My name is Valerie Doyon. I live and work in Rockport, Massachusetts, where I own a retail store named Soulstice.
As a self-trained artist, I became interested in natural body art in the late 1990s, and in 2002 I opened Soulstice on historic Bearskin Neck. Originally, Soulstice sold some local artists work, but mostly focused on offering hand drawn Henna tattoos and hair wraps to Rockport residents and visitors from around the world.
As our business expanded customers began asking for a black alternative to the natural brown dye of Henna. In 2005 I learned about Jagua fruit (Genipa Americana L.), which has been used for hundreds of years by the tribes of Central and South America for temporary body art, dying materials, and as a source of food when fully ripe.
I decided to travel to Panama where I developed relationships with the Embera tribes of the Darien jungle. I realized that I had been given an amazing opportunity. Not only was there a market demand for all natural black temporary tattoos in the US, but the Embera people were also in need of alternative sources of income to help care for their families.
When I returned home I started Nature’s Body Art—the first company to sell Jagua in the U.S.—creating a fair trade opportunity for the tribes while ensuring a consistant supply of fresh Jagua fruit to customers.
HennaJaguaTattoo.com aims to combine the variety of gifts and art objects that can be found at Soulstice—a retail shop located in Rockport, Massachusetts—with the Henna & Jagua products that can be found at Nature’s Body Art. Our inventory is constantly changing, so check back for new items and specials that you won’t want to miss.
Thanks for visiting, and if you’re in the area, come visit us at Soulstice where you can browse our store in person and even get a hand painted tattoo!
Owner, Nature’s Body Art & Soulstice
P.S. Soulstice artists are also available for your next event! We offer Henna and Jagua tattoos as well as hair wraps $90 per hour, please call 781-589-8230 for more information. Check out some of our designs below: