Far Eastern Boy
A typical set of prison tattoos called ‘rings’, specific to Post-Soviet criminal underworld.
There are various types of rings, and each of them has a specific meaning.
Here, the rings stand for following things:
1(left) - ‘Otritzalo’. Basically, a status ring that means this convict will never under any circumstances cooperate with prison staff or law enforcement in general.
2(middle) - Anybody who has been in jail at least once can get this tattoo. It basically means ‘convict’.
3(right) - traditionally, it’s an S-shaped snake crossed by two bars. It means the owner has served two terms in prison.
It is also curious that this person obviously used to have a tattoo on his far right finger, too, but all that remains now is a scar. We will never know what kind of ring he had there…but it was most probably nothing to be proud of.

A typical set of prison tattoos called ‘rings’, specific to Post-Soviet criminal underworld.

There are various types of rings, and each of them has a specific meaning.

Here, the rings stand for following things:

1(left) - ‘Otritzalo’. Basically, a status ring that means this convict will never under any circumstances cooperate with prison staff or law enforcement in general.

2(middle) - Anybody who has been in jail at least once can get this tattoo. It basically means ‘convict’.

3(right) - traditionally, it’s an S-shaped snake crossed by two bars. It means the owner has served two terms in prison.

It is also curious that this person obviously used to have a tattoo on his far right finger, too, but all that remains now is a scar. We will never know what kind of ring he had there…but it was most probably nothing to be proud of.

"Za Vas". Could be translated as "i stand by your side", but is probably more along the lines of "in your name".
Most probably a military-related tattoo.

"Za Vas". Could be translated as "i stand by your side", but is probably more along the lines of "in your name".

Most probably a military-related tattoo.

Ex-convicts Crucifix tattoo.

Ex-convicts Crucifix tattoo.

Aleksei. Notice a train passing in the background.

Aleksei. Notice a train passing in the background.

V Bezdonnom Nebe”, my cover of a song by Ivan Panfilov, a wonderful Russian musician from Vladivostok, Primorye.

Yet another apartment project of Vladivostok, Primorski Krai.

Yet another apartment project of Vladivostok, Primorski Krai.

Me and mom. Early 90’s, Lozovy.

Me and mom. Early 90’s, Lozovy.

Max, my childhood friend.

Max, my childhood friend.

Apartment buildings in my neighborhood.

Apartment buildings in my neighborhood.

Little man.

Little man.