Reviving Filipino tattoo art

The art of Filipino tattooing
Photo by Lars Krutak (BBC News)

While tattooing has evolved beyond the use of single pricks of ink into the skin, Whang-Od has continued to use the traditional methods to tattoo members of her Kalinga tribe, according to BBC News.

According to the article, “The simple designs are evocative of the nature around her in the mountainous region of the Cordilleras – outlines of centipedes, trees and snakes or basic geometric patterns such as diamonds and squares.”


However, Whang-Od may be the last of her kind to practice the art if her niece does not carry on the tradition.

To read more about the tradition of Filipino tribal tattooing click here.