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I love the radiance & change in a person's countenance after receiving ritual batok! I'm honored to serve others in this ancient tradition. Maraming salamat @versionn for asking me to adorn you for your ancestors! May your batok guide & protect you through your life & illuminate your path to your ancestors. I look forward to working with you again soon! Many thanks to Paul, @wilckenjohn, & @trueherstorycreations for the strong stretch & support.
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If you died today, would you recognize your ancestors? Would you be greeted by strangers or would you rush into the arms of family whose familiar voices gave you guidance throughout your sojourn on Earth? Would you feel worthy to stand in their presence? This is what our tattoos represent, the spirit-to-spirit relationship of
ANCESTORS & DESCENDANTS.
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Can you identify the tattoos on this Bontoc matriarch? I've written a description below for you to build literacy in batok! See if you can do it! -----------------------------------> Our tattoo motifs are often linked to the cultural / natural environment. The Bontoc "al-alam" designs represent rice seedlings in the terraces, like blades of grass coming up from the Earth. It is a fertility design. In other areas the same design represents the fronds of a tree fern called, "fungana" and is related to headhunting. It's important to understand that these motifs are more than just beautification and that there are spiritual attributes, connotations and stories attached to them. I elaborate on them in my books if you would like to learn more. All that being said, can you FIND these motifs? Comment below if you found them!
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How thin the veil becomes between us & our ancestors when we bestow their tattoos in ritual. @leilanisofahnny felt their presence as we worked on her karakoa. We called out for their attendance, for their help, their blessing and they came. Maraming salamat, Daghang salamat, Agyamanak unay to all those who came to support Leilani as she received her batuk, seen & unseen. My thanks to Lopeti, @veggietempura @lfpunsal Rachel, Leo, & Jasmine for stretching for Leilani & supporting her. To @ave_jbird & @arctucmunkeys, thank you always for welcoming me into your home, sharing your warm hospitality and friendship! ->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->-
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found while diving on the Westside of kauai by my brotherhood @mopoowana he came across a #tikbalang connected to Filipino MU history and evidence the ancient Filipino descendant were also here on kauai in ancient times. and if your interested in Filipino MU history and many connections to Polynesians, a book written by @lanewilcken called the "forgotten children of Maui " will blow your mind on the real Filipino MU history connected to all Polynesians. #austronesian 👈 #lumauig #forgottenchildrenofmaui #maharlika #mu #ohana @datu_lakan #mabuhay @4biddenknowledge @bishopmuseum

Many women are drawn to have batok on the chest. Along with the symbols of these designs, this arrangement is deeply empowering when one understands the purpose of the symbols and the reason for their placement on the chest. While the explanation is too lengthy and sacred to be posted here for unscrupulous people to appropriate, it's sufficeth to say that this arrangement honors a woman's sacred status and connection to the Underworld, (the Puyopuyan/Sulad) a feminine realm. Maraming salamat @xtian_as for asking me to bestow your first tattoo/batok. May you walk in confidence & power with your ancestors and community. My thanks also to @filipinokitchen, @sarahlynneats & @nataliawanders for stretching for Chris and hosting me. I'm also grateful for the assistance of @notnotsry and to @gigi.estil0 for witnessing and documenting this transformation. <<<<>>>><<<<>>>><<<<>>>>><<<<>>>><<<<>>>>
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Privilaged to tattoo this special daughter of the gods Lumauig & Fukan! I met @a.lpah over a year ago & I knew one day we would reveal her pongo patterns. Alpha's lineage comes from Bontoc, a fierce and hardy people of Northern Luzon in the Philippines that kept their traditions into the last century. Their most important deity is Lumauig the god who brought fire to human-kind. Lumauig or Lumawig's name comes from the word, "lawig" or "lawin" meaning, "hook" in Ilokano and Itneg, "hawk" in Tagalog, and "voyage" in Cebuano. If you have seen Disney's Moana you will see all that imagery in cartoon form for the demigod Maui. For the Bontoc people, Lumauig (Maui) is one of the most beneficial gods/ancestors. I look forward to working with his descendant Alpha again. My thanks to @swipernoswiping_ for the amazing photography, to @sarahlynneats & @nataliawanders of @filipinokitchen for hosting me and stretching for Alpha as well as @doctoxchz for his assistance. Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat. ->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->-
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A privilege to bestow @makeismagick's first batok. It was an honor to serve your ancestors & have them present during this rite of passage. Truly powerful. My thanks to @filipinokitchen @sarahlynneats & @nataliawanders for hosting and stretching for me as well as to @nillyoh for your assistance. Thanks also to @thakuya for the referral. Maraming maraming salamat sa inyong lahat. 🙏 <<<>>><<<>>><<<>>><<<>>><<<>>><<<>>><<<
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Was able to complete this beautiful burik/batok for @goodjuju4 this weekend to honor her Igorot ancestors and enhance her relationship with them. It serves as a reminder of the multitude of ancestors who walk with her, watch over her, & the curses that will fall upon those that would harm her. Truly honored to work with this beautiful and kind soul. My thanks to @sarahlynneats, @nataliawanders, & @xtian_as for providing the strong stretch and @filipinokitchen for hosting me. Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat. ->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->-
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A W.I.P. @loverluna's ancestors are mostly descended from Mexico & Spain, but she was drawn to tattoos from the Philippines. "Why?" you might ask. It turns out that in her DNA there is a small percent of genetic material from Asia. It is not commonly known, but during the Galleon trade, when both Mexico and the Philippines were Spanish colonies, the indigenous population of Mexico was dying out due to foreign diseases. Approximately 1 quarter million Filipinos were imported to Mexico to work. Some of them intermarried with the indigenous population and so among some people, there is a genetic tie between us. This probably goes back even more anciently when people from the South Pacific participated in cultural exchange with the Americas and more than likely exchanged genes. The chickens of Central and South America are descended from Southeast Asian jungle fowl and the sweet potato has been brought all the way across the Pacific, but is of American origin. What anthropologists are realizing is that ancient peoples were much more mobile than previously thought. I believe that the blood calls upon certain descendants to remember these old connections. Thank you Lisa for your trust and for the privilege of bestowing your batok. I look forward to completing it in the future! My thanks also to @teriray46 & @velogucela for hosting us and to @ahleevera for stretching.
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The ancient tattoo practices of the Philippines are still largely unrecognized, even by Filipinos today. Our islands were first called, "Las Islas de Los Pintados" (The Islands of the Painted Ones) by the Spaniards prior to re-naming the archipelago, "Las Islas Felipinas" (Philippines) after Prince Felipe of Spain. @swipernoswiping_ made this introduction video about our tattoo traditions to help educate others. Please check out her Youtube, my links & books and help spread the knowledge. Special thanks to @magmaganda @filipinokitchen @datu_music @doctoxchz @xtian_as @inkanor & @anak_ni_lapulapu for your contributions to Kayla's video. -Lane <<>><<>><<>><<>><<>><<>><<>><<>><<>>
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The ancient tattoo practices of the Philippines are still largely unrecognized, even by Filipinos today. Our islands were first called, "Las Islas de Los Pintados" (The Islands of the Painted Ones) by the Spaniards prior to re-naming the archipelago, "Las Islas Felipinas" (Philippines) after Prince Felipe of Spain. @swipernoswiping_ made this introduction video about our tattoo traditions to help educate others. Please check out her Youtube, my links & books and help spread the knowledge. Special thanks to @magmaganda @filipinokitchen @datu_music @doctoxchz @xtian_as @inkanor & @anak_ni_lapulapu for your contributions to Kayla's video. -Lane <<>><<>><<>><<>><<>><<>><<>><<>><<>>
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I've seen many people leaving Buscalan with scorpion tattoos, but with little understanding of it. This motif is called, "alumpihan" in Ifugao and also known as, "ipi-ipit." It resembles a shortened version of the gayaman or centipede design. On one level, the scorpion design describes the person wearing it as formidable and dangerous as the scorpion, but it also implies indirectly the fullness of strength and power a warrior possesses due to the strength and protection of he receives from his connection to his ancestor spirits. They are the reason for his strength. Before battle an Ifugao warrior would call upon his ancestors by reciting his geneology as far back as he can to fully empower himself. To those who wear this design I would ask, "Do you know your genealogy? Do you know your ancestors? Do you have the confidence to call upon them?" ->>>>< ->>>>< ->>>>< *WANT TO LEARN MORE? Read my books. ->>>><->>>><->>>><->>>><->>>><->>>><->>>><->>>><
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Handtapped these elegant & protective bands for @j_phoenix_rising to her guide her as she fulfills her sacred responsibilities and allow her to connect more deeply with those who "reside below the surface." This ancient tradition of bestowing batok is more than just beautification with good intentions. The placements are deliberate & functional, the designs are anciently symbolic & meaningful, and the prayers that accompany the batok evoke the company & blessings of ancestor spirits or anito. It is a task I have never taken lightly.
Maraming salamat to Jocelyn for her trust and wholesome soul and to my lovely wife @rebekahwilcken for stretching for me while I work. I could not have done this work without your strength. 🙏
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2017 was a great year! Thank you everyone for all the beautiful experiences, support, & love. 2018 will be even better! Many blessings! #2017bestnine
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Ancient Filipino Hand-Tapped Tattooing. Due to nearly 500 years of colonization, this practice has been largely exterminated in the Philippines. @lanewilcken is one of the few mambabatoks today who’s keeping this tradition alive.
Special thanks @filipinokitchen
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2018 ain’t ready for this biiiiiiii. These past few days I’ve been sick in bed gave me the chance to reflect back in this year and look forward to the next. I learned so much more about myself and who I am. I’m becoming more conscious about the work I am going to produce, not creating for myself, but creating for the empowerment of others and to shed a light and address certain issues through my content. I always feel like I have so much I want to convey and educate and the best way I could possibly do that is through what I do best, photography. I am excited to bring new meaning behind my work and to continue learning and sharing these ideas with the likeminded individuals I am honored to be working with next. I have been blessed with so much knowledge, wisdom, and guidance this year I just want to continue passing it on. This whole process of receiving my batok from the discovery, to the tattooing, and the morning after has truly been the most awakening moments of my life. I’ve never had so much love and appreciation for not only my body, but for my life, and the people I’m surrounded with. I cannot express how fulfilled I feel, but hopefully those feelings will be conveyed through my work 😉 Gon make my ancestors proud. #awakenedfilipina #handtappedtattoo #igorotak #ancestorsremembered #decolonizeyourbody #forgottenchildrenofmaui #kataolivingtraditions #filipinotattoosancienttomodern #indigenousink

A special time with the Ladislao family beginning @ladislaoraina's batok in honor of her ancestors. I'm so grateful to work with such good uplifting people who loves there family enough to adorn their bodies with these constant reminders of the connection between this world and the next. Thank you for welcoming me into your home, sharing your warm hospitality and friendship! Maligayang Pasko! ->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->-
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This portrait of Apo Whang-od by David Tercias is hauntingly beautiful & captures the mixed blessing her publicity has brought to Buscalan & the continuation of cultural tattooing (batok). Tourism has generated a huge influx of income to the small village she lives in, but at the same time Western tattoo expectations have been imposed upon her and the grand nieces she is training. Many iKalinga have expressed to me that although technical skill to perform the tattoos has been passed on, the deeper meanings and ritual aspects are no longer understood or practiced. I've seen many Instagram posts of people who have visited Buscalan coming away with designs they know nearly nothing about. "I got a spear, compass, the wanderer, a protection design." IGNORANCE. Tourists have turned a cultural treasure and ancient tradition into a tattoo factory, using their tattoos from Whang-od for pogi-points to brag to their friends. People line up for days to get 3 dots from Whang-od to brag how they were tattooed by the legend! I've said it once and I'll say it again, treat this Mambabatok Apo Whang-od as the cultural & spiritual expert she is. Truly honor her and respect the sacred tattoos that once clothed all our ancestors. End of my rant...
*To see the original portrait by David Tercia's, visit his Deviant art page. https://soulofdavid.deviantart.com/art/Whang-Od-564699966
*Drawing of a broken Whang-od by @johnrheldavid.
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