TATTOO LOVERS UNITE!
Michaella Recto NO MORE HIDING:
PHILIPPINES Celebrities Support Local Tattoo Artists Industry
COVER PHOTOGRAPHER: RACHEL LOBANGCO
RACHEL LOBANGCO PHOTOGRAPHY
ON-LOCATION: BORACAY, STATION 1
MODEL: MICHAELLA RECTO OF HEALTH AND BODY BY MICHAELLA
Tattoo Art by: JULIS “BOOM” BELLO of The House of Ink in Macao
PHILIPPINES TATTOO LIFESTYLE, TOURISM & CULTURE HITS MAIN STREAM
PHILIPPINES TOP 20 Emerging Industry’s
In the Philippines, the tattoo industry is one of the largest in the world, and –like black American, African and Jamaican culture- has a tattoo art history dating back as long as the Filipino culture has existed. One of the country’s fastest-growing industries.
From products, training and of course Filipino tattoo artist, the Philippines is -once again- gaining internationally recognition for its tattoo community. Philippine beauties and celebrities; such as Michaela Recto captured on-location on Boracay Island by Rachel Lobangco, are trailblazer’s in a new era Philippine-beauty.
Celebrities like Michaella, Manny Pacquiao, Cherise and even Justin Bieber who recently visited Manila, and who plans to open his own tattoo studio during his retirement, are all rekindling the popularity of the Philippines tattoo lifestyle. The debut of our new PH INK Philippines Underground Tattoo Section sparked the entire Limited Special Tattoo Lifestyle, Tourism & Culture Editions, and is the first Philippines tattoo lifestyle international showcase –ever.
UNDERGROUND TATTOO ARTIST like MAD INK, ST1.NK, Pinhole Tattoo Studio, Tattoo Republiq and Lindon Garcia’s Tattoo Elite are attracting a growing number of expat clients, especially among American’s who travel to the Philippines for work, school, business or leisure. The “Underground Tattoo Artists” are preferred by Americans, due to the fact that they represent the urban community. In addition to the more than 80% discount on tattoo art done in the Philippines, expats are enjoying the ‘tattoo lifestyle’ as well. The hip-hop, rock-n-roll and punk culture, are all attractively festive communities for foreigners who don’t fit-in to the mainstream, ultra-conservative Philippine clicks.
Philippines Freedom of Expression
Michaella Recto, granddaughter of a Philippine Political Dynasty, Michaella is the perfect PH INK Cover Girl.
Claro M. Recto, was a Statesman and “The Father” of the Philippines Constitution. A beacon of Philippine freedom and democracy, The Recto Family represent the Filipino-lifestyle we all enjoy today.
Daughter of former Philippines beauty queen Marisa Recto, Michaella grew up with her grandmother in Green Hills. Now, a mother, philanthropist, action-actress, model, celebrity fitness coach and PH INK Cover Girl.
Michaella was tattooed by renowned Pinoy artist, Julius “Boom” Belo, her Cover was shot on-location in Boracay Island, by another PH INK Cover Girl, Rachel Lobangco.
A tattoo-lover, trailblazer for Philippines Tattoo Tourism and anti-discrimination of the ancient Philippine-art of tattoo.
Picture Courtesy of the Recto Family. Circa 1953, Grandfather Claro M. Recto, with his wife, Aurora and then Philippine Presidential Candidate and Defense Secretary Ramon, Magsaysay. Magsaysay did win the Presidential Election following this photograph.