Batok (Traditional Tattoos) in Diaspora: The Reinvention of a Globally Mediated Kalinga Identity

  title={Batok (Traditional Tattoos) in Diaspora: The Reinvention of a Globally Mediated Kalinga Identity},
  author={Analyn Salvador-Amores},
  journal={South East Asia Research},
  pages={293 - 318}
Tattooing, in terms of both practice and tattoo design, has become a significant component of popular global culture and the focus of anthropological studies worldwide (for example, Gell, 1993; Allen, 2005; Kuwahara, 2005; Thomas et al, 2005). Tattoos also played a role in twentieth century identity politics (De Mello, 2000; Atkinson, 2003) and they take on a similar role within the Filipino diaspora. This paper examines how diasporic Filipinos are turning to tattoos, and tattoo designs from… 

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