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With hundreds of ethnic groups and tribes scattered all over the country, it is no surprise that various art styles emerged, from traditional garments, wood sculpting, and even tattoo art!

The Kalinga Tribe's Tattooing

The Kalinga people from the northern mountains of the Philippines are a well-known indigenous tribe for the “native” spirit, relying on hunting and farming as their livelihood. However, they are most famous for their traditional tattooing style, known as Kalinga tattooing. 


For the Kalinga people, tattooing is a rite of passage, a symbol of strength and courage for men, and fertility and maturity for women. Kalinga Tattoo art is not only a beautiful art process but also an important cultural craft of the Philippines.