Jul201021
Preserved Tattooed Skin Collection
11:35 AM
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And speaking of criminal tattoos...

A collection of 60 tattooed skins (preserved in formaldehyde) taken largely from dead prisoners is the subject of a "photo story" by Katarzyna Mirczak called Preserving the Criminal Code.

According to Mirczak, the Department of Forensic Medicine at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, collected the skins "with a view to deciphering the code - among prisoners known as a 'pattern language'. By looking closely at the prisoners' tattoos, their traits, temper, past, place of residence or the criminal group in which they were involved could be determined."

Read more on the preserved skins and see more images, like the ones, above here.


[Via Morbid Anatomy. Thanks to Samantha of Haute Macabre. And Melina too!]
3 Comments

I'm currently taking a course on probate for my legal assistant program and am learning about wills/trusts/advanced medical directives. Do people ever donate their tattooed skin to stuff like this any more?



SICK

in a good way



creepy but very cool at the same time





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