Dozens of tattoo artists participated in Bali Tattoo Expo 2016 last week, showcasing their ability to create ethnic tattoos from across the country.
David Hornbill, from Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, was one of the ethnic tattoo artists taking part in this first-ever expo on the island. He joined the event in support of his mission to preserve traditional Indonesian tattoos.
“In the past, people with tattoos were associated with criminals. In fact, tattoos have nothing to do with crime. It’s part of Indonesian culture,” David said.
David, a native Dayak Paser, has been in the tattoo business since 2004. He loves to make tribal motifs and adheres to the traditional technique of hand-tapping tattoos until now.
He also preserves the special Dayak motifs shaped like eggplant flowers, which are renowned globally among tattoo lovers.
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