Fuel powers ahead in documenting the overlooked art behind the Iron Curtain

Fuel powers ahead in documenting the overlooked art behind the Iron Curtain

According to the co-founders of Fuel, “people who like Soviet Space Dogs don’t necessarily like Russian Criminal Tattoos”. They refer to its eclectic book list, which may seem offbeat, eccentric maybe, to some. But the design agency’s publishing arm has made it to the awkward teenage years—13 and counting.

Its Russian Criminal Tattoos series has been a strong seller since the list launched, and a new (sixth) instalment, Russian Criminal Tattoos and Playing Cards, is out this month. “There is nothing like it out there,” co-founders Damon Murray and Stephen Sorrell say, “these are the defini...

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