the whole design reads like wings stretched across the lower chest. Lines, petals, circles and dots make up this tricky concept and the artist has done an excellent job of controlling the henna, creating a really intricate piece that nicely frames the breasts, highlighting the female form in wicked mehndi pattern work. Splendiferous.
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