Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Print No.8
165 x 112 cm
Thanks to their efforts, the secret police, and us now, know more about the iconography of this underground artistic phenomenon. Far from being isolated illustrations from a catalogue in a tattoo parlour, Vasiliev’s photographs are a humanizing record that places the faces and bodies of the owners (at one point one in five of the Soviet population) right at the centre of the project.
Text by Lupe Nùñez-Fernández