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Latin America’s proximity to the United States has resulted in the blending of Latino art forms with American culture for decades. From the graffiti art popular in transitional neighborhoods to the commissioned works of name artists, murals have become an important public art form across the socio-economic spectrum. And home altars, practiced in Mexico for centuries, have become more common in American homes as well as museums and galleries.

One of the newest body art trends sweeping the country is called mehndi, a centuries-old tradition in Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian and North African countries like the West Bank, India and Morocco. In the past few years, pop culture icons artists such as Madonna and Gwen Stefani have adorned themselves with these temporary henna tattoos.


Learn about henna body art and download tattoo stencils >

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See beautiful murals and learn about the Latin mural tradition >
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