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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Oct 30, 2012

Dutdutan Xii, A Tatto Party Celebrating Skin Art, Is A Huge Success At World Trade Center

WE WERE invited to the recent Dutdutan XII, a tattoo party held annually for 12 years now to celebrate skin art. The crowd gets bigger each year and this time, there were more attendees making it the biggest and number one Asian tattoo exposition as the three big halls of the World Trade Center were packed to the rafters during the two-day event with a massive crowd of artists, collectors and ink enthusiasts. The 130 tattoo booths set up were manned by the best local and international tattoo artists from around the world. From modern needle machines to traditional tattooing, collectors and newbies got their fill of ink, immersed in the various facets of an unconventional art.

Dutdutan XII was indeed a full lifestyle experience. Presented by Tribal Gear Philippines, the event started with a competition among notorious inkers who got cash and a trophy. Special guest, who flew in from San Diego, California is Tribal founder and Tribal Worldwide Clique head honcho Bobby Ruiz. His entourage included Tribal Gear resident artists Big Tiny and Alex Garcia, and the infamous Sen Dog and Eric Bobo of Cypress Hill. Dutdutan’s Drum Duel featured amateur drummers showing off their unique skills with the sticks. Highlighting the event was the Drum King jamming with Cypress Hill’s Eric Bobo. The best is yet to come, so don’t miss it again next year, you pintados out there.’