Sunday, April 17, 2011

Russian Criminal Tattoo Art Images











The accompanying photographs by Sergei Vasiliev act as an important counterpart to Baldaev's drawings, providing photographic evidence of their authenticity, and allowing us a glimpse into this compelling and extraordinary world. In these incredible images the nameless bodies of criminals act as both a text and mirror, reflecting and preserving the ever-changing folklore of the Russian criminal underworld.

This edition of photographs has been made with the full co-operation of the photographer.
They were taken between 1989 and 1993 in prisons and reform settlements across Chelyabinsk,
Nizhny Tagil, Perm and St. Petersburg.

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