Saturday, September 26, 2009

Tattoo Artists Showed Love for Ink at Dutdutan 2009

Thousands of tattoo artists and enthusiasts from Malaysia, Saipan, Singapore, France, Indonesia and the Philippines displayed their love for ink at Dutdutan 2009: Philippine Tattoo Expo held last September 18 – 19, 2009 at the A Venue Hall in Makati City.

Presented by Tribal Gear and co-presented by Skinworkz Body Piercing and Tattoo Shop and Colt 45, the biggest and grandest tattoo event in Philippine history attracted scores of tattoo fans from here and abroad. Tribal Gear founder Bobby Ruiz and other members of the Tribal clique from San Diego, California, as well as P.O.D (Payable on Death) drummer Wuv Bernardo, and international street graffiti artist OG Able made the occasion even bigger and more significant.

A venue for the finest of skin arts, Dutdutan is the one event where acclaimed tattoo artists, enthusiasts, supporters, and even curious first-timers gather to marvel, get inked, compete, and experience skin artistry at its best. Dutdutan is also the one place and time when age and social status cross boundaries to take pleasure in a very personal and intimate brand of self expression.

Kamikazee, Pedicab, Urbandub, Valley of Chrome, Hilera, Sinosikat, Franco, Reklamo, Taken by Cars, Krazykyle, Dcoy and Wika Artist, Dice & K9, Hi-C, and other local bands entertained the crowd with their music. Tattoo artists were given a chance to show off their masterpieces through different category competitions.

Audience were treated to a taste of the inked lifestyle coupled with Five Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) exhibition fights. Ten mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters squared off and showed off their ground and pound game and knockout power. In the end, MMA fighters Reysaldo Biagtan, Reysaldo Biagtan, Michael Rubio, Angelo Estanol, and Angelo Estanol dominated their opponents in their respective fights.

Hundreds flocked to the venue to witness the event’s final night. Highlighting the night was the Bikini Contest which proved that beautiful bodies and tattoo go well together. Besting seven other beauties was 21-year old Ms. Nadine Reyes from Manila.

Dutdutan 2009: Philippine Tattoo Expo is sponsored by Philippine Tattoo Artists Guild, Inc. (PhilTAG), Kenny Rogers Roasters, Pepsi Max, Sun Cellular, Avatar Tattoo, and the following media partners: The Philippine Star, Jack TV, MYX, Magic 89.9, NU 107, Underground Radio UR 105.9, Playboy Philippines, Sidetrip Travel Magazine, and OTATS Magazine.

For more information about the event, contact Tribal Gear at (632) 772-2909, email , or Skinworkz Body Piercing and Tattoo Shop at (632) 834-5001, email or visit the event website at


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