РОССИЙСКИЕ ТАТУИРОВКИ

THIS PAST SUMMER I GOT MY FIRST TATTOOS. AND NO, THEY WERE NOT A LAME ANCHOR OR A COLOURFUL CUPCAKE. WHEN DECIDING TO PERMANENTLY INK MY BODY, I KNEW WHATEVER I CHOSE HAD TO BE SOMETHING OF SUBSTANCE, AN EVERLASTING MOTIVATOR AND/OR  A REMINDER OF SORTS. I UNDERSTAND THE IDEA OF TATTOOS ARE TABOO IN THEMSELVES, BUT EVER SINCE THE NEOLITHIC TIMES TATTOOS WERE SYMBOLS OF STRENGTH OR WISDOM, OR A WAY OF DOCUMENTING A HISTORY OR ONE’S CULTURAL TIES. I KNEW THAT I WANTED SOMETHING RELATED TO THE RUSSIAN LANGUAGE OR CULTURE, BUT REGARDLESS, THE PROCESS OF CHOOSING A TATTOO–SPECIFICALLY ONE WITH RUSSIAN LANGUAGE/CULTURE TIED TO IT–LED ME DOWN AN INTERESTING PATH. SO IN THE BEGINNING OF MY SEARCH, I GOOGLE SEARCHED “CULTURAL RUSSIAN TATTOOS”. WHAT CAME UP WAS THIS: 
Print_12_jpg_460x690_q95 LIKE MANY TATTOOS, THE RUSSIAN GULAG TATTOOS REPRESENT A HISTORY OF ITS WEARERS. NOT ONLY DO THE PICTURES MEAN SOMETHING BUT THEIR PLACEMENT DOES AS WELL. THERE ARE A FEW WAYS OF MAKING THESE TATTOOS (ALBIET ALL OF THEM VERY PAINFUL AKA HARDCORE RUSSIAN-STYLE) SUCH AS BANDAGING MAGNESIUM POWDER TO THE SKIN (WHICH BASICALLY BURNS AWAY SKIN) OR USING NEEDLES SHARPENED ON CELL FLOORS (A NICE AND SANITARY WAY OF DOING IT). APPARENTLY, THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE RUSSIAN GULAGS USE THESE TATTOOS AS MEANS OF COMMUNICATING WHO THEY ARE TO THEIR CELLMATES, THE TATTOOS THEMSELVES REPRESENTING HIGH PAIN TOLERANCE AND SOMETIMES CAN BE USED AGAINST THEM, AS PUNISHMENT FOR A SPECIFIC DEBT OR ACTION. THE TATTOOS ARE ALSO A PARTICULAR BLUE-ISH HUE DUE TO THE PEN INK, URINE AND SHOE SOLE MIXTURE USED TO MAKE THE TATTOO INK. APPARENTLY MY TATTOO ARTIST WAS INTRIGUED AS WELL AND SHOWED ME A FEW OF BOOKS ON THESE TYPES OF TATTOOS. HE SAID IF I ASKED HIM TO GIVE ME ONE FROM THE BOOK, HE WOULD HAVE REFUSED BECAUSE IF SOMEBODY FOUND OUT, THEY WOULD PUNISH BOTH THE WEARER AND THE MAKER…
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PICTURE LINKS:
HTTP://FUEL-DESIGN.COM/MEDIA/UPLOADS/THUMBS/UPLOADS/TATTOO/PRINT_12_JPG_460X690_Q95.JPG
HTTP://BLOG-CDN.TATTOODO.COM/WP-CONTENT/UPLOADS/2014/02/PRISON6RUSSIA.JPG?2DC265
HTTP://HAPPYASAMONKEY.FILES.WORDPRESS.COM/2010/05/RU9.JPG
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