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"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-criminal-tattoos:  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.

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.

Russian prison tattoo:  "I SEE MY DESTINY" - AW

Russian criminal tattoos via Forestbound . These tattoos are part of a collection of designs collected by a Russian prison guard.

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.

Russian cursive from a Soviet era alphabet book. Size could be better, but will do for a small print.

Russian cursive from a Soviet era alphabet book. Size could be better, but will do for a small print.

'It's harmful for a stool-pigeon to live in the world!' A tattoo from a man convicted for killing two convicts

‘It’s harmful for a stool-pigeon to live in the world!’ A tattoo from a man convicted for killing two convicts convicted of financial corruption [convict convicting of convictism convictingly convict.

Russian tattoo meaning{until we meet again} My tattoo I got after Craig passed away. #tattoo #loss

Russian tattoo meaning{until we meet again} My tattoo I got after Craig passed…

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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.