My favorites are the ones you see, but I have a lot you don’t see unless I’m naked. And I’m not going to get naked now. I’m too embarrassed with you.
The filmmaker and photographer discusses the return to her work on Russia’s inmates.
“A lot of times I end up turning on the camera on my computer and playing something out, and pausing it and seeing what tonal or emotional nuances are there that I can work with.”
Danzig Baldaev, hired by the KGB to document tattoo symbolism within the Russian penal system, secretly sketched the atrocities inflicted on political prisoners. The drawings are now published in Drawings from the Gulag.
Justin Spring weaves a revealing biography of Samuel M. Steward, the novelist and professor who had hidden identities as a tattoo artist and pornographer.
Erik Parke on the tough, edgy, exciting evocations of Dr. Lakra’s tattoo artistry.
This First Proof contains an untitled ink and watercolor drawing, from Pierced Hearts and True Love: A Century of Drawings for Tattoos At the Drawing Center.