tales told by the dead
These tattoos, kept in formaldehyde, are part of a private collection owned by a morgue worker in Warsaw. The tattoo “treasures” were collected in the first half of the 20th Century. The collector would secretly slice the tattoos from the unclaimed dead bodies found in the surrounding streets or brought in from the nearby prison, and store them away. For this reason, there are no names or dates attached. The worker revealed his secret in his will, and he left these stories written in anonimous bodies to the Department of Forensic Medicine in Warsaw.