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Translating the Secret Meanings of Soviet Prison Tattoos

Symbols, motifs, and unwritten laws formed an elaborate and cryptic language on the bodies of prisoners

Courtesy of Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files Vol 1, published by FUEL
Courtesy of Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files Vol 1, published by FUEL
Courtesy of Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files Vol 1, published by FUEL
Courtesy of Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files Vol 1, published by FUEL
Courtesy of Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files Vol 1, published by FUEL
Courtesy of Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files Vol 1, published by FUEL
Courtesy of Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files Vol 1, published by FUEL

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