My neighbor actually sent me a link to an article about this and I found it morbidly fascinating! I did a bit of digging to trace the original source which came from Polish artist, Katarzyna Mirczak, who photographed the preserved skin specimens at the body art archive in the department of forensic medicine at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. The article and photos were published in 2010, but seem to be recirculating again and since this is my first seeing them, I thought I would share with you all as well!
The fleshy artwork came from deceased prisoners in Poland and were submerged in formaldehyde in glass jars to be studied. The purpose behind this was to decipher the code of some of the images and determine prisoner’s traits, temper, past, place of residence, or the criminal group in which they were involved with. The art is pretty rudimentary and some a bit vulgar, but what else would you expect from stick and poke prison tattoos?
Here’s a small excerpt from the article..
‘Conditions in prisons allowed only for primitive tools and dangerous chemicals to be used in tattooing. Paper clips, pins, wires, razor blades and pieces of glass were used to puncture the skin and powdered coal, charcoal, burned rubber, cork, pencil refills, ink, watercolours and crayons were used as colour pigments, often mixed with water, urine, soap, cream or fat.’
Mmmm.. who’s up for a broken glass and urine tattoo?! 😉
You can read the full article and see more photos at FOTO8.