His recording of this esoteric world was reported to the KGB, who unexpectedly supported him, realizing the importance of being able to establish facts about convicts by reading the images on their bodies. The motifs depicted represent the uncensored lives of the criminal classes, ranging from violence and pornography to politics and alcohol. A medieval knight is surrounded by the severed heads of his enemies, a naked woman simultaneously services a man and two dwarfs, a crying President Gorbachev grips a human bone between sabre-like fangs, a group of angels drink vodka with God on a cloud--the meanings of these arresting images are explained to the uninitiated eye. Sergei Vasiliev's graphic photographs show the grim reality of the Russian prison system and some of the alarming characters that inhabit it, while the illustrated criminals of Russia tell the tale of their closed society. This volume, the last in the trilogy, includes an introduction by historian Alexander Sidorov exploring the origins of the Russian criminal tattoo and their various meanings today.
Neoficiálna história moderného Ruska
Monika Kompaníková, Medzi knihami
Väzenský zriadenec mongolského pôvodu Danzig Baldajev v rokoch 1948 až 1986 zdokumentoval a prekreslil viac ako tritisíc tetovaní ruských väzňov. Kresby, doplnené o autentické dobové fotografie, policajné záznamy, mapy a vyčerpávajúcu históriu ruskej kriminálnej subkultúry, nájdete vo fascinujúcej trilógii Russian Criminal Tattoo.