The irizumi does not hide the skin. The tattoo reveals the nature of the man and illuminates the four noble professions in the Book Of Five Rings: the warrior, the artist, the merchant, and the farmer. If there is a conflict between the needle and the skin, between the mark and the man, then perhaps the path you have chosen is not the path for which you're suited.
Life has a melody, Gaius. A rhythm of notes that become your existence once played in harmony with God's plan. It's time to do your part and realize your destiny. –Which is what, exactly? –You are the Guardian and Protector of the New Generation of God's Children. The first member of our family will be with us soon, Gaius. It's time to make your choice. –But I don't understand what you're talking about. Really, I don't understand. –Come. See the face of the shape of things to come.