They could be the meanest and most violent people who ever walked on the Earth, but damn do they know about cool tattoos!
You probably heard of the Yakuza before- the infamous Japanese mafia that is still run by old badass manners such as cutting someone's finger off as a punishment. The purpose isn't to just cause pain, but rather make that person weaker by not letting them have a full grip on their sword - thus making it harder to defend yourself!
But what always amazed the tattoo community about the Yakuza isn't the violence, but obviously their tattoos! Since the 1800s when the Yakuza was in the beginning of the era of tattoos, they decided that every tattoo tells the story of each soldier and gives you background information and the ranking. And of course, it looks amazing!
These hand-painted portraits give you a glimpse of how beautiful the body art already looked back then!
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