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[OPINION] Getting judged for my tattoos, and the issue of taboos in 2020

Jan 11, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'Getting judged for my tattoos wasn’t as bad or as traumatic as that of folks discriminated against for their gender or disability. But perhaps there’s that common feeling, the feeling of self-denial.'

'The Girl Who Lived Twice:' Final 'Girl With Dragon Tattoo' novel hits shelves

Aug 28, 2019 - 5:08 PM

Antiheroine Lisbeth Salander returns for the last time as Stieg Larsson's 'Millennium' crime saga comes to a close

Skin in the game: Hong Kong protesters get inked

Aug 24, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Hong Kong's tattoo community has banded together tightly over Hong Kong's protests. 'Art is power, to spread an idea or to touch people or to inspire people,' says a tattoo artist

This photo taken on August 21, 2019 shows tattoo artist Iris Lam tattooing a Bauhinia flower, the emblem of Hong Kong, on her client 'C' at Gazelle Tattoo studio in Hong Kong. From umbrellas and calligraphy in Chinese, to gas masks and helmets, people are getting their bodies inked as a sign of solidarity with a protest movement which is challenging the city's government and its Beijing-backers. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

How easy is it to get a tattoo removed?

Apr 16, 2019 - 2:16 PM

Tattoo removal is a common procedure, but will all traces of the tattoo be gone after the process?

TATTOO REMOVAL. Once you get a tattoo, how easy will it be to remove it?

The week in photos: March 16-22, 2019

Mar 23, 2019 - 2:36 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

PARADE READY. Nudists stand in front of a cafe before the start of the Nude Love Parade in San Francisco, California on March 17, 2019. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Carpio: Protest China’s ‘rescue center’ in West Philippine Sea | Midday wRap

Feb 01, 2019 - 12:48 PM

Watch the midday wRap with Chito de la Vega

Ariana Grande's '7 rings' tattoo actually reads 'small charcoal grill'

Jan 31, 2019 - 8:24 AM

...but she seems cool with it?

7 RINGS? More like 'small charcoal grill,' actually. Image from Ariana Grande's Twitter account

Curious Wiji’s magic touch

Oct 31, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Wiji Lacsamana is not your regular tattoo artist

WIJI IN WONDERLAND. The tattoo artist's studio is filled with all kinds of knick-knacks that represent her various interests. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Dutdutan Tattoo Festival 2018

Sep 22, 2018 - 8:13 PM

The annual tattoo festival is on its 18th year

DUTDUTAN 2018. The annual tattoo festival sees local and foreign inkers coming together. All photos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Whang-od awarded 'Dangal ng Haraya'

Jun 26, 2018 - 5:21 PM

Whang-od Oggay of Buscalan finally receives an award for preserving and celebrating the traditional art of tattooing

LIVING LEGEND. Whang-od Oggay of Buscalan finally receives an award for preserving and celebrating the traditional art of tattooing. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Whang-od to receive Dangal ng Haraya award

Jun 12, 2018 - 9:04 AM

Whang-od will be conferred the award in Kalinga on June 25

CULTURAL HERITAGE. Whang-od Oggay of Buscalan village will finally receive an award for spreading the traditional art of tattooing. Rappler file photo

Wanda Teo resigns, Duterte on Dengvaxia, Avengers cast get tattoos | Evening wRap

May 08, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Año: No-tattoo rule protects cops' image as 'role models'

Apr 04, 2018 - 12:37 PM

'We want our police to look dignified, wearing proper uniform, and with no tattoos,' says DILG Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año

DILG OIC. DILG Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año, former military chief, joins other security officials in opposing proposals to lift the no-tattoo requirement for aspiring cops.  File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Zuckerberg on Facebook, Lorenzana and Dela Rosa on tattoos, Pacquiao to fight Matthysse | Midday wRap

Apr 03, 2018 - 11:44 AM

Watch the midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

Tattoos make cops, soldiers look like gangsters, criminals – DND, PNP chiefs

Apr 02, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and top cop Ronald dela Rosa reject a congressman's proposal to scrap the no-tattoo policy of the DND and the PNP

NO INK ALLOWED. Police stand in formation during an inspection and accounting of personnel by the regional police chief at the police district of Manila. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Toronto Raptors ambassador Drake wears LeBron’s jersey, gets Curry and Durant tattoos

Jan 10, 2018 - 6:18 PM

It’s an open secret that Drake is one of the most bandwagon sports fans ever highlighted by the media

BANDWAGON? Drake cheers from his court side seat during the first half of an NBA game between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. man's tattoo leaves doctors with life-or-death dilemma

Dec 02, 2017 - 12:14 PM

Consultants advise the doctors to honor the tattoo that says 'Do Not Resuscitate,' suggesting 'it was most reasonable to infer that the tattoo expressed an authentic preference'

REQUEST. A photo of the patient’s tattoo entered into the medical record to document his perceived end-of-life wishes. Photo from the website of The New England Journal of Medicine

Whang-od as a brand name

Oct 25, 2017 - 2:49 PM

'We can celebrate Apo Whang-od and her craft in a most honorable and respectable way, but not in a circus such as what we all have witnessed', a UP social anthropologist who studied Kalinga tattoos weighs in on the issue

Whang-od's family urges public: 'Stop the negativity'

Oct 24, 2017 - 11:40 AM

'Ang masasabi ko lang, sana nandoon sila sa event para alam nila. Hindi tayo sana mapanghusga,' says Grace Palicas, Apo Whang-od's grandniece

LEGEND. Kalinga tattoo artist Apo Whang Od Oggay went to Manila FAME from October 21 to 22. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Whang-od not 'exploited,' says Manila FAME organizers

Oct 23, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Manila FAME organizers fly in Kalinga tattoo artist Apo Whang Od to Manila to endorse her nomination to the National Living Treasure Awards

MANILA FAME. Filipino tattoo artist Apo Whang Od graced Manila Fame with her presence and did live tattoo sessions for two days. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler.

VIRAL: Was Whang-od exploited at Manila FAME?

Oct 22, 2017 - 2:57 PM

(UPDATED) For netizens, having the centenarian tattoo artist from Buscalan, Kalinga, work at the trade fair in Metro Manila is a blatant act of exploitation and commodification of her culture

WHANG OD IN MANILA. For the first time, Whang Od travels to Metro Manila after organizers of the Manila FAME flew her in for the three-day trade event. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Tattoo artist Whang-od meets Coco Martin

Oct 19, 2017 - 12:10 PM

The renowned tattoo artist from Kalinga finally meets one of her favorite actors

[Newspoint] Smoking guns of history

Sep 16, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Once he dodged Trillanes' challenge, Paolo Duterte, academic specialization notwithstanding, could not stop his secret tattoo going into the ledgers under the same column as Ferdinand Marcos' transplanted kidneys, and Joseph Estrada's unopened envelope

Robin Padilla claims dragon tattoo is reason he couldn't leave the country

Sep 12, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The actor says he is not afraid should the Senate ask him to appear at a hearing

Duterte shows rose tattoo amid calls to see Paolo's

Sep 09, 2017 - 8:36 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte does not confirm nor deny a claim by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV that the Philippine leader s son Paolo has the Chinese triad tattoo

DUTERTE'S TATTOO. President Rodrigo Duterte shows his tattoo as the public demands to see if his son Paolo has a 'triad' tattoo. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Trillanes, PNP, Andanar and Uson | Evening wRap

Sep 07, 2017 - 9:11 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

'The boy with the drogang tattoo': Netizens share Paolo Duterte memes

Sep 07, 2017 - 3:40 PM

Twitter users speculate over the alleged ink Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte has on his back

Trillanes: Is Paolo Duterte part of a Chinese organized crime group?

Sep 07, 2017 - 12:18 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV accuses the presidential son of being part of a triad as proven by the tattoo on his back

Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and President Duterte's son-in-law Atty. Mans Carpio attend thr Senate hearing on the P6.4B BOC shabu smuggling on September 7, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Dutdutan Tattoo Festival 2017

Sep 03, 2017 - 12:03 AM

The biggest tattoo event in the country was held on September 1 and 2 in Pasay

Photo by Ben Nabong

Top women tattoo artists you should seek out at Dutdutan Festival 2017

Sep 01, 2017 - 11:30 AM

From sweet little flowers to big sailor style pieces these female artists prove that women can do anything – especially when it comes to ink

INKED. These retro forearm pieces by Minnehaha Calleja is just a sample of what women artists are tattooing on clients these days. Photo from

'Dragon Tattoo' star Michael Nyqvist dead at 56

Jun 28, 2017 - 3:19 PM

Michael s manager says he died after battling lung cancer

This file picture taken on January 4, 2017 shows Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist in Stockholm.    Nyqvist died on June 27, 2017, his family said to TT News Agency. He was most recognized internationally for his role in the acclaimed Millennium series as Mikael Blomkvist. / AFP PHOTO / TT News Agency / Henrik MONTGOMERY / Sweden OUT

Berita selebriti hari ini: Rabu, 28 Juni 2017

Jun 28, 2017 - 9:58 AM

Rangkuman berita seputar selebriti dan dunia hiburan yang tidak boleh Anda lewatkan

LOOK: British boxer shows off epic Pacquiao-Marquez chest tattoo

Apr 15, 2017 - 6:40 PM

Robbie Barrett pays tribute to the Pacquiao Marquez rivalry with a tattoo that features his suggestively placed nipples

British boxer Robbie Barrett has a highly detailed tattoo of Manny Pacquiao fighting Juan Manuel Marquez, which features his nipples in a rather suggestive position. Photo from Twitter/@StefyBull

Berita selebriti hari ini: Selasa, 14 Maret 2017

Mar 14, 2017 - 9:25 AM

Rangkuman berita seputar selebriti dan dunia hiburan yang tidak boleh Anda lewatkan

Tom Hardy will get a Leonardo DiCaprio tattoo after losing bet

Dec 08, 2016 - 4:24 PM

Tom Hardy says he now has to get tattoo in Leonardo DiCaprio s sh tty handwriting because Leo s Oscars 2015 prediction was right

TOM HARDY. The British actor says he has to get a tattoo designed by Leonardo DiCaprio after losing a bet. File photos shows Tom arriving at the premiere of the film 'The Revenant' in London on January 14, 2016. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP Photo

Exploring Kalinga culture, tattoo artistry, tribal traditions

Jul 09, 2016 - 5:47 PM

Writer and researcher Donna Bramhall talks to Lasoy one of the few surviving members of her generation with compulsory Kalinga tattoos about what it means to be a Kalinga woman and her complex relationship with her skin art

Would you get tattooed using tribal methods? Indonesian tattooists revive tribal traditions

Jan 05, 2016 - 12:17 PM

In the past in tribal areas tattoos were applied with fish bones or long thorns

HAND-TAPPING. The traditional practice of hand-tapping tattoos is being revived in Indonesia. Photo from Durga Tattoo Facebook page

Indelible moments with Whang-od, a living legend

Oct 13, 2015 - 9:07 PM

It took me a while to establish my comfortable presence to Apo Whang od Looking back to the time when I first met her I have to admit that I was starstruck writes traveler Potpot Pinili

Netizens support #WhangOd, share tattoo photos

Oct 02, 2015 - 3:24 PM

Do you have a tattoo made by Whang Od? Snap a photo and share it on social media

'Cordilleran tattooer should get Nat'l Living Treasure, not Nat'l Artist Award'

Sep 30, 2015 - 10:46 PM

She is history She is truly an Alagad ng Sining for the part of culture most Filipinos have forgotten

VIRAL: Declare known Igorot tattooer a National Artist

Sep 30, 2015 - 11:26 AM

At 97 years old Whang Od Oggay is recognized for her world class contribution to the art of tattoo making that is genuinely Filipino

Gameplan: The mark of a mambabatok

Jul 04, 2015 - 6:00 AM

For the squeamish elders of the lowlands tattoos are a form of rebellion But in Kalinga tattoos are a symbol of great beauty and bravery

P.Inked: Empowering women through ink

Jun 04, 2015 - 6:41 PM

The event by Pilipinas Inked aims to break gender barriers for tattooed women

From tweets to tatts: 9 horrible social media tattoos

Sep 06, 2014 - 5:57 PM

Here s proof that social media and body ink just don t mix

The body art of Bae Norita Gabao

Feb 24, 2014 - 1:47 AM

Deep in the forest hills of Malasag EcoPark in Barangay Gusa lives the last Pangutob tattoo artist of the Tigwahonon Manubo tribe of Bukidnon province

Globe to spend up to $650M for network upgrade

Feb 12, 2014 - 1:44 AM

Globe calls 2013 a transition year as the company improved its network and modernized its IT systems

REVENUE GROWTH. Globe is eyeing mid to high single digit revenue growth.

BELIEVE: Christmas at home with Bamboo

Dec 20, 2013 - 12:00 AM

Bamboo and Tattoo Home Broadband raise children s toys for typhoon Yolanda survivors

Tattoo artist, family killed in typhoon; son missing

Nov 18, 2013 - 5:00 PM

Tattoo artist and Kadangyan bassist Agit Sustento his wife Geo and his parents drowned in the Tacloban floods His son Tarin may have survived but is still missing

GONE, MISSING. Tattoo artist and band bassist Agit Sustento and wife Geo died in the storm surge in Tacloban. Their 3-year-old son Tarin is missing. Photo by Francine Kelly

Life and Style wRap: Warhol art for auction, Myanmar's Ms Universe bid

Oct 05, 2013 - 11:09 AM

Plus tattoo convention in Hong Kong animal penises and other aphrodisiacs and more

POP ART. Andy Warhol's 'Campbell's Chicken with Rice Soup' stands at a press preview. Photos: AFP

The Shortlist: September 22-28

Sep 21, 2013 - 10:13 AM

Here s a list of events you might want to check out this coming week