"Body and Soul": John Oakes accompanies Yuko Kobo to Kyoto, Japan where John heals from injuries that he suffered at the hands of a Yakuza assassin. Yuko introduces John to her grandfather, a great master of tattoo artistry.
- I could feel the power of the place resonate: like ringing in my ears, like seeing Tarrant's cell for the first time. Like the first time a needle touched my flesh. Like leaving my father.
Skin Graft: The Adventures of a Tattooed Man #3 is an issue of the series Skin Graft: The Adventures of a Tattooed Man (Volume 1) with a cover date of September, 1993.
Appearing in "Body and Soul"
- Master Kobo (First appearance)
- Yuko Kobo
Synopsis for "Body and Soul"
John Oakes accompanies Yuko Kobo to Kyoto, Japan where John heals from injuries that he suffered at the hands of a Yakuza assassin. Yuko introduces John to her grandfather, a great master of tattoo artistry.
Master Kobo tells John the story of Mizoguchi Kenji, one of his most gifted students. Mizoguchi had great talent, but little patience and poor discipline. As Mizoguchi went into his own practice, his style was corrupted by darker influences. This affected not only his work, but his lifestyle choices as well. Master Kobo could no longer tolerate the boy's presence, and Mizoguchi left him to join the Yakuza. John comes to realize that it was Mizoguchi who was responsible for all of the murders in San Francisco.
A few days later, Yuko leaves her grandfather's home on special business. She refuses to tell John or her grandfather where she is going. Yuko visits the home of Mizoguchi Kenji who is now revealed to be her father. Yuko had lured John Oakes to Japan on Kenji's behalf. Kenji wants the power of John's tattoos and has enlisted the aid of John's mentor, Abel Tarrant, the original Tattooed Man to help him.
- Cover model for this issue is Mike Nota. Tattoo artists for this issue are Jonathan Shaw and Richard Montgomery.
- No trivia.