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Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia
Volume II

The photographs, drawings and texts published in this essential second volume, which collects all-new, previously unseen photographs and drawings, 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. 

With a foreword by Danzig Baldaev, and an introduction by Alexei Plutser-Sarno, exploring the symbolism of the Russian criminal tattoo.

Size: 5" x 8.25"

Pages: 400

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