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

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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 film maker 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, spinetingling book provides an entirely new outlook on tattoos and what they can represent!

Table of Contents

Welcome to Hell — The mark of Cain — Crime and punishment — The white kerchief — From bell call to bell call — The machine — To remain human — The thieves' code — In freedom — God be with you — The prison quicksands — Let what I've lived through be as if it was in a dream.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780764317644
Author:
Lambert, Alix
Publisher:
Schiffer Publishing
Designed by:
Christ, Mary
Designed:
Christ, Mary
Location:
Atglen, PA
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Penology
Subject:
Prisons
Subject:
Tattooing
Subject:
Prisoners
Subject:
Tattoos, Mehndi, & Body Painting, Etc.
Subject:
Body Art & Tattooing
Subject:
Prisoners -- Russia (Federation) -- Psychology.
Subject:
Prison tattoos - Russia (Federation)
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Series Volume:
GTR-183
Publication Date:
20030631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
10.90x8.54x.60 in. 1.84 lbs.

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