Horrific though the irezumi brush may be, in skilled hands it creates some of the most beautiful images ever seen on skin. Today, for Amazing Stuff lovers across the world, we have shaken the giant cherry tree that is the internet and pawed through them to find the choicest blossoms, which we present to you here as the ultimate selection of the most amazing yakuza tattoos and irezumi photos.
The man is most probably a member of the the Japanese mafia, or yakuza, and although his back designs are making you want to look, you really probably shouldn’t. In ancient times, tattoos were given to outlaws as a punishment, and the tattoo taboo continued well into the 20th century.
And thankfully for the sake of gender equality and general aesthetics, yakuza tattoos are not reserved exclusively for the dangerous men. Nowadays this amazing body art is legal again, but done the traditional way with an irezumi brush made of 46 stainless steel needles, and costing upwards of ?20,000 for a full body suit, it might still be seen as a form of punishment!
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