East London Tattoo Exhibition

East London Tattoo Exhibition (Russian Criminal)

Made my way over to the Russian Criminal Tattoo Exhibition in East London. It was really good, but tiny – and they wouldn’t let me take any pictures. Most of the pictures were taken from Danzig Baldaev’s collection of photos, taken while he worked as a prison guard in Russia. He wrote 3 books about this (all currently out of print), and they sell for crazy money over on ebay and Amazon:


I had a wander round while I was there and took a few photos (for no particular reason):

Outside the gallery/warehouse

Fournier Street by Tom Fogarty

The Ten Bells pub is on Fournier Street and is famous for Jack The Ripper’s victims drinking there. Or something like that. Also Gilbert & George live on Fournier Street. They paint pictures with shit and took some interesting photos of skinheads back in the 80s. I’m a big fan.

Brick Lane by Tom Fogarty

Here’s a shabby corner of Brick Lane that I quite liked. Stank of wee though – possibly due to Gilbert & George?

Blind Beggar Pub by Tom Fogarty

The Blind Beggar pub, famous for being where the The Krays used to hang out (and shoot people in the head). Popped in for a quick pint, nice atmosphere. There was a big fat cat asleep in front of the fire too.

Outside Blind Beggar Pub


Art, London Life, Tattoos


This is a personal website and the views expressed here are my own (or stolen from other people down the pub). Facts may not be accurate, or could be poorly paraphrased gags borrowed from proper writers - or simply, outright lies.