Foster Visuals

The Last Mambabatok

Apo Whang-Od is considered the world's last Mambabatok (hand-tap tattoo artist) from her generation. At the estimated age of 99, she is now passing the tattooing tradition to a new generation in her tribe including her grand-niece Grace.

The tradition of this style of tattoo started as a symbol of pride for warriors and a marking of beauty for females in the Butbut tribe and has now taken a unique turn in their village, Kalinga, situated remotely in the mountains of the Luzon province in The Philippines.

Credits:

Director/Cinematographer/Editor: Brent Foster
Cinematography: Pawel Dwulit and Preston Kanak
Producer: Tammy Foster
Opening Title/Credit Sequences: Reactiv
Sound Design: Defacto Sound
Fixer: Guill Ramos
Driver: Rodney Ramos
Subtitles: Erica Mills
Music: Marmoset
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