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February 20, 2018

 

ETERAN tattoo artist Ricky Sta. Ana, one of the most popular and versatile tattoo artists in the Philippines, dreams of having Filipino artists tattoo people from all around the world.  

Through Skinworkz, the business he founded, Sta. Ana has been supporting its members since 1995 by providing training, development, and education programs so that the tattoo artists can earn for their families. The organization also gives its members the opportunity to work abroad.

Sta. Ana’s advocacy, “Tattoo the World,” aims to help people through fundraising events that feature tattoo artists.

One-year-old Perseus Escotido is Philtag’s beneficiary now. He will undergo liver transplant that costs P4.5 million.

 “The baby’s father, Paul Jhon Escotido, and mother Jessica Rabaya came to ask me for help. So all the fees we will get from our tattoo works will go directly to our beneficiary. Everything is documented. We are not a foundation,” clarifies Sta. Ana.

Philtag and  Skinworkz is fully certified by the Department of Health. Its objective is to help tattoo artists who have no formal education to earn an income and be responsible tattoo artists. Members enjoy the benefits of having the right knowledge, proper guidance, and protection when they establish their own tattoo business. – Robbie Pangilinan

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By Robbie Pangilinan

They say artists just go with the flow, waiting for inspiration or that spark of brilliance. But for this international tattoo artist, art takes discipline.

“Lahat ng artist dapat mag-apprentice para matutunan nila yung disiplina ng pag-tattoo. Nung naging member ako ng PhilTAG, sila Ricky at Junval binigyan ako ng guidance para ma-i-straight yung paniniwala ko sa discipline ng pagiging artist,” says Joseph Sinio a member of the Philippine Tattoo Artists Guild.
By Robbie Pangilinan

They say artists just go with the flow, waiting for inspiration or that spark of brilliance. But for this international tattoo artist, art takes discipline.

“Lahat ng artist dapat mag-apprentice para matutunan nila yung disiplina ng pag-tattoo. Nung naging member ako ng PhilTAG, sila Ricky at Junval binigyan ako ng guidance para ma-i-straight yung paniniwala ko sa discipline ng pagiging artist,” says Joseph Sinio a member of the Philippine Tattoo Artists Guild.
 
Joseph underwent apprenticeship at INKS Alabang. His inspiration were the artists in Cubao who made billboards. He started with caricatures, then became proficient in making portraits, tribal designs, both realistic and abstract. He then saw a Facebook post inviting artists to go to the British Virgin Islands. He was a tattoo artist there for two years, doing conventions in many countries such as Singapore and Taiwan.

The 38year-old Bicolano further learned about discipline abroad, when he had the chance to work with foreigners.


“Kapag PhilTAG ka, dala mo ang pangalan ng bayan. Kailangan ipakita ang disiplina, kung papaano ka kumilos international especially sa mga convention at seminar. Nakikita namin yung kaibahan natin sa foreigners, so dapat malinis tayo sa gamit,” Sinio shares.


Even in his lifestyle, discipline is demonstrated. He saves his hard-earned money and does not splurge on vices.

For Joseph, tattooing is not only a job, but a vocation. He takes being a tattoo artist seriously.


“Dapat talaga marunong mag-drawing yung mga tattoo artist, hindi yung kokopya ka lang tapos ibabakat mo lang sa katawan ng tao, hindi ganun yung proseso. Ang proseso dapat marunong ka mag-drawing, tapos marunong ka mag-color. Para kang bumubuo ng painting sa utak mo. Dapat customized lagi sa client. Marami ako nakikita artists sa paligid kapag nakabili na ng gamit, mag-tattoo na sila agad sa mga tao tapos pera agad iniisip nila. Dapat isipin nila gawin ang best nila o perfect work, hindi lang pera ang iniiisip mo o kaya yung kasikatan. Kailangan ipagmalaki mo ang trabaho mo.

He also finds meaning in every art work that he does, saying that clients search for meaningful designs that have an impact in their lives. As an artist, Joseph he helps his clients chose designs that are perfect for them.

Newly married, Joseph says he would like his child to also go into art – painting or tattooing – and he will guide him/her every step of the way.

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THE Canadian Embassy has denied the application for a visa of a Filipina tattoo artist set to represent the country in the Vancouver Tattoo and Culture Show on April 20-22.

All hopes of Daenee Bartolome vanished when, after 15 days, she got her passport and found out her application was denied.

DAENEE BARTOLOME

Top government officials were also saddened by the news—Department of Foreign Affairs Director and former deputy Consul General for Canada Atty. Anthony Mandap, Director of Canada Division Office of American Affairs Jaime Ramon T. Ascalon, and Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo—who all endorsed Bartolome as the first Filipina tattoo artist to join the event attended by tattoo enthusiasts from round the world.

The letter of denial stated she had no travel history, sufficient funds and personal assets. 

Bartolome’s mother revealed that her daughter had P300,000 in her bank account, a property with her Filipino-Canadian fiancé and a house in Sta. Rosa, Laguna where she resides with her family.

“My daughter earns as a tattoo artist. Her income comes from her craft. She pays the correct taxes, too,” said the mother in Filipino.

A formal email invitation from Kara Johns, business manager of Vancouver Tattoo Convention, arrived two days after Bartolome filed for a visa. 

The letter was also sent to the embassy via email and fax. 

The embassy replied to Johns, also through email, saying all supporting information/documents should be included with the application.

Bartolome will apply again on Tuesday, seeking assistance from the Canadian ambassador to the Philippines John Holmes and this time with the formal invitation from the convention.

“The invitation should have been submitted with the application. The Embassy usually asks for documents like these,” said Consul Anthony Mandap.

Founder of Philippine Tattoo Artists Guild Ricky Sta. Ana also expressed dismay over the denial. 

He also submitted his application on Wednesday and was hopeful he would receive his visa together with Bartolome’s.

“It’s okay if I don’t make it. I usually have shows in other countries. It is more important for me that Daenee gets in, as she is the first Filipina to join a very big and prestigious tattoo convention,” said Sta. Ana. 

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PHILTAG Member Daenee Bartolome, DFA Director - Legal Atty. Anthony Mandap,  Director , Canada Division Office of American Affairs Jaime Ramon T. Ascalon and PHILTAG President Ricky Sta Ana.

Department of Foreign Affairs Director and former deputy Consul General for Canada Atty. Anthony Mandap endorses Daenee Bartolome, the first Filipina tattoo artist to join the Vancouver Tattoo and Culture Show on April 20 to 22. In a courtesy visit to the DFA office, Bartolome shared with the DFA Director her passion in the art of tattooing.

“Tattooing is a classic form of art that has existed since our ancestors. Doing tattoos is a talent that we must be proud of. Many tourists go here to have their tattoos done by our homegrown artists and I think it helps boost tourism. It is truly a great honor to have a woman tattoo artist in the person of Daenee,” said Mandap.

 

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