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Artists’ Society raises money with henna tattoos

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The Artists’ society offered different designs, such as this one, for $2 and $5. The tattooing took place in Falcon Square on April 27 and 28.

For some students, a tattoo is a big commitment that will be permanent on their skin.

However, the Artists Society offered its services Wednesday and Thursday and sold henna tattoos to students for $2 to $5 to raise money for a possible event at the end of the semester.

“There’s a huge difference from having your tattoo your entire life and having one for a week,” Artists Society President Gabriel Segura said.

“Hazards come with everything and anything. So if you’re going to get a tattoo and if you admire art and speak your mind and let people know who you are, then why not?”

Much to the relation of choosing henna tattoos over permanent tattoos, the Student Health Center gave out an outreach pamphlet about the awareness of hepatitis C when getting a tattoo.

For Vice President and Treasurer of the Artists Society Melissa Gonzalez,  she thinks the best way to prevent from being affected by the chance of getting hepatitis C is to try out washable henna tattoos.

“Henna tattoos are just temporary and I guess if you’re not one that wants to get a permanent tattoo, I think henna tattoos are a good alternative,” Gonzalez said.

The Student Health Center was in support of campaigning the experience of college students deciding on a tattoo.

The campaign is also meant to help students avoid getting a tattoo that they will end up regretting.

Agreeing to what the campaign stands for, Lizbeth Rivera, art major, sided with this stance by stating how henna tattoos can help a young college student make a smart decision on the actual tattoo they might end up using.

“I think they’re great but they’re permanent, so if you’re going to get something, don’t just get it because you like it temporarily. It’s better to get a henna tattoo of the design that you want and see if you like that every day.”

The Artists Society continued its fundraiser until 1 p.m. both days in Falcon Square, where students had the chance to check out the members’ skills of free-handing henna designs.

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