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Whang Od Is the Oldest Known Female Tattooist in the Philippines

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Whang Od may be the last living tribal tattoo artist in the Philippines.

To make the tattoos, the 93-year-old artist uses an ancient backhand tapping method known as Kalinga.

What started out as a way to fit in with her friends, and as a culture of exchange, tattoos have become a way of life. Out of necessity, she tattoos people, mostly westerners who travel from far and wide, and uses the money to purchase pigs and hens to feed her village.

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“If you haven’t got a tattoo you aren’t a true warrior,” she says.

When she dies, there will not be anyone to carry out the 100-year-old tradition. That is why she plans to educate her sister’s granddaughter on how to keep the meaningful practice alive.

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind tattoo, you may just want to make the treacherous journey out to Buscalan, a hidden village in a mountains of Luzon island, and visit Whang Od.

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source: http://firsttoknow.com

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