For thousands of years, tattoos have played a significant role in the culture of the Japanese people. From mafia symbols to clay burial figures featuring facial tattoos, tattoos have served many different purposes throughout time. “Iremuzi” is the Japanese word for traditional hand-poked tattoos. To create a permanent mark or tattoo, ink has to be inserted into the skin at a certain depth. Though modern tattooing uses a machine with automatic needles, ancient tattoo, and tattoos done in the ancient tradition, were created by poking a harkened object dipped in ink into the skin.