Batek is a symbol of courage, performed in some traditional rituals. Tattoos also mark adulthood. Tattooists, known as mabatek, use a needle attached to a wooden stick to tattoo the skin with figures such as storks, lizards, centipedes or other symbols. People in the Bontoc region call this tattoo Fatek, and the Kalinga people call it Batok. There are very few Batek tattoo artists left, so visitors who want this special tattoo must make an appointment in advance.
2. Sak Yant (Cambodia, Thailand)
Sak Yant also known as Sak Yan and Yantra are tattoos skull hoodie made by monks on warriors to protect and strengthen in battles. It is believed that these tattoos will bring the warriors health, luck, and protection from evil spirits. The Sak Yant tattooist uses iron or bamboo spikes called mai sak, dipped in an ink made of snake venom, charcoal, herbs, or cigarette butts, and then tattooed on the skin. No one really knows the composition of this ink other than the monks.
3. Irezumi (Japan)
Tattoos in Japan are considered as spiritual symbols, social status, used to decorate the body, even as punishment. Popular patterns of irezumi tattoo designs include “pigment and peony” and “carp and autumn leaves”. The middle of the upper body is usually not tattooed to avoid exposure
Popular patterns of irezumi tattoo designs include “pigment and peony” and “carp and autumn leaves”. The middle of the upper body is usually not tattooed to avoid exposure.
Most of the tattoos are related to crime and the yakuza, a notorious mafia gang in Japan.
4. Tatau (Samoa)
The word "tattoo" (tattoo) is probably derived from the Samoan word "tautau". This is essentially a pronunciation error of the first Europeans to the islands, but is used officially.
Tattoos for men in Samoa are known as pe'a, from the waist to the knee, while tattoos for women are called malu, tattooed from the knee to the thigh with more delicate delicate patterns.
Women's tattoos, called malu, are tattooed from the knee to the thigh with more delicate delicate patterns.
5. Ta Moko (New Zealand)
This is a traditional tattoo of the Maori people. Each tattoo contains its own message, representing the genealogy, knowledge, and social status of the person being tattooed. Tattooists can use an electric needle or a traditional manual tool called an ihu. Moko are often tattooed on the upper body and back of the legs, even on the face because the head is considered the most sacred part of the body.
6. Ptasan (Taiwan)
The Atayal tribe in Taiwan also known as Tayal or Tayan has a tradition of tattooing on the face (ptasan). Atayal girls before being tattooed on their faces must weave cloth and cultivate. For men when they norse clothing come of age, they get tattooed on their forehead first, and then on their chin after becoming a father. Tattoos are also prizes for good hunters. The tattoo device consists of a toothbrush-like object called an atok consisting of 4-16 needles made of orange or mandarin thorns, a special hammer called a totsin, and ihoh ink made of burning turpentine.
7. Mehndi (India)
Mehndi is the art of drawing henna that is 5,000 years old, often performed on special occasions such as festivals, birthdays or weddings. Some traditional patterns can be mentioned as the sun symbol on the arm. Henna is considered a symbol of luck, health and pleasure. People usually paint by putting ink in a plastic bag with a sharp tip, the ink will dry after a few minutes, then apply lemon juice and white sugar on top to make the henna stain darker. The tattoo is covered overnight and then opened.