This convict tattoo represents an ‘Orthodox’ - a thief who has never transgressed the convicts’ laws and rules. He acts as a judge in settling accounts between thieves in prisons and camps, but also in the outside world.
The acronym on the left [spelling the city name ‘Tomsk’] signifies 'You alone has touched my heart’. The acronym in the centre [spelling the Russian word for wine] signifies 'Come back and stay forever’. The acronym on the right [spelling the Russian.