Russian Criminal Tattoos and Playing Cards

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Arkady Bronnikov
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This book reveals the secret art and culture of Russian criminal playing cards—handmade decks that are constructed from innocuous materials and prohibited by prison authorities. Extensive diagrams show how the cards are made, while decks of actual prison cards are reproduced in facsimile. Also features 150 photos with captions that reveal the connections between the criminal hierarchy, tattoos and playing cards. 

Published in 2018 by FUEL Publishing 
5 x 8, Hardcover 
272 pages