New Dress from MIR featuring Russian Criminal Tattoos.



The Owl design on the front was first tattooed around the early 40's and usually meant that u were a burglar or a safe-cracker. This particular owl was a nod to the old Tsarist days, before the Soviets gained power. The slogan "Got mit Uns" is german for "God with Us" and is a "grin" at the Soviet Administration which outlawed religion and God. This tattoo also represented freedom, and authority.

The spider and web are tattooed in many cultures. In Russian criminal societies it has various meanings. It could mean that the wearer was caught up in the life that he/she chose. If the spider was moving up the web, it meant that he/she was leaving the life, if it was going down then he was planning to stick around for a while. The spider and web can also signify a connection to the drug world or addiction.

Cathedrals were tattooed in Russian prison culture to specify the number of years one has spent in prison or the number of convictions he or she has. The domes or crosses can each stand for 1 year or 5 years or 1 conviction. Each time a man would get convicted or do time, he would tattoo another dome onto the cathedral. There is also another meaning for tattooing the cathedral. It means that your body and your soul is your church and you will never let anyone desecrate it in any way. Which is the meaning I had in mind when making this design.

The cat is a good luck symbol and a symbol of he thieves.

Silk Screen Printed on 100% cotton American Apparel fine jersey T-Dress

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