Get to know about Princess Tacatac, the youngest traditional tattoo artist in the country
PRINCESS TACATAC – The 13-year-old girl is being considered the youngest traditional tattoo artist in the Philippines.
The young artist hails from Buscalan, Kalinga in Mountain Province, the home of the legendary and world-renowned traditional Filipina tattoo artist, Apo Whang-od.
It was on June 10, 2018, when the Facebook page called Tabuk Kalinga first posted a photo of Princess, naming her as the youngest “mambabatok.”
She was only 9-years-old at the time but already a bonafide tattoo artist.
She was trained by no less than, Apo Whang-od herself.
The art of tattooing called “batok” in Kalinga uses indigenous materials such as thorns of a citrus tree placed on bamboo sticks while the ink came from a mixture of charcoal and water.
The thorn of the citrus tree is dipped in a mixture of charcoal and water, then pounded on the client’s body part. But some claimed that it was the artist themselves decide on the tattoo of the client.
Traditional tattooing became popular around the world thanks to Whang-od.
According to a post by netizen Carl Taawan on his Facebook on October 24, 2021, Princess Tacatac was with other young tattoo artists from Buscalan who participated in a tattoo event in Baguio City.
They shared their talent with those who wanted to get a tattoo through traditional Kalinga methods and designs as part of the Indigenous People’s Month celebration.
Princess and her colleagues received clients from October 23-25.
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