With Whang-Od gaining mainstream attention in recent years, you’d think tattoo discrimination would no longer be a thing in the Philippines. After all, tattoos mean a lot of different things to different people. For some, it is art and expression of oneself. For others, it is used to mark life milestones like childbirth or the death of a loved one.
Netizen Angelie Pench, however, is living proof that some people still can’t seem to shake judgment against those who choose to cover their bodies with tattoos. She starts with sharing that in terms of snide remarks about her tattoos, she’s already heard it all:
She’s no longer new to people questioning her choice of getting multiple tattoos that cover both arms. She also has piercings in her cheeks, which, again, raised some eyebrows.
Angelie shared she experienced the same old tattoo discrimination during the graduation rites of her daughter. She reiterated her wonder that some people still can’t fathom they are not much different from those who sport tattoos and piercings.
“Napakadami na ng may tattoo sa pilipinas hindi pa din kayo masanay, hindi niyo pa rin matanggap,” she said in her Facebook status.
Netizens can’t help but share pieces of their mind about her tattoos. Fortunately, a lot of them were supportive of Angelie and her quest to put an end to tattoo discrimination:
At the end of the day, she just didn’t let the snide remarks distract her from the real spirit of celebration — after all, she’s a mother, and her main focus is of course her daughter:
“Pero syempre wala naman akong pake haha, katulad nyo magulang din ako na sobrang proud na samahan umakyat sa stage ang anak..
Congratulations ate, i love you so much, ikaw ang pinaka maganda kanina..” the loving mother said.
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