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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.

russian-criminal-tattoos:        A convict’s tattoo signifying ‘I am a recidivist convict. I have no resources to support a conscience’.

russian-criminal-tattoos: “ A convict’s tattoo signifying ‘I am a recidivist convict. I have no resources to support a conscience’.

Fuel has a new book out with 180 photos of Russian criminal tattoo from the 1960s-1980s. It is a Kickstarter-funded project.

Russian Criminal Tattoo Archive Text across the eyelids reads ‘DON’T / WAKE’. Eye tattoos are made by inserting a metal spoon under the eyelid so that the ‘needle’ doesn’t pierce the eye.

"Parts of Japan gave them tattoo on the criminals´ arms. Many are simple lines around the arm. On the bottom line, the third left, I can see the sign of “悪”, bad in Japanese. This was Kishu´s (紀州/now Mie and Wakayama prefecture) tattoo.":

"Parts of Japan gave criminals tattoos on their arms. Many are simple lines around the arm. On the bottom line, the third left, I can see the sign of “悪”, bad in Japanese. This was Kishu´s (紀州/now Mie and Wakayama prefecture) tattoo.

I PROMISE -silkscreen prints-POSTER ART

The hands of Viggo Mortensen, from the movie Eastern Promises.

Lady Justice oooooooooooooo i like i like

Blindfold: Lady justice wears a blindfold to representher impartiallity.

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.

Criminal Tattoos (@luislefeld) on Instagram: “Disponible para tatuar / para citas al DM #madrid #madridtattoo #traditional #traditionaltattoo…”

Criminal Tattoos (@luislefeld) on Instagram: “Disponible para tatuar / para citas al DM #madrid #madridtattoo #traditional #traditionaltattoo…”

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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