I am not a #manbatok, traditional #handtap practitioner, nor am I a #tattoo artist. I support, promote and advocate empowerment for my tattoo tradition. The tradition of our #Anitos, ancestors, to be seen with clear eyes, clear hearts, and their voices heard. Our marks are meant to be seen and those voices read. They are powerful and tangible representations of our ancestors and how we are shaped by them each and every day. This is not merely art. To receive one is a gift and the opportunity to learn, grow and participate in the process is a blessing. I’m just a paddler on the journey home. #batok #batek #tatak #filipinotattoos

Two years ago I met #kapwatid @playkill who I convinced to gift me this piece we called “everyone’s Lola” “everyone’s Apo” done on a Balikbayan box. It’s a repost from 80 weeks ago but never gets old to look at. It’s one of my cherished pieces. It’s Apo Whang-Od, the legendary #whangod #manbatok of the Kalinga. #batok #batek #tatak #handtap #handtaptattoo


Day 3 of my June 30 day ab challenge. The dreaded planks! We’ve got the standard plank; plank with one leg up; and plank with a hand tap. Do each for 30 seconds with a 10 second break in between if you need it, repeat three times. Total work time should be 6 minutes (excluding breaks).

How to do a plank: lay on your front and set your arms up so that your elbows are under your shoulders at 90 degrees. Push your hips off the ground, pushing through your feet. Make sure to engage your core by squeezing your glutes tight, sucking in your belly button and no sagging hips or bums up in the air.

HOT TIP: Focus on your breathing.
#cruxtraining #abchallenge #spartan30 #planks #fitness #getfit #brisbanefitness #sideplank #handtap

Torches for the Afterlife: Women Tattoo Artists of Northern Borneo Article © 2006 Lars Krutak Tattoos were handtapped onto the fingers of Kayan women in various patterns. Black spikes running from the knuckles to mid-digits were a fairly common design. This motif, called song irang (“shoots of bamboo”), expresses a connection between plant life and fertility while the anthropomorphic (kalong kelunan) and animal designs (tingan, aso’) on the wrist and back of the hand represent protective spirits. Most Kayan tattooing ceased over 40 years ago, and I could find no living traditional artists on the Rejang River in 2002. This photo shows one of the last Kayan tattooists working in 1951. Photograph courtesy of the Sarawak Museum. The Kayan, Sihan, and Lahanan are three of the numerous ethnic groups of central Sarawak (Malaysian Borneo) living on or near the Rejang River. Together all of these tribes are called Orang Ulu or “upriver people,” and most of them tattooed. Unlike the


Bamboo comb in action. #batok #batek #handtap #tattoo #filipinotattoos