DANZIG BALDEV: RUSSIAN CRIMINAL TATTOOS ENCYCLOPEDIA VOLUME 1 - Volume 1
In 1948, Danzig Baldaev after serving in the army in WWII, went to Leningrad and was ordered by the NKVD to work as a warden in ”Kresty”, an infamous Leningrad prison. While at this prison, he started drawing tattoos of the prison inmates he saw. His collection of tattoos was collected between 1948 and 2000 from different reformatory settlements across the then USSR.
The photographs of tattoos, drawings and texts published in this book are part of a collection of more than 3,000 tattoos accumulated over a lifetime by Baldaev. Tattoos were his gateway into a secret world in which he acted as ethnographer, recording the rituals of a closeted society.
- 400 pages
- 8 1/8” L x 5” W