Kotetsu Boku is known as the, “Korean Tiger,” by his friends and throughout the mixed martial arts world. So he decided to get a permanent reminder of who is by tattooing the beast on his ribs. Here are a few pictures taken at, “Tattoo Soul,” in Ikebukuro while tattoo artist Akilla of the Horitoshi family worked his magic.
If youâ€™ve browsed this blog then youâ€™ve seen Akillaâ€™s work and you know that heâ€™s a traditional Japanese tattoo artist who practices the art of tebori - hand poked tattoo.
Look closely and youâ€™ll see some letters inside the stripes of the tiger. Itâ€™s says, “Krazy Bee,” which is the name of Boku-sanâ€™s gym.
Japanese MMA fighters are allowed to have tattoos… but they arenâ€™t allowed to have traditional Japanese, “wabori,” style tattoos which are often associated with the Yakuza. So since he couldnâ€™t get wabori on his body, the tigerâ€™s legs have wabori on them!