Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Volume I
26%
off

Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Volume I

4.28 (268 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author)  , By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days
When will my order arrive?

Description

Occasionally a book is published that reveals a subculture you never dreamt existed. More rarely, that book goes on to become a phenomenon of its own. The 2004 publication of the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia was such a phenomenon, spawning two further volumes and alerting a fascinated readership worldwide to the extraordinary and hermetic world of Russian criminal tattoos (David Cronenberg, for example, made regular use of the Encyclopaedia during the making of his 2007 movie Eastern Promises). Now, Fuel has reprinted volume one of this bestselling series, whose first edition already fetches considerable sums online. The photographs, drawings and texts published in this book 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. Skulls, swastikas, harems of naked women, a smiling Al Capone, medieval knights in armor, daggers sheathed in blood, benign images of Christ, sweet-faced mothers and their babies, armies of tanks and a horned Lenin: these are the signs by which the people of this hidden world mark and identify themselves. With a foreword by Danzig Baldaev, and an introduction by Alexei Plutser-Sarno, exploring the symbolism of the Russian criminal tattoo.
show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 127 x 205.74 x 27.94mm | 453.59g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Repr.
  • w. 350 photos and drawings
  • 0955862078
  • 9780955862076
  • 8,168

Rating details

268 ratings
4.28 out of 5 stars
5 49% (131)
4 36% (96)
3 12% (31)
2 3% (7)
1 1% (3)

Our customer reviews

Ordered without many expectations. However, it is filled with cool images and also a valuable text information. Well executed, nicely designed, big surprise. The only problem with volume 1 is that you need to have two more.show more
by Martin Pecina
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X