For most people tattoos are a form of personal expression- the art is as old as religion itself. What’s unique about Buscalan’s Traditional Pagbabatok is that the process of getting the tattoo was more important than the actual resulting image. Every prick is a hit in your roots, some form of cultural pride and identity you can carry as your skin turns into a living cultural canvas. Because at this day and age when everything is easy and instant, you discover that there are still the “ways of the old” and that part of you is happy that you carry it along in your body.
Buscalan Village, Tinglayan, Kalinga