Thursday, November 12, 2009

In My Library... Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedias

By far, the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedias are some of the most fascinating books in my library. I can talk about what I've learned from these amazingly detailed and beautiful books for hours!

Each volume digs deep into Russian history, exploring the prison system and gang hierarchy, which is symbolized through intricate (and often bizarre) tattoos. The history leads itself to story telling which is both intriguing and heartbreaking, with the power behind each tattoo's meaning teaching you more about Russian life than any traditional history lesson. LOVE these books!

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