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.
‘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.
russian-criminal-tattoos: Latin: ‘Remember your mortality’ This tattoo was worn by a prisoner convicted of the theft of either state or public property, he was sentenced to twenty-five years imprisonment.
Text above the cross reads ‘O Lord, Save and Protect your servant Viktor’, text beneath reads ‘God do not judge me by my deeds but by your mercy’. Text above the waist reads ‘I fuck poverty and misfortune’.