Tattooing vs. henna art is a controversial topic. What is the difference between each and why is it so controversial? Well simply put henna art is not tattooing. It is not even a form of tattooing. Henna art is a form of artistic expression that is temporary; while tattooing is a form of body art that is permanent.
Henna art is just that, art. It uses henna powder mixed with lemon juice, typically, and some essential oils to form a paste that is then applied to the body in intricate designs that last anywhere from 1-4 weeks. On the other hand tattooing uses ink and a needle to penetrate the skin creating a long lasting permanent design in the skin.
Henna art does not penetrate the skin, it only dyes the skin's surface. Henna art uses natural products while tattooing uses ink to embed in the skin.
There is a great difference between the two forms of body art. One dyes the skin for a short period of time while the other penetrates the skin to create a long lasting effect. These differences are what makes the most difference between the two forms of body art.
Remember henna art is not tattooing because it is not permanent and does not penetrate the skin while tattooing is permanent and does penetrate the skin.