Empress of the Universe

Thursday, November 02, 2006

My New Canvas - Roni's Bald Head

Instead of letting her hair fall out in horrible chemotherapy-induced clumps, my sister Roni boldly shaved her head. Since people would be staring anyway, Roni asked if I would paint a henna tattoo on her scalp. This way, it would give everyone something to look at -- and, I suspect, is a way of tackling this cancer thing head on, so to speak.

Without the henna Roni is absolutely beautiful. Now, she's wearing a magnificent piece of original art upon that pristine pate. These photos were taken with the henna paste drying on her scalp. Tomorrow she'll wash off the "paint" and the henna tattoo will remain. If we're lucky, it will be a rich, dark stain that will last 2-3 weeks.

Of course, I signed this masterpiece -- if you look closely, you'll see the copyright notice just behind her left ear (ha ha, just kidding!). In total, the design took almost four hours. What do you think?



Blogger Angelove said...

OMG Michelle! It looks absolutely beautiful! It turned out so much better than what you did on my hand!! You did a wonderful job. The tattoo is spectacular and makes a stunningly beautiful woman even more so!! What a great idea.

7:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! That is amazing Michelle! Roni is beautiful and courageous. With or without hair, she is one hot mama!


9:07 AM  
Anonymous LMinateIt (LInda) said...

Lookin Goooood! Very cool. Nicely shaped head and very artistic work. I'm sure it may encourage others to take the plunge and get a henna tattoo. I have heard of a few other chemo ladies doing it. Very lovely.

9:59 AM  
Blogger ginagogreen said...

So creative and cool. You're putting the chemo scarf/wig people on notice. There's a new cat in town. You're right, Roni's eyes are even more amazing. Love you!! What bump in your nose?

9:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Empress of the Universe,

I have never been prouder to claim you as my nieces. You did a wonderful job.. Loved the story of the bathtub & the Belleville water. With that kind of attitude Roni can beat anything. Chris has been amazing. Read the article in the paper and it was so informative. Hopefully it gets some results.

Always in my prayers and on my mind. and in my heart.

Love you,

Aunt Betty

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Tracey said...

that roni is friggin' gorgeous!

12:41 AM  

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