Russian criminal tattoo: "Don’t touch me if you want to live!"

Don’t touch me if you want to live! A typical ‘grin’ of a criminal of status. This menacing tattoo depicting a werewolf is usually applied to so-called ‘satanists’ or ‘dunces’ - inveterate transgressors of the prison regime.

"Man is a wolf to man." This Russian tattoo signifies ‘I am angry with my fate - my life is a failure’.

"Man is a wolf to man." This Russian tattoo signifies ‘I am angry with my fate - my life is a failure’.

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.

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.

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