pinoy tattoo

Guess who's getting a tattoo in a couple of weeks!

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The 8 rays for the 8 provinces that rebelled against Spain: Batangas, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Manila, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, and Tarlac; 3 stars for Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

This isn’t what it’ll look like; my artist is fuckin amazing(= CAN’T WAIT.

anonymous asked:

Hi. I'm writing a story about a character who is a tattoo artist and was wondering if you could direct me to any resources about tattoos: their history, the art of tattooing. Anything along those lines. Thank you.

What’s the time period? What’s the setting? These are very important questions as the history and art of tattoos heavily rely on both of them. Thus, most of the links I can give are going to be very generalized, though I might focus a bit more on the history of tattoos in the Philippines… mainly because I’m in the middle of researching about that country. Please note that the “Iceman” mentioned in several articles below is not the oldest example of human tattooing. Also note that Captain James Cook did not bring tattoos to the West. The articles remain linked mainly for the other facts.



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I’m really sorry for taking so long. I hope that helps!

I’m a grad student, Cali’ living. My grandparents are originally from Aklan but they moved to the Manila area as adults, so my mom and her siblings grew up speaking Tagalog, but understanding Aklanon. 

I’ve always been proud to be Filipino. (I got “pinoy” tattooed on my right forearm for my 16th birthday). But I’ve been able to explore my Filipino heritage even more as an adult. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to travel to the Philippines multiple times in the past few years to visit family. I love it there. It’s like a second home. I’ve also been self-studying Tagalog. Maybe Aklanon in the future. 

What’s my identity? Here’s a few. I’m a Filipino man. I’m a black man. I’m a mixed man. I’m a gay man. I’m all of those individually and at the same time. 

Not gonna lie. I used to get jealous of half black/half Filipino who looked noticeably “phenotypically” Filipino. Whatever that means. Because I felt like I was being denied my heritage based on the way I looked. Black folks saw me as black, but Filipinos didn’t always see me as Filipino. I’m good now though. Me being Filipino is a fact. Not something up for debate.

Special shout out to my half black half Filipino people. We’re still pin@y no matter what anybody says. It’s in our blood.