Short Film

The Last Mambabatok

By Brent Foster

"Only your tattoos remain with you"

Situated remotely in the mountains of the Luzon province in The Philippines, 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.

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