The Mark of Cain: on Russian criminal tattoos (2000)

08/01/2011
The Mark of Cain: on Russian criminal tattoos

The Mark of Cain: on Russian criminal tattoos

Sailing ships, stars, angels and executioners – The Mark of Cain chronicles the vanishing practice and language of Russian Criminal Tattoos. Captured in some of Russia’s most notorious prisons, including the fabled White Swan, the film traces the animus of the flowers of this carnal art by way of the brutality of its origins- the penitentiary and the criminal environment. Incisive interviews with prisoners, guards, and criminologists reveal the secret language of The Zone and The Code of Thieves of the vory v zakone.

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