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Hey, tough guy! Whaddya think's gonna happen when I pull back this knife, huh? Yer gonna lose those four pretty fingers a' yours! (体のでけえタフなあんちゃんよォ!おいらがこのナイフをちょいとひっぱったらどうなると思う?完璧に4本の指は そげ落ちるぜ!, Karada no deke e tafu na an-chan yo! Oira ga kono naifu o choi to hippattara dō naru to omou? Kanpeki ni 4-pon no yubi wa soge ochiru ze!)
—Tattoo, Chapter 8: The Stone Mask, Part 1

Tattoo (刺青, Irezumi), as referred to by Speedwagon, is a tertiary ally featured in the first part of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series, Phantom Blood. As a resident of Ogre Street, he initially tries to rob Jonathan Joestar alongside Speedwagon and a Kempo Fighter.


Tattoo is a rugged-looking grown man with a medium-sized beard and unkempt hair. His wardrobe consists mainly of a fringed leather jacket, pants, and belt. His most noticeable feature, and the obvious source of his name, is a large tattoo stretching from cheek to cheek and from forehead to nose dorsum - the tattoo appears to be either a butterfly or a design similar to a Rorschach test image.

Color Schemes

The series is known for alternating colors between media, the information presented below may or may not be canon.
Skin(Fair, blue face tattoo.)
(Tan poncho over a green coat, brown belt with a golden buckle, blue pants)
Skin(Fair, blue face tattoo.)
(Mode beige poncho with a green collar and dark brown tassels, mode beige coat with green sleeves, mode beige pants.)
Skin(Fair, red face tattoo.)
(Beige poncho over a blue coat and pants, brown belt, black arm warmers.)
Skin(Fair, blue face tattoo.)
Upper Outfit
(Beige poncho and pants over a beige coat with green sleeves, auburn arm warmers, brown belt with a silver buckle, black boots.)


Not much is known about Tattoo's personality, but he is a rowdy, violent street thug. As a thief from the dangerous alley known as Ogre Street, Tattoo is known to attack strangers alongside his two friends. He is known for using a knife, and shows no remorse for maiming and dismembering his opponents.


Phantom Blood

Tattoo attacks Jonathan

Little is known about Tattoo, aside from his rowdy nature and acquaintanceship with fellow Ogre Street thug Robert E. O. Speedwagon. He is first introduced when he, along with Speedwagon and the Kempo Fighter, ambush Jonathan Joestar during his journey to find a cure for his father's illness. Speedwagon sends Tattoo to attack Jonathan first: attempting to stab Jonathan with his knife, he is surprised when Jonathan grabs the blade. Though he threatens to cut Jonathan's fingers off by pulling out the blade, Tattoo is knocked away by a quick punch from Jonathan.[1] After Speedwagon's defeat, Tattoo is shocked to discover that his injuries are minor, Jonathan having held back in consideration of his family.[2]

After Jonathan's battle with Dio at the Joestar Mansion, Speedwagon decides to visit Jonathan in the hospital, bringing Tattoo and Kempo Master along for the ride. Out of concern for his friend's health, Tattoo suggests that Speedwagon relax due to his own injuries, a suggestion that Speedwagon rejects before falling face-first onto the ground.[3]

He and the Kempo Master join the rest of Jonathan's friends to see Jonathan and Erina off on their honeymoon to America.[4]

Chapters / Episodes

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Chapters in order of appearance
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Episodes in order of appearance

Video Games

Phantom Blood (PS2)

Referred to as "Tattoo Guy" in the game, he appears as an enemy during Chapter 05 alongside Speedwagon and the Kempo Fighter. He can be selected for one fight in Extra Battle Mode, though his moveset is limited.

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Tattoo Guy
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Careless Stab
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Eyebrow Split
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Face Stab
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Carotid Artery Cut
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Heart Thrust
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Evasive Roll

Available Stages: Extra Battle 04

Eyes of Heaven (PS3/PS4)

Tattoo appears in the game as part of Speedwagon's moveset and exclusive Style, Ogre Street (食屍鬼街(オウガーストリート), Ougā Sutorīto). When utilized, Speedwagon will temporarily summon Tattoo and the Kempo Fighter, who will follow him until they are: ordered to attack, hit, or separated far enough from him.

Using the skill, Go nuts with those knives, boys!, Tattoo will attack Speedwagon's target and unleash an unblockable stab, but will also attack the nearest opponent if Speedwagon is not locked on to anybody.

Diamond Records (Android/iOS)

Tattoo appears in Diamond Records as part of Speedwagon's moveset, alongside the Kempo Fighter. In Action Battle, he can be summoned to attack once with his knife, or be summoned alongside the Kempo Fighter to help Speedwagon fight off opponents for a limited time. However, in Tactical Battle he can only be summoned to do single attacks.

Tattoo also appears on his own as an enemy character.



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