Certain tattoo designs have developed recognized coded meanings  russian-prison-tattoos.jpg (879×1162)

Certain tattoo designs have developed recognized coded meanings russian-prison-tattoos.jpg (879×1162)

The epaulette tattooed on the shoulder, the thieves' stars and religious tattoos on the chest all denote this thief's high rank. The skull in the centre of the epaulette can be deciphered as: 'I am not and will never be a slave, no one can force me to work'. 'YK' indicates the bearer has been through the 'Intensive Colony'

The epaulette tattooed on the shoulder, the thieves' stars and religious tattoos on the chest all denote this thief's high rank. The skull in the centre of the epaulette can be deciphered as: 'I am not and will never be a slave, no one can force me to work'. 'YK' indicates the bearer has been through the 'Intensive Colony'

russian prison tattoo - skull and crown

russian prison tattoo - skull and crown

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Russian prison tattoo. Latin "Let them hate, as long as they are afraid".

Russian prison tattoo. Latin "Let them hate, as long as they are afraid".

Russian Prison Tattoos. Every tattoo has a meaning.

Russian Prison Tattoos. Every tattoo has a meaning.

A client asked if I could paint some russian style prison tattoos on a mannequin he was going to use for display. Here's how it turned out.

A client asked if I could paint some russian style prison tattoos on a mannequin he was going to use for display. Here's how it turned out.

Based on a russian prison tattoo

Based on a russian prison tattoo

We spoke to the publisher of a book about Soviet prison ink about what tattoos would mark you as a thief, a homosexual, or a high-ranking criminal.

We spoke to the publisher of a book about Soviet prison ink about what tattoos would mark you as a thief, a homosexual, or a high-ranking criminal.

The prisoner on the left's tattoos display his anger and bitterness towards Communist power; the tattoos on the face signify that he never expects to go free.

The prisoner on the left's tattoos display his anger and bitterness towards Communist power; the tattoos on the face signify that he never expects to go free.

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