13.10.2014
The tattoo culture is prevalent in many countries and each of them has its own history and tradition. The yakuza tattoo is worn by members of the gang as a mark of identity that shows their allegiance to a particular group.
If you like this article, you might be interested in some of our other articles on Gang Tattoos, Outlaw Tattoos, Hispanic Tattoos and Russian Prison Tattoos. A raging emperor and a dragon as backdrop gracing the back of the yakuza make for a majestic portrait. The yakuzas display different types of tattoos, partly and fully covering their body parts.
This tattoo has popular images representing the Japanese culture like the koi fish and the cherry blossom flowers. This tattoo, fully covering the torso, has an angry hangman with a blood soaked sword in his hand. Cherry blossom flowers, eagle and koi fish adorn the body of the yakuza in this full body tattoo piece. This tattoo bearing an image of a beautiful woman points to the aesthetic eye of the yakuza.


Side tattoo covering the armpit that consists of furious looking comic book character and flowers. This yakuza has cherry blossom flowers and the image of a geisha on his back as tattoo design. Full body decorated on the lines of yakuza tattoo design makes for a fantastic attraction point.
A six member gang of yakuzas wearing back pieces that has a man making different facial expressions on different bodies. Sporting their full body tattoos and being stared at by others, the yakuzas make for a cool picture. Showing a dreadful gangster tearing a tree branch with his teeth, the tattoo stands for the energy level of yakuzas.
A Yakuza gang head, looking royal in his attire, finds place as tattoo design the upper back. This full back, black and white tattoo, shows a fight between a dragon and a whiplash carrying woman. The yakuzas display their full body tattoos during the three shrine festival held in May, every year.


A lot of very lovely irezumi (I love the one with the dive-bombing airplane, though the entire tattoo feels pretty new school to me), but a lot of the subjects are misidentified, lol.
The images and symbolism associated with images are the points that make a tattoo acquire a national identity. The origin of the tattoos can be traced back to the practice of branding the criminals with tattoo marks as punishment. All of the so-called geisha tattoos are actually angels (tennyo), and I’m almost positive that the upper back tattoo of a warrior on horseback is in fact Tomoe Gozen, a legendary warrior woman of the Heian period who rode to victory in many battles. The mysterious tattoos, worn by the gang members, have numerous symbols representing the Japanese culture. There is one another aspect of the Japanese tattoos that is notorious and people are curious to know about it. The yakuza refers to a criminal or the organized crime syndicate operating in Japan for more than hundred years.



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