Whang Od, the 92-year old Tattoo Artist

Collection with 34 media items created by Joan Planas

Philippines 11 Oct 2013 16:53

Whang Od is 92 years old and she is the last Kalinga tattoo maker, an ancient tradition used as a skin natural language transmitted from generation to generation that is in danger of disappearing when she dies.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
24 Sep 2013

Whang Od, age 92, is crouching while she makes a tattoo to a tourist in front of her house in Buscalan (December 2012). At her age she has a great view and flexibility.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
05 Dec 2012

Tourists are resting in front of the house of Whang Od before getting a tattoo (December 2012). The tourists who pass by Buscalan are offered lodging and food at Whang Od’s modest two-story house.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
05 Dec 2012

An Israeli tourist takes a picture of some children from the house of Whang Od (December 2012). Whang Od's family has hung a sign on their house door as an indication for lost tourists and she provides them with food and lodging.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
05 Dec 2012

Whang Od is sitting outside her home before making a tattoo (December 2012). Many tourists arrive to Buscalan to become one of the tattoos of this ancient culture.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
06 Dec 2012

Whang Od prepares the mix to make the tattoo (December 2012). Her working material is a coconut bowl to mix water, charcoal and the sweet potato that will provide texture to the mix. She also uses a Philippine lime and a nail made out of a thorn joined to a bamboo stick.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
05 Dec 2012

Whang Od is crouching in her kitchen preparing dinner for some tourists (December 2012). She is 92 years old but has great flexibility.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
06 Dec 2012

Whang Od shows the tattoos on her arms (December 2012). Within the tribal tattoo culture symbolizes the feminine beauty and male courage.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
24 Sep 2013

An Israeli tourist shows his new tattoo made by Whang Od (December 2012). She has left him choose the design from one of the tattoos on her arms.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
06 Dec 2012

It is dawning on Bucalan (December 2012). Buscalan is a hidden village in a mountain of the Luzon island.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
23 Sep 2013

Whang Od, age 92, rests at home after making a tattoo (December 2012). Her fingers are stained by mixing charcoal, water and sweet potato used for tattooing.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
05 Dec 2012

The countryside around the village of Whang Od (December 2012). The Kalinga valleys and irrigated rice plantations are spectacular.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
05 Dec 2012

Burial in Kalinga of a tuberculosis patient in a village near Buscalan. (December, 2012). For three days the body stays at home because they feel that, in their culture, the person is still alive, and thus the villagers or other neighboring villages have the opportunity to say their last words to the deceased. Some visitors come to the village after killing an animal to give as a gift to the family. The burial is a party, drinking gin and the women prepare food, and it’s rude not to try a bite. After the funeral, as Christians who are buried, the body is put in the hole that the villagers have dug using a wooden paddle.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
05 Dec 2012

Whang Od, age 92, rests at home after making a tattoo (December 2012). Her fingers are stained by mixing charcoal, water and sweet potato used for tattooing.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
04 Dec 2012

Daily Life of Buscalan (December, 2012). Buscalan is a hidden village in a mountain of the Luzon island and the only way to arrive to this town of the Kalinga province is walking an hour through treacherous tracks.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
05 Dec 2012

Tourists are resting in Whang Od's house (December 2012). The tourists who pass by Buscalan are offered lodging and food at Whang Od’s modest two-story house.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
04 Dec 2012

In Jeepney in route to Whang Od's vilage (December, 2012). To get there you have to go by Jeepney, the typical transport of the Philippines.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
04 Dec 2012

In Jeepney in route to Whang Od's vilage (December, 2012). To get there you have to go by Jeepney, the typical transport of the Philippines.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
04 Dec 2012

In Jeepney in route to Whang Od's vilage (December, 2012). To get there you have to go by Jeepney, the typical transport of the Philippines.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
04 Dec 2012

In Jeepney in route to Whang Od's vilage (December, 2012). To get there you have to go by Jeepney, the typical transport of the Philippines.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
05 Dec 2012

Daily Life of Buscalan (December, 2012). Buscalan is a hidden village in a mountain of the Luzon island and the only way to arrive to this town of the Kalinga province is walking an hour through treacherous tracks.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
05 Dec 2012

Whang Od is feeding her pigs (December, 2012). With the money she earns doing tattoos Whang Od can buy more pigs and chickens.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
05 Dec 2012

The countryside around the village of Whang Od (December 2012). The Kalinga valleys and irrigated rice plantations are spectacular.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
05 Dec 2012

Burial in Kalinga of a tuberculosis patient in a village near Buscalan. (December, 2012). For three days the body stays at home because they feel that, in their culture, the person is still alive, and thus the villagers or other neighboring villages have the opportunity to say their last words to the deceased. Some visitors come to the village after killing an animal to give as a gift to the family. The burial is a party, drinking gin and the women prepare food, and it’s rude not to try a bite. After the funeral, as Christians who are buried, the body is put in the hole that the villagers have dug using a wooden paddle.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
05 Dec 2012

Burial in Kalinga of a tuberculosis patient in a village near Buscalan. (December, 2013). For three days the body stays at home because they feel that, in their culture, the person is still alive, and thus the villagers or other neighboring villages have the opportunity to say their last words to the deceased. Some visitors come to the village after killing an animal to give as a gift to the family. The burial is a party, drinking gin and the women prepare food, and it’s rude not to try a bite. After the funeral, as Christians who are buried, the body is put in the hole that the villagers have dug using a wooden paddle.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
05 Dec 2012

Daily Life of Buscalan (December, 2012). Buscalan is a hidden village in a mountain of the Luzon island and the only way to arrive to this town of the Kalinga province is walking an hour through treacherous tracks.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
28 Feb 2014

Burial in Kalinga of a tuberculosis patient in a village near Buscalan. (December, 2012). For three days the body stays at home because they feel that, in their culture, the person is still alive, and thus the villagers or other neighboring villages have the opportunity to say their last words to the deceased. Some visitors come to the village after killing an animal to give as a gift to the family. The burial is a party, drinking gin and the women prepare food, and it’s rude not to try a bite. After the funeral, as Christians who are buried, the body is put in the hole that the villagers have dug using a wooden paddle.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
05 Dec 2012

Daily Life of Buscalan (December, 2012). Buscalan is a hidden village in a mountain of the Luzon island and the only way to arrive to this town of the Kalinga province is walking an hour through treacherous tracks.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
05 Dec 2012

Daily Life of Buscalan (December, 2012). Buscalan is a hidden village in a mountain of the Luzon island and the only way to arrive to this town of the Kalinga province is walking an hour through treacherous tracks.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
04 Dec 2012

In Jeepney in route to Whang Od's vilage (December, 2012). To get there you have to go by Jeepney, the typical transport of the Philippines.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
04 Dec 2012

The countryside around the village of Whang Od (December 2012). The Kalinga valleys and irrigated rice plantations are spectacular.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
04 Dec 2012

In Jeepney in route to Whang Od's vilage (December, 2012). To get there you have to go by Jeepney, the typical transport of the Philippines.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
04 Dec 2012

In Jeepney in route to Whang Od's vilage (December, 2012). To get there you have to go by Jeepney, the typical transport of the Philippines.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
05 Dec 2012

Burial in Kalinga of a tuberculosis patient in a village near Buscalan. (December, 2012). For three days the body stays at home because they feel that, in their culture, the person is still alive, and thus the villagers or other neighboring villages have the opportunity to say their last words to the deceased. Some visitors come to the village after killing an animal to give as a gift to the family. The burial is a party, drinking gin and the women prepare food, and it’s rude not to try a bite. After the funeral, as Christians who are buried, the body is put in the hole that the villagers have dug using a wooden paddle.