Russian prison tattoo: "I SEE MY DESTINY" - AW

a few weeks ago i picked up a copy of the russian criminal tattoo encyclopedia vol. this three volume series wa.

Russian Prison Tattoos. Every tattoo has a meaning.

Symbols of a life of crime: The fading tattoos on Russia's gangland prisoners that can be read like a criminal underworld CV

Russian prison tattoos

Russian Criminal Tattoos

The Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia is an exhaustive research project, the product of the lifetime works of Danzig Baldaev, prison guard and amateur artist during the Soviet period, and press photographer Sergei Vasiliev.

russian prison tattoo - skull and crown

Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Volume I by Damon Murray, Stephen Sorrell, Sergei Vasiliev, Danzig Baldaev. This would be fascinating bedside reading.

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There are hundreds or more prison tattoos since almost all prisons have their own style of tattoos. Here are 12 of the most known types of prison tattoos.

Female Russian prison tattoo."I look at life as it is".   "A female tattoo imitating a male tattoo. The bearer was a prostitute and thief who had robbed her drunken clients in their apartments. She was sentenced under Article 144 of the Criminal Code of the RSFSR."

‘I look at life as it is’ A female tattoo imitating a male tattoo. The bearer was a prostitute and thief who had robbed her drunken clients in their apartments. She was sentenced under Article 144 of the Criminal Code of the RSFSR.

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‘Russia in the embrace of the CPSU*’ *Communist Party of the Soviet Union. A rare anti-communist 'grin’.

This prisoner's tattoos display his anger and bitterness towards Communist power; the tattoos on the face signify that he never expects to go free

Symbols of a life of crime: The fading tattoos on Russia's gangland prisoners that can be read like a criminal underworld CV

Original Works from the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia - © Sergei Vasiliev.

‘Only death will reform me! Solikamsk Supreme Soviet Presidium decree The tattoo of a criminal 'authority’ and 'legitimate thief’ among convicts.

Danzig Baldaev’s Prison House of Flesh: Design Observer

Danzig Baldaev’s Prison House of Flesh

Drawings of Russian criminal tattoos by Danzig Baldaev. From the essay: Danzig Baldaev's Prison House of Flesh

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