Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Vol.1

Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Vol.1
Author: Danzig Baldaev (ed.)
Publisher: Fuel Publishing
Size: 20.8 x 16 x 2 cm
Weight: 510 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9780955862076
Availability: In stock
Price: €27.80
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The photographs, drawings and texts published in this book are part of a collection of more than three thousand tattoos accumulated over a lifetime by prison attendant Danzig Baldaev. Tattoos were his gateway into a secret world in which he acted as ethnographer, recording the rituals of a closed society. The icons and tribal languages he documented are artful, distasteful, sexually explicit and sometimes just strange, reflecting as they do the lives and traditions of convicts.
Skulls, swastikas, harems of naked women, a smiling Al Capone, medieval knights in armour, daggers sheathed in blood, benign images of Christ, sweet-faced mothers and their babies, armies of tanks, and a horned Lenin - these are the signs by which the people of this hidden world mark and identify themselves.
With a foreword by Danzig Baldaev, and an introduction by Alexei Plutser-Sarno on the symbolism of thieves' tattoos.