Russian Criminal Tattoos

Some of the Soviet's toughest prison tattoos in a new London exhibit

A rare glimpse into the dark world of post-Soviet prison life, the London show “Russian Criminal Tattoos” features a series of photographs of prisoners and their artistic tattoos. From the cells of Russian prison settlements in far-off places with names like Nizhny Tagil, Perm and Chelyabinsk, many of the tattoos were forcibly (and disgustingly) removed by other inmates who disagreed with it or by authorities, …

The Con Film Festival

by Tisha Leung "The Con Film Festival," a two-week, twenty-one film series of prison movies, spotlighting cons, ex-cons and other incarcerated outcasts, runs at Film Forum through Thursday, 21 May 2009. Featuring a special appearance by Dawson Brown, Acting Superintendent of Sing Sing Correctional Facility, he'll introduce tomorrow's 6:15pm show of "20,000 Years In Sing Sing" (1933). Following the screening, a Q and A session …