Bali Discovery Tours: Homepage
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from
Home Bali Contact Bali Practicalities Bali News Bali Services Bali Transportation Bali Sports Bali Excursions Bali Villas Bali Hotels
Home · News · A Tattoo Taboo?
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from
Bali Hotels
Bali Villas
Special Deals!
MICE Handling
Bali Excursions
Culinary - Dining
Guided Tour
Bali Spas
Bali Sports
Bali Transportation
Car Rental - Selft Drive
Private Jet Charter
Bali News
Bali Services
Bali Practicalities
Bali Contact
Bali Career
Bali Update
Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter!
PATA header
PATA Gold Award 2007
Bali Update
PATA Gold Award Winner 2007
Bali Contact
Bali Discovery Tours
Jln. By Pass Ida Bagus Mantra,
Jln. Pucuk 1 No. 70X
Denpasar, Bali

+62 (0)812 3819724
+62 (0)361 464 032, +62 (0)361 471 0242

Bali Discovery

Bali News

A Tattoo Taboo?

Health Expert Sounds A Caution on Temporary Tattoos.

Bali News:
Click Image to Enlarge


Many visitors to Bali can't resist the temptation of obtaining a temporary tattoo, guaranteed to last a week or two by the tattoo artists who proliferate in every tourist area of the island.

Originating from India, the art of temporary tattoo, or Mehdhi, involves the application of natural hennotannic acid (derived from henna) to the dead skin cells of the epidermis. Applied by a skilled and knowledgeable artist using pure, natural henna components, a temporary tattoo should be perfectly safe, providing transitory enjoyment to those thus adorned.

Unfortunately, many tattoo artists are using tattoo dyes that include a toxic dye called para-phenylenediamine or PPD. Promoted as black henna, when, in fact, pure henna is never black, these tattoo artists are drawn by the greater ease of application afforded by the PPD based products, often unaware of the severe health consequences to themselves and their customers that may only become evident weeks after a holiday has ended.


You should be. Especially if you or a family member are considering a temporary tattoo as part of your coming holidays.

Dr. Paul Vandewalle of International SOS has written a timely article detailing the dangers of temporary tattooing using impure henna compounds with hints on how to tell the difference.

Through the kind permission of, a Jakarta-based website containing information of value to expatriates living in Indonesia, is pleased to provide a link to Dr. Vandewalle's article.

© Bali Discovery Tours. Articles may be quoted and reproduced if attributed to


Bali News by Bali Update
Subscribe to the Bali Update
Receive the latest news from Bali by email!

Our [Privacy Statement] explains how we handle the data you are providing.

Bali News by Bali Update
Explore the Archive of the Bali Update
Find related articles in our news archive!

or try to use Google Search :

Home · Bali Hotels · Bali Villas · Bali Excursions · Bali Sports · Bali News · Site Map · RSS

Bali News: More News
Airspace Over Bali No Longer Empty
Bali Airport Reopens After 24-Hour Closure for Nyepi New Year Observances
Business is Sky High
Indonesia’s Aviation Industry Booming with More than 100 Million Passengers Flown in 2017
Chinese Returning in Droves to Bali
Badung Regency Official Says Chinese Travelers are Bullish on Bali
New Ubud Gallery Opens with Two-Man Exhibition
Paintings by John van der Sterren and Ketut Gede Susana Exhibiting Through July at NKRI Art at The Ayung Resort, Ubud
Bali before the Balinese
Tenganan Village Fights to Preserve its ‘Pre-Balinese’ Ancient Traditions in a Rapidly Changing World
A Rest Area on a 12-Km Toll Road
Bali Toll Road Seeks to Increase Revenues by Moving Ahead with Plans to Build a Rest Area
Proud List of Past Achievements for the People of Bali
In the Midst of IMF-World Bank Conference Preparations, Bali Governor Pastika Reflects on What his Administration has Achieved on Behalf of the People of Bali
Diplomatic Reassignment
British Consulate-General’s New Address in Bali
When Anneke Goes Coasting
Dutch Woman Undetakes Annual Marathon Swim in North Bali to Protect the Environment
Short Shrift to Trash that Drifts
Indonesia Government Frames Formal Response to Video Showing Plastic Trash Inundation at Manta Point, Nusa Penida
To the Visitor, Goes the Spa
Harper Bazaar Singles Out 8 Spas for ‘Star Spa’ Status in Bali
Lest We Forget
Anzac Day to be Commemorated in Bali On Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Finns Recreation Club
All [News]!