More great tattoos from St. Petersburg (3/7)

I don’t read Russian, but I’m pretty sure this on-the-throne tattoo says “If you open the bathroom door once more without knocking, I am so chopping your head off!”

(Thanks again to tan0k for all the pictures from the St. Petersburg Tattoo Convention)

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17 thoughts on “More great tattoos from St. Petersburg (3/7)

  1. Swastika doesn’t always mean Nazi, jeez. It was around long before they were.

    Any translation for the text? I imagine that might help the context.

  2. Yeah, well St Petersburg is nazi-central, apparently. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if there were white supremacists rocking up to this gig.
    And if you look at it, it couldn’t be more obvious; cranky-looking nordic white knight beast thing wearing a swastika and brandishing a sword – on a skinhead.

  3. That is a the nazi cross, the swastika is mirrored. Unless the image was mirrored before put on the blog, but still, it seems pointless to have the symbol there unless you had those opinions.

  4. The cyrillic text is not mirrored, so I’d imagine the image is the right way round also.

  5. to Chaq: u a stupid piece of fucking hamburger, can you still think that in Russia drink vodka, and then struggle with bears?

  6. Trisuff: Chaq is right, you know. There are a number of violent neonazi groups in Russia, like it or not. You might want to do some reading on such organizations as the National Bolshevik Party (Национал-большевистская партия), Russian National Unity (Русское Национальное Единство) and the Russian National Socialist Party (Русская Национальная Социалистическая Партия). Neonazis (not necessarily members of the groups I’ve mentioned, but neonazis anyway) are responsible for the deaths of several anarchists, antifascists and “immigrants” from former Soviet states in Central Asia. Unfortunately, reading about a lethal stabbing or a lethal beating of a teenager in the hands of Russian neonazis is not a rare thing.

    Also, an excellent look inside the minds of neonazi youth in Russia is available trough a documentary called Ross Kemp on Gangs: Moscow, which is available in Youtube.

    Insulting someone online doesn’t make the neonazis go away.

  7. Trisuff, you don’t need to take it as offence on russia… but it’s a fact that you can’t deny, after all doesn’t this photo of a man proudly showing off his nazi tattoo on a public convention prove it?

  8. to jk: u lay it on thick. It is enough to look at Estonia, here where it is valid nazi state.

  9. to filthee: people on the tatto fest don’t keep it on mind, it’s just tattoo and nothing else.

  10. Trisuff: I agree that the way Estonian government is treating the Russian minority is unacceptable, but that is not an excuse for violence for anyone, be they Russian, Estonian, Polish, Ukrainian or any nationality. Estonia is not a nazi state just because it doesn’t really listen to the Russian minority. The problems lay deep within the fact that the Estonian majority and the Russian minority in Estonia do not have skills or will to communicate with each other. A good example is the Bronze Soldier incident – the Russian refuse to acknowledge the fact that Soviet Union did a hostile occupation of Estonia and the Estonians have a hard time understanding that the Russian soldiers were as much victims of Stalin as they were.

    Vladimir Putin is fuelling the anger of the Russians living in the Baltic states because it suits his policies. And mislead Russian organisations like the Nashi are using nazi tactics to fight “nazis” like the Estonians. I advice you to seek some information from neutral sources about the recent problems in Estonia and maybe even the Soviet annexation of neighbouring states. I understand that people who grew up in Soviet Union have a different view of Russian history than people who grew up somewhere else, but I’m having a hard time understanding why people are willing to close their eyes and ears when they are offered a different view or even the truth.

    I’m living in Finland and I visited Tallinn a day after the riots in the spring. I’ve also lived in former socialist state (Czech Republic) so I have some point of view for what it’s like to still live in the shadow of Russia, even though Soviet Union has fallen apart. The problems do not exist because of the Russian people, they exist because of the Russian leaders and politicians. Vladimir Putin likes to throw his weight around by using the Russian people living in other countries as his tools. I think the Russian minorities in former Soviet states should be treated equally and they should not be the targets of anger that’s still bubbling from the Soviet crimes against the majorities of these countries. The way people have been acting now (riots, nazi accusations and so on) is only working to benefit one man: Vladimir Putin.

  11. Trisuff
    i don’t get how people don’t keep it in mind in a country whose people once won the war against nazis… this doesn’t make sense at all, for sure people who see this tattoo DO realize the meaning and fully accept it, because russia is infested with silly bastards, sad reality…

    have to say, my personal attitude to the message of this tattoo prevents me from appreciating its artistic value…

    oh well the font sucks anyway, even if it said something nice…

  12. Unfortunately there is no way to know where this is Nazi or not, but the mirrored Swastika in prison symbolizes long time served and not always indicates racism. Usually if the person belongs to a racist faction they will also sport the double lightning bolts that indicate a murder or some kind of violence against the usual Nazi targets. Also knight or crusaders in Russian prison tattoos indicate an enforcer of some kind, the armor representing his tough skin. The bald head is easily enough explain tho, if he is some kind of enforcer no hair means nothing to grab onto which is just convenient. I’m not denying Nazi prominence anywhere in the world I’m just saying that there are too many things this can represent, but they all boil down to one phrase that is definitely useful in prison, “Don’t Fuck With Me”.

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