Fang-Od, the Kalinga Tattoo Artist

Category: Travel Portraits


Photo and caption by Bernice Beltran

Kalinga is frequently visited by travelers who want to get a tattoo from Fang-Od. She is 93 years old and she doesn’t speak Tagalog or English so I asked Abok, her niece, to tell her that I wanted to take a picture of her tattoos. She smiled and took her jacket off. The travelers swarmed around her and went trigger-happy with their cameras. This made her feel uncomfortable so she waved her hand and went back to her seat.

Location: Buscalan, Kalinga, Philippines


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