Killer intricate piece of jagua temporary tattooing by Kaleb Caldwell at Henna City, LA jagua amazon natural temporarytattoo huito hennacity kalebcaldwell

Get A Killer Temporary Tattoo With Natural Amazonian Jagua Ink

Mother nature has got some pretty cool natural skin dyes for temporary tattoos but there's more out there than just henna...

I first got to know about this strange fruit when I was on a trip in the Amazon staying in a nature reserve in Peru. They called it Huito there in Peru and but it has quite a few names. It is more commonly known as Jagua (pronounced "hagwa") and grows exclusively in the Amazon region. Jagua is used as a powerful dye which is blue black in color and is great for creating temporary tattoos. I'm sure most of you out there know about henna which is also a natural dye extracted from plants and stain the skin various shades of brown. Jagua ink is blue black and so makes a much more tattoo like result without the commitment and risk.

Sarah Calavera
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This unique fruit only grows in the Amazon jagua amazon natural temporarytattoo huito
This unique fruit only grows in the Amazon #jagua #amazon #natural #temporarytattoo #huito

The dye for tattooing is extracted by grating the hard fruit and mixing it with a little water. When you are grating the fruit the liquid comes out clear and takes a little time to develop its color. So here's a photo of your dear Sarah Calavera in the jungle making the ink...I did not realize at the time that my hands would turn super avatar blue for two weeks so remember to wear gloves when handling this ink! 

Sarah Calavera
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Myself, Sarah Calavera preparing some Jagua ink in the jungle of Peru jagua amazon natural temporarytattoo huito sarahcalavera
Myself, Sarah Calavera preparing some Jagua ink in the jungle of Peru #jagua #amazon #natural #temporarytattoo #huito #sarahcalavera

Jagua ink lasts up to 15 days on the skin and fades to a lighter blue as the days go on. The color looks much more like the ink from a regular biro pen and personally I think it gives much better results than henna which tends to look like a nasty orange after it wears off.

Sarah Calavera
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Jagua is commonly used with native Amazon tribes as body decoration jagua amazon natural temporarytattoo huito
Jagua is commonly used with native Amazon tribes as body decoration #jagua #amazon #natural #temporarytattoo #huito
Sarah Calavera
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An Amazon woman showing her Jagua body art jagua amazon natural temporarytattoo huito
An Amazon woman showing her Jagua body art #jagua #amazon #natural #temporarytattoo #huito

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Jagua is moving into popular culture for temporary tattooing and you can pick up special kits that contain a Jagua ink gel and various sized tips for intricate work.  It's versatility and color can make some pretty awesome temporary tattoos maybe even as a test to see how a tattoo could look on you before taking the plunge into a real one.

Sarah Calavera
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Jagua kits often come with small tips so you can be as intricate as you want jagua amazon natural temporarytattoo huito
Jagua kits often come with small tips so you can be as intricate as you want #jagua #amazon #natural #temporarytattoo #huito
Sarah Calavera
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Not quite ready for a full on back piece? Try it out with Jagua first jagua amazon natural temporarytattoo huito
Not quite ready for a full on back piece? Try it out with Jagua first #jagua #amazon #natural #temporarytattoo #huito
Sarah Calavera
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You can replace the brown henna for the darker color of Jagua in traditional mehndi designs jagua amazon natural temporarytattoo huito mehnditattoo
You can replace the brown henna for the darker color of Jagua in traditional mehndi designs #jagua #amazon #natural #temporarytattoo #huito #mehnditattoo
Sarah Calavera
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WHen the ink is settled it looks like a dark blue tattoo jagua amazon natural temporarytattoo huito
WHen the ink is settled it looks like a dark blue tattoo #jagua #amazon #natural #temporarytattoo #huito
Sarah Calavera
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Jagua looks really cool for mandala and mehndi designs jagua amazon natural temporarytattoo huito mandala mehnditattoo
Jagua looks really cool for mandala and mehndi designs #jagua #amazon #natural #temporarytattoo #huito #mandala #mehnditattoo
Sarah Calavera
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Jagua looks really cool for mandala and mehndi designs jagua amazon natural temporarytattoo huito mandala mehnditattoo
Jagua looks really cool for mandala and mehndi designs #jagua #amazon #natural #temporarytattoo #huito #mandala #mehnditattoo

I discovered an awesome artist working out of Los Angeles creating awesome unique pieces using Jagua gel. Kaleb Caldwell is the resident Jagua artist at Henna City and has done some mind-blowing work. Check out some of his designs including a killer video of him at work on a Joker piece in Jagua.

Sarah Calavera
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With Jagua you can really let the imagination run wild jagua amazon natural temporarytattoo huito hennacity kalebcaldwell surreal
With Jagua you can really let the imagination run wild #jagua #amazon #natural #temporarytattoo #huito #hennacity #kalebcaldwell #surreal

You can find out more about temporary tattooing with Jagua at Henna City's website. Have fun and remember to wear gloves if you decide to make your own ink.

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@Sarah Calavera

Skull obsessed tattoo fanatic, writer for Tattoodo, voice actor and visual artist who loves metal and headbanging. Inspired by Neil Gaiman, Tool, horror & the macabre.

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