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Tattoos and trinkets: Designer jewellery inspired by Russian prison ink

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  • February 20, 2015
  • Callum Sweeney
Tattoos and trinkets: Designer jewellery inspired by Russian prison ink
Walter Crow

Traditionally, Russian prison tattoos were used to tell stories. Crafted from ink made by mixing urine and soot, the pictures on a convicts skin told the tale of the number and sort of crimes they had committed, and how long they had spent in prison for them.

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