- Unknown Binding
- Publisher: Fuel Publishing (2006)
- ASIN: B0087DJMBK
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedia Volume II [Hardcover] Unknown Binding – 2006
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The author of this book, a former Russian prison guard, spent years documenting these tattoos and unraveling their meanings, and in the process has created a fascinating cultural history. Be forewarned, however, these tattoos are not like anything you've probably ever seen before, even in the American prison system. Many of them are quite shocking in their sexual detail and depiction of violence. Some of these tattoos were forcibly applied to the wearers' bodies, as punishment for reneging on gambling debts, serving as an informant, or other infractions of the thieves' code. This is not a book you'll want to let your kids get ahold of, as most of the "art" depicted is quite repellent. But it's a glimpse into a world most people didn't even know existed until the arrival of the Russian mob in the US and the release of movies like "Eastern Promises."
From my perspective, I'm glad that most of the tattoos are drawings, not photographs. It makes it easier to see some of the fine details in the tattoos. If you have an interest in crime and the criminal underworld, this book makes for a fascinating read.
Be forewarned that the body art reproduced here could be considered very offensive by some as well as pornographic.
That doesn't make this a bad book, just the worst of the three.
tions and explanations of the coded images that Tell a mans history good or bad.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book series is super cool. After buying volume 1, I knew I needed volume 2. It pleases me.Published 5 months ago by Jared J Evanoski
I'm so stoked that this stuff has come back into print. The artist has other stuff out there worth checking out.Published 6 months ago by Gobbledeeguck
I found what I expected to be found. Excellent books for those who knows what are they about.Published 6 months ago by Branko Todorovic
Awesome book from a cool series. Great read and lots of awesome imagesPublished 7 months ago by Jack
Tattoo pics are not good of the tats. History is good. The subject matter is crude and not useful.Published 7 months ago by Billy D. Russell