For the Dyak people of Borneo, tattoos once commemorated headhunting expeditions. The markings on some modern Dyaks, on the left is Ernesto Kalum, represent "a modern interpretation of traditional headhunting tattoos," says photographer Chris Rainier.

Photographer Chris Rainier travels the globe in search of tattoos and other examples of the urge to embellish our skin

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Dayak Impressions | Contemporary Application of Bunga Terung

Common Borneo Tattoo Motifs – Kelingai Kala, Lipan Kayip, Kowit, and Urang

For the Dyak people of Borneo, tattoos once commemorated headhunting expeditions.

The spirits tell them the tattoo placement. A dragon tattoo scares any evil spirits away.

"The Tattooing of a Kayan Married Woman," (c. 1896-98), photograph by William Henry Furness III. Illustration from The Home-Life of Borneo Head-Hunters (1902).

"The Tattooing of a Kayan Married Woman," (c. photograph by William Henry Furness III. Illustration from The Home-Life of Borneo Head-Hunters

bornean kingfisher | for the dusun people of borneo, the oriental dwarf kingfisher is ...

The Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher is considered a bad omen by the Dusun tribe of Borneo.

Healed pic of a handpoked bornean rose. No outlines just dots

Healed pic of a handpoked bornean rose. No outlines just dots


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