EPISODE 4 – Taiwan
Written and directed by Randy Kelly
The Paiwan people are one of about 20 Indigenous minorities who make up roughly 3% of the population of Taiwan. When Cudjuy Patjidres discovered that his Paiwanese ancestors had a tattoo culture, he was surprised and amazed. Having developed his artistic skills from watching his grandfather weave and carve wood, he is now dedicated to preserving the ancient symbols and designs that were once common on the island.
Paiwan artist Cudjuy Patjidres comes from Sapulju, located in Taimali Township, Taitung County, Taiwan. When he was 25 years old, he came across an old photograph of a Paiwan warrior with tattoos all over on his body. Inspired by the picture, he picked up the art of traditional hand-tapping tattoos.