Traditional Yakuza Tattoo Designs

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Tattoo is like a language. A single sign tattoo can tell a whole story. Just like every nation has its language, every culture has its own language of tattooing. Traditional tribal tattoos are part of the culture. The land of rising sun always attracted with its unique traditions. Japanese tattooing or so-called Yakuza tattoo is pretty impressive with it bright colors and the versatility of symbols. Yakuza tattoo is a criminal type of tattoo is Japan that can tell much about the wearer.

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Yakuza is a criminal syndicate that operated or maybe operates up to this day. This traditional tattoo is worn be the members of this crime group. Particular signs of Yakuza tattoo indicate the status of the wearer in the group. Yakuza tattoo has more than 35 signs and single tattoo can include the half of the symbol signs.

First Yakuza tattoos appeared in 17th century. Those who were jailed got tattoos as marks of being thieves and criminals. Later those tattooed criminals created groups; they got their own traditions and symbol tattoos.

Traditional Yakuza tattoo is applied tattoo with the traditional hand poking method. The process was rather painful and costed much. The process lasted for days as the applying with traditional tattooing tool was rather slow. Plus, Yakuza tattoo is mostly a large one covering the whole back or sleeves and chest.

One of the main principles of Yakuza tattoo is the ability to be hidden under clothing. Thus, they are never applied on hands, neck, face, toes and fingers. Yakuza tattoo can cover the whole body yet tattoos can be easily hidden with long sleeved clothing.

yakuza tattoos

yakuza tattoos

yakuza tattoos

yakuza tattoos

yakuza tattoos

yakuza tattoos

yakuza tattoos

Traditional Yakuza Tattoo Designs