Higanbana (0o_higanbana_o0) wrote in little_details,

Russian Tattoo - NON CRIMINAL

Hello, yes, me again ^^

I'd like to thank all the kind helpers, I have learned so many things thanks to my previous post. Stay awesome, LD community.

I hit another snag in my story, but I'm afraid this one will be a lot harder to answer.
I'm still giving it a try, tho.

So. In canon, the Russian man working for the KGB in the early 1960s has a tattoo on his wrist. (They didn't bother to cover the actor's own, very real tattoo, because it's actually russian looking.) (picture of the tattoo here.)
Now, now, now.

I actually know quite a lot of things about the underworld tattoos in Russia, as I read Danzig Baldaev's books a couple of years ago. Alas, it mostly covers the underground tattoos. Like, in the criminal world, tattoos done in the Gulag camps, etc.

Is it realistic for a KGB agent with NO criminal history to have tattoos? If yes, which kind?
I discovered that Stalin had a tattoo on his chest (a skull), so I guess it's not that far-fetched, but I'm really curious about military/KGB tattoos in the 1950s/60s.

I tried all kind of google-fu, but sadly I don't have access to Russian, and the englishWeb only seems to care about criminal tattoos.

[Bonus point] Actually, I'm curious about the actor's tattoo. It's supposed to say "hammer", but is it the russian word, or a phonetic transcription of the english word?)
Tags: 1950-1959, 1960-1969, russia: folklore, russia: history, ~body modification: tattoos
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