“…some sailor in a North AFrican port had dug needles of blue ink into the marble flesh of his arm, and written there the indelible words – Enfant de Malheur…the face of a chocolate-box beauty done in colours decorated its smooth surface. Her silly blue eyes stared up from between his fine flat shoulder blades and her full red lips smiled on his spinal cord. She was a trashy creature, a plump, coarse morsel, no fit companion for this young prince of darkness…”
One of the defining physical components of Enfant is his tattoos. I found a comprehensive article on the significance of Russian prison tattoos, and the second article is about the French history of tattoos. Together, I think they both help explain the significance of prison tattoos, and why Enfant’s criminal status is so important.