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Russian criminal tattoo docu “The Mark of Cain” on YouTube

Posted in Comics & Manga, Historia & Memoria, Interviews, Moving Images, Tattoos by Suzanne on May 9th, 2011 | BBC Wikipedia


Screen capture from The Mark of Cain, 2000 – click to watch on YouTube

The first tattoo read: Khrushchev’s Slave. The second: Slave of the USSR. The third: Slave of the CPSU. ‘Now, after three operations,’ wrote Kuznetsov, ‘the skin is so tightly stretched … he can no longer close his eyes. We call him The Stare.’

- Russian criminal tattoos: breaking the code (The Guardian)

Just a quick note for those who’ve enjoyed FUEL’s Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaediae (vol i, ii, iii) and their London exhibition of the archive last year:

Alix Lambert’s 2000 docu The Mark of Cain has been available in its entirety online on YouTube since the end of last year – a fact I only discovered the other day. Yes, it’s worth 73 minutes of your life if you haven’t seen it yet. Watch it below or on YouTube.

On a related note, may I also HIGHLY recommend FUEL’s Drawings from the Gulag by Danzig Baldaev. It’s haunting, to say the very least…

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4 comments to " Russian criminal tattoo docu “The Mark of Cain” on YouTube "

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    craoman says:

    thanks for this documentary, i didn’t know it exist.

    July 27th, 2011 at 9:48 am

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    Suzanne says:

    Glad you enjoyed it, Craoman and great to hear from you! Hope all is well. xx

    July 27th, 2011 at 1:24 pm

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    craoman says:

    Yeah, I didn’t really want to work this morning, and it make my day.
    I was calm and serious aaaaaaaaall day long after that!…
    bye Suzanne

    July 27th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

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    Suzanne says:

    Hehe! Bye bye*! ^___________^

    * (I love people saying hello and goodbye in blog comments)

    July 27th, 2011 at 7:47 pm

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