Criminal Tattoo


The professional criminals in the camps were known for their heavily tattooed bodies. The tattoos often included political, racist and sexist content. This tattoo uses anti-Semitic symbols presumably to tie Communists and Jews together into a single vision of oppressive overseers. The text reads "The convicts of the GULAG are a new nation of the USSR born of the Marxist devils!" Drawn in the Pechora camp system.




1952-00-00 00:00:00 | no temporal coverage

Bibliographic Citation

Baldayev, Danzig. Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedia.NP: Steidl, 2004.