Russian Criminal Owl Tattoo

Not blogged in ages, been really busy.

If you follow this Blog, you’ll know that a few weeks ago I went to Primavera Sound, and was quite excited about it. To mark the occasion I decided to get a tattoo while I was there. Trouble was, I couldn’t find a tattoo shop. I came home un-inked.

Luckily, I was booked in to get a new tattoo with Liam Sparkes a week later, back in London. So I guess this is my Primavera tattoo. Funnily enough, while I was getting it done, Liam told me he was at the festival too – and he did get a tattoo done while out there. His was done by Jondix.

So this is it (proving once again that I cannot pose for photos). It’s a Russian criminal tattoo, taken from the cover of The Russian Criminal Encyclopaedia Vol. III. It represents “a murderer”. I already have Russian tattoos of a cat and a spider – which represent “a thief”. If you ask me to explain why I chose these – I can’t, really. Not to normal people anyway. For me, tattooing is about irony: choosing to get a tattoo is all about being brave and being stupid. You can’t really justify it too much. If you do, you’re just being pretentious. Go with the flow. And everyone ends up with the tattoo they really deserve…

Incidentally, the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Vol. II sells for silly money on Amazon now that it’s out of print. I want a copy.


  1. Brooklyn

    Oh I see – ‘murderer’. Having a tattoo is a nice thing, it doesn’t have to be ironic or stupid. It can be very meaningful!

  2. Moti Alexandrovich

    I dare you to walk around brighton beach brooklyn with your shirt off, show off those tattoos and see what happens. if the wrong person sees you, he will kidnap you and slice off the skin. those tattoos were worn only by criminals in jail in russia.

  3. Dana DeVoe

    I just did 6.5 years in federal prison. Russians don’t care one bit if you have a cat or an owl or anything else. No one real is getting any of those tattoos anymore. Even the stars on the knees and shoulders aren’t real anymore. A Russian Vor(if he’s real)is busy running various money making operations,he would take a look at this dude and laugh because his great grandfather probably had the owl tattoo.

    1. Spider Web Design

      Thank you for reading this blog post and taking the time to reply – your comments are very interesting and I’m grateful to receive information from a reliable and authentic source!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *