A 92-Year-Old Filipina is the Last Kalinga Tattoo Artist

You would probably never think to get a tattoo from a 92-year-old, but Whang Od is here to change your mind. Od may be aged, but she has spent many years mastering her craft. Whang Od is the oldest and the very last Kalinga tattoo maker in the Philippines.

The province of Kalinga lies in Northern Philippines and is famed for their ancient art of tattooing. Their particular practice of tattoo making dates back 1,000 years. While tattoos are now worn for aesthetic purposes, the tradition behind Kalinga tattoos were much more intricate.

Interaksyon explains the old tradition of Kalinga tattoos.

“For people of the tribe, a lady with tattoos was—and is—regarded as beautiful. She decorates her arms with sleeves of snake skin and rice grain patterns. Her forehead and temples are embellished with crosses, triangles and dots to enhance her visage.

 

A boy, however, only earns his first marking after his first kill—specifically, when he cuts off an enemy’s head and brings it back to the village. As he grows into a strong warrior, he earns his ink armor one amulet at a time: centipedes in the arms for protection, pythons on the shoulders for strength, and the most elaborate of which, the mighty eagle on the chest and back– reserved for the most valiant.”

 

 

When the practice of head-hunting died out, the tradition of Kalinga tattoos slowly began to fade away. A community which was once filled with tattoo artists now has only one left. Whang Od has no children, so unless she passes on the art to a relative or an apprentice, the cultural tattoos may vanish.

Now before you hop on a plane to the Philippines to get an authentic Kalinga tattoo before it’s too late, you should know that the art of making Kalinga tattoos is quite different from the tattoo shops we’re accustomed to.

Whang Od doesn’t use a machine of any sort. She simply uses wooden sticks with a needle at the end of one. After applying ink on the needle, she taps/hammers the ink onto the skin.

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20 Asian Celebs You Didn’t Know Were Asian

Not all Asians look the same. I repeat, not all Asians look the same.

It seems no matter how many times we say it, people simply assume that all Asians share the same physical features. Some believe we all have the same body structure and others even think we all have the same kind of hair.

Of course, we know this is absurd. We know that there are plenty of ethnicities which categorize under the umbrella term “Asian” and we know there are plenty of Asians who are of mixed race. So why do people think all Asians look the alike?

Well it may have a thing or two to do with media’s portrayal of Asians. If audiences have only been exposed to a very particular type of Asian, how can they know we’re all different? This lack of exposure may be the very reason many celebs who are bi-racial or multiracial often become overlooked in the Asian community.

Even if they don’t necessarily “look it,” all of the following celebrities are Asian. Check out our list of 20 Asian celebs you probably didn’t know were Asian.

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1) Vanessa Hudgens (Part Filipino, Part Chinese)

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2) Tiger Woods (Part Thai, Part Chinese)

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4) Dean Cain (Quarter Japanese)

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5) Nicole Scherzinger (Half Filipino)

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6)Keanu Reeves (Quarter Hawaiian, Quarter Chinese)

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7) Darren Criss (Half Filipino)

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8) Ne-Yo (Quarter Chinese)

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9) Apl.de.ap (Filipino*)

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10) Jennifer Tilly (Half Chinese)

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11) Enrique Iglesias (Half Filipino)

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12) Amerie Rogers (Half Korean)

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13) Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Quarter Indonesian)

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14) Kristin Kreuk (Half Chinese)

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15) Kimora Lee Simmons (Half Korean*)

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16) Norah Jones (Half Indian)

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17) Rob Schneider (Quarter Filipino)

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18) Chanel Iman (Half Korean)

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19) Lindsay Price (Half Korean)

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20) Michelle Branch (Quarter Indonesian)

*Thank you Audrey readers for your corrections.

Ditch The Raccoon Eyes: Top 5 Eye Liners That Beat the Spring/Summer Heat

Spring is in the air and summer is just around the corner. For us here in LA, this can only mean one thing — heat.

While we may be a fan of the sun, we can all agree that our make up isn’t too fond of it.  Make up lovers everywhere have struggled to find the right beauty products that won’t melt away under warm conditions. In addition to the heat directly melting make up away, hot weather also causes our skin to sweat. The additional sweat and oil from our skin causes make up to smear smudge and run.

While these conditions may seem difficult to deal with, we certainly wouldn’t want you to stay locked inside all spring and summer long, so we’re here to help.

Audrey intern Paulina Lee tried on several eye liners and put them to the heat test. We’re here to share our results with you. Don’t go another day with “raccoon eyes.” Here are the top 5 eye liners that beat the spring/summer heat.


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1.) STILA Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner ($20.00) 
“This easy-glide, quick-dry precision liner stays in place until you say when—no smudges, feathering, or running. The thin, marker-like tip is easy to use, even for the beauty beginner, and delivers any look—from a thin line to a bold, dramatic stroke. It goes on smoothly without skipping, smudging, or pulling, and lasts all day.”

 


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2.) Etude House Drawing Show Brush Eyeliner ($14.69)
“Easy-to-draw Brush, smooth texture and smudge-proof”


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3.)  Revolon Colorstay Liquid Liner ($4.99)
“Elegant, sexy and sophisticated, Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner allows you to emphasize your eyes with precision. Dries quickly and lasts all day.”

 


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4) MAKE UP FOREVER Pro Waterproof Eye Liner ($25.00)
“Pro Waterproof Eyeliner is a completely water-resistant eyeliner that adds drama to the eyes and lasts all day, even under the most extreme conditions (water, tears, heat, etc.).”


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5. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils ($20.00)
“Creamy, forever-lasting, award-winning and waterproof, 24/7 pencils delight you with lush tropical hues, deep metallics, and unusually vibrant neutrals.”

New Dilemna: Plastic Surgery Patients Look Nothing Like Their Passport Pictures

As plastic surgery in South Korea continues to rise in popularity, more and more cosmetic surgery clinics have opened up. With so many of it’s kind, many of the clinics have focused on improving their work to beat out the competition. The results? South Korean plastic surgery has gotten so advanced that international patients are now facing a problem. How do you get back home when you look absolutely nothing like your passport picture?

The desire for plastic surgery spans beyond Korea. For instance, surgery rates in China have increased as well. Many people in China decide to travel to Korea to get procedures done because they claim they will get better results there. (Seriously. Check out this procedure gone wrong.)

However, when travelers try to return to China after their surgery, many are refused because they look drastically different from their passport picture.

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To fix this problem, South Korean clinics and hospitals have reportedly begun issuing “plastic surgery certificates” to their patients. Along with before and after pictures, the certificate also includes the patient’s passport number, the name of the hospital or clinic where the treatment took place, and other information to verify their identity.

Still don’t think these certificates are necessary? Just take a look at these twin sisters who are both unrecognizable after their surgery.

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Check out their story here. 

 

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Some Chinese Netizens Say They’re Living in “West North Korea”

Surely it would take a lot for anyone to see resemblances between their living conditions and the conditions of North Korea. Well some Chinese netizens are claiming just that. What could possibly be so horrible that Chinese netizens would say such a thing?

The Chinese government banned “The Big Bang Theory.”

Chinese fans of the popular CBS sitcom are both confused and outraged by such a decision. Netizens are accustomed to shows being banned for being too violent or inappropriate, but they see no justification in banning “The Big Bang Theory.”

There are rumors that a “green edition” of the show will be released, but it will contain censored content as well as Chinese voiceovers.

Since this decision, angry TBBT fans have taken their fury to the web. Sina Weibo, a Chinese microblogging site which is said to be a hybrid of Twitter and Facebook, received 300,000 posts concerning the ban.

Many commenters point out that they are angry about the principle of the ordeal. “You really have to feel bad for Chinese people,” one commenter wrote. “Everything is constricted, there’s no freedom of speech, our thinking has been kidnapped, and now we can’t even relax and watch a little American TV.”

As the discussion of Chinese censorship continued, many netizens began referring to their country as “West North Korea.” As expected, the term was quickly blocked from Weibo searches after it picked up popularity.

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Asians in Fashion: Han Hyo Joo in Mexico for InStyle

South Korean actress Han Hyo Joo traveled to Mexico for a beautiful photo shoot for InStyle. The 27-year-old had much praise for Mexico and stated, “I think Mexico suits me well. This is the first time I felt like I was being healed while on a photo shoot.”

Han Hyo Joo studied theater and film in Dongguk University. She was discovered in 2003 through a beauty pageant and followed her dream of acting with the sitcom Nonstop 5. Now, she is most known for her roles in the television dramas Brilliant Legacy and Dong Yi, as well as the film Cold Eyes for which earned her the Best Actress award at the Blue Dragon Film Awards.

The popular actress makes it clear that if she didn’t go into acting, she would make a lovely model. Soompi points out that the make up chosen accentuates her facial features and her wardrobe successfully compliments her slender figure.

Although the actress was far from home, the 2013 film Cold Eyes gave Han Hyo Joo a number of international fans. Even in Mexico, a number of fans recognized the beautiful actress.

Check out the InStyle photo shoot below.

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Man Photoshops Himself Into Girlfriend’s Childhood Photos

Let’s be honest. Some romantic gestures, no matter how good the intentions are, can go awry. Just take a look at this marriage proposal on the Today show or this uncomfortable proposal in China. Both are examples of people with good intentions who end up with questionable results. Well it looks like we may have someone else to add to this list.

A Chinese photographer created a new series of photos to declare his strong love for his girlfriend. In each picture, he Photoshopped images of himself into his girlfriend’s childhood photos.

“I want to send my love letter to little you, but without a time machine, the only thing I can do is come into your dream to meet you,” he writes.

The awkward thing about this? The photographer has Photoshopped his current (adult) pictures into the childhood photos. Needless to say, some viewers have found the photos to be uncomfortable.

“While it might seem sweet that he wants to say that he’s been part of his lady friend’s life, the photos are downright creepy! A few photos almost border on pedophilia, particularly the one where he’s looking up her skirt. Keep in mind that his girlfriend is an adult like he is.” says Kotaku writer Eric Jou.

Of course, others disagree with this interpretation. The People’s Daily in China insists that the girlfriend is lucky to have such a romantic boyfriend.

Others have simply laughed at the photos and believe that the photographer simply has a good sense of humor. They argue that the photos are not trying to be romantic or creepy at all, it is simply trying to be funny.

So tell us what you think. Is this photo series romantic, funny, or creepy?

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Jamie Chung Reacts to Being in PEOPLE’s 50 Most Beautiful Women List

Jamie Chung, Audrey Magazine‘s Fall 2012 cover girl, has yet another achievement to add to her list. People Magazine‘s latest issue revealed their picks for the 50 most beautiful women of 2014. Much to our delight, Chung made it onto the list.

Earlier today, Chung posted the following photo on Instagram:

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She also tweeted the following humble message:

 

 

 

The 30-year-old Korean American actress is most known for her portrayal as a bisexual Mulan in the ABC fantasy television series Once Upon a Time. Additionally, she has a number of television shows and movies under her belt including Grey’s Anatomy, Sucker Punch, The Hangover II & III, Premium Rush, The Man With The Iron Fists, 7500  and she played the lead in the indie film, Eden, based on the true story of Chong Kim and her personal struggles against human sex trafficking.

Fans everywhere fell for Chung’s beauty and talent. Understandably, many hearts were broken earlier this year when Chung announced her engagement to 35-year-old actor Bryan Greenberg.

Of course, this won’t stop her many fans from purchasing this issue of People Magazine. If you haven’t fallen for Jamie Chung yet, check out the reasons we love her.

Chung is not the only favorite of ours to make it on to this list. Sneak peeks of the list have been popping up online all week. We have discovered that another Audrey Magazine cover girl, Mindy Kaling, is also part of this list. Kaling is most known for creating and starring in her very own TV sitcom, The Mindy Project and for being nominated five consecutive times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series as a producer of The Office.

Our Favorite Harry Shum Jr. and Jenna Ushkowitz Moments

When the Fox musical comedy-drama television series Glee paired together Mike Chang and Tina Cohen-Chang, audiences couldn’t get enough of the couple. The pairing, which tried to intentionally point out racial stereotypes, largely gained popularity because of the duo’s chemistry with one another.

Just how much chemistry is there? Apparently the actors behind these characters, Harry Shum Jr. and Jenna Ushkowitz, share the same birthday. Today we’d like to wish a happy 32nd birthay to Harry and a happy 28th birthday to Jenna.

Although the two are not a couple in real life (Harry Shum Jr. is engaged. Get to know his fiance here), the duo clearly have some fan-supported chemistry. Check out our favorite Harry and Jenna moments below.

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Want to see more of these two? Check out the top 5 reasons we love Jenna Ushkowitz and Harry’s “Painfully Shy” Interpretive Dance.

 

Top 5 Reasons We Love Jenna Ushkowitz

We’d like to wish the lovely Jenna Ushkowitz a Happy 28th Birthday! In honor of her special day, we decided to highlight five of the many reasons we are a Jenna fan.


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1) She’s Talented. 

Most people know Ushkowitz through her role on musical comedy-drama television series Glee. However, Ushkowitz’s time in the spotlight began since she was just 3-years-old. The child actress appeared on a number of television shows including Sesame Street. At the impressive age of ten, Ushkowitz stepped into Broadway and had her first role in 1996 revival of The King and I. She appeared in several musicals in high school and received a  B.A. in Theatre Arts, with a concentration in Performance and a minor in Musical Theater from Marymount Manhattan College. Clearly,  Ushkowitz was destined for the limelight.

 


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2) Her Character on Glee.
In 2009,  Ushkowitz landed the role of Tina Cohen-Chang on Glee. Glee‘s cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” featured Ushkowitz on lead vocals and proved to be quite a success. According to the character’s official wiki page, the song “charted at number 47 on the Australian Singles Chart, 38 on the Canadian Hot 100, 15 on the Irish Singles Chart, 35 on the UK Singles Chart, and 66 on the United States’ Billboard Hot 100.”

 


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3) She’s a Korean American Adoptee.
The large Korean adoptee community faces quite a bit of controversy. Just check out this Korean adoption photo essay, the documentary about Korean American adoptee Dan Matthews and this tragic adoption case. Despite the number of individuals who are against Korean adoption, Ushkowitz proves that an adoptee can thrive under such circumstances. Her achievements have made her one of the few notable Asian Americans in mainstream media.


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4) She’s an Audrey Cover Girl.
Ushkowitz was Audrey Magazine’s very own Fall 2011 cover girl.  “I want to do what Sandra [Oh] has done, which is make herself an actress, and not an Asian American actress,” she told Audrey Magazine. “I want to be able to break those walls and make it socially wanted — not “acceptable” ‘cause I think it is acceptable — to see an Asian girl on the cover of any popular magazine.” Check out the entire interview here.

 


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5) She’s Beautiful.
Just check out these photos below.

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