Tatoos can tell a story,and announces one’s place in a comunity. Even in a criminal one.
The Mark of Cain is a 2000 documentary film on Russian criminal tattoos directed by Alix Lambert.
The Mark of Cain documents the fading art form and “language” of Russian criminal tattoos, formerly a forbidden topic in Russia. The now vanishing practice is seen as reflecting the transition of the broader Russian society. Filmed in some of Russia’s most notorious prisons, including the fabled White Swan, the interviews with prisoners, guards, and criminologists reveal the secret language of “The Zone” and “The Code of Thieves” (Vor v zakone). More here