Prison tattoos

Explore the fascinating world of prison tattoos, where art meets symbolism. Discover the stories behind these meaningful tattoos and the unique culture they represent.
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This is a very interesting project titled L.A Cultura that was documented by photographer Andres Herren. Although the gangsters in LA are responsible for much of the violence there, they do live by a code that includes loyalty, honesty, and love. They also like tattoos, a lot. Related posts:Mara 18 (31 pics)Two LA Gangs, Two Mortal Enemies (26 pics)Rio de Janeiro Gangsters (28 pics)

A high-ranking, authoritative thief (left). In the early 1950s, it became customary for thieves to tattoo dots or small crosses on the knuckles, the number of dots indicating the number of terms. Prison is this thief's home, he is of the highest rank in the thieves' social hierarchy. His ring tattoos show that he was the only underage detainee in his circle of thieves, and that he is an 'anti-social': an inveterate transgressor of the prison regime, who completely refuses to work. Hand Tattoos, Biceps, Russian Criminal Tattoo, Russian Prison Tattoos, Russian Tattoo, Criminal Tattoo, Gang Tattoos, Old Tattoos, Cool Tattoos

These haunting images were taken in the early 1990s by photographer Sergei Vasiliev after he gained access to some of Russia's toughest prisons at the peak of the post-Soviet Union gangland power struggle.