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Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Volume I Hardcover – October 31, 2009
"Cats in Paris" by Won-Sun Jang
For lovers of cats, Paris and coloring! Learn more
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Finding parts 1 and 3 for 20.00 was a steal! I'd reccomend this for anyones collection!
The tattoos in this book are entirely political. The all have the same imagery; cats symbolize thievery, and the thieves were the top dog in the jails. Stars refer to the number of years served, and playing cards represent risk. But the designs show a great deal of anger as well. Anti-Soviet images are commonplace, with the faces of Lenin, Marx, and Stalin drawn with horns. Anti-Jewish and anti-Asian motifs figure among the tattoos, because the Asian and Jewish people were probably seen as unwanted foreigners. Nazi swastikas and SS runes are frequent, because they symbolize contempt for the Soviet system. A tattoo of a nude woman means that the wearer hates his last girlfriend, perhaps she betrayed him. American symbolism is common in this book as well.Read more ›
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I found what I expected to be found. Excellent books for those who knows what are they about.Published 5 days ago by Branko Todorovic
Awesome book from a cool series. Great read and lots of awesome images.Published 19 days ago by Jack
Tattoo pics are not good of the tats. History is good. The subject matter is crude and not useful.Published 1 month ago by Billy D. Russell