Featured Filipino Tattoo Artist: Raphy “Rap2rs Tattoo” Cañeda

Raphy “Rap2rs Tattoo” Cañeda

What do the word “tattoo” defines or cross your mind first when you hear tattoo?


Well for me, tattoo simply defines — where  the tattoo artists simply inserts ink, dyes and pigments, either indelible or temporary, into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment.

Simple Trivia of Tattoo:

Tattoos fall into three broad categories; purely decorative (with no specific meaning); symbolic (with a specific meaning pertinent to the wearer); pictorial (a depiction of a specific person or item).

Brought to Europe from Polynesia in the early 19th century through naval routes, it was originally largely restricted to naval use, and was a male-only domain.

By the later 20th century it’s use was more “widespread and extended to female users. By the end of the 20th many stigmas of the tattoo culture had gone and it moved into the realm of being a fashion accessory for both men and women.


Now, let us move to the main eye of this article…

A tattoo artist “also tattooer or tattooist” is an individual who applies permanent decorative tattoos, often in an established business called a “tattoo shop,” “tattoo studio” or ‘”tattoo parlor.” Tattoo artists usually learn their craft via an apprenticeship under a trained and experienced mentor.

Featured Tattoo Artist of the Week:  Raphy “Rap2rs Tattoo” Cañeda

Raphy “Rap2rs Tattoo” Cañeda,  Graduated at the University of Cebu, Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering as Magna Cum Laude, a Project Alpha Scholar in  (Norwegian scholar). He went to Seafaring from 2002-2012 international route.  2009-2010 Assistant Superintendent Astro Shipping Management (Japanese vessels) 2010-2012- University of Cebu College Instructor 2012-2016- Senior Technical Superintendent Mariners Professional Shipmanagement Inc.
April 2015- Started tattooing part time job.. And just this year in January 2017, he went Full-time tattooing. And he didn’t mentioned this during our conversation, he is also a drummer, guitarist, and also a microphone commander. Not quite talented kind of human right? 😉 Peace out!

He’s been in the journey of joining Tattoo Competitions here in Cebu, in the PH locally, before he made it to the of  his goals in winning such tremendous awards, he was a loser. Came to his mind to stop joining competitions but greatfully he still didn’t follow his mind, but to follow his heart. I knew, because Raphy is a close friend of mine and i am very proud of what he is now, and will be in the future.

Bottomline, Raphy deserves all the awards and recognition he had now.

Below, mentioned are the awards he recently received..

(Some of his winning piece aren’t in the collage. But more photos to attach tomorrow!)

2nd place- Santastic Tattoo Competition (non-pro)
3rd place- Bumper Ink and Bass (colored open category)
3rd place- Tinaupay 5 sa Argao (non pro)
2nd place-Printa sa Panit 2016 (non pro)
4th place- Tinaupay 6 (non pro)
2nd place- InkBayaw tattoo competition (bayawan negros oriental) (non pro)
10th place- Ink Madness (non pro)



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