'I love tattoo's and I love the classical Japanese art. Yakuza (Japanese Mafia) they also use that style...and I love the meanings behind them too.' -- John5
The name yakuza is associated with the Japanese card game of Oicho-Kabu. The game is like Black Jack except that, in Oicho-Kabu, you want to score 19, not 21. In Japanese regional dialect, the word Ya means 8, Ku means 9, and Za means 3. So when you add them up, you get 20, which is worthless in Oicho-Kabu. The yakuza, therefore, are considered 'worthless' by society and to be outsiders.
In Japan, having any tattoos is still apparantly frowned upon. But John lives in Los Angeles, USA, so he's okay.
Sunset Strip Tattoos in Hollywood created most of John's tattoos.