RUSSIAN PRISON TATTOOS CAT: A cat tattoo represents a prisoner’s life as a thief. A single cat signifies that the criminal acted alone, while several cats together show that the criminal was part of a gang. The head of a tomcat is considered good luck for a thief. It can also serve as a warning, as it signifies a dangerous criminal who hates law enforcement, especially if worn on the chest. Source The Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Volume II.
SCARAB BEETLE: This is a Russian criminal tattoo, most likely from prison. The scarab beetle is a symbol of good luck for thieves (so-called protection). The tattoo symbolizes a pickpocket.Definition provided by Vancouver Police Department.
Tattoos and Their Meanings, presented by the Canada Border Services Agency Organized Crime Section, National Headquarters, May 2008.
Photograph Scarab Cartouche of Thutmosis III from Karnak temple of Amun-Ra, Egypt, Chiswick Chap June 7, 2009.