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Symbolism of Yakuza Tattoos
Transcript of Symbolism of Yakuza Tattoos
Methodology: Historical research
Perspective #1: Merton's version of functionalism
Perspective #2: Goffman's use of symbolic interactionism Irezumi the history of Japanese Tattoos Yayoi Period
spiritual and status symbol
marked criminals as punishment
decendents of Jomon-jin of the Jomon Period
decorative and social purposes
emergence of decorative tattoos
transition from "marks" to "imagery"
development of woodblock printing
Chinese novel "Suikoden"
Japanese government banned tattoos
tattoos were legalized during the Western Occupation after WWII "to put ink into the skin"
"decorating the body"
emphasizes the permanence and color of Nara ink Horimono "carving"
"engraving" The full-body tattoos
of the yakuza are
referred to as horimono. images from "Suikoden" Tebori "Te" meaning "hand"
"Bori" meaning "to carve, sculpt or inscribe"
Traditional Japanese tattooing method
can take an average of five years of weekly visits to complete
in the ten-thousands price range
Test of endurance
Completion of a full-body tattoo gives the yakuza member a sense of pride and belonging functions? Manifest Function Latent Function mark of criminality an outcast of society symbol of affiliation reflection of aspirations literal image
symbolic meaning Symbolic Interactionism? Can tattoos be a part of a person's identity? why do the yakuza keep their tattoos hidden? which perspective is better? The Merton-Goffman Combo function of yakuza tattoos and their meaning how the yakuza is perceived by society and how the yakuza interact with society + = understanding yakuza tattoo culture