Artwork Explained: Pintados

Artwork Explained: Pintados

Introducing the brand new Philippine inspired Pintados apparel range, This incredibly detailed tribal style artwork was designed exclusively for Lunafide by our in house artist Eric. Eric is part of our global team and is indigenous Filipino. Eric felt inspired by his vibrant nation and the Pintados festival which celebrates these fearsome warriors and created a design that celebrates them beautifully. Let's explore the meaning and story behind this incredible design. 

Pintados is the term used to describe the tattoed indigenous people found in the Philippines by Spanish colonists. The Spanish colonists saw the tattooed indigenous warriors very differently when they were defeated by the fierce and noble warriors from the Visayas. These warriors were covered in complex tribal tattoo designs all over their bodies. It was that day that these painted warriors or “Pintados” cemented their mark in the diverse and fascinating history of the Philippines.

The tattoos on the Pintados bodies were indicative of a man's bravery in battle and marks the beginning of a man’s journey from a head hunter to a fearsome warrior. These warriors could officially be named a head hunter the moment that they make their first kill. Doing this would make the warrior acquire a tattoo called “gulot” which can be described as a banded stripe pattern. When the warrior achieved his second kill, he could acquire a second tattoo that was placed on his hands. The more kills the warrior got in his lifetime, the more intricate designs designs would be placed on his body.

This process would continue until he acquires a tattoo which signifies him as a warrior of the highest level,  gaining the title of “mai’ngor”. The tattoos that decorated these warriors bodies were not just for decorative purposes. These tattooes symbolized many of the ancient gods in Filipino mythology. The sun symbolizes the upper part of the universe in Philippine mythology which is known as the “Kaluwalhatian” or Sky World. Snake patterns on the other hand were associated with the underworld or “Kasakitan”.

The other details of the tattoes also had a meaning to it. “Labid”, was a vertical design that resemble a snake or crocodiles’s skin pattern. There were also tattoos which were only put on certain parts of the body such as “Ablay” for shoulder, “Dubdub” for chest and “Daya-Daya” for the arms. The tattoo designs which were on their chest, thighs and back bear shared similarities with the sun, while snake like patterns ran down their limbs. 

We hope you love this design just as much as we do and enjoyed learning more about these fascinating warriors celebrated in our artwork! We can't wait to bring you so many more show stopping designs! :)

-Lunafide Team <3

Pintados Artwork Gallery