Tattoos

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That You Have the Body: Alix Lambert Interviewed by Signe Swanson
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The filmmaker and photographer discusses the return to her work on Russia’s inmates.

Aidan Koch by Chantal McStay
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“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’s Drawings from the Gulag by John Reed
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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’s Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade by Jason Bauman
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Justin Spring weaves a revealing biography of Samuel M. Steward, the novelist and professor who had hidden identities as a tattoo artist and pornographer.

Dr. Lakra by Erik Parker
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Erik Parke on the tough, edgy, exciting evocations of Dr. Lakra’s tattoo artistry.

Untitled by George Burchett

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

Double-Num Wall Tattoo by Gretchen Faust
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Pattern and instructions for a “wall tattoo,” titled Double-Num Wall Tattoo, by Gretchen Faust.

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