Artist: JENGGOY TAMAYO JURANE
Title: The legend
Medium: Oil painting
Dimension: 36 x 48 inches
Year Created: 2021
Whang-od Oggay, also known as Maria Oggay, is a Filipino tattoo artist from Buscalan, Tinglayan, Kalinga, Philippines. She is often described as the “last” and oldest mambabatok and is part of the Butbut people of the larger Kalinga ethnic group. Whang-Od is the only living traditional tattoo master in Kalinga with the honorable title of Mambabatok.
She started practicing the art of the pagbabatok or the traditional tattoo as a young girl and was said to have tattooed the most number of warriors and headhunters in their tribe.
Apo Whang Od is not only the oldest tattoo artist in the world. She was also the first woman to become a tattoo artist in her tribe known as But-but Tribe. She is 103 years old now, still leaving an ink legacy in the skin of many locals and tourists.