Our parents often warn us of just how permanent tattoos can be, but most of us don't think twice about the cliche butterfly we got on our eighteenth birthday or the super meaningful movie quote on our back. Plus, millions of people have tattoos, and they've been around for hundreds and hundreds of years.
But for one man on the run for the last fifteen years, his tattoos are ultimately the reason he got caught by the authorities. Maybe he should have listened to his parents after all!
Thai police recently reported that they arrested a 74-year-old man after photos of his tattoos went viral on Facebook.
Tattoos betray yakuza boss after 15 years on the run https://t.co/DUKNWNYvBs https://t.co/r9aDg2smEe— Independent.ie (@Independent.ie)1515754834.0
He was evading murder charges in Japan.
His yakuza tattoos and missing little finger went viral online https://t.co/L5ySl6lWPj— Globalnews.ca (@Globalnews.ca)1515671846.0
Over the last decade or so, Shirai has kept a low profile.
This usually is the easiest way to spot a Yakuza https://t.co/WF9n6rUJs0— Jeremy Lye (@Jeremy Lye)1515711679.0
Shirai did not operate alone.
You can RUN but you will never ESCAPE. https://t.co/9zF7biGMMl— Maina Mwaniki 🌐 (@Maina Mwaniki 🌐)1515681353.0
Both Shirai and Otobe were members of groups associated with the Yamaguchi-gumi.
Every time I've been tempted to get a tat, I hear my dad roaring "TATTOOS? SURE PULL FOR THE POLICE, BOY!" Lo and b… https://t.co/iHe9wBtlFY— BTi Enquiries (@BTi Enquiries)1515758219.0
There are several trademarks of the yakuza.
Pro tip: Think long and hard about getting tats on the ribs. https://t.co/Iujx0vhedF— J. Mark Soveign (@J. Mark Soveign)1515661443.0
Shirai was arrested while he was shopping in a market.
Retired Japanese crime boss Shigeharu Shirai, 72, has been arrested in Thailand, ending more than 14 years on the… https://t.co/1oj2y5yKw7— AFP News Agency (@AFP News Agency)1515656990.0
A Thai police spokesman gave a statement after the arrest.
Brilliant - pictures of an old bloke with cool tattoos in Thailand go viral. Turns out he's a Yakuza boss on the ru… https://t.co/6zLBNG1SqE— Mike Bird (@Mike Bird)1515742287.0
Organized crime groups are still present to this day.
Gang boss and murder suspect arrested after pictures of his tattoos went viral in Japan https://t.co/gvwznVnfRY— Rachel Middleton (@Rachel Middleton)1515761961.0
Since Shirai entered Thailand illegally, he will be extradited.
Mr Shirai is wanted for murder 14 years ago and is suspected of being part of a gang that killed a rival yakuza lea… https://t.co/SERal8Sqyi— The Times (@The Times)1515746700.0