Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Volume I
Now and again a ebook is printed that finds a subculture you by no means dreamt existed. Extra hardly ever, that ebook is going directly to change into a phenomenon of its personal. The 2004 e-newsletter of the Russian Felony Tattoo Encyclopaedia used to be one of these phenomenon, spawning additional volumes and alerting a interested readership world wide to the odd and hermetic international of Russian Felony tattoos (David Cronenberg, for instance, made common use of the Encyclopaedia right through the making of his 2007 film Eastern Promises). Now, Gasoline has reprinted quantity considered one of this bestselling collection, whose first variation already fetches substantial sums on-line. The pictures, drawings and texts printed on this ebook are a part of a selection of greater than 3,000 tattoos accrued over an entire life through a jail attendant named Danzig Baldaev. Tattoos have been his gateway right into a mystery international during which he acted as ethnographer, recording the rituals of a closed society. The icons and tribal languages he documented are clever, distasteful, sexually specific and infrequently simply atypical, reflecting as they do the lives and traditions of Russian convicts. Skulls, swastikas, harems of naked ladies, a smiling Al Capone, medieval knights in armor, daggers sheathed in blood, benign photographs of Christ, sweet-confronted mothers and their young children, armies of tanks and a horned Lenin: those are the indicators in which the folks of this hidden international mark and determine themselves. With a foreword through Danzig Baldaev, and an advent through Alexei Plutser-Sarno, exploring the symbolism of the Russian Felony tattoo.