Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Volume III



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‘This is not solely an addendum to the previous volumes, but stands well on its own. The book’s physical and emotional core lies in the Baldaev drawings, which are ethnographic, artistic, and surprisingly moving. His unflinching documentation reveals a world of systematic brutality and violence, where prisoners flaunted their savagery on their skin and punished their adversaries, poseurs, and the weak by etching humiliations into them.’Alarm

This is the final volume of drawings and photographs from Danzig Baldaev and Sergei Vasiliev, which completes the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia trilogy.

Danzig Baldaev documented over three thousand tattoos during a lifetime working as a prison guard. His recording of this esoteric world was reported to the KGB who unexpectedly supported him, realising the importance of being able to establish facts about convicts by reading the images on their bodies. The motifs depicted represent the uncensored lives of the criminal classes, ranging from violence and pornography to politics and alcohol. The illustrated criminals of Russia tell the tale of their closed society.

With an introduction by historian Alexander Sidorov, exploring the origin of Russian criminal tattoos and their meaning today.

Additional information

Weight 501 g
Dimensions 12.8 x 20.7 cm
Publisher name FUEL Design & Publishing
Publication date 2 January 2009
Number of pages 400
Format Hardback
Dimensions 12.8 x 20.7 cm
Weight 501 g


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