Mambabatok is another term for traditional tattoo artist. Apo Whang-Od is a 95-year old mambabatok from the province of Kalinga.
Unlike the usual tattoo session, Apo Whang-Od only use thorn and a bamboo stick. Traditional tattoo will make your skin bleed and swells a lot but it’s totally worth it as this ink will stay dominant and clear forever and you’ll be carrying an obra maestra coming from a legend.
Tattoo Hunter Dr. Lars Krutak also visited the remote Philippine Cordillera Mountains to learn about Kalinga tattooing culture.
Apo Whang-Od charges ₱300 for small tattoos up to ₱1,500 for big and complicated patterns. Yes, that’s right. You don’t need to go through all the rituals to get inked. But I would be honored to do so. Soon.