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

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  8 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 20th 2003 by Schiffer Publishing
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Jon Nakapalau
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A secret language deciphered; chilling yet fascinating in complexity and scope.
Cwn_annwn_13
Dec 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
For the most part a photography book Russian Prison Tattoos besides going into the meaning of the tattoos the text of this book is also a look into Russian prison life and street level criminal culture. There is a pretty strict caste system within the Russian prison system, that I have to say seems to be a lot more orderly than the rest of Russian society. Tattoos are used to show where you sit within that caste system. Some examples are spiders denote drug addiction, a Madonna or woman holding ...more
Nathan
Feb 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
I wrote paper in college about the deep meanings of Russian Prison tattoos. I relied heavily on this book due to it's information and detailed look into both the meanings of tattoos, the way they are crafted and designed, as well as the life these prisoners endure in prison. ...more
Erin Tuzuner
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
A sobering and informative read.
Tom
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Good premise but too long and repetitive. There were to many -ologies going on at once I could never figure out what she wanted to say.
James Carter
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Russian Prison Tattoos has many photos with some good, some bad, and plenty of blurry ones. Not much I can say about the lives of these prisoners except that they have it tough. I guess "If you can't do the time, don't do the crime" is something to be heeded to. All in all, Russian Prison Tattoos delivers. ...more
Aaron the Pink Donut
This is the companion book to the documentary: “Mark of Cain”. You don’t necessarily need to see the documentary to apriate the book; it stands on in own quite well. The Documentary is hard to find but well worth seeing. Nice clear color and B&W photos and good concise text make this a very good introductory book to not only the Russian Prison Tattoo subculture but the Russian prison system in general. Very interesting and arresting stuff!
Thedakotakid
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
An interesting tale of Russian prison tattoos, but not enough details of their origins and deeper meanings.
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