These Gorgeous Alibata Tattoos Will Make You Want To Get Inked

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No, they're not just random pretty squiggles.

Alibata, or baybayin, is an ancient alphabet that was used in the Philippines from the 13th to 18th centuries. Though hardly anyone knows how to read and write in baybayin, alibata tattoos have become quite popular, and it's easy to see why. Alibata tattoos are a way to embrace one's Filipino identity and cultural history — while having something pretty branded on your skin.

Aesthetically pleasing and meaningful? We totally get it.

If you're thinking of getting a baybayin or alibata tattoo, here are some photos to serve as inspo.

1. Placement is key, and we're huge fans of tattoos in the sideboob/rib area.

2. Along the spine is also a popular choice.

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3. What about your collar bone?

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4. Or the nape of your neck?

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5. Getting a tattoo in the inside of your forearm is a popular choice.

6. We love this dainty script!

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7. Don't limit yourself to black ink!

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8. You could even go for a more subtle tattoo using white ink!

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Ito ay para kay Maria! #baybayin #handpokeph #maharlikahandpoke #baybayinbuhayin

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9. Or add a watercolour design for (literal) splashes of colour.

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 10. Remember: your alibata tattoos don't have to be written in a straight line.

 11. Have fun with it, and collaborate with your tattoo artist to come up with something that's truly your own — which is the whole point of alibata tattoos, right?

Looking for an artist for your alibata tattoos?

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