The Ibans are one of the indigenous tribes of Borneo, one of
Lands for Tribal
Tattoo devotees. If you are into Bor-
neo style tribal tattooing, I
can wholeheartedly recommend a
visit to those
shores: beautiful place, very nice people, and in
my experience nothing but
positive reactions towards heavily
Canjing's book has by many tattoo artists been labelled the
"Bible of Iban (Tattoo) Design".
Very likely that this is true:
subject is not widely written about in the first place.
"Basic Iban Design" does in its introduction recount the story
tattooing first arrived on the island of Borneo, but
only a small part of the book is specifically on Iban tattoo de-
fabric, pottery, etc. patterns are defini-
tely more than just a little helpful
in learning to understand
Iban Tattoo design, and one can easily see
how they corre-
traditional Borneo tattooing; and vice versa.
Without a doubt, "Basic Iban Design" is a must-have for all
tattoo aficionados out there.
This is, btw, one of the exclusive tattoo books that I carry.
so far not found "Basic Iban Design" anywhere but
(not even on Malaysian Mainland; where in many
tattoos are usually frowned