Mehndi Artist Chicago BiographySource(Google.com.pk)
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Birthday: I was born 3 weeks late on April Fool's Day - no one ever forgets my birthday!
Marital Status: I've got a keeper!
Favorite Movie(s): I'm a film junkie, but my all-time favourite movies are This is Spinal Tap, The Party, Kama Sutra, Lawrence of Arabia, Blues Brothers, Slapshot, Arabian Nights, and Super Troopers.
Pets: I have two old kitties named Blackie and Jerry. They have me very well-trained in the ways of tuna delivery.
Favorite Music: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Rolling Stones, The Who, Beach Boys, Gram Parsons, Burt Bacharach, Otis Redding (there's a million more, but that's a good cross section!
Favorite TV Show(s): NETFLIX!
One Wish: I would like a time machine so that i could go visit the Columbian World Expo World's Fair of 1893. I'd also go to 1968 for the rock.
When/How You Became a Tattoo Artist:
I started telling people I was going to be a tattoo artist when i was 5 years old, and most everything i did art-wise as a teenager was somehow related to tattooing. There was very little information available then; no interweb, and only TWO magazines!
I moved to Atlanta from my hometown of Chicago in 1996 to serve a traditional, old school two-year apprenticeship with world famous Cap Szumski at Timeless Tattoo. I wanted to be taught by a true master of tattooing, and was beside myself when he agreed to teach me.
I stayed at Timeless Tattoo for another six years, forming solid relationships with coworkers, clients and friends, but the pull of sweet home Chicago was too strong to resist.
Tattoo Factory was the only place I wanted to work in the city, and was very happy when I was hired.
Favorite Tattoo Style/Genre:
While in Atlanta, I labored hard to learn the intricacies of black & grey, and that style still remains my favourite. The subtle shading and sense of dimension really appeals to me. I'm notorious for doing extremely detailed work that other tattooers would rather shoot themselves in the eyes than attempt to do.
Lately, I have been in huge demand for my Mehndi (or Henna) inspired work, which is awesome. I really love drawing the flowing designs directly on my clients, thus insuring that no two are exactly alike.
Cap taught me to be very versatile, and to never pigeon-hole myself as "I only do this type of work." I do what my client wants, to the best of my abilities.
Tattoo Artists You Are Inspired By:
The tattooers that have inspired me the most are oddly enough, the ones who’ve been doing it the longest! Cap Szumski, Filip Leu, Greg Irons, Jack Rudy…
Contemporary Artists You Are Inspired By:
I’ve been an artist for as long as I can remember. I love and appreciate all forms of art and expression. Artists whom I adore: Dismas Rotta, Joseph Cornell, Alphonse Mucha, and all of my teachers past, present, and future!
When I’m not tattooing, I can be found cruising around town on one of my vintage Italian scooters, a 1961 Lambretta Series II TV175 named Sofia, and a 1980 Vespa P200 named Bella, and pretending to work on my 1971 Ford Econoline custom van. It'll be done someday...
I am a devoted student at the Chicago Mosaic School and love to break glass. Mosaic art is very satisfying, gratifying, and oddly enough, soothing.
Where You Work/How to Contact You:
Please contact me via email if you’d like to get work done~ I tattoo by appointment only, and am booked about 12 weeks in advance these days.
4441 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
Shop Website: www.tattoofactory.com
Personal Website: www.dawngrace.com
Words of Wisdom From Dawn:
My advice for those who want to get tattooed: Do your research and find an artist who you feel will do a great job and treat you with compassion and dignity.
If you want a custom piece drawn, understand that no tattoo artist has mind reading abilities, so you should provide some reference material, and the more the better. Don’t steal photos of people’s tattoos.
Tattoos are a unique form of self expression. Don’t you deserve to express yourself with your own design?
Any artist who was properly trained will be happy to draw whatever your heart desires, so do your homework and find the right match for you!
Mehndi is the art of painting the body
in ornate designs with henna.
Associated with transformation and transcendence,
it is a beautiful and mysterious art form that has been used
for centuries to heal, to adorn and to bless.
A paste is made from the crushed leaves
of the henna plant mixed with other natural ingredients,
such as eucalyptus oil, lemon juice, and black tea.
The paste is applied to the skin, and when removed several hours later,
it leaves beautiful markings that last from 1 to 3 weeks.
The longevity of a mehndi design depends on many factors.
Keep in mind that each persons skin takes differently to henna,
as does the area of the body you choose to adorn.
Before applying the paste, the skin must be free and clear
of all other oils and dirt.
Once The Paste Is On The Skin The Real Work Begins!
YOU ARE COMMISSIONING THE ARTIST TO APPLY YOUR HENNA DESIGN,
THEN IT IS UP TO YOU.
To Get The Best Results From Your Henna Experience
YOU MUST TAKE CARE FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
The paste must be allowed to dry completely (20-30 min).
The longer the dried paste remains on the skin
the longer the design will last, recommended time 4-6 hours.
Remove the paste with a layer of oil, or scratch off with fingers,
DO NOT TAKE IT OFF WITH WATER!
Avoid water contact for the first 24 hrs after the paste is removed,
as the color is still developing at this time.
When the paste is first removed it will appear orange,
it takes 24-48 hrs for the color to finish darkening to a deep brown.
Preserve and Protect your Design by Applying a Layer of
'Mehndi Maintenance Oil' to your Design Frequently,
Especially BEFORE and AFTER Water Contact.
Henna dyes the top layer of skin,
so as the skin replaces itself and exfoliates away, the designs fade.
The areas with thicker layers of skin will last the longest~
The hands and feet can last up to 4 weeks.
The arms, ankles, back, and belly can last up to 3 weeks.
And the chest, and face will last a week at most.
The Two Best Areas of the Body for Mehndi
are the Hands and the Feet.
Hands ~ the most popular and long-lasting area of the body.
Palm ~ designs invoke images of opening and offering (usually sun, flower, mandala)
Back of hand ~ acts as a shield-closing, defending, clenching-symbolizing protection.
According to Eastern Indian Palmistry
Right hand ~ Male, Projective
Left hand ~ Female, Receptive
Feet ~ the tops stain deeply & are long-lasting.
The feet are recognized as a point of divine contact, considered a holy junction,
where Human being and Earth meet.
Symbolism in Tantric Philosophy
Point (Bindu)- The Supreme Reality
Seed (Bija)- The mysterious matrix in which everything emanates and merges.
All symbols begin with the seed.
Pointing up (Shiva)- Signifies active male principle. Resting on its base it represents fire, and the ascent to heaven.
Pointing down (Shakti) - Signifies active female principle. Reflects all that is feminine-water, fertile valleys, and grace descending from heaven.
Six Point Star (Satkona)- Signifies union of feminine and masculine principles.
Square (Catuskona)- Stability and order. Implies honesty, dependability, and shelter.
Diamond (Vajra)- Enlightenment.
Pentagram (Pancakona)- The 5 sections symbolize elements of fire, water, earth, air, and heavens.
Circle (Cakra)- Whole, perfect, infinite.
Mandalas- Concentric forms relating to a center point. By concentrating on a mandala the viewer penetrates the many layers of reality and moves towards an inner truth.
Flowers- Joy and happiness.
Lotus Flower- The awakening of the human soul. Grace, beauty, creativity, sensuality, femininity, and purity.
Sahasrara ~thousand-petal lotus~ uniting the soul with the 'Divine Source'
Sun, Moon,and Stars- Deep and lasting love between lovers/partners.
Vines- Devotion and perseverance, invoking both tenderness and vitality.
Peacock (Mayura)~ Companion while separated from a loved one.
Swan (Hamsa)~ Success.
Scorpion (Bicchu)- Romance, its sting is analogous to Cupid's arrow.