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Pre colonial artform - Philippine Tattoo


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  • 1. Serrano, Lhean Angelique P. 4IND1 ARTHIST
  • 2. Over 5,000 years ago The history of traditional tattooing began and diverse as the people who wear them. Philippine Tattoo Culture
  • 3. March 17, 1521 Ferdinand Magellan When Ferdinand Magellan and his men landed on the shores of Homonhon Island, “pintados”Natives were called “pintados”, meaning “painted people”. The first natives wore tattoos and Magellan mistakenly thought the designs were painted on.
  • 4. Originated from the polynesian term (tah-tah-oo or tah-taw) “ to mark or strike”, “doing what is right or correct” The interpretations of the sound of the tapping of the tattooing tools as the ink is pushed into the skin. And made its way into the European languages as the word
  • 5. Extension of a man’s loincloth or a woman’s skirt. “ nobility and bravery ” “ Manfatek ” “ Manbatek ” “ Mambabatok ” “ Bumafatek ” “ Manfattong ” tribal form of rankaccomplishments magical qualities
  • 6. Tattoo : Artists would be paid in advance with livestock, heirloom beads or coined silver, etc a comb of needles set at a right angle to the length of an L-shaped stick. Tattoo : Equipments An Adze-like tool was made of wood or carabao horn ( Philippine water buffalo) with needles made of iron, steel, brass, bamboo or thorns of the orange tree lashed to the tool. Tattooing needles of the Pacific Islands were usually made from the bones of fishes, birds and small animals. The needles were razor sharp and capable of executing very precise lines and designs.
  • 7. They are the people who live in the mountainous areas of Benguet, Ifugao, Mounatin Province and Kalinga-Apayao. "Chaklag" “Pongo” “Fatek” Tattooed chest of the headhunter / headtaker The tattooed arms of men and women Tattooed on the Hands of an old women
  • 8. “ Chaklag "
  • 9. “Pongo”
  • 10. “Fatek”
  • 11. FATEK is the word used to call the tattoo on the hands of the old women in Bontoc. It beautifies the body. Hand tattooing is a distinct Bontoc ‘body’ art. The practice has ended but the remnants of this art is still seen in the hands of an old women of Bontoc.
  • 13. It symbolized the movement of a young warrior to a higher level.
  • 14. The modern “tribal” tattoo now has come full of circle and is worn by the descendants of the very people who originally inspired the modern art. Due to its popularity, others have sought to emulate the trend by creating “tattoo flash” of these sacred designs. Tattoo flash is a drawn or printed copy of a tattoo design on paper, made stirctly to be sold. Often new tribal tattoos are stylized versions or copies of tattoos used by indigenous people.