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The latest in FUEL's super-informative (even shocking) yet designy book series highlighting the inventive, highly codified, secret graphic languages and pastimes of hardened Russian criminals behind bars. The book elucidates the "strange, brutal connection between Russian prison tats and playing cards" (Vice), which were produced covertly with such DIY materials as "glue" made from chewed prison bread strained through cloth and "inks" made from soot and blood. BONUS: FUEL actually published a facsimile companion deck of 54 Russian Criminal Playing Cards!

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Russian Criminal Tattoos and Playing Cards

Edited by Damon Murray, Stephen Sorrell. Foreword by Varlam Shalamov. Introduction by Raul Kaasik. Text by Arkady Bronnikov.

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The secret art and culture of the Russian criminal playing card

This book reveals the importance of playing cards in Russian criminal culture. The handmade decks are beautiful works of art in their own right. Prohibited by the prison authorities, they are constructed from innocuous materials procured from the everyday routine of prison life. During construction both the cards and their designs are adroitly manipulated so they can be read. Once they are completed, the virtuoso player prowls the prison, searching for a suitable victim. This process is described here for the first time. Extensive diagrams show how the cards are made, while decks of actual prison cards are reproduced in facsimile.

The book also features a further 150 photographs from the Arkady Bronnikov collection. The texts and captions accompanying these images reveal the connection between the criminal hierarchy, tattoos and playing cards. The respect commanded by any criminal was directly related to his ability to play, and win, at cards. The game was viewed as a means to demonstrate cunning and bravado. Failure to pay a gambling debt could result in a forcibly applied pornographic tattoo, lowering its bearer's status. The loser would also be made to pay the "pricker" (tattooist). Fingers, ears, even eyes might be lost—cut off in the presence of other prisoners as witnesses. Russian Criminal Tattoos and Playing Cards provides unique insight into the design of these playing cards and their link to the Russian criminal underworld.


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Russian Criminal Playing Cards

RUSSIAN CRIMINAL PLAYING CARDS

Compiled by Damon Murray, Stephen Sorrell.

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Russian Criminal Tattoos and Playing Cards

RUSSIAN CRIMINAL TATTOOS AND PLAYING CARDS

Edited by Damon Murray, Stephen Sorrell. Foreword by Varlam Shalamov. Introduction by Raul Kaasik. Text by Arkady Bronnikov.

FUEL PUBLISHING

ISBN: 9780993191121
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Pub Date: 10/23/2018
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Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files

RUSSIAN CRIMINAL TATTOO POLICE FILES

Edited by Damon Murray, Stephen Sorrell. Text by Arkady Bronnikov.

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ISBN: 9780956896292
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Pub Date: 3/22/2016
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Soviets

SOVIETS

Edited by Damon Murray, Stephen Sorrell.

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ISBN: 9780956896278
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Pub Date: 4/30/2014
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Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Postcards

RUSSIAN CRIMINAL TATTOO ENCYCLOPAEDIA POSTCARDS

Drawings by Danzig Baldaev. Photographs by Sergei Vasiliev.

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ISBN: 9780956896261
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Pub Date: 10/31/2013
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Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Volume I

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Edited by Damon Murray, Stephen Sorrell. Foreword by Alexei Plutser-Sarno. Text by Danzig Baldaev. Photographs by Sergei Vasiliev.

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ISBN: 9780955862076
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Pub Date: 10/31/2009
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Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedia Volume II

RUSSIAN CRIMINAL TATTOO ENCYCLOPEDIA VOLUME II

Introduction by Anne Applebaum. Foreword by Alexel Pluster-Sarno. Photographs by Sergey Vasiliev. Drawings by Danzig Baldaev.

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ISBN: 9780955006128
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Pub Date: 9/30/2011
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Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Volume III

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Introduction by Alexander Sidorov.

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ISBN: 9780955006197
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Danzig Baldaev: Drawings from the Gulag

DANZIG BALDAEV: DRAWINGS FROM THE GULAG

Edited by Damon Murray, Stephen Sorrell.

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ISBN: 9780956356246
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Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Limited Edition Boxed Set

RUSSIAN CRIMINAL TATTOO ENCYCLOPAEDIA LIMITED EDITION BOXED SET

Edited by Damon Murray, Stephen Sorrell.

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