Buscalan Kalinga Tattoo Artists



We visited the Buscalan, Kalinga to see Apo Whang-od, and to see how the traditional tattoo was being done.


Apo Whang-od is considered to be the last Mambabatok or traditional tattoo artist from Butbut tribe. She trained her grandnieces, Grace and Ilyang. The skills can only be transferred to her relatives.
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They are using mixed of charcoal and water and thorn of calamansi for tattooing.

You can choose the traditional designs they have. Every design has meaning. They will create a pattern before they do the tattoo.
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I had an opportunity to have photos with the artists.
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Apo Whang-Od
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Grace
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Ilyang

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