A Glimpse of one of Landicho’s Passions “Mayo Landicho has the heart and soul of a warrior.” This statement, however, bold was validated in 2013 by the last Kalinga Tattoo artist in the world 94-year-old traditional tattoo-tapping ‘batok elder’ Whang-Od. Once a thriving warrior society, the Kalinga village of Buscalan now sits peacefully upon the Cordillera Mountains of northern Luzon, Philippines; a living testimonial to the ways of days gone by. It is this mystical place without any sense of time that first beckoned to Landicho almost two decades earlier in a vision that he would behold nearly twenty years later. Captivated by the enchantment of ancestral and age-old tribal art, Landicho set upon a journey in 2013 back to his homeland and into the dangerous and remote mountains of Luzon in search of Whang-Od. His goal was to learn the ancient skill of tattoo-tapping and to bring back this skill to Vancouver.Landicho who is presently a celebrated tattoo artist in the ways of traditional tribal tattooing is currently sought around the world for his knowledge of artistry and technique. Inspired both by his visit to the Whang-Od and his fascination with modern design, his studio has finally become the vision that he carried and nurtured for over twenty years.
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