Talented henna artist with over a decade of experience! Henna tattoos are a great way to celebrate Bachelorette Parties, Night of Henna, Weddings, Birthday Parties, Festivals, and other Special Events of all kinds. Also available for fun, educational presentations for libraries and like organizations. Non-profit organizations are eligible for discounted rates!
Nikki provided henna for MIX Ideation at the Cleveland Museum of Art. She was extremely professional and our visitors enjoyed their henna tattoos very much.
To anyone considering having Nikki do henna art at your event I say don't think twice. She is amazing and patient and very talented. We had her at my daughters sweet 16 and she was the top of the hit list everyone kids and adults loved her. What a super nice person and excellent during communication prior to event. Nikki thanks so much and you will be invited back to any parties we have!!!!!
I hired the Artful Cricket for our International Festival. The Henna Tattoos were a big hit. The students really loved the designs. I was impressed with the skills and friendliness. I would highly recommend the Artful Cricket to anyone wanting a talented and professional Henna Tattoo artist. It was a pleasure working with the Artful Cricket.
Nikki Rettman and The Artful Cricket have participated in the Akron Civic Theatre's "Masque of the Red Death" macabre masquerade for the last two years, and everyone adores getting a henna tattoo! Nikki is always one of the highlights of our event and people love walking away with such beautiful artwork on their bodies! Besides being a superior artist, she is kind and generous and wonderful to work with.
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Hi! My name is Nikki (but you can call me Cricket). I fell in love with Henna (and body art in general) at a young age, and am always working to spread the knowledge and love of this wonderful form of art. I have been working professionally with henna for over a decade, and started The Artful Cricket in 2009.
Body art can be for anyone! I am in love with all forms of body art, but with Henna I can show that body art doesn't have to hurt or be with you your entire life to be powerful and beautiful. Being allowed to use someone's body as my canvas is an honor. My hope is that when my canvas sees their final piece, it will help them to see their own grace and strength, augmented by Henna.
Henna is not just a medium for my art, but an extension of who I am. My goal is to share my love of Henna with as many people as possible. By educating my audience, and by using both traditional styles and contemporary motifs in my work, I hope to continue bringing this ancient art to the modern world.
Henna body art is a great way to celebrate any special occasion. From birthdays to graduations, weddings to pregnancies, and everything in between, Henna tattoos are a fun and beautiful addition to your celebration or "me-day".
Henna traditions originally coincided with harvests and other celebrations of life and fertility (weddings, births, etc.). Some traditional occasions for getting henna tattoos have been - and still are:
- Decorating members of a wedding party and their guests
- Decorating the belly of a pregnant mother - this is considered to bestow good luck upon the mother and her unborn child
- The ornamentation of a warrior before he (or she) goes to battle
Mehndi has been making its way into Western culture as people bring their traditions with them when they emigrate. While the ancient traditions of Henna still hold as true as ever, new traditions are being created. Henna is becoming a common way to celebrate any special event, as well as being a great way to treat oneself to something beautiful, just for fun. You can:
- Try out a tattoo design in Henna before getting it inked to make sure you like the design, size, placement, etc.
- Get Henna instead of a permanent tattoo if you aren't fond of needles but still love body art
- Try a Henna corsage with gilding paste, Swarovski crystals, and glitter for something different at the next school dance
|Nikki "Cricket" Rettman||Owner/Henna Artist|
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