Whang Od ; Marking Filipino culture.

Whang Od ; Marking Filipino culture.

Whang-od Oggay was born February 17, 1917.

She is a 102 year old Filipino tattoo artist from Buscalan, Philippines and described as the "last" and oldest mambabatok (traditional Kalinga tattooist) She is part of the Butbut people of the larger Kalinga ethnic group.

She has been tattooing headhunters and women of the indigenous people of Butbut in Buscalan, Kalinga, since she was 15 years old, but the Butbut warriors who used to earn tattoos through protecting villages or killing enemies no longer exist. Despite that, Whang-od continues to apply her traditional art form to tourists visiting Buscalan.


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