Prison Tattoos and the Meanings Behind Them

Prison tattoos are done with home-made needles and tattoo guns. The "needle" might be part of a paper clip, a staple or a bit of metal guitar string. Usually an empty ballpoint pen will then hold the needle. Ink for this type of tattoo might come from a pen, or it might

Part 2: Nikolai, Russian Prison Tattoo Artist

Con't from Part 1: - We cannot show his Nikolai's face, remember, as he fears for his life by talking about the Russian underground, while inside he had a relatively comfortable experience, tattooing the big bosses and the upper echelon of criminals. Though he was able to live a better

Russian Prison Tattoo Artist, Nikolai: pt1

Russian criminal tattoos were originally simple and decorative, with no real meaning to them. Later on, they were regarded more seriously when tattooed people, bearing symbols of strength on their bodies, started claiming leadership. Tattoos then became a kind of secret language because criminals needed a form of communication both