Russian Criminal Tattoo Vol 2


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This second volume of the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia is an essential companion to the critically acclaimed first volume. It features previously unpublished drawings and photographs from the extraordinary archives of Danzig Baldaev and Sergei Vasiliev.

Author: Sergei Vasiliev


396 pages

19cm x 25cm


Published by FUEL in 2006

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During his lifetime as a guard in St Petersburg´s notorious Kresty Prison, Baldaev diligently recorded over 3,000 criminals´ tattoos and their coded meanings. His drawings form a unique gallery; a passport into a hidden world of shovel-faced politicians, fornicating devils, messages tangled in barbed wire. Tattoos on hands, feet, legs, torsos, foreheads, eyelids, buttocks and genitals all take their place in this fascinating document of a rapidly disappearing criminal society, where history, status and even sexual preference are indelibly etched on the body.

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