Apo Whang Od (Philippines #1)

This is Apo Whang Od, presumably the oldest tattoo artist in the world. I visited her in her home village Buscalan in the Kalinga mountains of northern Luzon. The 100 old masters the ancient art of the bâtok, the original inking of the mountainous philippines. She gets up every morning and is hammering tribals and patterns until midday. Only women practise the art in the village and she is passing her skills down now to the younger generation. This album is also the story of Rudi, her brother. He was our guide to the village and showed us around. The fame of Whang Od in nurturing the whole village...


  1. elisechocho
    elisechocho ·

    Waou a great lady !

  2. wil6ka
    wil6ka ·

    @elisechocho there will be much more, once i have time to scan and upload...

  3. smolda
    smolda ·

    It's amazing to see her still working her magic. I saw a documentary about her once. :-)

  4. wil6ka
    wil6ka ·

    @smolda yeah - alive and kicking and there will be more albums to follow this one...

  5. smolda
    smolda ·

    @wil6ka oh great, i'm looking forward to see! :-)

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