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A first volume in a best-selling series that reflects intricate and symbolic aspects of Russian subculture and also inspired details from David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises is a visual treasury of more than 3,000 tattoos accumulated throughout the course of a Russian prison attendant's career.
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The photographs, drawings and texts published here are part of a collection of 3.600 tattoos collected over thirty three years in St Petersburg's notorious Kresty prison by attendant Danzig Baldayev. He acknowledges the tattoos as his entrance into a secret world, where he became something as an ethnographer, setting down the ways of a closed society. The tattoos are artful, distasteful, sexually explicit and sometimes simply strange, reflecting as they do the lives and mores of convicts. There are skulls with swastikas, naked women, a smiling Al Capone, assorted demons, medieval knights in armor, daggers and blood, benign images of Christ, mosques and minarets, sweet-faced mothers and babies, tanks and a horned Lenin. Once the criminal language and tattoos were the code of a restricted world, then the world of the criminal became open and their language was diffused into society, but the tattoos remain the secret part.
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Book Description Steidl, Germany, 2003. Cloth. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Unused pristine copy bound in red cloth with black title and ornament. Dust jacket is unclipped, protected in removable mylar, and also pristine. Photos, drawings, and texts are part of a collection of more than 3000 tattoos accumulated over a lifetime by a prison attendant. They are artful, distasteful, sexually explicit, and strange. Russian criminal tattoos are a means of secret communication, proclaiming status, attitude, and protest. Seller Inventory # 2080140088
Book Description Steidl, 2003. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M3882439203
Book Description Steidl, 2003. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # MB00ZM32ZOY
Book Description Steidl, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P113882439203