Tattooing Narratives

“In the case of tattoos, the ‘memory marks’ are like objects that cannot be detached from the body and acquire meaning for (and a biographical of) the wearer.” says Filipino anthropologist Analyn Salvador-Amores in her research on Kalinga Tattoos of the North. This is exactly how seasoned tattooist Dyani Lao retell forgotten oral stories of indigenous Filipinos by preserving it as memory marks in his contemporary tattooing practice.

Retelling oral stories of indigenous people is important to the process of remembering our way to reenter the animate world in which we evolved. As Milan Kundera puts it, “the struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.”

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jong pairez, dyani lao, civ:lab

jong pairez, dyani lao, civ:lab

jong pairez, dyani lao, civ:lab

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