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Russian Prison Tattoos: Codes of Authority, Domination, and Struggle
     

Russian Prison Tattoos: Codes of Authority, Domination, and Struggle

by Alix Lambert, Mary Christ (Designed by)
 
For centuries, Russian prison inmates forcibly initiated newcomers with tattoos. Gradually, prisoners developed a secret form of communication with their tattoos, allowing them to establish rank among the other inmates and maintain a clandestine hierarchy. This book explores the grisly reality of Russian prisons and the people who inhabit them. Over 190 black and

Overview

For centuries, Russian prison inmates forcibly initiated newcomers with tattoos. Gradually, prisoners developed a secret form of communication with their tattoos, allowing them to establish rank among the other inmates and maintain a clandestine hierarchy. This book explores the grisly reality of Russian prisons and the people who inhabit them. Over 190 black and white and color photographs expose the different tattoos and their meanings, ranging from churches, crosses, Christs, Madonnas, military symbols, cats, dolphins, bears, hawks, and other startling images. Documentary filmmaker Alix Lambert traveled around modern Russia to film these sinister environments, collected stories to identify the dying art of tattooing in Russian prisons, and detailed the lives of the heavily marked inmates, past and present. This fascinating, spine-tingling book provides an entirely new outlook on tattoos and what they can represent!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764317644
Publisher:
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date:
06/28/2003
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
1,345,531
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
15 - 18 Years

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