Traditional Tattoo: Apo Whang Od

April 2017 - Serpente Aguila


My serpent eagle hand-tapped tattoo was done by the living legend Apo Whang Od of Butbut tribe in Kalinga. They said that it means 'heavenly guidance and protection.' I thought that my tolerance for pain would have been tested again and I was awed that the tattoo was done only in 30 minutes.  The thorn tapped on my skin stung like enormous bees but it also felt great, lol.



Apo Whang Od



I felt honored and favored by the universe to be tattooed by the last 'mambabatok' of her time. I would definitely try to go back and visit the village soon.


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Comments

  1. Wow this is a huge honour and a fantastic looking as well as very meaningful tattoo. This is one you will never regret.

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  2. Very cool tattoo. I have never seen this way of tattooing.

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  3. I've never been fond of tattoos but this is a unique method and does look good

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  4. Cool tattoo I've seen this being done only on the tv and always thought of how it felt like with the tapping, love the meaning too.

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  5. Love it! I have a few on my feet that represent my family and still need to go get one more for my new daughter.

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  6. I don't know if I could ever get a tattoo! 30 minutes?! It is lovely though...

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  7. Wow, this is so cool! Tattoos are painful so you're a brave soul.

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  8. Wow. Your tattoo is really interesting. Looks painful but it's lovely

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  9. Its beautiful and very meaningful, and hope you treasured it. Whang-od will be so proud that you carry her legacy.

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  10. Oh wow! It looks good but boy does it look like it hurt like heck. I love that it has meaning.

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  11. That looks amazing! It had to be such an honor to have that done.

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  12. I love it when tattoos that people get have a beautiful meaning to it.

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  13. That must have been an amazing experience. Glad that you had an opportunity to do what you love.

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  14. That is so cool! I really hope this tradition will be passed in the next generations. It is a treasure and should not be forgotten.

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  15. Wow. 30 mins for a tattoo is fast. Kudos on being able to withstand the pain that came along with it.

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  16. That tattoo looks awesome. It looks like it was a tad painful but definitely worth it.

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  17. Oh I remember the pain of getting my first tattoo done! it hurt so much but I wanted another one straight after hahaha. It looks awesome!

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  18. Wow what an experience and an honor at the same time. Looks great!

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  19. Wow! very lucky, ang alam ko hindi na siya nag-tattoo late 2017. I want to have one too kaso natatakot ako. hehe!

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  20. Wow! That’s a nice tattoo! She’s really famous. I hope to see her soon.

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  21. Wow what I different way of doing a tattoo I have never heard of it. It looks beautiful

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