Our featured artist on Day 14 of Tatlumpu’t Isang Araw ng Sining Pilipino (Thirty One Days of Filipino Art) is Mr. Mayo Landicho.
Using various mediums, passion for art began early for Mayo who was born in the Philippines. At an early age, Mayo used his artistic talent to print shirts and billboards. When Mayo migrated to Canada, he started working for a print company and doubled up as a sculptor and airbrush artist for various theme parks in Canada and the US.
As a visual artist, Mayo continues to hone his skills as a member of the Dimasalang III International Artist Group studying under SYM Mendoza.
However, Mayo is best known as a world-class tattoo artist. With more than a decade of experience, Mayo’s original designs and beautifully rendered interpretations have graced the bodies of artists, celebrities, sports figures, teachers and other celebrated tattoo artists locally and throughout the world. To reconnect with his Filipino roots, Mayo also travelled to the Kalinga province in the Philippines to meet the world’s oldest tattoo artist, Apo Wang-Od, and learn the “Batok” tattooing technique. One of the art forms engraved in indigenous Filipino culture is the ancient and traditional method of “Pambabatok” that is native to the Cordillera Region, where a razor-sharp thorn is fastened to a stick, dipped in soot-based ink, rapidly tapped into the skin with a bamboo mallet and guided by a hand-made stencil.
Mayo operates Birthmark Tattoos, a private fully licensed studio on Main Street in Vancouver. His shop is what most people refer to as: “Vancouver’s Best Kept Secret” and is the final destination for some of Vancouver’s body art enthusiasts.
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