Henna tattoos, also called “mehndi”, are a type of temporary body decoration that developed in India. This traditional art was not thought of as tattooing at all, until quite recently. Rather, mehndi was more like cosmetics – a way of decorating the body for special occasions such as weddings. Anyone who has seen a traditional mehndi design can attest to the fact that the patterns are intricate and stunning. The most common places for mehndi patterns are the hands and feet. Some artists use stencils, but others are able to draw these intricate patterns and apply henna tattoos by hand.