Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedia
The tattoos are artful, distasteful, sexually explicit and sometimes simply strange, reflecting the lives and mores of the convicts. There are skulls with swastikas, naked women, a smiling Al Capone, assorted demons, medieval knights in armor, daggers and blood, benign images of Christ, mosques and minarets, sweet-faced mothers and babies, tanks and a horned Lenin.
Once the criminal language and tattoos were the codes of a restricted world, but the language has filtered into society — the tattoos remain a secret.
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- Edited by Miles Murray Sorrell FUEL
- 400 pages, 67 black & white plates
- 189 illustrations
- 12 cm x 20 cm
- Clothbound hardcover with dust jacket
- ISBN: 3-88243-920-3