The art of tattoo making has been associated with criminals in many countries. The gang members wore them as symbol of pride and as a mark of identity which proved their allegiance to a particular group. Among the criminal tattoos, Russian prison tattoos hold a rich history full of intriguing facts. The practice of prisoners getting their body parts carved with tattoos is quite old and dates back to the times of 1920s and 30s. A lot of research has been also done on these Russian prison tattoos which has yielded interesting facts about the various facets of the life of criminals.
The Russian prison tattoos include varied symbols like church, crucifix, cats, tigers, snakes, skulls, eyes, barbed wire, etc. All of these are some or in other way related to the past and future of the prisoners. For example, the number of church domes indicates the number of prison terms or the years of sentence the prisoner has served. Similarly, the barbs on the wire are a symbol of prison term in years. Here we have compiled a collection of 25 Russian prison tattoos that show the hardened men in their different tattoos. Take a look.
This tattoo design has an amazing artistic look and makes for an attractive piece.
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