Whang-Od is dubbed as the Last Mambabatok. Hand Tap tattoo artist. She uses soot as ink and citrus thorn as needle. This practice has been done since the olden times. It was a scared tradition save for their tribal heroes. A mark for bravery.
This is one of the photos i took while waiting in line to be inked by the legendary Whang-Od.
Yes. It is painful. =)
*Aug 2014, Tinglayan, Kalinga