Recently I’ve been trying to collaborate with more photographers, models and performers on henna projects. It’s fun to add a more modern flair to such a traditional and old art form. My most recent adventure was to do Polynesian style designs on two circus performers and do a photoshoot with a new photographer. One of these performers is a contortionist and the other is the “base” in hand-to-hand performances. Put these two together and you get really different poses to photograph.

This time around I wanted to try a different material than henna. For this photoshoot I used Skin Illustrator in black. It is dissolved with alcohol and applied with a brush. There was a definite learning curve but after about 15-20 minutes I got the hang of it. I thought that using body paint would be faster to apply but it’s roughly the same. One reason for using the body paint was that they would end up rubbing all the henna off while getting into these poses.

Photo by: Claude Pigeon

Henna art by: Alliebee Henna

Polynesian geometric henna design

Polynesian geometric henna design