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Post by Dan @ 02:33pm 22/03/11 | 26 Comments
A year ago, you might remember, SEGA ran a competition promoting their Japanese mafia sandbox title Yakuza 3, with the prize being a bigass full back-piece tattoo matching that of the game's protagonist Kazuma Kiryu, valued at over $9000.

Today, as Yakuza 4 is about to hit shelves, SEGA have let us know that the competition winner actually went through with it and now has one of the most extreme pieces of videogame body-art in the world.

According to SEGA, the winner is 46 year-old Fari Salievski from Liverpool NSW and is actually a full-time martial arts instructor and MMA trainer.

The tattoo work was done by artist Josh Roelink of Tatudharma Studios in Sydney, who incidentally is the same guy responsible for the colourful decorations all over AusGamers' own Steve Farrelly. Rather awesomely, Roelink, was immediately familiar with the Japanese artist responsible for the game's artwork and contacted him for approval to re-create it.

Click here and here for a couple of high-res images of the tattoo or check out SEGA's press release PDF for more info, including an interview with the prize winner.

Yakuza 4 is due exclusively on PlayStation 3 on March 24 2011. Watch the Yakuza 4 Launch trailer below or click here for the HD option.













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Enska
Posted 02:38pm 22/3/11
Ahaha holy shit, this is also where I got mine done haha.
DM
Posted 02:42pm 22/3/11
I thought Yakuza get a bit angry if you have a tattoo like this and they see it. Or did I just hear that in a movie?
Dan
Posted 02:43pm 22/3/11
I've heard that too, but if it's true, at least the winner they chose is someone who's able to defend themselves =D
hardware
Posted 02:44pm 22/3/11
wat
i wouldn't get that tattoo even if you paid me $90,000
Steve Farrelly
Posted 02:48pm 22/3/11
Enska, who at Tatudharma did your work? Also, pics or lying
Opec
Posted 02:50pm 22/3/11
That's a pretty bad ass tats.
BillyHardball
Posted 02:50pm 22/3/11
Pretty good recreation of the tat with the huge exception of the chinese characters on the left...
Hogfather
Posted 02:53pm 22/3/11
Pretty good recreation of the tat with the huge exception of the chinese characters on the left...

Must be on purpose its blatantly different ..
Opec
Posted 02:54pm 22/3/11
Yeah it's in the PDF link Dan posted. He changed the letters to relate to Martial Arts instead.
Sc00bs
Posted 02:55pm 22/3/11
I thought Yakuza get a bit angry if you have a tattoo like this and they see it. Or did I just hear that in a movie?


ahahahaha how many yakuza do you guys see in your daily life or even at the beach here in oz that your worried whether they get angry or not :/
Opec
Posted 02:56pm 22/3/11

Are you pleased with the results? Do you think it’s an accurate representation of the
original Yakuza tattoo?

Absolutely love it and so do all my friends and students. Spot on, I just personalised
my Kanji in place of the original as it represented the original artist.
DM
Posted 03:00pm 22/3/11
I just personalised my Kanji

Oh dear I want to know what it says/what he thinks it says.
Caveboy
Posted 03:05pm 22/3/11
Lol at all you people with tats. One day soon being unique will mean not having them.
Fixah
Posted 03:08pm 22/3/11
Crazy. I thought it looked better before it was coloured in.
I've heard that too, but if it's true, at least the winner they chose is someone who's able to defend themselves =D
Even if he can defend himself it's still a bit hard blocking bullets.
Enska
Posted 03:12pm 22/3/11
Lol at all you people who have an issue with tats. One day soon maybe you won't care what a another person chooses to do to their body.

Steve, Alex did mine. no pics because I have a dodgy old nokia phone with no camera atm
Steve Farrelly
Posted 03:18pm 22/3/11
ah right, yeah Alex is a dude, he's getting better and better
Pinky
Posted 03:29pm 22/3/11
ahahahaha how many yakuza do you guys see in your daily life or even at the beach here in oz that your worried whether they get angry or not :/

Only one. We go for a light beer sometimes down at Port Melbourne.

I think the tattoo is ridiculous. My brother is covered in tatts. I am, and will remain, ink free.
Dethon
Posted 04:56pm 22/3/11
Cool tattoos are cool
shit tattoos are shit

i think getting flavour of the month sailor jerry tatts all over yourself like every other yankee baseball cap wearing faux punk kiddy screamo fan dweeb out there when you are young is lame.
But getting well thought out individualistic art or making a statement is cool.

thats just me tho. :P
Door
Posted 05:22pm 22/3/11
I'm going to get a tattoo because it will accentuate my body's attractiveness, make it pretty and it'd go great with my jewelry, skirt and handbags.
Fixah
Posted 05:30pm 22/3/11
You do that, at the end of the day you're just a door.
DM
Posted 05:36pm 22/3/11
Everyone gets a turn?
HurricaneJim
Posted 05:36pm 22/3/11
Anyone for non-alcohol induced liver failure apply at Tatudharma Studios...
Crakaveli
Posted 05:55pm 22/3/11
Read this as Spider man actually gets Yakuza..

:(
csirac
Posted 08:44pm 22/3/11
umm the tat is in korean....am i missing something?
HeardY
Posted 08:48pm 22/3/11
Pretty good recreation of the tat with the huge exception of the chinese characters on the left...


Did read the press release did we :P

Are you pleased with the results? Do you think it’s an accurate representation of the
original Yakuza tattoo?
Absolutely love it and so do all my friends and students. Spot on, I just personalised
my Kanji in place of the original as it represented the original artist.


I don't get tats, but whatever if people what to do it, fine go ahead, it's just not for me.

Also enjoy those tats in 30 or 40 years when everything is saggy or after getting a full sleeve done and then changing careers or whatever and having that thing there for good.

To each their own though
J
Posted 08:48pm 22/3/11
I can't read the kanji in the original but Fari had 'Hapkido' written in hangeul on the flag i.e the Korean script for a Korean martial art that I'm guessing this guy is a practitioner of.
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