Man Wins Kazuma Kiryu's $9000 Back Tattoo
Posted on Tuesday, March 22 @ 11:35:33 PST by Nicholas Tan
In March of last year, Sega sponsored a contest for one lucky winner to get Kazuma Kiryu's badass dragon tattoo from the Yakuza series. For anyone who doesn't know, tattoos in the yakuza are much more important than those in a typical gang; the tattoo artist is meant to see into the person's soul before choosing a design to represent that person's ultimate destiny. It's the art of spiritual permanence.
The lucky winner was Fari Salievski, who just happens to be a 46-year-old full-time MMA trainer and martial arts instructor in Liverpool, Australia. As a 7th degree martial arts master with over 29 years of experience in Hapkido, Brazilian Jiujitsu, and Kickboxing, as well as the owner of Sydney's only American Top Team affiliate where he trains Cage Fighters, he is probably one of the few people appropriate enough and worthy enough to receive the back tattoo.
The artist Josh Roelink from Tatudharma Studios in Sydney applied the tattoo on Fari's back once every three weeks for four hours, taking six months to complete. Fari was not prepared for how taxing a tattoo of that size can be:
You can see the full process below.
When asked how his life has changed, he was surprised by the reaction:
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