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.
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