Julie "PICKLE" Macdonald

Henna Artist / Tattoo Apprentice

Don't Tickle this Pickle

Unlike a fermented cucumber soaking up brine, Miss Pickle, puts her creative juices to work customizing amazing semi-permanent tattoos, using Henna or Jagua. She draws her inspiration from sacred and spiritual designs, beautiful enough to adorn the gods but with ingredients safe for us mortals. 

 

 These custom creations can last for several weeks if cared for properly and are great for those looking to try out a tattoo before making the plunge, or have the kids, family and friends get one while you get your tattoo, from one of our Gurus.  

 

 Miss Pickle, is available for walk-ins and appointments, just call the studio to find her hours and availability.  561-328-7126

Henna FAQ:

How a Henna Tattoo is Made and Aftercare

Henna temporary tattoos are made using a small carrot bag filled with henna paste that is used to draw on top of the skin. It is just like icing a cake. The henna is squeezed onto the skin and then left to dry. During the drying time, one must be very cautious not to smear the henna on to clothing or other parts of the body to avoid staining and/or distortion of the tattoo, this usually takes up to an hour. Try to leave your paste on for at least 3 to 4 hours, however the longer it is on, the better your stain will be! To remove the paste, it can be brushed off with the pads of your fingers, or if it is sticky, use coconut or vegetable oil. Do not ever use water, this will compromise your resulting stain. Try to avoid getting the tattoo wet for the first 24 hours. The color will be a bright orange at first and deepens to a reddish-brown during the next 48 hours. 

How Long Will My Henna Tattoo Last?

Your skin type, lifestyle, and the location you choose to place your tattoo will all affect the lifetime of your henna tattoo. In most cases, designs last about 1 ½ to 2 ½ weeks, depending on body chemistry, how long the gel is allowed to soak in, and location on the body. Frequent swimming, trips to the sauna and exfoliating all shorten the life of your henna tattoo. Tattoos on the hands, face, and neck wear off the quickest and those on the arms and tend to last the longest. No matter what skin type, lifestyle, or location of your temporary tattoo, taking care of it will extend its lifetime.

Henna Aftercare

Leave your henna to dry for at least 1 hour. During the drying time, one must be very cautious not to smear the henna on to clothing or other parts of the body to avoid staining and/or distortion of the tattoo. Try to leave your paste on for at least 3 to 4 hours, however the longer it is on, the better your stain will be! To remove the paste, it can be brushed off with the pads of your fingers, or if it is sticky, use coconut or vegetable oil. Do not ever use water, this will compromise your resulting stain. Try to avoid getting the tattoo wet for the first 24 hours. The color will be a bright orange at first and deepens to a reddish-brown during the next 48 hours.

Jagua FAQ:

How a Jagua Tattoo is Made and Aftercare

Jagua temporary tattoos are made using a blunt ended needle to draw a design on top of the skin. This process does not hurt. The jagua is squeezed onto the skin and then left to dry for at least 2 hours. The longer the jagua has contact with the skin, the darker your temporary tattoo will be. During the drying time, one must be very cautious not to smear the jagua on to clothing or other parts of the body to avoid staining and/or distortion of the tattoo, this usually takes up to an hour. Once the temporary tattoo has dried, the jagua is then peeled off and the area is washed with warm soapy water to remove all traces of the gel. At this point, it will be tempting to freak out. But don’t! The light grey “shadow” on your skin will start to darken as it reacts with your skin and will continue to darken for 12-48 hours. Please remember: Always make sure to remove the gel and wash with soap the area before sleeping!

How Long Will My Jagua Tattoo Last?

Your skin type, lifestyle, and the location you choose to place your tattoo will all affect the lifetime of your jagua tattoo. In most cases, a jagua tattoo will last for 1 ½ to 2 ½ weeks. Frequent swimming, trips to the sauna and exfoliating all shorten the life of your jagua tattoo. Tattoos on the hands, face, and neck wear off the quickest and those on the arms and tend to last the longest. No matter what skin type, lifestyle, or location of your temporary tattoo, taking care of it will extend its lifetime.

Is Jagua Really Safe?

Jagua is very new to the western world and we all still learning about it. Although jagua is a natural food product and has been used for thousands of years on kids, women and men as part of their daily routine and not only for nutritional purposes and skin dye, but for herbal healing as well. There is the possibility to have an allergic reaction to any foreign substance applied to the skin. We encourage people with sensitive skin, before applying a complete jauga tattoo, to test a small patch by applying a small dot of jagua behind the ear to test your sensitivity to it. We will be happy to provide a list of ingredients of what is in the jagua upon request.

Although it is unlikely, an allergic reaction to Jagua will appear as a dense rash of hard red bumps and may look similar to the allergic reactions caused by PPD or Black Henna. Unlike PPD or Black Henna, an allergic reaction to jagua will not create a lasting scar. This rash can be treated like any other allergic rash with the application of anti-itch cream and/or Cortisone. Before treating any allergic reaction, it is essential to consult your health care professional!

Jagua Aftercare

Leave your jagua to dry for at least 2 hours. The longer the jagua has contact with the skin, the darker your temporary tattoo will be. During the drying time, one must be very cautious not to smear the jagua on to clothing or other parts of the body to avoid staining and/or distortion of the tattoo, this usually takes up to an hour. Once the temporary tattoo has dried, the jagua is then peeled off and the area is washed with warm soapy water to remove all traces of the gel. At this point, it will be tempting to freak out. But don’t! The light grey “shadow” on your skin will start to darken as it reacts with your skin and will continue to darken for 12-48 hours. Please remember: Always make sure to remove the gel and wash with soap the area before sleeping!

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