Russian mafia tattoos often have cryptic or abstract designs, but they all have an underlying meaning that is associated with the individual’s loyalty to the organization. The tattoos typically include symbols such as eagles, daggers, horses, skulls and swords, which represent power, strength and bravery. They may also include symbols such as wolves, bears and dragon, which signify loyalty, loyalty to the family and courage. Other symbols such as crosses and eight-pointed stars signify a commitment to a particular branch of the mafia. Additionally, tattoos of fish that are either facing down or towards yourself may signify wealth and fortune. The tattoos are meant to represent the individual’s allegiance to the organization and to warn others not to cross them.