The Oldest Tattoo Artist of Kalinga

Weekly Vlog 002: Meeting Apo Whang Od

This is part 2 of our Kalinga weekly vlog series and it’s all about meeting the legendary Apo Whang Od, dubbed as the last mambabatok of Kalinga. Because of her, the traditionalย batok is alive up to this day. After our top load experience, we started our two hour hike going to Buscalan Village.

Climbing down Buscalan Cliff

The hike was both memorable and perilous because we need to brave a ravine called the Buscalan Cliff and climb thousand flight of stairs going up to the village which is estimated at around 1,500 feet. Tired from arduous long travel, we felt rewarded from the amazing scenery of the place.

Apo Whang Od

Our exhaustion was even more eliminated when we met Apo Whang Od herself and received their well-known traditional tattoo. Here’s our video about this experience:

For more details, check out our travel story here:ย https://blaineislost.com/2017/05/11/meeting-apo-whang-od/

If you want to visit this beautiful place, you can also check our travel guide here:ย https://blaineislost.com/2017/05/15/travel-guide-to-buscalan-village/

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38 thoughts on “The Oldest Tattoo Artist of Kalinga

  1. What an amazing experience. Congrats!

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  2. This sounds like an amazing experience as well as adventure to meet Apo Whang Od. It really would be an awarding experience to receive the traditional tattoo from her. Thanks for sharing the video and your experience.

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    1. Thank you for giving the time of reading and watching the video ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. You had quite an amazing adventure. That hike looks perilous but you must be glad to have braved it. I am not a fan of tattoos but sure love hiking and adventurous travel.

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    1. Yes the trail is really dangerous but it’s worth it ๐Ÿ˜€

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  4. I heard and read many stories about this old lady and I am curious. I wish to meet her.
    It will be very soon because I heard she will be joining October’s Manila FAME.

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    1. Wow that would be amazing if Apo will visit the metro ๐Ÿ™‚ I will go and attend that event ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Looks like it was quite an experience out there. I have known a few good tattoo artists. This is so cool.

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    1. She’sa traditional artist and her craft is unique unlike the modern tattoos today

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  6. That is an amazing experience and well worth it. I can not imagine having to climb a thousand stairs that is crazy.

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    1. Truly crazy! Haha! It’s all part of the trail and its rewarding once you reached the top!

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  7. Meeting someone who is great at what they do is always a nice treat. This sounds like it was quite a memorable experience.

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    1. Truly memorable, I feel humbled to have my first tattoo done by the last Kalingan tattoo artist ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Your blog has such a cool vibe. I love your style and layout! And omg, that tattoo must have been such an amazing experience!

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    1. Thank you so much Nicole! Yes! A tattoo worth a lifetime ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. wow, what an experience. Congrats on your tattoo and your great journey.

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    1. Thanks! It was indeed a memorable one!

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  10. A very interesting post. I am not a big fan of tattoo, but your journey is awesome. Thanks for sharing.
    XOXO //SINCERELY OPHELIA | NYC Petite Fashion Blogger

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    1. Thanks for reading Ophelia ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. Congrats kabayan on getting a tattoo from her. Not a lot of people can get tattooed by her nowadays because she’s too old. Is she a National artist yet?

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    1. Not yet, but their working on another title which is the same level of National Artist ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Claudia Krusch July 7, 2017 — 10:59 am

    This would be such an amazing experience. I bet you were sore the next day from the hike. All those stairs I would never want to see a set of stairs again.

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    1. Good thing I am into physical fitness and I sore a little on the next day. The only problem that I have was the pain in my newly inked tattoo haha. I can’t lie on my back on the first night haha

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  13. Oh wow, this would be an interesting hike. That is so neat that you got a tattoo from that woman.

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    1. That tattoo is really painful yet rewarding! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  14. I think I remember seeing her and/or hearing her mentioned on one of the tattoo shows I watch. It must be pretty cool to get a tattoo from her.

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    1. I think you saw her in Discovery Channel on a show by Lars Krutak the Tattoo hunter ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. So many stairs but what an amazing sounding experience! She sounds like an amazing person to meet!

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    1. Yes she is! in fact, at her age of 100, she’s so full of strength and enthusiasm.

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  16. Such an interesting post. I have always been fascinated with tatoo! xx corinne

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    1. Me too! Tattoos are interesting and it somehow defines a certain person. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  17. karmicallyscripted July 7, 2017 — 5:05 am

    What a memorable experience. Is this a place you want to go back to? I would never want to leave. Well, 1000 stairs is a bit much but totally worth it.

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    1. I will never get tired of seeing those ladder-like terraces, blue skies and lush greenery. This place is such a paradise ๐Ÿ™‚

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  18. Oh wow what an amazing sounding experience, I bet it was a real honour to get to meet such an amazing lady as well.

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    1. Yes, she’s a living legend in our country. It was nice to know her history and their people.

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  19. Wow, 1000 stairs? Glad you were able to make it up and meet her. How amazing.

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    1. Haha it’s a test of physical fitness haha

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