Up in the rice terraces of the Cordillera mountain range of the Philippines live the last few tattooed women of Kalinga. Traditional tattooing is seen as archaic and painful by the younger generations of Kalingas. As an Indigenous group that has successfully fought against colonizing forces, it is losing the practice of traditional tattooing because of the changing perspective of beauty and interpretations of the practice by outside scholars.

Studies on the tradition interpreted the practice to show that men were given tattoos because of brave acts during tribal wars while the women were given tattoos just to decorate their bodies. Men who attempt to get traditional tattoos without acts of bravery are shunned by the community and are now unable to continue the practice without facing criminal charges from the government. Women are unconstrained by the same reasons but are struggling to continue the practice because of the pervasive western interpretations of aesthetics that changed the perceptions of “beauty” in Kalinga. To the women of Kalinga, the batok or the tattoo goes beyond beauty and prestige but it is symbolic of the traditional values of women’s strength and fortitude.

The traditional tattoo is an indigenous body art, an expression of the psychological dimensions of life, health, love and it defines local perceptions of existence. Sadly there is now a decline of the traditional art among indigenous women brought about by the changing perspective of the meaning of the tattoo and its stigmatized practice. It is now considered a vanishing art along with the gatekeepers of the knowledge associated with it.

The Last Tattooed Women of Kalinga by Jake Verzosa. Jake Verzosa is a freelance photographer based in Manila.

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“The Ride” by Rodolphe Guenoden



Hands down one of my favorite short comics

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赵国经 王美芳 - 《金陵十二钗》

"Jinling’s Twelve Beauties" by Zhao Guojing & Wang Meifang

*妙玉 Miaoyu   林黛玉 Lin Daiyu   薛宝钗 Xue Baochai   秦可卿 Qin Keqing   史湘云 Shi Xiangyun   元春 Jia Yuanchun  

探春 Jia Tanchun   迎春 Jia Yingchun   惜春 Jia Xichun   李纨 Li Wan   巧姐 Jia Qiaojie   王熙凤 Wang Xifeng

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沈铨 - 五伦全图

by Shen Quan (Qing Dynasty)

* Wǔlún (TC: 五倫; SC: 五伦) is the five human relationships from Confucianism: 君臣 monarch - subject、父子 father - son、夫婦 husband - wife、長幼 elder - young (or 兄弟 brother-brother)、朋友 friend - friend. 

In a number of Chinese paintings, phoenix represents majesty; red-crowned cranes represent “father - son”;  mandarin ducks represent “husband - wife”; white wagtails represent brotherhood; black-naped orioles represent friendship. 

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Papercut art by ユリ

Permission was granted by the original artist to use these images.

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Jiha Moon

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Works featured in this photomontage:

1)Tongue (Love, Love, Love), 2011. Ink and Acrylic with mixed media on Hanji

2)No Peach Heaven.Ink and acrylic on hanji paper 2008

3)Alexander’s bands.Ink and acrylic on hanji paper over panel, 2008 

4)Mystery Myo, Ink and Acrylic on Hanji Paper, 2010

5)Lichtenstein’s Peach.Ink and acrylic on hanji paper over panel, 2008

I love how Moon is taking some iconic motifs of Korean traditional art and really making them pop with such vivid colours. I also love that a large component of work uses a traditional mediums such as Hanji paper(aka Mulberry) but with a totally contemporary subject matter. This photomontage seemed to draw mostly from the fan shaped paintings, another traditional format but with contemporary content, but I personally enjoy her playful take on the typical buddhist sutra work. Cause the paper has got that cool old oxidised look but hold up Snow White’s here.

Procession-You Are On Your Way, 2010
Three color Litho and colle on Mulberry paper

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Gerhard Richter, Museum Visit (overpainted photographs)

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sollertias: Preparing for the Matinee by Edmund Charles Tarbell, 1907 (detail)

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*Mom sees sketch*

*awkward silence*

Mom: Naked?

Me: So?

*awkward silence*


The Bath and The Kiss, Mary Cassatt, 1891

Influence of Japanese woodblock prints, revolutionary in Western art for her time, are seen in the use of negative space, outlining, lack of depth/shadow, patterns, and cropping.

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Beautiful bird pop-up cards from the Tobidustry Series - Illustrations by Atsuko Yukawa.

see all Tobidustry Series —> uguisustore

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