|For the Iban, tattoos signified the taking of their
The only way into the jungles of West
Borneo is by increasingly smaller boats up increasingly narrower rivers.
The deeper we venture, the more tattoos we see. We see young women with
tattoos-in-progress. It would
identify friend from foe in battle. And we're told that, up here, tattoos
ward off harm and disease. Closing in what seems like the heart of
darkness, the argument for tattoos as protection gains some
He ate the brains...
Lockhart finds the village he's
looking for and the old artist he's heard about. He's the most
respected elder in the community and Lockhart quickly finds out why.
Proudly displayed among the old man's tattoo paraphernalia is the head
of a Japanese soldier. There's no reason not to believe the old
man when he says he ate the brains.
Local tattoo techniques, we learn, are more Samoan
than Japanese. Pins are affixed perpendicular to the end of a stick and
rested on the skin, while a little mallet drives the needles in at
high speed. But the tattooer clearly has limited experience. And
those needles don't look too sharp. Tom's not sure he can get an
authentic tattoo in this most authentic of locations.
Check these Borneo filming trip photos!
Read the Article from our Technical
Advisor Lars Krutak -- In the Realm of Spirits: Traditional Dayak Tattoo in Borneo
Click here for more amazing historical photos
and background info
on the tattooed headhunting tribes of Borneo!
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