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Photographs of magnificent tattoos on Russian criminals by Sergei Vasiliev

from Mail Online

Symbols of a life of crime: The fading tattoos on Russia's gangland prisoners that can be read like a criminal underworld CV

The eyes on the chest signify ‘I can see everything’ and ‘I am watching’. Battle scenes and knights in armour represent executioners or overseers sometimes known as ‘fighters’. They act according to the commands of the pakhan (the head of a group of thieves, an ‘authoritative thief’), beating up or raping other inmates. They may also murder other prisoners who have been found ‘guilty’ by the pakhan. Many of these tattoos are based on ancient Russian legends.

from VICE

The Visual Encyclopedia of Russian Prison Tattoos

The Visual Encyclopedia of Russian Prison Tattoos The dollar bills, skyscrapers, and machine gun with the initials US stamped on it convey this inmate’s love for the American mafia-like lifestyle. The eyes represent the phrase, I’m watching over you (the other inmates in the prison or camp).

Russian Mafia tattoos. Part of a great series by Sergei Vasiliev. Prisoners wanting to be transferred to prisons with good inkers to get better quality tattoos. A body with a story - pretty much a CV...