Le Tricot "Victime du Col Bleu" is manufactured in an old domestic French hosiery
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Anchors, Stars, Sailboats, Sirens, leaky hearts, blocked feminine first names, antimilitarist or fatalist slogans are so many symbols which decorate the skin of the Undisciplined Sailors.
Very wide-spread in countries Anglo-Saxon and of the Northern Europe. Tattoos show themselves proudly on them before arm of the Sailors freshly unloaded in Ports, Docks and Numerous Bars and Brothels.
In France, It is often on the dermis of the Children of the Misfortune that we find these inscriptions. Prisoners and Sailors are often inseparable. Most of them passed by the Sections of Disciplines and the Maritime Prisons.
- Three stars on the front arm appoints the sailors having passed in front of a disciplinary committee..
- The marine apprentices having been placed in a section of isolated recognize themselves in a Fleur-de-lis tattooed on the shoulder or the arm.
- The former of the Disciplinary Section of Calvi carry a Bunch of grapes, those of the Section of Oléron carry sailor's head with shovel and Pickaxe Crossed and chains in necklace.
- The Undisciplined Sailors who will finish later in the Battalions of Africa passed at first by the Maritime Prison. We re-know them to the crucified Sailor whom they raise.
In the 19 century, it is the Navy doctors who are closely interested in the tattoo in particular in deplorable sanitary conditions in whom the latter are realized.
(Hutin in 1853 and his researches on the tattoo, Tardieu in 1855 in the Annals of Health service, then Dr GROUZER in 1894 with Tattooers and tattooed maritime and Guiol on 1896 with the Maritime Tattoo.)
[Doctor BERCHON handles the question in 1869 in his Medical History of the Tattoo, outstripping the criminologists as LOMBROSO or LACASSAGNE. "Medical", the study tries to encircle the possible complications that the practice of the tattoo on a ship can where the hygiene is reduced at least.]