Author(s): Andreas Johansson
The art of the Japanese tattoo has fascinated people for decades, but in Japan they are taboo since traditional full body tattoos are associated with the Japanese mafia the Yakuza. Yakuza Tattoo offers a unique insight into the dragons, fish and gods that form the identity of the Yakuza. While the motifs are inspired by the structure of the organisation, Japanese history and mythology, younger members tend to add a contemporary touch. Andreas Johansson is an academic and one of few people that have been allowed to photograph and interview members of this secretive organisation.