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

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

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

russian prison tattoos again. These are simpler, and I like the designs better. I like the dead of having them across the knuckles like rings. It's very tough.

russian prison tattoos again. These are simpler, and I like the designs better. I like the dead of having them across the knuckles like rings. It's very tough.

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

The Visual Encyclopedia of Russian Prison Tattoos | VICE | United States

The Visual Encyclopedia of Russian Prison Tattoos

Photo of a Russian prisoner from Arkady Bronnikov's book Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files, published by FUEL in 2014

The Visual Encyclopedia of Russian Prison Tattoos

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’.