Tattooists, tattooed

, or Anthropological and Forensic Tattoos.

0i0lacassagnetattoo_099.jpgAlexandre Lacassagne, catalogue of tattoos, 1920/1940

0j7lacassagne.jpgAlexandre Lacassagne, catalogue of tattoos, 1920/1940. Photo: The Skyline

Lacassagne’s archives offer an interesting parallel to the drawings and photos detailing Russian criminal tattoos.

Sergei Vasiliev worked both as a photographer for a newspaper in Chelyabinsk and as a prison warden when he encountered the work of Danzig Baldaev, the son of an ethnographer who was arrested as an “enemy of the people”. Baldaev spent over 30 years working in the Soviet penal system. He recorded the horrors of the Gulag in dozens of drawings but he gained fame for his meticulous documentation of the tattoos etched on the skin of the inmates.

0i0Vasiliev-Tattoo-Print-No12.jpgSergei Vasiliev, Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Print No.12, 2010

00iPic2_skulls.jpgDanzig Baldaev, Russian Criminal Tattoo

Nowadays, you don’t have to be a criminal to wear tattoos. But the notorious Mara Salvatrucha gangs of Los Angeles and Central America wear their symbols and languages on their faces.

With the help of a priest working on the rehabilitation of gang members, Isabel Muñoz gained access to a prison in El Salvador where she made stunning portraits of the men.

0i9facetattoo.jpgIsabel Muñoz, Maras portrait, 2006 © Maras series, 2006

0u1bobine31a7_b.jpgTattoo machine made in prison using a pen and electric wire

More images from the show:

0foliescostentenustzer.jpgCaptain Costentenus tattooed by order of Yakoob-Beg, 19th century © Fonds Dutailly, Ville de Chaumont.

0jessie-knight2.jpgBritain’s first female tattoo artist, Jessie Knight, at work in 1955. ©Getty Images

British Pathé Woman Tattooist shows tattoo artist Jessie Knight at work in 1952

Other British Pathé about tattoos: a 1936 video showing how permanent makeup is tattooed on ladies’ faces, and Bristol Tattoo Club (1954.)

0a05djitaa7.jpgCircus Performer Djita Salomé, early XXth century

0jjj1maoridion-.jpgHans Neleman, Dio Hutana, 1997

0a0i0karloergel.jpgHerbert Hoffmann, Karl Oergel, 1956

0a17_denise_colomb_theredlist.jpgDenise Colomb, Tattoo, 1950

0betteralgeries.jpgMarc Garanger, Portrait of an Algerian woman, Algeria, 1960

Marc Garanger’s 1960 portrait of a woman whose village was destroyed during Algeria’s war of independence from France. She clearly wasn’t impressed by the French photographer.

0martinhladiker.jpgMartin Hladik, Traditional Japanese tattoo © Photo: / Martin Hladik

You probably don’t want to see this video but here is the Lizardman, i discovered its existence in one of the videos screened at the museum:

0tatmachin1atp970x641.jpgView of the exhibition space. Image AFP via Le Matin

0a18afp1_pic_970x641.jpgView of the exhibition space. Image AFP via Le Matin

0fierafp818149_pic_970x641.jpgView of the exhibition space. Image AFP via Le Matin

Tattooists, tattooed is at the musée du Quai Branly until 18 october 2015. It was curated by Anne & Julien, founders of the magazine “Hey! Modern Art and Pop Culture,” in collaboration with tattoo artist Tin-Tin, anthropologist Sébastien Galliot and journalist Pascal Bagot.

Related: Russian Criminal Tattoo portraits.