Tag tattoos

Mark of the Ancestors

I first learned about Whang-od Oggay years ago, from an old documentary that introduced her as the last Kalinga tattoo artist. Before then, I never knew that tattooing had a prominent role in various Philippine cultures. At the time, my…

My Tattoos Tell My Story

Yesterday, I drove into Washington D.C. to get my third tattoo. My first two are from years ago: hieroglyphs in a cartouche (2012) and my infamous death/rebirth half-sleeve (2014). Since I wanted my newest piece of ink to complete the…