Lane Wilcken



Traditional Tap Tattoo, Filipino Tattoos


Lane Wilcken

"Cultural tattooing is a RITUAL. There are chants, prayers and offerings to gods/ancestors to whom these tattoos are dedicated. Blessings & sometimes curses are invoked in bestowing these designs, as well as being marks of prestige, heritage & history. Modern western tattooing is the result of taking indigenous practices and stripping them of their spiritual qualities leaving only the 'art' upon the skin. The recipient is left to make their own meaning for the designs rather than receive sacred ritual marks that are recognized by generations upon generations of ancestors. Let us work to decolonize tattooing and restore its honor." -Lane Wilcken

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