The yakuza tattoo is worn by members of the gang as a mark of identity that shows their allegiance to a particular group. The origin of the tattoos can be traced back to the practice of branding the criminals with tattoo marks as punishment. In all probability, the yakuza tattoos have been influenced by the aforementioned act. The mysterious tattoos, worn by the gang members, have numerous symbols representing the Japanese culture. Here we give you a low down on the tattoos through these 35 images. Take a look.
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Yakuza BackA raging emperor and a dragon as backdrop gracing the back of the yakuza make for a majestic portrait.
Yakuzas TogetherGang members inside a police station with their various full body yakuza tattoos.
Tattoos ExhibitionThe yakuzas display different types of tattoos, partly and fully covering their body parts.
Full Back TattooThis tattoo has popular images representing the Japanese culture like the koi fish and the cherry blossom flowers.
Full Back Tattoo
Yakuza Dragon TattooThe yakuza has a fierce dragon with a kanji symbol in its claws, tattooed on his back.
Yakuza Dragon Tattoo
Shoulder TattooA vibrant, fully bloomed red flower with black and white flaming outlines makes for an attractive and aggressive design.
Hangman Front TattooThis tattoo, fully covering the torso, has an angry hangman with a blood soaked sword in his hand.
Hangman Front Tattoo
Showing OffThe veteran yakuza flaunts his half body tattoo in style among the bevy of criminals.
Full Body SuitCherry blossom flowers, eagle and koi fish adorn the body of the yakuza in this full body tattoo piece.
Full Body Suit
Picturesque DesignFull back tattoo design inspired from the movie 108 Heroes of the Suikoden.
Half Body TattooThis tattoo bearing an image of a beautiful woman points to the aesthetic eye of the yakuza.
Half Body Tattoo
Comics Yakuza TattooSide tattoo covering the armpit that consists of furious looking comic book character and flowers.
Comics Yakuza Tattoo
Geisha TattooThis yakuza has cherry blossom flowers and the image of a geisha on his back as tattoo design.
Yakuza GirlThe fabulous abs of the girl decorated with yakuza tattoo design looks sexy and hot.
Walking Art PieceFull body decorated on the lines of yakuza tattoo design makes for a fantastic attraction point.
Walking Art Piece
Poplular Tattoo DesignCherry blossom flowers and koi fish are widely worn by the yakuzas as tattoo designs.
Poplular Tattoo Design
Yakuza GangA six member gang of yakuzas wearing back pieces that has a man making different facial expressions on different bodies.
Robust YakuzasSporting their full body tattoos and being stared at by others, the yakuzas make for a cool picture.
Powerful Yakuza TattooShowing a dreadful gangster tearing a tree branch with his teeth, the tattoo stands for the energy level of yakuzas.
Powerful Yakuza Tattoo
Devil InsideThe hanya mask is a legend about a jealous wife!
Half Body SuitYakuza, wearing a torso tattoo, has got a collage of dangerous images and flowers on it.
Half Body Suit
Upper Back TattooA Yakuza gang head, looking royal in his attire, finds place as tattoo design the upper back.
Upper Back Tattoo
Dangerous FightThis full back, black and white tattoo, shows a fight between a dragon and a whiplash carrying woman.
Sanja Masturi SceneThe yakuzas display their full body tattoos during the three shrine festival held in May, every year.
Sanja Masturi Scene
Roaring DragonThe symbol of power and mystery is an approprite tattoo design for the yakuzas.
Taming The DragonThe charming geisha tries to hold the wild dragon with her charm and magic.
Taming The Dragon