Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

Russian criminal tattoo docu "The Mark of Cain" on YouTube

by Suzanne on May 9th, 2011


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...