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When the topic of tattoos is brought up, it is usually most likely the old school part. It may seem that skeleton pirates are at the forefront of the development of this art. On the contrary, there are other, somewhat more unexpected options. You can find out about it on FURFUR in the near future. Let's start with perhaps the riskiest - Soviet prison tattoos. Ironically, this material comes off in a week.

In recent years, there has been a significant surge in interest in Soviet prison tattoos, known abroad as Russian criminal tattoos. They dedicate books, films, organize exhibitions and, of course, wear them on their bodies. We decided to dig deeper into this topic and learned how such tattoos became popular abroad and why it can be a bit dangerous to wear in Russia.

Russian criminal tattoo

Like the Soviet tattoos in prison became a fetish in the West

The Russian criminal tattooing success story abroad begins in the early 1990s when Alice Lambert, an American photographer and documentary screenwriter, travels to Russia to arrange a photo exhibition. It is here that she accidentally comes across an article about tattoos in prison. Alice was so intrigued that she returned a few years later to direct the documentary "Seal of Cain" on the subject alone.

There are tattoos in prison in many countries and cultures, but the Soviets had their own peculiarities: they became a special language that can tell everything about a prisoner - where he was born, what camps he is serving his sentence in or whether you can trust him, for example. A criminal with no tattoos was stripped of all status, but having a tattoo he didn't deserve was far worse - it was cut off with a scalpel or they could have been killed.

The film was released in 2000, and from that moment on, Soviet prison tattoos became a special phenomenon abroad. Thanks to the same film, tattoos have been called the not entirely correct "Russian criminal tattoo".

Three years after the film was released, Alice publishes a book of the same name. And in 2007 director David Cronenberg shoots Vice for Export, in which he actively refers to Alice's book. From that moment on, the Russian criminal tattoo appeared in several other films, sometimes even on characters that were not at all negative, but also on "good guys".

Mickey Rourke in "Iron Man 2" with a Soviet prison tattoo

Alice is interviewed and notices that these romantic tattoos are dying in prison: “You can see the old with such tattoos, but the young don't do them anymore. Much has changed, today the status can be bought. When you talk to old criminals, they talk the way your parents talk about music: "There are no more good thieves and murderers in the world."

Meanwhile, a new event is taking place in the history of prison tattoo popularity: a detailed illustrated encyclopedia "Russian Criminal Tattoo" in three volumes is published. The material for the book was the data that were available to the Fuel publishing house and previously belonged to the son of the ethnographer Danzig Baldaev.

Encyclopedia of Soviet Prison Tattoos in three parts

In the middle of the last century Gdansk was sent to the well-known "Kresty" as a guard of the internment camp. There he continued his father's ethnographic work and documented the prisoners' tattoos. The KGB finds out about the project and gives it a stamp of confidentiality. The siloviki hoped to use this data to decipher crimes, information about prisoners, and even their psychological portraits.

Fuel publishers found out about it quite by chance from a literary agent in Russia and bought the material from the widow of the late Baldaev. At the time of publication, the drawings and photographs were supplemented by detailed captions explaining their meaning. In addition to the presentation of the book, the publisher organized an exhibition in London, which caused a sensation. In just over two weeks, it was visited by four and a half thousand people, and The Guardian writes about the Russian criminal tattooing phenomenon.

Exhibition of Soviet prison tattoos

DJs talk about the book and bloggers family fathers write it. After the next exhibition in Berlin, the artist Pablo Saborido will arrange a photo session "Crime" with models covered from head to toe with Soviet prison tattoos. And young people with a book in hand reached for tattoo parlors.

It would be strange if such a cultural phenomenon did not find application in the textile industry. A designer from Brooklyn, obviously with Russian roots, Roman Belenki, opens his shop with t-shirts based on the book "Russian Criminal Tattoo". “When I was working in one of the tattoo parlors, customers came to us with an encyclopedia of prison tattoos in hand and asked us to recreate some of the images. - says Roman. "The salon was owned by the Russians, so everyone had to hear a refusal." The story of a "terrible Russian" who accidentally meets you in a bar, notices your prison tattoo, and in his own way understands, continues to scare many.

Roman himself also has criminal tattoos - a picture of a cat on each shoulder. One such tattoo in prison was used to mark a thief who is good at what he does and rarely acts alone. But according to Roman himself, this nuance hardly bothers him - he just loves symmetry.

The bravest get multiple tattoos in prison, many with the help of a homemade machine. But they do not forget the importance of these tattoos in Russia for a minute. "So if I go to Russia and take off my pants, I'll be dead." Perhaps for this reason, none of the studios that intermittently stuffed Russian criminal tattoos answered the author of the article.

Tattoos weren't always as common as they are today. If the image on the skin was directly associated with the zone, with the arrest. This is due to the fact that the criminal world has its own tattoos that have certain meanings. In addition, among those who have been in jail, tattoos are great value for money ... you can't pin this or that picture independently, it has to be real. Those who want to seem cooler than they really are risk enjoying it to the fullest if their deception is exposed.

Tattoos in prison. History of origin

According to one version, the stigma that the government has on convicts in exile in Siberia has become the prototype of modern tattoos. This made it possible to always leave traces in the body of those who violated the law, which made it possible to follow them in the future. According to another version, the pattern on the skin was used by representatives of the criminal world to convey messages to accomplices.

On a tattoo you will find a lot of useful information in the world of clubs. For example, the number of "wanderers", the articles on which the term "shaken" and a person's personal qualities. Thief tattoos, photos of which can be found in large numbers, cannot be reduced.

Bat tattoo on fingers in the form of rings

Types of thieves tattoos

From the Most Easy Way, groupings of thief tattoos can be broken down into three types:

  • regalka. The name of this type of tattoo comes from the word "insignia". This includes images that emphasize a person's weight in the criminal world. Her image is distinguished by its beauty and technology. Such tattoos are not just made, they have to be earned;
  • outrageous. Drawings of this kind apply to those who have committed an act that is shameful by the standards of the world of thieves. They cannot be reduced and corrected. Such tattoos are a punishment for a person, they are "branded". To this group belongs the famous tattoo "rat", which in the criminal world means a person who steals from himself;
  • residues. The name of this section of criminal tattoos comes from the word "prey" or "prey". Such tattoos are made by non-professional artisans, often at the behest of the picture owner. They do not always correspond to the status of a prisoner for which they are forcibly removed.


Thief tattoos on the human body

Important! One of the most famous tattoos in the prison world - a star impaled on his knees. It means that this person will not kneel. According to the stories of some representatives of the criminal world, the owner of such a tattoo in prison can be badly beaten by guards and guards to check whether the image is true. The tattoos of thieves, the meaning of which is associated with steadfastness, can lead their owner into such uncomfortable situations.

Zack in bat tattoos

Ring tattoos - meaning in the criminal world

Thieves' tattoos can be found on different parts of the body. but ring tattoos are relevant to this day ... their meaning depends directly on what exactly is depicted on them. Below are the most popular types of such tattoos:

  • a white cross on a black background means that a person is serving time for robbery.
  • a black square means that the owner of the tattoo served the entire term without parole.
  • the image of a cat on a finger means "the local resident of the prison". It is stung by thieves who have served more than one term. There is an opinion that such bat tattoos or sketches are simple, bring good luck;
  • the image of the sun, heart and anchor refers to the romantically inclined inmates of the prison. It can mean that love remains free, and in some cases it emphasizes the character of the owner.

Thief tattoos on a foreign prisoner

Location of the bat tattoos

In addition to the fingers, tattoos can also be found in prison on the back of the hand and forearm. The hands in the zone have a special place because they are always in sight. Therefore, on the back of the palm, above the knuckles, you can see crosses indicating the number of incarcerations, and above that the symbol of the beloved woman.

Thief's tattoos cannot be recommended. I have a tattoo with a cat, whoever needs it will understand. I like it, but it has a special meaning in my environment. But for people far from the criminal world, the tattoo looks innocent, which suits me.

Victor, Kirov.


Thieves tattoos on the back of a prisoner

Popular forearm tattoos

That is interesting. It's not just men who get tattooed in prisons. exist and purely feminine meanings tattoos. A round ring, half black, half white, denotes a woman who has served time on theft.


Prisoner tattoos

A naked woman can also be seen as a symbol of good luck. Plus, if it's depicted on the wheel of fortune. This image is preferably applied to the chest. And the woman and the devil hugging in the picture could mean that the prisoner had a criminal record because of the woman.

He got a tattoo on his first and only trip. Nothing serious, just a ring. I regret it a little, but at the same time it reminds me of a part of my life and helps not to repeat mistakes.

Artem, Moscow.

Video: tattoos in Russian prisons

TATTOO LIKBEZ

If you see a naked woman on a stranger's chest, it by no means means that the owner of this body is a lover of eroticism. Depending on the conspiracy, he can be a misogynist, a murderer, a peaceful member of society, or "gay". It's all about interpretation.

A naked woman tied to a burning post. The person wearing the tattoo was convicted of murdering a woman. The logs can indicate the length of the record.

An executioner with an ax, a half-naked woman, a block. The tattoo is found on people convicted of the murder of a relative. The secondary meaning is "death of a traitor".

Naked woman entwined with a snake, with an apple in her hand. The biblical story of the tempting serpent. "A woman drove crime." "Temptress". (If there is such a tattoo on the back, then there is a passive homosexual in front of you.) The meaning of "got into the zone because of a woman" also has the image of a woman and the devil.

Naked woman crucified on the cross with the inscription "Amen". An abstract symbol of vengeance. The tattoo is observed among the leaders of the thieves and is applied to the chest or thigh.

Prison bars, rose and dagger. The owner of the tattoo served time for hooliganism in an educational and work colony. If a dagger and a rose without a lattice - "blood for treason".

Girl head. "I met my majority at VTK".

A skull pierced by a dagger, a rose, a snake wrapped around a dagger. Thief symbol. The crown above the snake indicates the tattoo of the authority of a thief - a thief.

Mermaid at anchor. Occurs with seafarers and those convicted of rape or indecent acts. Less commonly observed in passive homosexuals.

Crossed arrow and key. The symbol of a burglar is a burglar.

Saber without a scabbard. The tattoo symbolizes aggressiveness and a secret threat. It is applied to the forearm, wrist. A saber in a scabbard means that the criminal has "tied up".

Cross with chain. It protrudes into the upper chest and shows confidence in your rock. If the cross is depicted in the form of a club suit, then the owner of the tattoo is a thief.

Ghost flies out of a jug. Tattoo addicts.

Spider in the web is a tattoo of addicts. May protrude under the hair on top of the head.

A spider without a web means a pickpocket.

Three cards pierced by an arrow. Chest mark of card fraudsters.

An executioner who executes naked women. The tattoo is sometimes supplemented with the abbreviation GOD (was condemned by the state). Symbolizes hatred of laws. The image of the devil has the same meaning.

Dragon flies over the castle. The tattoo is found among looters of state or collective property, "guilds". Also means the total confiscation of property.

Running deer. "I was born free and I will die free." It is applied to the chest and indicates a tendency to flee.

A cowboy with a naked girl on a horse. The drawing may be accompanied by the abbreviation OMUT (it's hard to get away from me), which means a tendency to take risks and adventures.

Captivating hand grasping a knife. "Shooting will fix me." The tattoo is among refused plowers.

Tiger head or gladiator. The bearers of the tattoos are "cops" and fighters (persons who engage in physical violence on the orders of a thief).

Hands in shackles that clasp the cross with the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Symbolizes the belief in a brotherhood of thieves, the devotion to the cause of the thieves.

Eagle with a suitcase in its talons. Means a guest actor. If a woman is on the paws, she is convicted of rape.

Rose with thorns. The owner is a lesbian.

Violin with bow. Punk. Multiple musical instruments mean group sex.

Crown with the image of four card suits. The "king of all stripes" is a homosexual who is prone to all forms of debauchery.

Violent tattoos used in custodial locations include tattoos of people who have failed to pay the card debt or have been convicted of "dirty" items - rape, sodomy, molestation of minors, and "improper" acts in locations with Imprisonment - snitching, working with the administration, stealing from oneself and the like. Violent tattoos are usually applied to the back, less often to the buttocks.After the release, the owner of a violent tattoo most often tries to get rid of it: removes part of the skin or adds new details to the drawing.

Tattoos on the legs are inherent in the negatives. Usually shackles and knee stars are shown.

ABBREVIATIONS

ALENKA - but you have to love her like an angel.

GOD - God will forgive sins; was condemned by the state; I am afraid of going hungry; I will rob again.

BOSS - was convicted by the Soviet Union (or the Soviet court).

The university is an eternal prisoner of the law; I will die a happy prisoner.

GUSI - wherever I see I will rape immediately.

BELOW - give yourself some rest.

MAPLE - I swear to love her forever.

CAT comes from prison.

WORLD - Shooting will fix me.

SIR - freedom is paradise.

The interpretation of abbreviations is arbitrary.

However, some tattoos can simply be described as "personal". Milled out photographs of beloved women, vows of love and loyalty, reproductions of paintings - the imagination of men is limitless.

The article was only about gangster tattoos. Artists and youth are not counted.

Tattoo (in jargon - "tattoo", "regalka", "image", "portachka") - drawing on the body of drawings, inscriptions, numbers, signs by injecting dyes under the skin with the help of cutting and stitching tools. Tattoos, in which the surface of the skin is scarred with cutting tools, are also common. They are performed without the introduction of dyes under the skin. Such tattoos are mainly for people with dark skin color.

The historical aspect of tattoos has been adequately studied. There is special literature on this subject. Tattoos have been studied among people at various stages of social development for centuries.

Let's go into the origin of the term "tattoo". Several versions are given in foreign and Russian (Soviet) sources.

The first version. The word "tattoo" is of Tahitian origin: "ta" is an image, "atu" is a spirit. So: ta "-" atu "," tattoo "- an image - a ghost, that is, a sign, a symbol, as inseparable props in the life of the time of Oceania.

Second version. "Ta-tatau", "Tattoo", "tatau", "ta-tattorio" - onomatopoeia of sound: "tat-tat-tat", ie three times tapping the instrument with which the tattoos are applied.

According to the third version, the word tattoo has a religious meaning that is comparable to Christian baptism or Jewish circumcision, and comes from the name of the Polynesian god "Tiki" who, according to legend, laid the foundation for tattooing.

There is a fourth version, according to which the root of the word "tattoo" corresponds to the Java "tattoo", that is, "wound", "wounded".

The preference for tattoos largely depends on the age of the minors and adolescents


The diagram shows that faces under the age of 15 are particularly prone to getting tattoos. They make up 68-71% of the number of minors with tattoos. In the elderly, the intensity of tattooing decreases. The older age group (17-19 years) is less likely to get tattoos. There are only 3-3.5% of them. In tattoo prevention, there is a need to focus on the younger age groups of offenders kept in special schools and vocational schools. After all, they are not yet fully aware of the moral harm of tattoos, they more easily succumb to peer pressure and mood, some of them get tattooed because of group solidarity.

There is a clear link between the type of anti-social activity (the crime committed) and the content of tattoos. Group criminal solidarity is more pronounced among members of the criminal elite (robberies, robberies, thefts, blackmailers). This can be seen in tattoos, inscriptions, drawings, abbreviations. At the same time, the relationship between the frequency of the tattoo, its content and the type of crime committed weakens the more often a minor or adolescent is brought to the reception center. The differences in the frequency of tattoos among people who have committed a crime and have been taken to a reception center or special school for other reasons are negligible.

Information on the facilities where minors were first tattooed (these are people who have not been prosecuted)


1 - before they are sent to a special school (special vocational school), that is, at large

2 - in receivers - distributors

3 - in a special school

4 - in special vocational schools

5 - in the hospital and other places

Minors and young people criminally punished by prison sentences were tattooed mainly in the pre-trial detention center and the VTK, but more than 15% were still at large.

Therefore, in order to join the underworld and enter the entire criminal community, it is necessary to accept all of the criminal group's values, including tattoos. In a special vocational school and VTK, tattoos are usually applied repeatedly (or even for the third time).

In a special school, a special vocational school and a VTK, most minors and adolescents are usually tattooed during the adjustment phase, usually during and after the end of "registration". Finally, it is then necessary to display the reception status of the person in the group hierarchy or their change in tattoos. With increasing length of stay in a special or correctional facility, the frequency of tattooing decreases slightly. This is partly explained by the fact that such a violation of the regime faces punishment.

It should be noted that minors and young offenders are more likely to tattoo the intimate surfaces of the body to avoid punishment. Apparently, medical scrutiny in the fight against "old man" tattoos is poorly carried out. Often tattoos are used the day or night before graduation from a special school (special vocational school) that has been discharged from the VTK, when it is impossible to apply disciplinary measures to the departing.

Up to 60% of minors and adolescents "paint" their bodies in several phases: When they join a criminal group, they improve their "painting" in a reception center and complete their "art" in a special school (special vocational school and VTK).

Which parts of the body do minors and adolescents prefer to tattoo? Research shows that tattoos are applied to all areas of the body, both exposed and hidden under clothing. Some prefer to tattoo open areas of the body (hands, fingers, face, neck), others - hidden under clothing (chest, back, legs), others - mostly intimate (buttocks, genitals, perineum), the fourth - grab Due to the continuous tattooing of the majority back areas of the body surface, fifths are forcibly stamped (markings) on open areas of the body and in particular on the face (forehead, nose, chin, lips, behind the ears) and neck.

However, teenagers and teenagers have favorite places to get tattoos: on their fingers (in the form of rings), on their hands (dots, crosses, bells, seagulls, sunrise, abbreviations), on wrists, shoulders, forearms, hips, knees and shins the chest and on the back. The number of tattoos for a person ranges from one to several dozen.

The choice of the area of ​​the body to apply the tattoo depends on many factors, and most importantly, who applied it - the teenager himself (young man) or someone else. If he himself, then the tattoos will of course be on areas suitable for application (on the fingers, hands, wrist, forearm of the left hand if the teenager is right-handed, and on the listed areas of the right hand, if he is left-handed), on the chest, the thighs of the lower leg. When applied by a specialist, it is applied to any part of the body. When tattoos have been forcibly applied (marks, marks) they are usually on the nose, cheek, chin, around the ears and behind the ears, but often on intimate parts of the body. For example, a fly-point is a sign of a passive homosexual - on the buttocks, in the same place - a sign of quality, a stoker with a shovel throwing coal into the anus, etc. Recently, there has been an increasing trend towards tattoos on the genitals ( both men and women). Tattoos are also done on the tongue, on the inside of the lips, and on the eyelids.

The content of tattoos and their location depend on the whims of fashion. At different times, various drawings and inscriptions are widely used, abbreviations that correspond not only to the fashion in this craft, but also to the way of thinking and behavior. However, there are drawings, sayings, abbreviations that are traditional for perpetrators and are not subject to fashion: "rings" on the fingers, a seagull above the waves, a rose flower wrapped with barbed wire; a snake wrapped around a dagger, a skull, a naked woman, a female or male head (bust), eight-pointed stars, a grin (head of a tiger, leopard, lynx), a burning torch, a lighthouse, prison bars, five points; Crosses, crucifixes, churches, cathedrals, monasteries, playing cards, syringe, broken shackles or handcuffs, etc.

Tattoos reflect a teenager and a young man's personality, values, mindset and attitudes. Unsurprisingly, many members of criminal groups have the content of tattoos closely related to their behavior. According to experts, tattoos as a sign of a criminal subculture have a specific weight of 0.6) and occupy 14th place out of 19 selected characters. However, some minors and young people resort to tattoos as a fashion, so they usually do not follow the norms reflected in drawings and inscriptions, viewing tattoos as decoration only.

Sometimes tattoos belong to one of the genres. visual art thieves world. “Much is said that the custom of tattooing not only satisfies the aesthetic sense, but is also linked to psychosocial relic motifs and the hierarchical diagnosis of the subject in the world of thieves.

As mentioned earlier, tattoos are often applied loosely. This happens not only in schools, vocational schools, in a workers' hostel, but also in the army in general, where there is a "spirit of the barracks", "the spirit of a hostel". In the army, tattoos are most commonly used in construction and railroad units, convoy guard units, marines, and airborne troops.

In general, there are two main trends in tattooing among military personnel: Among the criminal contingents, most tattoos are identical to those used in the criminal youth environment as a whole and in colonies. and the non-criminal is dominated by tattoos - symbols of the branches of the armed forces and the armed forces (parachute, missile, sea anchor, steering wheel, tank, various types of weapons). The element of tattoos is often a woman's head, a figure, etc. Many tattoos are used "in memory" of years of service in the army and navy (military service and discharge dates, etc.).

Classification of tattoos

With the help of the inscriptions, drawings, sayings and abbreviations that are contained in the tattoo, one can, so to speak, determine the inner content of a person's personality. In order to make this diagnostic process more successful, it is necessary to know which classification group this or that tattoo belongs to, why it is on a certain part of the body, that is, what functional meaning it has, etc.

We classify tattoos for the following reasons: form of expression and semantic meaning, content (thematic focus), that is, functional meaning; Location on the surface of the body; Application methods; Removal methods; Degree of stability; Sizes; the amount on the body surface; the degree of impact on the themes of perception.


Classification of tattoos according to form of expression and semantic meaning

The teenager V. On the right forearm, on the back of the hand, there is the inscription "There is no happiness in life" - the abbreviation "BARS" and five points, etc.

We can say that this teenager has all kinds of tattoos: numbers, single letters, abbreviations, text, drawings and symbols (conventional characters) in various combinations. The numbers indicate the year of birth, the year of release or the year of arrest (in our case: 1975 is the year of birth, 1992 is the year of the end of the term of office). Typically, numbers are applied to the phalanges of the fingers, but they can also refer to the hands, wrists, forearms, chest, and legs. Dates can have other meanings: to indicate some type of family event, the day of mother's death, the dating of a girl, etc.

Individual letters, words, and abbreviations are most commonly tattooed on the backs of fingers, hands, legs, and forearms. Separate letters can denote the owner's initials (in our case the teenager is called Victor). "AT" means that he has fraternized with someone who is in VTK (the "brother" should have the letters "BR" in the same place). It turns out that one letter "BR" has another "AT", together these letters form the word "BROTHER". There are also other options: "KE" + "NT" \ u003d "KENT" (friend), "BRA + TAN", and for girls - "SES" + "TRA" \ u003d "SISTER".

The abbreviation "BARS" means that the teenager we were talking about is aggressive towards the asset: BARS-Bay Active, Cut Souk. KVTK - Kolpinskaya Educational Labor Colony, but with the same success it can be "Kostroma Educational Labor Colony", etc.

It should be noted that many abbreviations have not one but many semantic meanings, for example: EVIL, ELEPHANT, LTV, etc. Each minor puts his own meaning into one or the other abbreviation. Some authors (for example, A. D. Vorokhov and V. A. Gubin) believe that some transcripts have a true meaning while others have a wrong meaning. For example: LTV - Pointing Your Enemy is true and Love Comrade Will is false.

There are usually three ways to create an abbreviation

The first way isfirst a catchy proverb is formulated or selected that reflects the values ​​of the criminal subculture, and then an abbreviation is formed (based on the initial letters of the words). For example: "Death to the Chekists, greetings to the anarchists", we get "SCHPA".

Second way - the exact opposite. They also take a pretty catchy word and try to decipher it in their own way. For example: "TANK" - secret agent of the head of the colony, "NKVD" - no stronger friendship with thieves. The content of abbreviations can change over time. This happened, for example, with the abbreviation "ELEPHANT". Initially, it was worn by the prisoners of the Solovetsky camps for special purposes as an indicator of their brotherhood. Without knowing the history of the GULAG and the origin of this acronym, youth criminal groups began to give it a different meaning.

Third way - Rethink traditional abbreviations and add new content. The abbreviation "ELEPHANT" given has undergone a number of such transformations. The same thing happened with the abbreviation "LTP". While reading the editorial letters - the correspondence reports - I learned that "LTP" is deciphered in different ways. "The cops made this choice," "Better than this - to die" and more - a dozen options.

There are no hard and fast rules for creating an abbreviation as this is the "creativity" of many people. In one case, the abbreviation is formed from the first letters of each word (MEL - My Only Love), in other cases a word is taken from one word, and the other several initial letters (e.g. TIGER - Toy Prison). In some cases conjunctions and pronouns are ignored, in others. Let's compare: EVIL - For everything I will take revenge on the hint and the covenant of the beloved father.

Texts. It was found that minors and young people like to put various sentimental, humorous and other texts on the body. Most often they get the meaning of an aphorism. In our example, this is the inscription "There is no happiness in life."

Here are the most typical texts of this type:

"Zakovan, Lena, my heart is moaning for you"

"So my youth flew away" (on the leg against the background of the grille)

"You are tired" or "You are tired of being escorted" (these tattoos are applied to the legs)

"Even at a young age there is no happiness"

"Ring on Liberation Day" (placed under the bell on the leg or forearm)

"I will not forget my mother" (traditional prison inscription) or "I remember my mother, my old lady" (sentimental inscription)

On one leg: "Where are you going?", On the other, it's obscene

"How many mistakes have been made" (regrets about the past)

"God will save the glutton" (inscription on the belly)

"I'm back home" and "I'm the boss again" (applied to the parietal part of the head under the hair)

From what has been said, we can conclude that tattooed texts, letters and words are very different in content and position on the body. They can have independent meanings or serve as an explanation for a drawing or symbol.

Images are most often used in the drawings: animals (lion, tiger, lynx, leopard, cat, etc.), birds (eagle, seagull, falcon, pigeon), reptiles (snake wrapped around the body, arm, leg, etc.) ) ;; People or parts of the body (a naked woman, a man-stoker (on the buttocks), a knight or a knight, "hussars" - a bust of a woman in a hussar headdress, busts of public figures and the state (in Bulgaria was often depicted the silhouette of G. Dimitrov), handcuffed hands, human skulls, bound legs, genitals, etc.); Symbols of the criminal world (cards, attributes of alcohol, pistols, a dagger piercing a police shoulder strap, torn shackles or handcuffs, tombstones, etc.); Natural phenomena and landscapes (sunrise as a sign of freedom, lightning, moon, palm trees on the island, sea, etc.); religious elements and cult objects (crosses, tombstones, crucifixes, domes of churches, monasteries, burning candles); mythical characters and heroes of various fairy tales (devils, baba yaga, an airplane carpet, epic heroes, etc.); Symbols of various professions (anchor, propeller, lifebuoys, parachutes, military symbols, etc.); Prison symbols (rose flower behind barbed wire, prison bars, bells); other elements and things that are used to create various diagrams.

Special mention should be made of the symbols that minors and adolescents put on the body. In our example, the teenager has "B" crosses, which means "to go"; Ring - passed the boy; Treble clef happy life; Five points - prison, etc. There are infinite elements of criminal symbols and thief symbols. Along with the above symbolism, tattoos often depict bracelets on the wrists, torn handcuffs and shackles, eight-pointed stars, a gun, cards, a syringe, etc. Symbols are conventional signs that have a specific meaning and are incomprehensible to the uninitiated. In addition, they usually have not one, but several interpretations. Symbolism originated earlier than writing. One of the steps to writing was pictography (letters in pictures). Gradually, the drawing was transformed into a sign, simplified and schematized. The symbol is a kind of sign. But this is a special sign: it partly reflects the similarity with the specified object. However, there should be a detailed reproduction of all or basic properties of the object in the ns symbol. There is no clear link between the symbol and the object it denotes.

Therefore, the perception of a symbol depends largely on certain conditions, including the values ​​that are adopted in a particular social group and assigned to a particular symbol.

The symbolism in the criminal environment is closely related to their traditions, customs and rituals. When using tattoos, minors and juvenile offenders are less concerned with their own tastes than with the accepted methods of recording the stages of criminal activity, their place in the group hierarchy, the type of crime committed, the time spent in prison and other legal restrictions, etc. . out.

Depending on the content (thematic focus), the value-functional meaning and the symbolism used, we divide all tattoos into: signal-isolating, personal attitude, class information, mythological and cultic, anti-religious, prison (thieves), sexually erotic, artistic-decorative, humorous, sentimental ( unforgettable) and professional (symbolism of different professions). Let's look at them.

Signal isolating tattoos as if they took over and continued the ethnic functions that emerged in antiquity. You are now a certain value not of an ethnic group but of certain criminal groups.

These tattoos serve as: a means to separate their wearers from persons (adults, minors) belonging to other communities; are identifying marks, indicators of the affiliation of minors and young people to certain specific communities, for example to a criminal group of minors in an urban micro-district ("office", "gang"); Facilitating contacts between their carriers who are in a new environment but do not know each other. For example, if you meet a newcomer who has arrived at a special vocational school, oldtimers can use tattoos to find out whether he is "her" or an "alien". For these purposes, rings are most often attached (on the fingers) - one ring - one conviction (placed once in a special school or special vocational school), two rings - two convictions (before a special vocational school, he was re-educated in a special school), etc. ; octagonal stars - a sign of belonging to a thief suit (thief in the law). They are placed in the area of ​​the collarbone or under the collarbones; In the area of ​​the joints applied to the knees means "I will not kneel in front of anyone."

Stratification and information tattoos are used to: the position of a teenager and a young person on the hierarchical ladder in a criminal group, their special status and role ("horn", "thug", "podlatnenny", "boy", "chushka", "offended", etc.) to set; determine the entitlements, rights and obligations of a minor and a young person in advance; Instruct group members to choose a behavioral strategy for relationships with new members.

Various symbols, drawings and texts are used for this purpose, in which the difference between "authorities", "leaders" and the main crowd must be shown in order to stigmatize those who are at the lowest levels of the group hierarchy. When a person's status has changed in the criminal subculture, new tattoos are applied to them.

Let's consider the content of some tattoos from this group: rays emanating from the sun (the number of rays should correspond to the number of convictions or trips to the police, accommodation in the reception center, the number of sentences in the VTK, stays in a special school and a special vocational school). The rays emanating from the ring on the finger are used for the same purpose; Crosses (their number corresponds to the number of years they spent in a special school, special vocational school or VTK, and dashes - half a year). Shoulder straps on gschechs (seniority in the group hierarchy is determined by the tattooed rank - "captain", "major", etc.); Animals (membership of the elite is determined by the type of animal, bird and reptile depicted: lion is strong, kind; fox is cunning, resourceful; tiger is decisive, cruel, brave; eagle is the master of all, strong, etc.).

Cynical, offensive trademarks are used for branding: Known to everyone in the criminal field, a fly, for example - a point is forcibly used on those who betray the thieves' traditions, tarnished themselves with denunciations, and more often on those who have been sodomy. He also uses the abbreviation V.O.R.

The symbolism of the Corpus Delicti is also tattooed:grave cross - the "suit" of the murderer; a police shoulder strap pierced by a dagger - committed a crime against a police officer; tattooed dollar - committed a robbery; Playing cards - a card player "of interest", suit "spades" - has committed a serious crime (gang attack, murder, robbery); Prison bars combined with barbed wire or five points - previously sentenced to imprisonment - were held in a remand center, a reception center; three points on the girls' hand - a thief; "Oskal" (mouth of a predator) - convicted of hooliganism, etc.

The institutions where the minor was previously are also indicated, for example: RPR (Riga) Ryazan Receiver - Distributor, MT-Matrosskaya Tishina. A minor or a young man who has arrived from there and has met someone with the same sign in a new facility becomes his "compatriot" and receives his protection and protection from oppression.

Tattoos That Determine Personality: reveal the person's biography, demonstrate their "passport" dates; reflect the principles and attitudes that a person tried to follow in life; Express his desire to study, work, work in a team, group moral standards, his criminal past. Such tattoos also reflect a teen's general moral, political and socio-legal orientation, attitudes towards social norms, laws, prohibitions, etc. For this purpose his name or his initials, the year of birth, the beginning and the end of the stay in the training or correctional facility. For example, the tattoo "MSH-1989" means: "I arrived at the Moscow special school in 1989".

To express their life principles, adolescents put on their bodies sayings of attitude traits such as "Death to the cops", "I will not give the cops a hand", "Do not rush to work", "I will not kneel down" and abbreviations - BARS (Bey Active, Cut Bitch), etc. applied: a flying dove (seagull over the waves) - a sign of the desire for freedom; Church (cathedral, monastery - devotion to thieves, criminal traditions; image of a cat - a refugee by nature; image of a tiger's mouth - grin at the administration; image of an anchor with a knot - stopped stealing, "tied" (became an anchor ) etc.

About tattoos that determine personality: These include drawings, symbols, abbreviations and inscriptions that pose a threat to law enforcement officials, and most often to women suspected of infidelity. The threat to the address of a person is evident not only in the content of the drawing itself, the inscription, but also in the place on one or another part of the body of a certain sequence of individual letters, signs, points. At the same time, the threat can be open (understandable to all) and hidden (only understandable to the initiated). The words "Do not wake up", which are applied to the eyelids and are only visible when the eyes are closed, or the proverbs, "There is no mercy for betrayal" - this is an open threat. "Oskal" can pose a threat not only to law enforcement officials, but also to anyone who intends to restrict the will of a certain person. Images of robbers, pirates, gladiators, skeletons, coffins, skulls, daggers in combination with pierced shoulder straps, hearts, etc. are of aggressive meaning.

Personal tattoos include those tattoos that express the intention, for example, to escape from a special school, a special vocational school, a VTK (torn shackles or handcuffs, etc.), the tendency to have sexual intercourse, the consumption of alcohol and drugs. It uses images of women, glasses, bottles, a syringe in combination with various inscriptions and sayings.

Tattoos in prison (thieves) testify that a minor and a young man have visited a reception center, a special school, a special vocational school, an educational work colony, shortly "behind bars", know the norms, "laws" and traditions of the prisons (thieves) and are ready to accept them to be observed. They reflect the minor's level of "experience", his criminal experience. Social and psychological mechanisms of infection, imitation and pressure are particularly effective in the minority community in such institutions.

Most often to demonstrate a person's participation in the community of people "behind bars", the image of a "grid", crosses, silhouettes of churches, monasteries, maps, a syringe, a dagger, chains, shackles (torn or broken) , the image of a bell (indication of serving) "term" - from call to call). Gravestones are also represented by various abbreviations, for example, MORNING (Gone on the Father's Path). Prison sayings such as "freedom of love like life", "I go where there is no law", "prison is not a school, the prosecutor is not a teacher" etc. are used, as well as sayings in Latin or foreign languages, for example dum spiro, spero (while i live i hope).

A bracelet means the person has been in prison for at least 5 years. The image of a "laughing devil" as well as a "grin" of the administration - a symbol of disobedience. From what has been said, we can conclude that the norms of the criminal subculture are best reflected in these numbers and inscriptions.

Sexual Erotic Tattoos: very common in minors and adolescents. They show sexual orientation, which results from the isolation of adolescents and young people due to gender, reflect dreams of future sexual partners or disappointments in people of the opposite sex. For the purpose of prevention, the sign of an active homosexual is often used, which guarantees against possible sexual claims. The specified type of tattoos can be moderately erotic as a reflection of the general sexual orientation of minors and adolescents, then the image of naked women prevails; cynical and erotic, with the predominant image of the genitals, sexual intercourse, accompanied by cynical inscriptions indicating the names of the sexual partners.

This type of tattoo is mainly depicted on closed areas of the body (buttocks, pubic area, thighs, lower abdomen, back, genitals of both men and women).

To drawings of erotic content These include portraits and busts of women, emblems of love (Cupid with a bow and arrow; heart pierced by an arrow), pictures of genitals, sexual intercourse, even in a perverse form. The back, stomach, forearms, naked women and female heads are depicted on the hips. A point ("visor") is depicted on the cheeks or earlobes behind the ear. This means that sodomy has been committed against these people. A swastika, a mark of quality, is applied to the genitals (active homosexuals - on the penis, passive - on the buttocks).

Erotic tattoos include love assurances in the form of text on the lower abdomen and in the pubic area, as well as various sayings of this type; "Love me if you don't know grief", "Love is evil and deception", "Where love ends, hate begins", "Love me as I love you" etc. and an abbreviation; LEN - "I love him (her) forever", MAPLE - "I swear to love her (him) forever" and gives the name "beloved". The names of the "beloved" are usually displayed.

Intentions and thoughts regarding female persons, all kinds of obscene expressions are also tattooed. The figure of Christ crucified is replaced by the naked figure of a woman or a man with the image of the genitals. Instead of angels, devils, cats, naked women hover around Christ.In addition to the image of a cross, a church, a cathedral, a monastery, a saint or against their background - a cynical inscription, drawings with humorous or pornographic content.

Sentimental (unforgettable) tattoos: In the life of every minor and young person there are events that he would like to record "forever". For these purposes, tattoos are used, which are used "in memory" of important events for them, people who are dear to them, over the years that they have spent with someone in a special vocational school, VTK, etc. One of the characteristics of people who have long lived in conditions of legal restrictions or incarceration - a tendency to sentimentality. This is why the custom of marking the dates of memorable events (meeting, farewell, arrival in a special facility, discharge from the VTK, discharge from a special facility) is so widespread among minors and young people in special schools, educational and work colonies. Memorial signs are usually placed on the wrists and forearms. Memorable tattoos include the names of regions and regions where a juvenile or young offender served or corrected a sentence, for example: "Kaspiysk", "Altai", "Maikop", "Fergana", etc.

Often a brief description of Memorable Events are in drawings (pictures of prison bars, torches, roses behind barbed wire, etc.) and inscriptions, as well as in sayings such as: "Wait, mother." Against the background of the prison bars there can be an inscription: "My youth has passed here", "I go where there is no law", - "How many mistakes have been made, how many roads have been traveled."

Professional tattoos: Teenagers and young offenders have tattoos with symbols of various professions. They reflect dreams and aspirations for any professional activity. Often times, these tattoos are used to identify criminal activity with heroic and most prestigious professions in society (pilot, seaman, geologist, etc.). The traditional attributes of heroic professions are used for this; For example, sailors have a lighthouse, an anchor, a lifebuoy, a sailboat, a caravel, an albatross, a beauty in a vest and a peakless cap. The meaning of such tattoos is to express love for the sea, the navy and sea romance. On the prevalence of nautical tattoos The spread of maritime traditions in society also has an impact. Many sailors have put on similar tattoos on a trip abroad. They did it in foreign beauty salons. The dream of aviation is expressed in the penetration of emblems such as a propeller, a silhouette of an airplane, a parachutist, a silhouette of a missile and others. The spread of professional tattoos is influenced by adults themselves who wear their tattoos, which are often used during military service. Youngsters often follow their example.

The deliberate classification of tattoos by content and orientation allows us to determine that criminal groups are not an accident. Tattoos serve a variety of interpersonal and cross-group interactions. They compensate for the values ​​that adolescents and young people have lost due to their physical and spiritual isolation from society. You don't have to be in the "zone" to get tattoos. However, they are used more frequently there. It should be borne in mind that along with the generally accepted drawings and inscriptions in every reception distributor, in every special school, in every special vocational school and in every VTC, their own traditions, their own "art" schools, the clichés, drawings and Passing on inscriptions "by inheritance" to beginners.

It can be assumed that the unwritten "laws" of incorporating new faces into one's surroundings, the vitality of "thief" traditions, the imitation of "seasoned" criminals who already have tattoos - all this sets a teenager and one young people under pressure - making them look for insufficient opportunities for self-affirmation in a criminal group. Bravado, the desire to demonstrate their perseverance, "exclusivity", uniqueness and superiority are strong incentives for tattooing. Again, vanity plays an important role here.

One of the respondents argued that it is difficult and impossible to stop using drugs in a group. Tattooing is therefore a temptation that is difficult to resist. Most often, minors and adolescents resort to tattoos in conditions of inactivity and disorganized free time. This is especially evident when a teenage boy and young man are in quarantine, in a disciplinary room, or in a medical department. Here the process of tattooing becomes an exciting group game that requires ingenuity in finding drawing tools so everyone can show their imaginations, "trick" educators and regime workers.

It was found that 30% got tattoos "out of boredom" in order to speed up the passage of time. Of these, two thirds did this mainly in reception centers or in the first days of their stay in a special school, a special vocational school, in the VTK. After all, the desire to show their commitment in the criminal world is characteristic of one in ten.

It turned out that a significant proportion of the youth and young people were forcibly exposed to tattoos, threatened to beat, blackmail, lose cards, etc. They claimed that the tattoos were made "naughty", that they were "forced", coerced, "injected as they wanted" "and so on. Such tattoos are called" cheeky "in the jargon. They were applied to those who" failed their registration ", were convicted of passive homosexuality," tarnished themselves with denunciations, ye. " Broken word, behaved "dishonestly" towards their comrades, "got dusty" (stolen from their own in the cell, department), etc.

The purpose of using "outrageous" is to discredit a person and prevent physical contact with those who consider themselves "pure". Given the humiliating tattoos, employees of closed education and correctional institutions need urgent action to remove them, identify and bring rapists to justice, including criminals. Often teenagers and teenagers agree to get a tattoo because of psychological treatment. The refusal to apply tattoos and, above all, status badges is seen in criminal groups as a violation of the principle of group solidarity with all the consequences that arise from it. This creates a traumatic situation from which some find a way out by applying tattoos on themselves to avoid the worst of stigma, while others act on the mechanism of expedient conformism and seek to be "moderate", "compulsory" Applying tattoos. In this situation, psychological defenses are triggered so that minors can easily tattoo as it is the only way out of this situation. Amid the craze for tattoos, teenagers and young people have a naive desire to be beautiful (at least "not like everyone else") and a belief that they must accept the norms of their group. It should be borne in mind that even if the tattoo is applied "out of nowhere", it will still be subject to later understanding. One or the other semantic meaning is given.

Often a tattoo is used as a talisman - a sign that will save you from anger. After some minors and adolescents in the reception center (SIZO) have heard stories about "experienced" orders in special schools, special vocational schools, VTK, ITK, they raise their status by ascribing convictions, arrests or status to themselves, albeit not high. but usually not accessible for further acceptance (active homosexuals, humorists, etc.). After adolescents and young people who have traveled from the reception center (SIZO) have found a tattoo, they must understand its origin and take appropriate measures (remove tattoos, warn inmates against the application of disciplinary measures in the event of repeated use, a presentation to the reception center ( SIZO). ) where such tattoos were applied, etc.).

A secret "tattoo industry" has emerged in special schools and occupations, reception centers, VTK and SIZO. Traditional tattoo methods (needle, pen, compass, guitar string) are a thing of the past. Clichés are used more often. Mechanical razors are being converted to automate the process. The lack of ink and ready-made paints is made up for by the use of burnt rubber, crushed bricks, ballpoint pen paste, ashes from plastic products, etc. Acquisition of scarce foreign ink, specialty tattoo machines, and use of drawing salons open in multiple locations are widespread among criminal groups as a whole. Tattoos.

It is necessary to identify those who specialize in tattoos. "Specialists" usually use them for a fee. It takes into account the originality and fashion of the drawing, its uniqueness, its area, its position on the body, etc. Payments for tattoos are usually products bought in the store or sent by relatives, as well as in the dining room - breakfast, lunch and dinner. The calculation is carried out and personal items (in women's zones - items of the women's toilet), tea, cigarettes, money in secret circulation or the provision of certain services (making bed, washing, etc.). It is easy to find dealerships for artistic handwriting based tattoos and take the necessary action. In salons they often pay with currency.

Decoding of tattoos in the form of abbreviations

General meeting - Adolf Hitler - my friend

ALENKA -And you have to love her like an angel

GAIT - I love anarchy with love. Young - Joyful

BERLIN - I'll be jealous, love and hate her

LEOPARD - Bey Active, Dir Suk (1950) was an activist for freedom

BES - Hit if you can E,. Stand. Bey, E and Snitches

lightning - Protect love and cherish freedom

THE GOD - I'll be back to Rob. Beware of the robber. God will forgive sins.

BOVS, BORS - Was convicted by the Vologda Court. Was convicted by the Rostov court, etc.

BOSS - Was convicted by the Soviet court. Guard dog sucks himself forcibly

BOVT - For the military: Was convicted by the military tribunal

THE BROTHER - Twin brothers: (BR + AT \ u003d BROTHER)

CENTURY - Everything has an end

BEPA (VERA) - Back to Fuck Russians Automatic (in Disbatah Nationalist)

Vermouth - Come back, the only joy, I'm terribly difficult

WINE - Come back and stay forever

WOLF -Will is very fond of (yat) colonists. Thief out of breath, pointing cap

WAX - Here it is - colonists' freedom

THIEF - Waffler, open your mouth

university - Eternal prisoner of the law

goose - Where I see rape immediately

Derpn - Obscene

DP -Welcome back

EVA (EVA) -Fuck all the activists

DMB-89 - Dembel - 1989 (for conscripts)

DMNTP - For me there is nothing more beautiful

ERROR - Wish you happy thefts

ZEK - Here's a convoy, here Fick Kozlov

ANGRY - I will take revenge for everything that shows. I will take revenge for all my loved ones. Beloved Father's Testament. Revenge for love. On the contrary, beloved father bequeathed

Angry - For everything that shows very painfully, I will take revenge

ZEK -Prisoner steps convoy

IRA - Let's cut asset

KVTK - Kostroma (Kolpinskaya) VTK

KENT(female) - If you fuck you have to endure it

KIS (KISS) -Indigenous seeker of fortune

MAPLE - I swear to love him (her) forever. Every cop fucks with a knife

CLONE - I swear to love one forever

KLOT - I swear to love you alone. I will take revenge on the goats that show. I swear by the Pointing Revenge.

WHIP - I swear not to die from the creature

THE HANGOVER - native prisoner. Native Inhabitant Push (Hangouts)

CROSS - Brand the Turnip When the bitch is a critter

LBZ - I love more life Zoya (paradise) etc.

LBZS - Pointers run for death

Swans - I'll love her if I change at all

Lebedun - I will love her even if she goes forever

A LION - I love her (him) forever. Love, Ebi, steal! Everyday waffle lover. I love Fucking Merry;

LADY (LEDI) - I love it when something changes. Cop Fuck, Crush, Exterminate

LINEN - I love her forever (abbreviated "MAPLE")

SUMMER - I love her (him) only one (one)

LEMON - To love and suffer a tired man

LIR - love and lattice. Love and jealous

LIS -The cops are looking for death. Love and tears. Love and death. Love and freedom

LEAF - I love and long strongly. Pointer and Snitch Ramboi (handle)

LON -In short "CLONE": I love one forever. Love society of addicts (nuddists)

MR - Unique love is given. I love very playful girls. Show donkeys work freely. Show the hunt to work for free. Local children will take revenge on the policeman. Pointing Donkeys Work Ladies. Love the father of the local children.

QUANTITY - You are very curious. I love you. Pointing Revenge

LOTUS - I love you very much

LSKCHV - Love freedom like seagull water

LTV - I love to steal quietly. Dear, comrade, will. Dear comrade, forever. Show your enemy

LHVS - To the policeman - Huy, to thieves - freedom. Curious - X ... sun ...

LUCH-CHUL - Better to die a man than die a cop. Beloved Gone Man

LUX - The young colonist's love is strong

MAGNET - Darling, and the eyes persistently seek you

A PIECE OF CHALK - My one love, my one love

PEACE - The shooting will fix me

SKY - Do not be sad. When you're alone (alone)

NINS - I can never change

NKVD - No stronger friendship with thieves

OGPU - Oh my God! Help run away

OU COD - on his feet: "You are tired of running under the convoy"

DAD - Hello anarchists, shame on activists

PVSM - Hello thieves, death to the trash

DOG - Badly obeyed her

PIPL - First and last love

TO PLAN - It's a shame about the Auto Violators

FAST - Forgive me, father, such a fate

REGULATIONS - The government decides to arrest everyone and deprive them of amnesty

ROME - Threat: cutting and revenge

ROSZIM - Russia washed with tears from Zeks and mothers

SATURN -Listen, but you can't stop loving

SEEM TO BE - Freedom, faith is a prison

SLZHB -Death to the pointer, life to the bat

PLUM - Death of the pointer and all assets

SLICHZHVR - Death for pointers and chekists, life for backward thieves

SLOH (SLON) - From the Solovetsky special camps. Death to the pointy dog. From the knife. With you. Beloved forever Death to the cop, they won't escape. A misfortune at a young age. Heart loves a sharp knife. Bitches love a boss. Heart loves you forever. Glory to Leninism, it is invincible. Glory to Lenin, our father.

SOS (SOS) - Bitches took their liberty. Rather save from here. Save father son

SS (SS) - Death of the Snitch

SCHAN - bitches often anarchists

SCHPA (K)- Death to the Chekists, hello anarchists (colonists)

MOAN - historical: the Solovetsky prison for special purposes. Heart one needs you. With you forever

MR - Freedom is paradise

TANK - Undercover agent of the head of the colony

TIGER - prison - GAME. Quiet, let's Rob go to the restaurant. Comrade, let's go rob the restaurant

TMON - I like you very much

CURRENT - Prison, open the gate. Secret society of horse thieves

TRON -They are forever near one

ACE -The prison teaches the laws. Jail. The prison is already known. Dressing Zone Cleaner

VHF - Fuck redhead (overseer) always

USORV - The informant will die at the hands of a thief. Die the snitch at the hand of a thief

TOMORROW - Left on the path of the father

LOAF - Keep love as the only will

XM - BIS - God save me and fate

CHRIST? - Do you want joy and tears that I will give you? Do you hear?

HTKLSH - Fuck the one who pushes the pointer

HTKPT -Fuck the one who invented prison

TSLIBIS - Cherish love and protect true freedom

CMOS - My ends justify means

CHAMPAGNE - joke or maybe just hellish mockery, tell me how to rate it?

SHP-DZM! - Cloths, child - know the measure!

EVZHMS - Elixir of eternal female youth - sperm!

EPRON - Eros, give joy to an insatiable man

STAGE -Excursion of the Taiga Prisoners Farmers

ECHO! - -Eros, I want. Surrender!

SOUTH - Young robber

YUDV - The thief's young friend

AN APPLE -I will love one like I promised

VEIN - I give pleasure once

YARDS - I was born lucky

YOKE - I was born to suffer alone

YANPT - I'm not a sellable creature

YASSSSSVD -I ate my conscience with snot as a kid

YAKHONT - I want one (one) forever you

YACHT! - -I want you angel

YACHT -I just want you

"This will destroy us"(under the picture of glasses, women, etc.)

"And we won't be lost on the moon"

"Where are you going? To the moon for cherries"

"Where are you going? You f ... t"

"If you didn't know grief, love me!"

"Wash your wife, dry your mother-in-law!"(applied to the legs)

"How few roads have been covered, how many mistakes have been made!"(-"-)

"Keys to women's safes"(Signature above the genitals)

"Key to Ladies' Hearts" (-"-)

"Ham for the ladies"(-"-)

"I will not forget my own mother"(traditional prison)

"I will not forget my dear home"(-"-)

"We went to the lover, but came to the owner"(applied to the legs. "Boss" - the head of the colony)

"You are tired of walking through the zone"(applied to the legs)

"5000 werst without overhaul" (-"-)

"They sleep"(applied to the eyelids)

"Don't wake up!"(the same. indicator of belonging to the elite of thieves)

"Let meanness God forgive, but I am not God - I do not forgive!"

"Drink, bitches, my blood, gag anyway!"

"Under your head, slave"

"I am a slave to fate, but not a lackey to the law"

"A thief will never be a laundress!"

"The boss in the zone is a thief-in-law!"

"Pity for the Fraer humiliates the racket"

Abbreviation for women only

TIN - You or nobody

LIYA - love and me

GOD -I'm proud of you alone Ready to surrender only to you

ZHNSS - Life will teach laughter through tears

KIS-B-T - How the heart longed without you

PILOT - I remember and love you alone

YALTA - I love you angel

There are three classes (types) of tattoos in the criminal environment

Insignia (Insignia - Insignia) - normally applied to the "elite" underworld professional artists with the help of modern tools and rare dyes (foreign inks, dyes, etc.). They are characterized by the high quality of the drawing and correspond to the status of the individual and the norms of the "life of a thief".

Tailor (booty - booty) - These are usually home-made products that are "artisanal" (with regard to the criminal environment) made with the help of improvised means and tools in violation of the "thief ethic". They are distinguished by poor artistry and primitiveness of the quality of the drawing, as well as the inconsistency of their content with the status of an individual in the criminal hierarchy. Wearing "undeserved" tattoos is a strictly punishable offense.

Portacs who violate the "thief ethic" and do not correspond to their status in the criminal hierarchy are often liquidated along with the fraudster. Living with tattoos denied for status is like living according to someone else's documents.

Naughty (or shameful) - These are tattoos that are made to a criminal with violence (outrageously) or under threat of violence and which fulfill the function of a stigma (stigma). They are inflicted for every wrongdoing, every apostasy of the "thieves" as well as for persons of the "lower class" of the underworld. H.

Decipher tattoos


The Hangover - a symbol of luck and caution; easily enters into trust in people. Favorite symbol of the members of the "thieving elite". It is widely used by minors. Vulnerable to robbery, robbery, theft. It is applied to the forearm with the required properties - a bow, a hat. The cat is the "native prisoner". Under the arm - "prison - home", on the legs - "convicted of robbery", "forever sentenced".

cormorant... One of the favorite (favorite) tattoos of minors. Convicted according to Art. 206 h. 3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation for malicious hooliganism.


1-2. Five points - served a prison sentence. Decryption - "There are four towers on the sides, in the middle - me".

3. Barbed wire (wrapped around a rose, torch, hand, cross, etc. - in various combinations) - bondage.

4. Inclined cross ("Andreevsky") - "go to the zone". The number of crosses according to the number of convictions. They are applied from the back of the hand to the base of the fingers.

5. Greek cross - denoting the prison sentence. On the fingers near the bases or apply back brushes.

6. A hyphen means a period of six months.

7. The points represent the prison sentence. Each point stands for a year. Points also indicate shoots. Every point is an escape.

8. Bell is a symbol of the full serving of the sentence. "From call to call".

9. Prison Bars "Here is my youth."

10. The Road to Freedom Seal (I was serving a sentence and will soon be released).

11. The rising sun is a dream of freedom.

12. Torch - be free as fire.

13. Be free as a seagull.

14. Break the circle - be released.

15. The pigeon is a free bird.

16. Found in various combinations, especially on rings. Color bears the brunt of the burden: black is the zone, white is freedom.

The meaning of the rings

Rings - the symbol for serving a sentence. The number of rings usually corresponds to the number of convictions (one ring - one conviction, two - two convictions, etc.). Light color is associated with freedom, and black (dark) - with a zone. A ring is an informative type of tattoo. It contains encrypted information about what kind of crimes the violator has committed in places of detention, what regimes he has served his sentence in, how he behaved in the "zone" (was he a refuser or worked honestly, himself disciplined or violated the regime, was in a group of positive convicts or was part of a "denial", collaborated with the administration or became an enemy, etc.). With the help of the rings you can get to know the position of the criminal in the criminal hierarchy as well as his value orientations and attitudes towards future behavior.

Everything is important in the ring: Change of color, configuration, characters, symbols, figures on them. The symbol "crown" in combination with other tattoos, as well as shoulder straps tattooed on the shoulders (Soviet, Tsarist army, SS troops, etc.) testify to the high position of the criminal in the criminal hierarchy. Crosses are also informative and emphasize the high position of the convicted person - he has committed a particularly serious crime, cannot be corrected, has a negative attitude towards the administration, etc. A number of rings serve as a means of replacing the abbreviation, for example, a chess ring corresponds with the rising sun of the abbreviation "MORNING" and the ring "Passed through the Leningrad crosses" - the abbreviation "EVA".

If the ring has a name (proper name), it is put in quotation marks, e.g. B. "Baklansky or boy fingers", "Hahnring", "Greetings to thieves" etc. If the ring has no proper name, an explanation is given without the quotes it means.

1-3. Variants of the "Passed the zone" ring. The wearers of these rings served their sentences in places of detention.

4-5. "The road through the boy" (for the first time). Was in general mode in VTK.

6. "The road through the boy" (second "walk")

7. "Borzo passed the boy" (VTK thief)

8. "Borzo passed the youngster" (hard mode). Second meaning: "I will not give the cops a hand."

9. Was being treated in a medical and occupational pharmacy.

11. "The way to the zone" (was in a special school, a special vocational school).

12. "The Way to the Zone" (condemned condemned).

13. "Passed the Leningrad Crosses" ("Denial").

14. "Forever with thieves" (I have a criminal record).

15. "Half-life in prison" (another meaning: "I will not shake hands with the cops" (prone to relapse).

16. "Thief" (had previous convictions under Article 144 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

17. "Only the grave can fix a thief." "Incorrigible".

18. "Half-life in prison" (another meaning "I will not shake hands with the cops" (prone to relapse).

19. I am looking for a girl for sexual contact.

20. "Boy suit" - pretty authoritative convict tattoo.


21. "Thief in love" (the condemned person corresponds to the girl).

22. "Libertine"

23. "Death to show hills" (means "contempt for activists and the desire to take revenge on them").

24. "Death of Hills and Activists".

25. "Death for hills and activists, hello to thieves and colonists."

26. "Passed the Leningrad Crosses". Replaces the abbreviation "EVA". Another meaning is "anarchy", i.e. transgressors of the regime.

27. "Kolshchik Zone" (convicted - specialist in tattooing).

28. "Merry Life" (the condemned person is a musical person, plays an instrument).

29. "Dark life" or "All life in prison" - a symbol of the continuation of a criminal life. "I served my term" by phone "(ie in full).

30. "Broken heart of a colonist" (correspondence with the girl was broken off or she cheated on him).

31. Remembering parents who died while in prison.

32. Nonpayers of card debt.

33. "Prison Pass". "I was then 16 years old" (committed a crime as a minor).

34. "Call to call completed term" (complete).

35. "Dark life" (another meaning: "A regular customer of a punishment cell, PTK, DIZO").

36. "I will not shake hands with the cops" (contempt for cops).

37. "I will not give the cops a hand" or "Bey active" (same as the abbreviation "BARS").

38. "I will not give the cops a hand" or "Bey active" (the same as the abbreviation "BARS").

39. "I will not shake hands with the cops" (negative towards Interior Ministry staff).

40. The sun shines from above towards the grid - "freedom for young people" (another meaning: "I have served time and will steal").


41. The shady sun shines in the direction of the bright triangle "Ruined Youth" or "Notes on the thieves and the dark cops".

42. The sun is shining in the direction of the bright triangle - "Served his sentence".

43. The shady sun shines in the direction of the grate - "Half a life in prison", serving a long prison term. "I have served and will steal." "Shine on the thieves, not the cops."

44. The sun is shining in the direction of the dark triangle - "Shine on the thieves, not the cops." "I have served and will steal."

45. "Save and keep" (the condemned hopes only for yourself).

46. ​​"Chess Ring" - 2 black squares on the right - served a sentence in the VTK for 2 years.

47. "Chess ring" - 2 black squares on the left - 2 years was in a special school (special vocational school).

48. "Chess ring" consisting of four fields (convicted under Art. 144 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (theft of personal property).

50. Sentenced under Art. 144 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation - theft of personal property.


51. We are convicted of robbery, which tends to create criminal gangs.

52. “We are convicted of murder and grievous bodily harm” (above, instead of a cross, a snake can wind around a dagger).

53. "We are on trial for robbery." Instead of the St. Andrew's cross, there may be a three-pointed star on a black background.

54. "We are convicted of murder, aggravated assault and hooliganism."

55. "Killer".

56. "Baklan" (convicted of malicious hooliganism)

57. Dollar sign - 1) convicted of theft of state property (pursuant to Art. 89 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation); 2) Bugbear or Money Man; 3) for minors - "All life is in money."

58. We are on trial for rape.

59. According to Article 191 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

60. According to Article 102 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.


61. We are on trial for rape.

62. The ring is identical to the abbreviation "MORNING" - "Walked on the path of the local father" (reminder of the parents who have served their sentence).

63-64. Ring variants: "The color of the farmer is the color of a thief" (this is a card suit that is decisive in a criminal group. It also means theft).

65. "Baklansky or boy fingers" (meet different options diamonds with symmetrically spaced dark and light triangles. The wearer of the ring - "denied", that is, hostile to law enforcement agencies and convicted activists).

66-68. Ring options: "Spades suit" - the most authoritative suit (used by "thieves-in-law"). Such rings indicate a strongly negative attitude towards work and the regime. These people are not suitable for re-education.

69. "Greetings to thieves" (the ring bearer is a "thief-in-law". He occupies a high position, as the crown shows).

71. "Thief recidivist" (occupies a high position in the criminal hierarchy, as the Crown shows).

72. "Only the grave will repair the thief" (the ring of the incorrigible convict).

73. "Anarchy" (negatively attuned to the regime and order).

74-75. Ring options: "In the circle of thieves, in the circle of friends" (the crown indicates a high position in the criminal hierarchy).

76. "At home among thieves."

77. "Ruined youth". Obvious remorse for the crime committed.

78. "I can get drugs" (drug dealers self-inflict).

79. The ring bearer abuses drugs.

80. The ring bearer abuses drugs and prefers hemp products (cannabis).

81. The ring bearer abuses Noxiron preparations, as the letter "H" shows.

82. The circle, divided into three sectors, symbolizes the board. Substance abuse.

83. A beetle with a black cross on its back. "He was serving a prison term for selling drugs."

84. Syringe, heart, flower against the backdrop of the "prison" ring (drug abuse. Served a sentence for selling and possessing drugs).

85. "Penis ring" (used forcibly on people who have undergone sodomy. In place of dots, there may be worms less often - tambourines).

86. This ring is used as a mark of contempt. Above - "Rooster Crown".

87-88. Ring options: "worm suit" - in various combinations or "waffle suit" (blowjob).

89. Partially shaded spade - "cock".

90. "The color of the bouquet" - prone to (or forcibly exposed to) all kinds of sexual perversion.

91. "Chess King" (the convict only plays chess "for fun").

92. "Bauernring" (the convicted person does not come into conflict with the authorities and criminals, ie neutral)

93. "There is no happiness in life" (the condemned person was unlucky in some way).

94. "Orphan" (applied to convicts who have no parents).

95. "Six" ("Shokha") - the lowest card in the deck (a man who runs errands for the "authorities", a lackey) (the main variant of the ring).

96."The way to freedom" (the ring bearer was serving a sentence and will soon be released).

97. Variant of the "six" ring (an errand boy).

98. "Ring" chushka "(chushpan)" (applied to a sloppy and condemned person who is despised by everyone).

99. Served a sentence in places of detention (only imposed by Muslims).

100. "Cockring" (forcibly stabbed by passive homosexuals).

Sign symbolism


1-2. Swastika - the Arabs have a sign of the rising and setting sun; Symbolism of National Socialist Germany. Criminals have a negative attitude. to existing orders and law enforcement authorities; on the penis - a sign of an active homosexual.

3. The emblem of the neo-Nazis.

4. The mark of the pacifist (found in hippies).

5. Double letter "K" - emblem of the Ku Klus Klan

6. Marijuana sign (can be replaced with 13).

7. Eternal life symbol (found in hippies).

8. The Orthodox five-pointed cross is a symbol of the Orthodox faith. made on the ring or middle finger - "fatherless", on the thumb - "death to the hills" - activists. "

9. Greek cross (criminal record).

10. St. Andrew's Cross (had a "walk" to the "Zone").

11-12. Symbols of the Muslim Faith.

13-14. The Star of David is a symbol of the Jewish religion (for criminals - a symbol of a high position in the criminal hierarchy on my knees - a symbol of disobedience ("I will not kneel").

15. Quality mark (placed: for men - on the penis of an active homosexual and on the buttocks of a passive partner; for women - on the breast or pubic bone).

Tattoos of representatives of the thieving elite


Hand in tattoos

1. Served a sentence for robbery.