Sleeves of stories. Figures of different animals, symbolisms of the nature around them, all embeded in a body showing a living art.
Buscalan - a small village in the quiet town of Tinglayan is home to a culture slowly becoming a mainstream travel destination. The art of handtap tattoos is a common practice among the people of the Cordilleras, particulartly the Butbut Tribe. For men, one has to kill an enemy to earn their mark. But for women, its more of aethetic value. The more tattoos, the pretteir you are, that’s according to my guide when I first visited the village 5 years ago. That was before the influx of many visitors on a weekend. Much has changed, their village, their lifestyle, but the tradition lives on. Earlier this year, I went back to the village just to take photographs of locals, and get my second set of tattoos.
Here’s a portrait of Whang Nan Palicas, 78 years old. She is among the remaining old women showcasing a full-tattooed sleeve.