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International News: 106-year-old Indigenous Filipino tattoo artist is Vogue cover model

Posted: Friday, March 31, 2023. 5:23 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Today, Vogue Philippines released its April issue and its newest cover features, 106-year-old indigenous tattoo artist, Apo Whang-Od, also known as Maria Oggay.

According to NBC, Whang-Od is considered the country’s oldest traditional tattooist.

Whang-Od has become famous for mastering a 1,000-year-old “batok” tattooing technique, which uses a traditional tapping method utilizing charcoal soot and a sharp stick.

“Apo Maria ‘Whang-Od’ Oggay symbolizes the strength and beauty of the Filipino spirit,” Vogue Philippines said.

“Heralded as the last mambabatok of her generation, she has imprinted the symbols of the Kalinga tribe signifying strength, bravery & beauty on the skin,” it added.

Tourists from around the world visit the Philippines to receive one of her legendary designs.


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