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Jan. 5 2010 - 9:43 am | 468 views | 0 recommendations | 2 comments

VIDEO: Model prisoners tattoo the whites of their eyes

I’m a little late on this, but MSNBC’s documentary prison series, Lockup, recently profiled two goofballs in an undisclosed (at least from what I can tell in the YouTube video) prison who for some reason decided to tattoo the whites of their eyes:

One of the creepier quotes in this notable piece of video journalism is the following: “We call my cellie ‘Hamster,’ but he’s more like a guinnea pig. You can take that any way you want.”

Are we, the viewers, to take that at face level? Or is something more sinister going on here? I’m having visions of the initial cellmate relationship between Beecher and Schillinger on Oz — which is to say Hamster is Old Blue Eyes’ bitch. Eh?



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