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Tattooed Deer

Prize winner Ayumu Iwamura’s tatooed deer on display at the Takashi Murakami’s Kaikai Kiki  Nakano Broadway gallery.

Ayumu Iwamura Kaikai Kiki Nakano Broadway

Ayumu Iwamura Kaikai Kiki Nakano Broadway

Ayumu Iwamura Kaikai Kiki Nakano Broadway

Cat tattoo

 Another installment from the fabled Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedia:

russian criminal cat tattoo

A convicts tattoo signifying ‘I am a recidivist convict. I have no resouces to support a conscience.’

Tightwad filcher – rat tattoo

Another installment from the fabled Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedia:

 rat tattoo russian criminal

A tattoo from a convict sentenced for hooliganism under Article 206 of the Criminal Code of the RSFSR. He stole three packets of cigarettes and some sweets from the lockers of his fellow inmates. He was discovered and beaten up. It was decided by a group of ‘authoritative’ thieves that this tattoo should be forcibly applied as a punishment.

The Cat – symbol of thieves

A lovely tattoo from the 3rd volume of the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia:

One of the most popular tattoos of the criminal world during the 1950s and 1960s. Dozens of variants of the cat, the symbol of thieves, existed. Copied from the stomach of an ‘authoritative’ thief nicknamed ‘Sasha Studeny’.

Russian Cat tattoo

Vintage human skin tattoos

 

tattoo parisian human skin

Selected from over three hundred examples of tattooed human skins collected by Henry Wellcome, these specimens are most likely to be French in origin and date from 1850-1920.

tattoo parisian human skin

The tattoos were brought in Paris June 1929 by Petet Jonston-Saint, one of Wellcome’s purchasing agents. The seller was osteologist and anatomist, La Vallete, who obtained some of his collection of specimens through his work at Parisian military establishments and prisons. The crude designs in this selection are mainly of nude female figures, which were often worn by prostitutes as markers of their trade, but were also popular amongst seamen, soldiers and prisoners as reminders of women left behind, or as general sexual fantasies.

tattoo parisian human skin

tattoo parisian human skin

Lula and Liam

lula

liam

Russian criminal tattoos

The photographs, drawings and texts published now over 3 extensive volumes are part of a collection of thousands tattoos accumulated over a lifetime by prison attendant Danzig Baldayev. Tattoos were his entrance into a secret world, a world in which he acted as an ethnographer, recording the rituals of a closed society. The icons and tribal languages he documented are artful, distasteful, sexually explicit and sometimes just simply strange, reflecting as they do the lives and mores of convicts. Skulls, swastikas, harems of naked women, a smiling Al Capone, assorted demons, medieval knights in armor, daggers sheathed in blood, benign images of Christ, mosques and minarets, sweet-faced mothers and their babies, armies of tanks, and a horned Lenin–these are the signs with which this hidden world of people mark and identify themselves.

Russian criminal tattoo

russian criminal tattoo

russian criminal tattoo