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Horihiro: Tattoo Master to the Yakuza

Japanese tattooist Horihiro came to Melbourne for a holiday but has spent much of his time decorating the arms and backs of a lucky few.

As one of only about five masters in the world who specialise in the art of wabori – the manual tattooing of traditional images, favoured by the Japanese mafia or yakuza – Horihiro has been in high demand since arriving in December.

”I love nature. I came for a holiday, but my friend told me to bring my equipment just in case,” says the 57-year-old through an interpreter. ”I have done about seven or eight tattoos already. Not for money. Just friends, or friends of friends.”

Read the rest of the story: Master to the yakuza needles locals.