Blessings from the Kalinga tribe Wang Od

tattooniknek whang od

We traveled to Buscalan to meet with a legendary Wang Od from the tribes of Kalinga .

and i am thankful to be able to experience traditional hand tapping tattoo .

Wang-od, the last surviving traditional tattoo artist or ‘mambabatok‘ Kalinga Apayao.  She is in her 80’s but still does hardcore ‘batok.’  She uses only pomelo spikes to pierce the skin and coal as ink.  Old-style, the original ‘batok’ way.

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