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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

A Spiritual Artform

Dayak tattoo is a spiritual artform that merges images of humans, animals, and plants into one unit, expressing the proliferation of life and the integration of living and spiritual beings in the cosmos. Death and fertility were the primary axes around which tattoo creativity spiraled. Tattooing offered visual testimony to the refusal of Dayak individuals to accept the finality of death and assert the indestructibility of their being. By emulating the life of the gods in everyday ritual, the Dayak procured their own form of divine power that ensured the perpetuation of human life in a continuum of eternity. Therefore, tattoos were articulating symbols inscribing implicit Dayak ideologies of existence upon the living canvas of human flesh.


Skrang Iban man with heavily tattooed back and woven headband made of traditional hand-dyed cotton fabric.
© 2002-2006 Lars Krutak

27 comments:

Ladydin said...

OMG... how did he stand it. he must have a very high tolerance to pain...

about that almost fake-tattoo... what and how exactly and is it? ur the expert...

Robb Sempurai said...

Thats nothing to him..i guess..:)

U never deal with fake tattoo,so i dont really know.
Why u want fake tattoo?

Ladydin said...

...to impress someone. crazy, right?

Desmond said...

Any updates on the Upcoming Sibu Tattoo event? I believe the gangsters would not be showing off their tattoos in Sibu that time :)Hopefully the International crowd can reach Sibu with the air flights problem we face in Sarawak

Sher said...

Wonderful blog! My sister became a tattoo artist. That's why I started learning about the different styles and history of tattoos. Thank you for voting for me! :)

Robb Sempurai said...

LD>..yeah..its crazy..but kinda cool :)

Desmond>stay tune at www.borneotattooconvention.com/sibu TQ.

sher>TQ..u got tattoo?

Ladydin said...

im curious. what do u do for a living? a tatto artist? ever watch Miami Ink at Travel & Adventure? those cool arts...

Robb Sempurai said...

sort of..:)
yeah,few times..good for people who r new to tattoo world or hates tattoo.:)

New York Dude said...

In Japan, tattoes began as identification marks for prisons (horimono). Over the centuries, tattoes became symbols of criminal gangs (yakuza). The result is that tattoes in Japan are associated with crime .... but I hear that might be changing. In any case, tattoes are not associated with religion in Japan. In America also tattoes are not associated with religion, so your comments about religion and tattoes are interesting.

Robb Sempurai said...

Thanx NYD..
Its part of our culture and lifestyle in the old days.
Nowdays,the meaning is depends on individual in our society.

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waa...sigi terer dik,robb.siap kena interview agik nyak...hehe...by the way,aku tuk,shebeauty a.k.a pat

nice blog u got here!!mempromote kitai iban and the tattoos...

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