Probably one of its kind, the following collection of tattoos from Department of Forensic Medicine Medical Faculty of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.
1. Collection consists of 60 exhibits, which are stored in formalin solution, a formula devised by an expert of forensic medicine at the turn of the XIX and XX centuries.
2. Tattoos were taken from the bodies of prisoners who died in a nearby prison, from the University of Montelupo in the street in Krakow.
3. In the criminal world of tattoos, along with gestures and facial expressions are the identification code, so they often do on the exposed parts of the body: face, neck or hands. The collection was created to study the penal code, which simplifies the introduction to the work of prison officials and interrogators.
4. True Tattoo transcript to determine the image of a person’s life, his character, past, place of living or criminal group, in which he was.
5. For example, a soaring eagle – the emblem of the prison in Wroclaw, red open mouth – a sign of homose*uality, a dagger or a skull entwined with a snake – vow revenge. This is a sign of the planned crime, the victim must be either killed or mutilated or disfigured.This threatens revenge traitors, material witness or police officer.
6. It happens that this oath brings the inmate, who will stay long in prison, and he orders his comrades, who are released early to take his vow to himself. This often explains the so-called non-motivated murder.