Russian criminal tattoos and playing cards book

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150 unpublished photographs of the Arkady Bronnikov collection reveal the link between criminals, tattoos and cards. Respect for any criminal was directly related to his ability to win cards. Non-payment of a gambling debt may result in forced tattooing, lowering the status of the wearer. Fingers, ears and even eyes can be lost - cut in the presence of other prisoners as witnesses.

This book reveals the importance of playing cards in Russian criminal culture. Forbidden by the prison authorities, the superb hand-crafted games are constructed from harmless materials derived from the daily routine of prison life.

205 x 125 mm hardback

272 pages

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