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Asian Tattoo and Adornment

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Japanese and Philippine Adornment


Overview: Tattoos and adornment have been a central part of Asian culture, especially in countries like Japan and the Philippines.  In Japan, the indigenous Ainu people carry a unique tattooing tradition, limited to and performed only by female tribe members, intended to achieve ideal beauty. In the Philippines, there lies two sets of adornment that were important to their culture and way of life; body tattoos and beads.  The topic of tattoos in the Philippines takes into consideration the social context in which the Filipino tattoo has evolved into over time, and a basic idea of its importance and how it connects with both historical reference as well as how it is perceived in modern culture throughout.  Following their significance in application to the modern world, the Philippines has also been known for their beads...



Steve Beckham and Garrett Kellogg                                          




Tattooing and Ideal Beauty

Steve Beckham

     Thoughts of indigenous culture make the mind journey to varied climates and geographies, but rarely does one consider Japan in the same sentence as tribe. The native Ainu, in northern Hokkaido, whose language ironically has no word for "art" are an illustrative indigenous tribe with cultural history dating back to the fourteenth century. Among the various displays of adornment within the Ainu, one of the most prominent is facial tattooing on female members. 


An example of a facial tattoo design of an Ainu woman.



Traditional Dress

Garrett Kellogg

     The Ainu have been very resourceful on the island of Hokkaido.  Using the Japanese elm tree and other plants in their environment to create robes for ceremonial and everyday uses.  The traditional Ainu robe, known as Attush, is a treasure for many art museums for its delicate embroidery and patterning.  Ainu robes are worn during the “Iyomante”, a dance to send bears’ spirits back to heaven, worn to protect them from malicious spirits and keep them warm throughout the year.   




Mark Anthony and Mariya Kochubey



Basic History and Social Impact of Tattoos in the Philippines

Mark Anthony A.

     Headhunting in the Philippines was a common practice amongst the many tribes in various provinces that included Luzon and Visaya; usually these achievements of taking the head of enemies were document through tattoos telling the story of how many heads a warrior took, and their current rank of importance within his group.  However, around the twentieth century, when the United States took over the Philippines, the practice of headhunting began to dwindle due to outlawing--and the tattoos associated with this custom slowly started to disappear over time.  In modern society, any form of tattoo on the body seems to lend itself to being automatically attributed to criminals and gang members alike--seen in a negative light contrary to the sudden revival of the tattoo by the modern youth who long to reestablish his or her roots with the past.




Beads in the Philippines and their Structural Importance in Society

Mariya Kochubey

     While tattoos were an integral part to the history of the Philippines, none could surprisingly be important as was the case in the form of beads.  Beads were seen as a precious commodity in the Philippines for several years, even prior to Spain's arrival on their shores in the sixteenth century.  Geographically close to other countries situated in the Pacific Ocean, trading was a common practice well before Spain's colonization and were used commonly as an engagement to this industry.  No matter the material of which these beads were made, there were many varieties that ranged from being produced cheaply or highly valuable.  The most valuable ones were used in marriage negotiations between suitors and families, alike.



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Comments (5)

Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse said

at 9:00 pm on May 19, 2009

Was there supposed to be another sentence on the end of the overview statement? (ends with ...) What else might you add that you see as themes that run through all of your research?
Nice to have the short paragraphs and illustrations on the front page for each contributor - this lets viewers get a quick glance to see which one they might be interested in.

Mark Anthony said

at 12:53 pm on May 20, 2009

The ellipsis was pretty much intentional on my part in the drafting stages of the page; I pretty much used it as a marker to tell me when something wasn't finished, and still needed parts added to it to complete the line of thought. It's a habit of mine, such as when I write my paper--and sometimes, like this occasion, I actually forget that it's still there.

marcyj@u.washington.edu said

at 10:30 pm on Jun 3, 2009

Of all the tattoo forms, I think the ainu tattoo is definitely not my fave. It reminds me of juggalos, the icp fans... Or just clowns in general. Big lips.... I guess that is attractive?

Abby Mitchell said

at 1:06 pm on Jun 6, 2009

Your whole group did such great work, but I have a particular affinity for the Ainu topic, as I ran into it quite a bit while doing my own research for my more modern Japanese adornment topic. Such fascinating stuff out there to read, but it just makes you want more, doesn't it? At any rate I think both Steve and Garrett did great jobs presenting about the Ainu - I had known about the facial tattooing practiced by women, but I had never seen the hand/arm tattoos before, and I knew about the Ainu male long beards and hair, but I had NO clue about those beautiful robes! Wow! Am I the only one who gets a really strong, 1930s art-deco feel from the robes? It's uncanny.

Mark Anthony said

at 10:42 am on Jun 7, 2009

@ Marcy; now that you mention it, the thought of the Insane Clown Posse connection never really occurred to me.

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