Russian Criminal Tattoo

I’ve been doing too many home tattoos on myself lately (3 in the last week).

I started this skull on my thigh ages ago, but stopped as it wasn’t very good. Then a few days ago I decided to have another crack at it, so I added an oak leaf to it and started sharpening up the outline on the skull.

I’m going to try and fix the crown and cigar next, before finishing the skull outline fully, and then lastly I’ll try and add some shading.

It was inspired by the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia by Sergey Vasiliev and Danzig Baldayev. The best thing about criminal tattoos – is that if they turn out to look shit – they still look authentic.

In other unrelated news, this evening I managed to block up my bath plughole with my pubes.