Looking to upgrade your tea game? We’ve got just the thing for you! A ceramic tea set adorned with prison tattoos. FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE connects the subversive art of Russian criminal tattoos with traditional blue porcelain design, uniting two opposed but equally important and influential strands of Russian art history.
The artist behind this unique project it Valeria Monis. Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, raised in Haifa, and living and working in Tel-Aviv, Israel, Monis has been creating her ceramic sets since graduating in 2015 from Holon Institute of Technology.
Each of her ceramic pieces is designed and crafted incorporating illustrations taken from photographs, personal stories, and the Soviet police prison files. And just like an original tattoo, each plate is a single edition. Now the only question left is: will you dare serve your tea with these sets?
Take a look!