Getting a temporary tattoo, like dating an inflatable punk-rock singer, can help one make a bold statement to strangers before conveniently fading into obscurity in time for family reunions. Treat skin to epidermal adornments with today’s Groupon to Henna Happiness in Huntington Village. Choose between the following options:
- For $19, you get a medium henna or temporary tattoo for one (a $40 value).
- For $35, you get two coordinating medium henna or temporary tattoos for two (an $80 value).
Henna Happiness’s team of pigment prodigies decorates skin with temporary tattoos rendered from henna, jagua gel, or tattoo paint. Each color seeker first selects a medium swatch of skin as the canvas—such as the lower back, shoulder blade, back of the hand, or vestigial tail—before picking a custom design such as flowers, mandalas, or text. A specialist can then decorate the skin with one of three types of ink.
The certified-organic henna powder is blended into a unique formula with lemon juice, essential oils, and hot water to create a vivid paste and ensure deep-russet designs. The jagua gel is made up of a unique formula that can leave deep-blue hues on the skin. After the design is applied and the client takes a hot shower at home, a layer of gel peels off and the ink works overnight to transform from light blue to a dark blue-black and replace any nearby straw with gold. Alternatively, the waterproof temporary tattoo paint mimics the bright colors of real tattoos; the design fades after about 10 days or after being swabbed with rubbing alcohol. Each application within the welcoming storefront takes approximately 20 minutes, during which clients can admire Henna Happiness’s handiwork or watch light glint off the studio’s original tin wall accents from the 1920s.
When she was studying Indian spirituality, Trudy Pellegrino came across an art form that would become her livelihood: henna. Derived from a dried, ground plant that is mixed with water to form a paste, henna is used to paint intricate designs on the body to celebrate occasions such as weddings or religious holidays. Trudy, having a bachelor's degree in fine arts, schooled herself in the art, developing henna recipes and techniques, and fine-tuning her work until she was ready to turn pro. Today, the artist mixes her certified-organic henna with water, lemon juice, and aromatic oils. Some of the ornate swooshes and squiggles she paints date back to 8,000 BC or the advent of temporary tattoos on gum wrappers. In addition to traditional bridal henna and for-fun designs, Pellegrino can also paint trial-run tattoos for customers who want to test-drive a design before they go in for a permanent one.