Polish prison tattoos preserved in formaldehyde

TopOOps • 15th April 2014


This is a disgusting or fascinating (how you want) collection of preserved tattoos from Polish prisoners. They were cut with razor blades, glass shards and sharpened paperclips. Then inked with burned rubber, charcoal and other shit. Then, after the convicts’ deaths, they were “extracted” from the corpses, stuck into jars of formaldehyde and stacked at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Then, photographed by Polish artist Katarzyna Mirczak.

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