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Interview with Ruslan & Tonya

26-year-old Tonya and 29-year-old Ruslan are tattooers from Russia. The couple work together in their private studio Abusev Tattoo in Moscow. We speak to Tonya about their unique style of tattooing…

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When we’re not tattooing at our studio we travel around Europe, soon we’ll be working in Barcelona, then Istanbul and Berlin.

We started our tattoo collaboration over five years ago in Russia. Since then our tattooing has transformed into what we call BIOGRAFIKA. It is not a style it is more like a way to see form and composition on human body. We both tattoo in black and color ink, although I mostly enjoy playing around with my colours and Ruslan likes to stick to black.

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We both work on the composition of a tattoo, creating its shapes and forms. Although I enjoy using colour  in my work, I do agree with Ruslan that black fits best on skin.

Inspiration is what makes our collaboration so special. We inspire each other to be better people, better artists, better tattooers! Working together is not always easy, it takes a lot of patience, and a great will to create something truly unique! We always try to bring something new into every tattoo project.

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It is pretty hard to describe how we met and how we started tattooing together, but each of our lives had wild twists before fate brought us together. Ruslan was working as a professional tattooer when I found him, he did a cover-up for me, and it all went from there – it’s our crazy story!

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One which you would love to see in a movie. I truly love the place we have reached so far, it’s a happy life of two tattooers that never let eachother get bored. Tattoos brought passion into my life. And from what I see, every tattoo we create brings a new life chapter to the person wearing it.

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The Art of Oleg Dou

Oleg Dou a Russian artist who uses photography as a medium for his work, creates sad yet beautiful pieces of art. Oleg concentrates on old classical facial shapes mixing them with real world objects to create multi-textured works which often shock and produce fearful responses in his audiences. 

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Sketch for the “Sometimes it is sad”

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Sketch for the Butterfly

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Unicorn

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Sketch for The Bird 

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Pet

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Russian Criminal Tattoos.

Russian Criminal tattoosFUEL have published the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Volumes I, II and III. Now for the first time the original artworks from these popular books are being exhibited. The ‘Russian Criminal Tattoo Exhibition’ features a series of photographs of prisoners and their artistic tattoos. From the cells of Russian prison settlements, Danzig Baldaev (prison guard 1948-1986) began documenting the tattoos that were etched onto criminals’ skin. The tattoos were not only works of art but laden with symbolism.

These tattoos provide a back-story to criminal pasts. A cat Artworkrepresented a thief. On a woman, a tattoo of a penis was the mark of a prostitute. Equally a criminal devoid of tattoos had little status.

The exhibition will feature 120 original drawings by Danzig Baldaev and photos by Sergei Vasiliev, whose prints will be for sale.

The exhibition will run from 29 October – 29 November at 4 Wilkes Street, London E1 6QF, Thursday to Sunday, 11am-6pm.