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Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Volume I Hardcover – October 31, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: FUEL Publishing (October 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955862078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955862076
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great gift for tattoo lover or cool coffee table book.
Jade
This is the type of book if you just look through the pages your like woah and then when you sit down and read it every page is fasinating.
Spam!
Huge selection of pictures, very interesting meanings.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hunyadi on December 28, 2010
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Eye opening into the culture of Russia and it's underground language of tattooing. In America, tattoos are seen as freedom of expression and the free-natured thought. In Russia, it's a rite of passage and one's personal history written on their bodies. The hand tattoos sysmbolize is the most interesting. Explains a lot about the tattoos seen in the movie "Eastern Promises."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By aMY on December 18, 2009
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I bought this book as a christmas gift for my Uncle. He has several Tattoo books (historical) and this one was a great addition. It is a 3 part series and Vollume 2 is extremely hard to find unless you buy at auction or 'used' for a couple of hundred dollars.
Finding parts 1 and 3 for 20.00 was a steal! I'd reccomend this for anyones collection!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gift Card Recipient on September 29, 2009
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This is the first volume of three of the finest Russian prison tattoos that you can find. Very graphic and unrestricted. I recommend to any enthusiast!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By amye on January 6, 2013
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Chances are, if you're here, you already have an idea of what this book is about. So just buy it. It's totally worth it and a must have for any library that includes cool stuff. You will not regret this purchase, it has amazing drawings and cool photos. The documentary is pretty good too. Russians are hard core and this book does not disappoint.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Skyeyer on March 31, 2011
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The book is a great reference for those who need to know about tattoos they encounter in their professions, and a fun read for those trivia buffs who just need to know everything.
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By Alex mechanic on July 13, 2014
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Book full of pictures and explanations. Very graphic, entertaining, and informative.
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By kanek on June 4, 2014
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Great book! Beautifully illustrated with meanings written underneath. Only wish photographs had the meanings on them as well, but a minor complaint. Can't wait to order the rest of the series and delve deeper into this cryptic world steeped in meaning!
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This three part book series on Russian criminal tattoos is the result of a Soviet prison guard’s research. Danzig Baldaev didn’t intend to become a prison guard; he was forced to take the job under the Soviet regime. His ancestry is an illustrious one, and his family is an illustration of Russia’s history. His ancestors were Mongols who became Christians, and had a perfectly good relationship with the Russian Czar. They were tough people, always ready to defend their families and property from the escaping criminals who frequently entered their area. But Communism destroyed his family; some fought for the Reds, others for the Whites, and they were both agents and victims of Soviet cruelty. Danzig would grow up in a boarding school for children of “enemies of the state,” most of whom came from educated bilingual families. As an adult he would be assigned (by law not by choice) to be a prison guard. For decades, he drew the prisoners’ tattoos. This book is the result.

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.
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