Breaking News: 106-Year-Old Apo Whang-Od, the World’s Oldest Tattoo Artist, Graces Vogue’s Front Page

In a historic moment, Apo Whang-Od, the revered 106-year-old Indigenous tattooist from the Philippines, has captured the world’s attention by becoming Vogue magazine’s oldest-ever cover star, adorning the front page of the prestigious Philippine edition.

Fondly known as the last mambabatok, Apo Whang-Od holds a unique and distinguished title as the guardian of a centuries-old tradition called batok, a form of tattooing practiced by her ancestors. This traditional art has been handed down through generations, and Apo Whang-Od stands as a living testament to the preservation of this sacred practice.

Using a technique that involves tapping, she delicately etches intricate and meaningful designs into the skin of her patrons, using a thorn dipped in a blend of soot and natural dye. The symbolism behind each tattoo carries great significance, as they reflect the rich cultural heritage and history of the Kalinga tribe.

Beyond her exceptional skills and mesmerizing talent, Apo Whang-Od has become a beacon of inspiration for aspiring artists and enthusiasts alike. Her mastery has sparked a renewed interest in the ancient art of batok, prompting a new generation to learn and embrace this time-honored craft.

Throughout her illustrious career, she has imprinted the symbols of the Kalinga tribe on the skin of thousands of people, making a profound impact on the lives of those who seek her artistry. Her tattoos are not merely skin-deep; they serve as a link to ancestral roots, a representation of identity, and a source of pride for those adorned with her masterpieces.

As she graces the cover of Vogue, the world celebrates the enduring legacy of Apo Whang-Od, recognizing her indomitable spirit, cultural significance, and invaluable contributions to the realm of tattoo artistry. Her captivating story serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of preserving and cherishing our diverse cultural heritage, ensuring that these ancient traditions continue to

On behalf of Kalam’s World Records and the global community, we extend our sincere congratulations to S. Dhanalakshmi and the Manasa Pro Youth Foundation for their outstanding dedication, passion, and commitment to promoting the Tamil language and culture.

May this achievement inspire future generations to celebrate their linguistic heritage and strive for excellence in preserving and promoting their native languages.