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|Members from the Takahashi-gumi Yakuza celebrate during the second day |
of Tokyo’s Sanja Festival. (Credit: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images)
These tattoos have been a taboo art form, a sign of intimidation or a connection to the underworld, but 69 year old tattoo master Horiyoshi III has spent his life using irezumi to keep alive traditional Japanese culture – a cryptic history of dragons, street knights and samurai.