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|The woman with barbed wire was worn predominately by men and represented a loved one at home. This type of tattoo was also popular during the 50's and 60's and was probably inspired by the American pin-up culture and old sailor tattoos.|
|The eyes tattoo has various meanings.
It can mean that the wearer has an extra pair of eyes watching out. It
can also mean that he/she has eyes ON her all the time, like in a prison
The words under the eyes translate to "Full of Love".
|On the back is the sailing Pirate Ship tattoo. This type of tattoo usually meant that the wearer was down for an escape and that he/she may have had prior escapes/attempts behind them. This type of tattoo was also widespread among Soviet sailors.|
|On the Front is the eagles design. This eagle was tattooed mostly during the 30's and 40's and belongs to some of the earliest Russian Criminal tattoos. It symbolized strength and freedom It was very popular among the Thieves of that time.|