Yakuza tattoos, often referred to as irezumi, are one of the most iconic symbols of Japan’s organized crime syndicate. The tattoos are rooted in a complex set of symbols and imagery that can tell stories of social standing, criminal activities, regions, and gangs. Yakuza tattoos often have intense religious symbolism and spiritual imagery and are used to communicate loyalty to the gang and the organization, often on an individual level. The tattoos are expected to convey messages about the wearer’s power and to serve as a deterrent to potential rivals, enemies, or anyone attempting to challenge the yakuza. The tattoos typically involve animals, mythical creatures, and other symbols that can have specific meanings. Yakuza members are expected to adhere to a strict code of honor and loyalty and wear their tattoos with pride as a symbol of this commitment.