Fightland article on his many tattoo's and their significance. Enson is a pioneer and quite possibly one of the most unique characters ever in MMA and his ink is literally a storyboard of his life.
Enson Inoue: "For me, a tattoo isn't about fashion—it
isn't about [having] something that looks cool. It's something that I
want to take with me when I die.
I got my first tattoo before my Zulu fight. Funny
how I always gauge things by my fights. I put a little Shooto kanji on
my back to show my support for Shooto. That was my first tattoo, and at
that day and time, nobody wore tattoos. I was the Shooto heavyweight champion, so they couldn't banish me from
the ring because of a little tattoo. And it was a tattoo that said
"Shooto," so it made it even harder for them to banish me.
The next tattoo I got was a real honorable tattoo, where I put “Yamato
Damashii” on my back. That was my nickname. I was a foreigner that still
represented the real samurai spirit of Japan. I had two tattoos and
they were still allowing me to fight, so it pretty much opened the door
for other fighters to get tattoos.
The tattoos in the palms of my hands mean the most. Not only because they hurt the most..."
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