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Soviet criminal and prisoners would sometimes get large chest and back tattoos of Stalin and Lenin, not out of respect, but to avoid having internal organs ...

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Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files

Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files

Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files

Text across the chest reads 'Pray mother and your son will return'. Text on the cross reads 'Save and Protect'. Text on the arm reads 'The more I get to ...

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Secret meanings of Russian prisoner tattoos

The eyes on the chest signify 'I can see everything' and 'I am watching'. Battle scenes and knights in armour represent executioners or overseers sometimes ...

This tattoo is a variation on the myth of Pometheus, who, after tricking Zeus, is chained to a rock in eternal punishment. The sailing ship with white sails ...

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The eyes on the top of the chest signify 'I can see everything' and 'I am watching'. Text across the chest reads 'Son of the criminal world'.

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Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files

Cathedral tattoo, as seen on Russian criminal

Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files

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Big brother is watching (Credit: Photo: Arkady Bronnikov/FUEL Russian Criminal Tattoo

The Russian Criminal Tattoo Archive documents Russian criminals' tattoos and their coded meanings — and includes tattoo drawings by prison guard Danzig Bal

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Thieves' honour (Credit: Photo: Arkady Bronnikov/FUEL Russian Criminal Tattoo Archive

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Text on the arm reads 'Remember me, don't forget me' and

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Arkady Bronnikov has collected more than 20,000 tattoos from male and female prisoners - and is

Traditionally tattoos bearing images of Lenin and Stalin were usually tattooed onto the chest, it was a commonly held belief that Communist firing squads ...

These pictures were taken between 1989 and 1993 in prisons and reform settlements across Chelyabinsk,

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Star inmate (Credit: Photo: Arkady Bronnikov/FUEL Russian Criminal Tattoo Archive)

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Bullet-proof leaders (Credit: Photo: Arkady Bronnikov/FUEL Russian Criminal Tattoo

Inside the Criminal Russian Subculture of the U.S. Prison System. Genis and his wife enjoying a visit together during his time behind bars.

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The dollar bills, skyscrapers and machine gun with the initials 'US' stamped on it convey this inmate's love for the American mafia-like lifestyle.

This thief is tattooed in the traditional fashion with a large image (usually a church or a cross) taking up the most important part of the body: the chest.

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Russian Criminals Tattoo

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Russian Criminals Tattoo

Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files

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Real criminals got eyes tattooed on the chest. It meant they were a senior criminal

The rose on this man's chest means that he turned 18 while in prison. The acronym "SOS" on his right forearm could stands for "Spasi, Otets, Syna" (Save me, ...

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Eye-opener (Credit: Photo: Arkady Bronnikov/FUEL Russian Criminal Tattoo Archive

Images of a church or monastery meant that the person was a thief

Decoding Russian criminal tattoos – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

Tattoo artists were called “prickers”. They were in such high demand that prisoners would transfer into certain prisons just to be near a good artist

Having a tattoo of Lenin or Stalin over your chest or vital organs could protect you

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It could also mean that the bearer had been in prison since childhood, or it can refer to loyalty towards a certain criminal ...

A member of the Mexican Mafia has the organization's name tattoed on his abdomen

I was born in prison and I'll die in prison… Russian Prison Tattoo Art

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Cat heads tattooed on the chest meant the bearer was cunning and deceptive

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... in the camps of the Urals where the tattoo artists produce work of exceptional quality. Because they were so held in such high regard, criminals often ...

Decoding Russian criminal tattoos – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

The cat's whiskers (Credit: Photo: Arkady Bronnikov/FUEL Russian Criminal Tattoo Archive

Little crosses tattooed on the knuckles were tallies for trips to the “zone,” a.k.a. a prison or labor camp.

Deiaco also has offensive tattoos on his chest.

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The epaulette tattooed on the shoulder, the thieves' stars and religious tattoos on the

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These images were meant for prisoners who'd lost a card game, collaborated with the authorities, or broke a gang's code of honor.

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Knuckling down (Credit: Photo: Arkady Bronnikov/FUEL Russian Criminal Tattoo Archive)

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