Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files

Fuel Design bringen ein neues Buch basierend auf ihrem Russian Criminal Tattoo Archive raus, inklusive Deutungen der Tattoo-Codes durch Arkady Bronnikov, „Russia’s leading expert on tattoo iconography“. Vorbestellen kann man das Teil per Kickstarter.

A new book featuring […] photographs of Russian prisoners tattoos and their coded meanings collected from Soviet Police files.

Arkady Bronnikov is regarded as Russia’s leading expert on tattoo iconography. He was a senior expert in criminalistics at the USSR Ministry of Internal Affairs for over thirty years. As part of his work he visited many correctional institutions of the Ural and Siberia regions where he interviewed, gathered information and took photographs of convicts. During this time he collected thousands of photographs of tattooed prisoners.

Die BBC hat ein paar Beispiele inklusive Übersetzungen: Secret meanings of Russian prisoner tattoos.

Die Tattoos auf dem Bild in der Kickstarter-Preview erklären Profigangster und Anarchisten:

Matching eight-pointed stars tattooed on an inmate’s chest, just below the collarbones, indicate to other prisoners that the branded inmate is a professional criminal. 'When a convict has the same symbol tattooed on his kneecaps,” says Bronnikov, “it means that he has an anarchical world view: ‘I do not bow to other powers. No one can make me fall to my knees.’

Auf dem Bild rechts sieht man Tattoos der Diebes-Kaste:

As soon as an inmate enters a prison or a camp, according to Bronnikov, “They realise that the thieves are in charge. They copy both their tattoos and mannerisms in an attempt to elevate their status.” Tattoos of saints and angels are mainly applied to the back and chest, and signify a devotion to the thieves’ traditions. “They are proof that the body of their wearer is not mired in 'betrayal', that he is 'clean' before his fellow convicts.” The 'thieves' cross on the chest of this man is small, “suggesting this man has adopted a thieves’ mentality, but he is not a 'vor v zakone' or 'thief-in-law', he holds no real power among this caste”.

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