Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia
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A book that uncovers a secret language of the body that existed long before hipsters discovered primitivism. -- Flash Art
The icons and tribal languages he documented are artful, distasteful, sexually explicit and sometimes just simply strange, reflecting as they do the lives and mores of convicts. The photographs, drawings and texts published here are part of a collection of 3,600 tattoos accumulated over a lifetime by prison attendant Danzig Baldayev. Skulls, swastikas, harems of naked women, a smiling Al Capone, assorted demons, medieval knights in armor, daggers sheathed in blood, benign images of Christ, mosques and minarets, sweet-faced mothers and their babies, armies of tanks, and a horned Lenin--these are the signs with which this hidden world of people mark and identify themselves.. Tattoos were his entrance into a secret world, a world in which he acted as an ethnographer, recording the rituals of a closed society. Once upon a time, before the advent of the indie rocker and the alternative chick, before primitivism became a style trend and tattoo parlors set up shop on the good avenues, tattoos were the secret language of a restricted world, a world of criminals
Five Stars andreydts exelent. Lord Maximus said Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopida. This book happens to be out of print and gaining value everyday. If you have the $ to spend its quite the addition to any book collection. Heart breaking story's of sorrow, misery, love, hate and much more. This book was also what inspired the director of Eastern Promises to re-write his script. If you find this book interesting, I suggest buying the DVD "Mark of Cain". "Good book" according to Hurricane Mitch. I opted for this volume as the others were obscenely expensive. It is a great documentary of the Russian Prisoners code of ethics and tattoos. Be prepared for some very graphic images, sexual content, and racist content. Great book though and a thorough analysis of the Russian criminal code of behaviour.