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Tattooed Russian Ladies Then and Now

2. November 2012 by Lorena 0 Comments

In August, archaeologists made an intriguing discovery: a 2,500 year old Siberian princess, whose tattooed body was preserved by the snow. The woman, who they are calling Princess Ukok, had three detailed tattoos: a deer with a griffin’s beak on her shoulder, another deer with large, decorative antlers around her wrist and intricate marks on her fingers. In this ancient culture, the Pazyryk tribe of what is now Siberia, tattoos were a sign of age and status. The older someone was, the more tattoos they usually had. Early in the 20th century, a man was discovered who was tattooed from shoulder to toe. It’s believed that Princess Ukok was either royalty, a revered holy woman, a story teller or a healer of some sort. The princess was found with two warriors who had tattoos similar to hers.


The urge to adorn the body has not changed much in the intervening millennia. While tattoos enter and leave the mainstream, there is always a sub-culture interested in this form of decoration. Tattoos were unpopular in the USSR for many years, as they were associated with criminal activity. However, they have made a comeback in recent years, and both men and women choose to adorn themselves with body art.


Some of our Russian brides have tattoos and piercings. Some of their body art is dainty and petite; other ladies opted for larger statement pieces. Like a lady with ink? Check out some of the tattooed and pieced beauties below: