Added by Mirella Mudge
on July 17, 2014
Tatak Ng Apat Na Alon “Mark of the Four Waves” A contemporary tribe that is preserving the traditional tattoo culture of the Philippines which was vanishing …
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THESE ARE REAL FILIPINO TATTS. I see way too many Filipinos where I live
rocking Samoan/Hawaiian pretty much Poly tats and claiming it’s Filipino. I
try to explain to them it’s not but that Filipinos do actually have their
own tattoos that are awesome too and look somewhat the same! Nice work tho
I don’t know how to feel about this. I understand the preservation aspect.
After all these are peaceful(ish?) times. Those who want the tattoos has no
invading foes to fight. (Although if China decides to be an ass, that may
just change. But that’s for a different forum).I just wished they would
apply the ink old school style – with an orange thorn and ash. This way not
only the art is preserved, but also the process. The receiver can also
marvel at the knowledge thousands of brave men before him has shared his
I’m from the Bontoc tribe in the Mountain Province. Amang Red kinda looks
like he’s from a Bontoc descend (just assuming). Can you confirm if how
many, or any of you are from the Mountain Province?
wala bang free design jan? upper luzon tribe!
@nenabunena You dont need to lecture me man I studied Philippine history. I
even have pics of tattooed Mindanao tribal people. I know people get
tatooed at a specific age to signify manhood or acceptance in the tribe.
this is badass shit
@AusPhilOutsourcing let me know if you find any sources, im interested as
Love it, specially the wooden statues. Wish it had more air time. And an
easy and direct way to contact the founders of your group, not going
through your agents. Sadly, they seem to misinterpret me always, big time.
Anyways, more power, really em a big fun of your group here in PI. I’am
also really planning to learn how to tattoo next year, and would like to
specialized in our traditional tattoo. I also love visiting your website,
again, thank you for your time making the video. ingat!
part2: if u gave yourself these tattoos w/o the discipline & skill that our
forefathers had 2 endure 2 acquire such a privilege of marking urself, then
they lose their symbolic meaning & is relegated 2 nothing more than a
shallow decor. reviving old traditions means understanding & respecting the
context & meaning behind it, not use it as senseless decors. it’s like all
these foreigners tattoing themselves in some native tribal tattoo w/o
knowing/earning the privilege of said tattoo.
@nenabunena well no matter how we put it Pinoys are known for being brave
no matter what tribe or language. Still their sole purpose is to revive the
old tradition. I kind of agree and disagree. But since 99% of tattoos done
these days are to boost self esteem Its not really my business. If I did
get tribal tattoo I cant argue that I wasnt a Headhunter but just a
fascinated fan of it. PEACE
Philippines is composed of archipelago & islands….in every island
different tribes… every tribes has different design kuz it represent from
what tribe u belong? even same tribe has different category & style kuz it
depends on your status… let say if your a warrior u have diff. symbol
than a freeman or another.. & an even if ur both warriors still there’s a
difference kuz it depends how many u’ve killed. …. it’s up to u which
tribe u select & make the best research….
@JamesCarlos88 I think you have a wrong assumption here, it wasn’t only
headhunters who donned tattoos, many other filipino ethnic groups had
tattoos of their own, it wasn’t only the igorots or mountain tribes. Again,
an example was the Bisayan region who were called ‘the pintados’ by
spaniards when they 1st beheld them. presentation is also vital in
delivering a message & spirit of old traditions. tattooing also signified
discipline & a skill.
may tanong ako saan galing bayong Armor sa 0:23 ???
ok – 3 years ive beens earchign online for somethign like this – so, as a
foreigner where can i can go to see traditional true pre-colonial filipino
culture, art, tatoo and possibly get tatoo
Love it man! I love the camera angles (low angles on statues, moving
camera), editing (pacing is nice, it has a good flow, it’s tight and
doesn’t ramble), choice of music. The colors are vibrant, I like the stuff
you did in Motion. I love the “A Dale Kamp Short” on the leaf at the end.
(how’d you do that?) Very well done, man. I give it 5 stars.
Where can I find more and also correct information of the styles and
regions and meanings? do you have a website u could reccomend?
When we were first colonized, before we were called the Philippines, we
were called island of the painted people…tattoos and body art were and
integral part of the culture. It’s an art form, not a taboo. I will
probably get one of my arms done once I have found a design that is
meaningful to me and who I am. Thanks for posting.
The type of tattoo & position indicates not only which tribe but also the
value or the achievement a person has achieved. So you need to research
these different facets to suit what it is you wish. Also, be sure that it
is genuine Filipino tattoos, not tattoos stolen from polynesians like the
maoris. There is a short article that summarizes this on FMAPULSE & also a
good book on Filipino tattooing: “Filipino Tattoos Ancient to Modern” by
I want that tats
I love our tats. They’re like polynesian but have a distinctive flair.
I love that girls leg tattoo!!
Tattooing is characteristic of every Austronesian society, as well as head
hunting – of course one culture will give up 1 cultural trait if there was
an incentive. Ie. Most austronesians nowadays no longer practice tattooing,
& certainly not headhunting anymore. Even Taiwanese aboriginals had
tattooing traditions, it wasn’t limited to the Visayans. Ie. Tagalogs are
technically Visayans who moved to the north, just fyi
i know Visayans are the pintados but Tagalogs? since when did they practice
tattooing? i havent seen any Tagalog tribal tattoos
respect and honor the ancestors from p.i. to the states … i am 1 of 10 of
the original the mark of the four wavesman and proud to revive the art,
culture, tattoos & charisma of mamma philippines!! all is love
i think for better effect, those who are truly inspired by indigenous
filipino tatoos, should perhaps go to the gym or exercise a bit to better
show off their tats. did you know that in many filipino societies like the
tagalogs & visayans, though they had the open shirts to wear during
prehispanic times, they preferred being bare chested bec it showed of their
tats & muscled chest. it doesn’t have the same effect when guys have pot
bellies or are wiry thin, they don’t look like warriors
saludo! looking forward for more updates ffrom you.
LOL that’s awesome man. That’s the best way to learn, is just keep using it!
I’m Filippino and proud!
Good job fellas..
What site can I go to, to get ideas and meanings for ah Filipino tattoo?
@JamesCarlos88 true but i think these guys above were going after the
‘warrior effect’ – the pintados known in the bisayan region
Wow this was considered as taboo in the Hispanic era, the conquistador?
This is a great presentation including the tribal music.
Those were some epic tattoo’s.
for art’s sake,yeah sure those patterns looks nice. but to us these tattoos
are really sacred!
very nice:) where can i find this map from 0:46min.?
Google Tatak Ng Apat Na Alon
you guys are the best please spread! we still have this spanish mentality
that tattoo is bad!
What is the music?
Gonna post this.