Tattoo de Iloco expands its wings to Manila

“He who moves not forward, goes backward”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“No, I’m not leaving Ilocos,” says Janer Santos, Ilocos Norte’s premier tattoo artist, and owner of Tattoo de Iloco. “I’m just putting up another shop in Sucat, Parañaque, which means that I’ll be shuttling back and forth between Laoag and Manila,”

So, well,  there you have it, folks. We’re not losing one extremely talented guy just yet.I’ve seen Janer grow as an artist. In fact, I did a lengthy interview with him way back when I was a newbie blogger. I’m happy that his new studio (in Laoag) is four times bigger than his old space just a few doors away.

“I worked for a brief period at Wildside to occupy a slot vacated by my good friend Michael Angelo Bayot, but I felt I wasn’t given enough opportunities to practice my craft,” Janer says, matter-of-factly. Wildside, I came to know, is the studio where Pacman had himself inked. Knowing how Janer loves work, that stint at Wildside must have been tough for him. As Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, “A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.

Janer says that it is not enough to be skilled as a tattoo artist. He joins competitions from time to time to enrich himself. “I like the challenge it brings. Seeing the works of other artists here and abroad is a learning experience in itself. The new breed, they are really very good.”

In his more than four years as a tattoo artist, Janer has won numerous awards. His most memorable competition — he took the ninth  spot in the front/back category of the Dutdutan Festival, the country’s grandest tattoo exposition.

Janer’s ability to remain humble is the best thing about him. At Tattoo de Iloco, he shares the stage with two young artists — Gerome Malbas and Mark Benedict Torres. I asked him what advice can he give to striving tattoo artists. He replies, “Proper hygiene — safe practices should be foremost. And they should apprentice under professionals.”

About the current cool, he says, “Traditional icons are coming back, but the treatment is new school.”

In his free time, the tattoo artist skates, skimboards, goes around town on his chopper bike or shreds the dunes in La Paz.

Tattoo de Iloco opens on October 1 in Sucat, Parañaque, right across the Olivares College and Hospital.

Janer Santos CP#: 09203466607

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved

Holy Week Sightings: KA-BLOG’s Mico Aytona, sandboarding and other bloggables on Ilocos sand

3/31/2010 Mico Aytona shoots an episode for GMA Kapuso’s Ka-Blog, a teen magazine show. The Laoag Sand Dunes sandboarding/off-roading feature is scheduled to air on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 9:00 AM.

“Astig!!!!” was all he could utter after driving the mean machine on his own. Overwhelmed, perhaps.

Sandboarding, the new board sport on sand to try in Ilocos! Developed by the LEAD Movement.

A ladybugged tourist. I think she got ’em from here.

Chucked… or Converts? One and the same. Laid-back chic personified.

Now they can wear their scarves, which were ubiquitous on the streets  in 2007.

Fashionable size… MINI! Ewww, if you bring the whole bottle!!!!!

4/2/2010 I spotted the roving Havaianas team 🙂 They ended giving me one of those flip-floats.

Fit and fab Alma Oida in surfing mode. Surfing lessons in Kapuluan Vista Resort, anyone?

The most adorable reusable water bottle I spotted at the beach. It belongs to Red Dot’s fashion guru, Me-Ann Cua Macaraeg. It’s from Pylones (pronounced pee-lone), her fave store for the cutest knickknacks.

Photography gear envy! I have to get a DiCAPac SLR Pack Waterproof Camera Case for myself, too.

One of these surfboards belongs to ABS-CBN kapamilya Jericho Rosales.

Or, maybe, one of these. Surf’s up photos of Echo. *inserts* I had to check… he was on a purple one.

Henna tattooing by Tattoo de Iloco found at the Villa del Mar beachfront in Saud, Pagudpud.

Skin art masterpiece by no less than Janer Santos, The Premier Tattooist of the North, a PhilTAG member.

The leading handy phone dealer in Ilocos Norte, Vertext, also set camp in Villa del Mar. Mixing business with pleasure 🙂

I overheard that kapamilya  Enchong Dee and Victor Basa were on the other side of the Saud Beach stretch. Promise to post photos if Ericke was lucky.

Wishin’ you all a happy Easter and a bright summer!

Sandboarding Contact #s 0919-873-5516 / 0932-358-7521. P2500/hour – maximum of 4 persons/jeep. Price includes 4×4 & sandboarding adventure.
Janer Santos Tattoo de Iloco contact # 09203466607
All photos by Blauearth  Copyright © Blauearth™ ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Ilocano Tattooist Janer Santos, Redux Redux

Janer's DOH seminar As promised, I’m posting another update on Tattoo de Ilocos tattooist/owner Janer Santos’s winning tattoo works. On safe tattooing concerns, Janer is pleased to inform everyone that he underwent the Dept. of Health (DOH)-Remedios Aids Foundation Inc. training for the Philippine Tattoo Artists Guild (PhilTAG) members at the Grotto Vista Resort in San Jose  del Monte City (Bulacan) last March 28, 2009.

Janer (front row leftmost) with fellow PhilTAG members

Janer (front row leftmost) with fellow PhilTAG members

One of his most recent works

One of his most recent works

Best in Color TattooHere are some of his winning entries in the Feel D’ Ink Tattoo Competition, where he won 6 awards. The May 30, 2009 event  was held at Poro Point in La Union. The photo (at the left), another bio-organic inspired tattoo, garnered the highest honors for Best in Color.janer 3

medium black and gray


3rd med blk n gray

2nd blk n gray

 2nd blk n gray

Links to previous posts on Tattoo de Iloco:

Photos courtesy of Janer Santos. His contact number: 0920-346-6607