Sergei Vasiliev

Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Print No.5

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Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Print No.5
Sergei Vasiliev
Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Print No.5
2010
Giclée print
165 x 112 cm

Vasiliev worked as staff photographer for a newspaper in Chelyabinsk for thirty years, during which time he was also a prison warden. From 1948 onward, a fellow worker, Danzig Baldaev, had begun drawing and cataloguing the extensive range of designs made by prisoners onto their skin. These homemade tattoos, scraped and inked into skin with melted book heels, urine or blood, contained a whole range of coded messages against the Soviet regime and about the prisoners’ individual crimes.


     
 


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