Re: [SCA-JML] "Organized" crime and tattoos
- Ogami Itto wrote:
> IIRC, the yakuza was (is?) a post-period phenomenom. So, thisRemember that "Traditional" in Japanese cultural contexts means "pre 20th
> question is probably OT, but...
> I'm looking for information regarding the history of tattooing
> in Japan, particularly as they were used by organized crime groups.
> (Of course, there is a big chance that I could be completely comfused
> by modern mythology in this matter.) I have seen several
> photographic art books giving examples of modern tattoos done in what
> they call the traditional style, but they don't give a lot of real
Tattooing to mark criminals was codified in Edo, but I don't know by how
much the practice predated Edo. Typically, it would be something like a
broad ring tattooed around the the upper arm for an occurrence of
X-offense, a chevron or some such mark on the arm for Y-offense, (possibly
some mark on the forehead for Z-offense), and so on. It's been postulated
that the practice of full-body tattooing was developed to "camouflage" the
marks of judicial tattooing.
>No. Never. Even today in Japan, tattoos are signs of the lower class.
> Secondly, would it have been acceptable in the sengoku era for a
> buke to sport tattoos?
Officers and gentlemen do not sport tattoos.
>That's what holidays are for.
> Please forgive the somewhat chaotic nature of my thoughts today;
> the holiday season has worn me out.