A different kind of mehndi

Using a typically mehndi style of flower, this scar by Jesse Villarreal from Main Street Tattoo and Body Piercing in Merced, CA captures the essence of the design in a format that is the opposite of the traditional style.  While traditionally done on the hands and feet, henna is essentially a temporary skin dye which permeates the top layers of the skin leaving the design visible for some time.  With the scar, those layers of skin have been removed, creating a design that will last for the rest of the person’s life.

You can see more of this piece by Jesse in the scarification galleries.

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