Why are yakuza so happy to mark themselves as criminals with tattoos?

 “In Edo times, criminals were branded across the cheek or forehead to mark them for life. Once the yakuza came into power, they deliberately turned the punishment into a badge of pride” Karin Muller, Japanland pg 48


1 Comment

  1. crella said,

    January 16, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Why do the Hell’s Angels or gang members ? It’s a sign of bad-a**itude I think :-)and group identity, and thumbing your nose at society in general.

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