Original Works from the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia - © Sergei Vasiliev. S)

Original Works from the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia - © Sergei Vasiliev.

Zap Notorious, 2008 (Chromogen-Foto, 1,9 auf 1,5 Meter)

Der neuseeländische „Mighty Mongrel Mob“ im Porträt

Jono Rotman decided to portray the dark side of this country, so he visited members of Mighty Mongrel Mob - New Zealand's largest gang.

looks like "zek's" tattoo with star of his status in prison, tiger as agression symbol and ortodox church which shows how many years/ terms....

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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Ganzkörpertätowiert – Prominente im Dennis-Rodman-Style

Seattle-based artist Cheyenne Randall spends his spare time turning iconic celebrities both past and present into tattooed hipsters.

Marked Men: Russian Prison Tattoos | Onelargeprawn

Sergei Vasiliev - Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Print [Gaiety is the Most Outstanding Feature of the Soviet Union]

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Russian Criminal Tatoo Encyclopedia

There is a vast difference between gang tattoos of different mafias. The Russian mafia tattoos paid great attention to detail and are secretive in nature, while the American gang tattoos are just marks of membership and do not carry specific meanings.

Yea I Rode A Tank, Held Ah Generals Rank, When The Blitzkreig Raged and The Bodies Stank! Pleased To Meet Chew, Hope You Guessa My Name!!!!!

Russian Prison Tattoos (Historical) The epaulette tattooed on the shoulder, the thieves stars and religious tattoos on the chest all denote this thiefs high rank

Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia

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

Sergei Vasiliev, Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Print No.10, 2010

This inmate was convicted for drug related crimes. 'Gott mit uns': 'God with us' was a rallying cry of both the Russian empire and the Third Reich. The Nazi Iron Cross expresses 'I don't care about anybody'

A snake around the neck is a sign of drug addiction. These trousers are the uniform of the strictest type of prison regime in the Soviet Union. Criminals sent here are known as ‘osobo opasnim retsidivistom’ (especially dangerous recidivists), who have carried out grave offences such as murder or paedophilia. They are not subject to parole.

Decoding Russian criminal tattoos – in pictures

FUEL present the archives of arkady bronnikov's russian criminal tattoo police files as a published book and exhibition.

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Matthew Houston Two hits and done for Joe on this north California themed front piece thanks for being such a charming champion! Thanks for tripping out from Berlin!