Not that I’m assuming you were on the edge of your seat on this henna belly business or anything, but in case you WERE interested, just a tiny bit, here’s how the design turned out:



I think the artist did an amazing job, especially considering how often STP kicked and squirmed during the whole process.


It took about an hour, and it was oddly relaxing — almost like a massage. She used wonderful-smelling essential oils and the sensation of the henna dispenser thingie was like having someone lightly trace your skin with their fingernail. This is how the artwork looked right after she finished it, the dark inky part will flake off and leave a much lighter auburnish tone. I plan to take more pictures at that point, but thought I’d capture the fresh-henna look because it’s almost as pretty as the final result.


Yes, that’s the letter D in the middle of the design, but I’m not telling what it stands for. Maybe it has to do with Smalltopus’s name, maybe it’s a secret message from me to the baby, maybe it just means DORK.


108 Responses to “Initial henna photos: the bellying”

  1. Josh on January 23rd, 2008 8:47 pm

    Well then little miss crappy hints, if I am following the clues correctly, your new spawn will be dubbed either Dylan or Daniel. Cool either way. Rock star, survived the lions den. Both rock. Of course, you could just be fucking with our heads in some sort of sadistic blog game you’ve created in the spirit of Cloverfield previews. Who knows.

    Your belly looks wicked cool. Mine has an L in the middle. For lint.

  2. Sara on January 23rd, 2008 9:43 pm

    Am guessing “Dylan” for Smalltopus’s name, because what’s better than Internet strangers getting all nosy about something as personal as your unborn child’s name? NOTHING, THAT’S WHAT.

    The henna looks great — I couldn’t lurk any longer after I saw it. That is the way to be a kickass mom.

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  4. Leah on April 8th, 2011 7:52 pm

    Hi! Is it possible to get the name of the henna artist who did this design? I have a client who wants a similar design, and I’d like to give the original artist some props if I end up posting a photo somewhere. Thanks so much!!!

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