102 year old, Whang-Od Oggay is the oldest mambabatok, a traditional Kalinga tattooist in the Philippines. At the age of 15, she started her apprenticeship. She still continues the ancient tradition in Kalinga province. Early in the morning she mixes ink from pine soot and water and keeps them to hand-tapped on the people. It’s really a difficult thing to travel to the village of Buscalan where she lives in. someone needs to drive for 15 hours and then also have to hike a mile long through a forest and rice terraces to the village.

She only uses a thorn from a pomelo tree, a foot-long bamboo stick and her hand-mixed coal and water ink. She inks the thorn and then taps it deep into the skin with the bamboo stick. And this is done permanently. Lines, simple shapes, tribal prints or animals, each has a meaning, such as strength, beauty and fertility are the motifs she uses.

The indigenous Butok warriors were the beginning of body art. They have a specific meaning for each tattoo. Most significantly, they could only be inked after having killed someone. These tattoos are all about beauty for women. When Whang-Od is young, her arms and legs were covered with tattoos by her friends. At that age, she also learned how to apply tattoos under her father’s guidance. Those days, the tradition was only men were learning to tattoo.

They also believed that this tradition can only be passed down to blood relatives. If not, tattoos will become infected. As Whang-Od has no children, she has trained her grandnieces in the art.

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IᑎkEᗪ by this Legend Apo Wнang Od.

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3/3 Apo Whang-Od portrait . . . #forumsession #fsaugustothirteen #forumtraveller

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I got inked by #thelegendaryapowhangod #tribaltattoo

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What’s on your bucket list? Me: Sulit ung almost 13 hrs na byahe mula Talavera up to their wonderful Village. Very accommodating yung mga tao lalo na sa Homestay namin, thank you Ate Raki (Racquel Sagmayao). Yung ma-picturan lang sya kahit sa malayo ok na ok na ko,pero yung mayakap at mahalikan pa sya ay sobra-sobra na? Babalik ako dito, isasama ko kayo? Bucket List: ☑️Buscalan Golden Star Goes to Buscalan Village Meet and greet the Legend Apo Whang Od? #ApoWhangOd #NationalArtist #batok #Buscalan #Kalinga #TheLastMambabatok #butbuttribe #tattoo #tattooartist #oldestmambabatok #handtappingtattoo #handtap #bucketlist #travel #dutdutan #Traditional #PiliPinas Golden Star Tours and Travel #TatakGoldenStar✨

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