Tribal Dragon Tattoo, Tradition dictates that skills can only be exceeded down family lines. Getting lost the love of her life at the age of 25 in a logging accident, Whang-Od did not marry again and bore no children. "It can't be approved on to anyone more, " she insists. "It must be within the same family because if another person who is not from the same bloodline starts off tattooing, the tattoo will get infected. "
However, the young in her village are not keen on adopting the body work of their elders. Tribal Dragon Tattoo, Though she actually is training her niece to carry on her work, Whang-Od states that her young relative is more enthusiastic about her studies to become a teacher. The preservation of tribal tattooing may, however, lie thousands of miles away in Mis Angeles, in which a group of dedicated members of the Filipino diaspora has been working hard to ensure the tradition is not lost.