In what has become a much-anticipated tattoo lovefest, the just concluded Tribal Dutdutan '09 once again brought the country's best "skin specialists" together under one roof, at least for one "illustrated weekend."
Now on its 9th year, it aims to promoted tattoos as mainstream art and not as the inappropriate expression of self-expression nor a symbol of society's bad elements. Last year, I had the chance to interview premier tattoo artist Ricky Sta. Ana for One Philippines, the entertainment and lifestyle magazine for the millions of Filipinos overseas who want to read about positive and heartwarming developments back home.
A moving force behind the Dutdutan series, Ricky then told me that he was glad with how Dutdutan has evolved over the years, from a mere "gathering of musicians, tattoo artists, painters, tattoo enthusiasts and music lovers in Malate," to a very well-attended convention of a now universally-recognized industry.
This year's edition is the biggest yet, as it marks the first time that Dutdutan brought international tatoo artists coming from countries like Malaysia, Saipan, Thailand, Singapore, France, Holland & New Zealand and essentially making our own tattoo artists as at par with the world's best.
Even better, the festival also featured the likes of Tribal Gear's founder, Bobby Ruiz, drummer Wuv, who literally hits the skins for POD and graffiti artist OG Abel, all based in San Francisco. There were also exhibition fights of professional fighters from the Universal Reality Combat Championship or URCC and another staging of the Tribal Bikini Contest, Tribal Gear's sizzling bikini open contest of Tribal Gear and a crowd favorite since last year.
For more details on Dutdutan 2009 including updates on everything that transpired last September 18 and 19, please check out http://www.dutdutan2009.com.