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Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia

by Fuel

  • Hardcover
    $39.98
ISBN: 9780955862076
ANNOTATION:
The photographs, drawings, and texts published in this book are part of a collection of more than 3,000 tattoos accumulated over a lifetime by a Russian prison attendant. The icons and tribal languages he documents reflect the lives and traditions of Russian convicts.
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  • Hardcover
    $39.98
ISBN: 9780955862076
ANNOTATION:
The photographs, drawings, and texts published in this book are part of a collection of more than 3,000 tattoos accumulated over a lifetime by a Russian prison attendant. The icons and tribal languages he documents reflect the lives and traditions of Russian convicts.

Annotation

The photographs, drawings, and texts published in this book are part of a collection of more than 3,000 tattoos accumulated over a lifetime by a Russian prison attendant. The icons and tribal languages he documents reflect the lives and traditions of Russian convicts.

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the people of this hidden world mark and identify themselves.

Long Description

The first installment of the tattoo collection that became a publishing phenomenon Occasionally a book is published that reveals a subculture you never dreamt existed. More rarely, that book goes on to become a phenomenon of its own. The 2004 publication of the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia was such a phenomenon, spawning two further volumes and alerting a fascinated readership worldwide to the extraordinary and hermetic world of Russian criminal tattoos (David Cronenberg, for example, made regular use of the Encyclopaedia during the making of his 2007 movie Eastern Promises ). Now, Fuel has reprinted volume one of this bestselling series, whose first edition already fetches considerable sums online. The photographs, drawings and texts published in this book are part of a collection of more than 3,000 tattoos accumulated over a lifetime by a prison attendant named 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 Russian convicts. Skulls, swastikas, harems of naked women, a smiling Al Capone, medieval knights in armor, 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, exploring the symbolism of the Russian criminal tattoo.

Product Details

Publisher
Fuel Publishing
Year
2009
ISBN-10
0955862078
ISBN-13
9780955862076
Format
Hardcover
Publication Date
2009-09-07
Media
Book
Language
English
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Short Title
RUSSIAN CRIMINAL TATTOO EN-V01
Series
Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia
Series Number
01
Illustrator
Danzig Baldaev
Pages
400
Illustrations
Illustrated in black and white throughout
Edited by
Sorrell, Stephen, Murray, Damon
Audience
General/Trade
Author
Fuel