Tapping Ink, Tattooing Identities
|Dimension||7 x 10, 1320g|
“Tapping Ink, Tattooing Identities is a unique account of contemporary and past tattooing practices among the Kalinga people in Northern Luzon. Based on long-term and in-depth fieldwork, the author documents traditional tattooing practices and designs and explores the origins and meanings of designs. However, this book also takes into account the contemporary relevance of tattooing as an aspect of asserting identity as well as a practice that draws tourists into the region. As such, the author demonstrates comprehensively that the tattooing practices of the Kalinga have both a long history as well as a hopefully vibrant future.
Salvador-Amores’s fieldwork and analysis builds sensitively on the strong social relations she managed to build up in the course of her research most notably with the extraordinary tattooing expert Whang-ud whose own life story is woven through the book.”
Analyn “Ikin” Salvador-Amores was born to Ilocano parents and raised in Baguio City. She recalls her fascination as a child with the tattooed old women who sold their produce at the old Baguio market. Years later, as an aspiring graduate student of Anthropology at the University of the Philippines, her interest in traditional tattoos was once again piqued when she met an old Bontoc woman selling red mountain rice. This chance encounter inspired her to conduct research and document traditional tattoos and other body adornments in Kalinga and other parts of the Cordillera.
In 2006, Ikin was selected as an International Fellow of the Ford Foundation and this enabled her to pursue graduate studies at the University of Oxford, UK. Ikin entered the master’s program in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at the University of Oxford and wrote on tattoos in colonial photographs of the Igorots for her thesis. After earning her MPhil in 2008, she pursued her doctorate in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the same institution. This time, she wrote about what was closest to her heart, studying Kalinga’s traditional tattoos as markers of identity from the indigenous to diasporic in contemporary Kalinga society. This book, her first, is based on her dissertation.
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