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Mix Soviet Posters with American Pin-ups, Get 2014 Olympics Calendar

Andrei Tarusov promotes a dreamy, nostalgic alternative of the Soviet nightmare.

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Oleg Atbashian

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January 22, 2014 - 2:00 pm

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According to Tarusov, his calendar became “super famous in Russia,” resulting in a solid week of TV reporters crowding his apartment. This prompted him to create the English version, too.

The young Russian’s love affair with American pin-ups started long before this recent success. In 2012, he created a humorous Apocalypse Tomorrow Calendar with sexy babes in various stages of getting undressed against the background of alien invasion, global warming, zombies, global cooling, and other similarly improbable scenarios. Last year he issued The Fridays of the 2013 calendar with imaginary posters of made-up horror movies starring classic Hollywood actresses.

And four years ago we reported on an even more hilarious series of pin-up/agitprop posters, also published as a 2010 calendar by another Russian illustrator, Valery Barykin.

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Thank you, Comrade Red Sqaure. Three hails and a shot of vodka, the Stolichnaya type.
35 weeks ago
35 weeks ago Link To Comment
if the erstwhile Soviet government hadn’t been so zealous in suppressing the sexuality of its citizens

Huh? The Russian government is trying to get their citizens to be more sexual what with the falling birth rate and all.
35 weeks ago
35 weeks ago Link To Comment
Soviet, not Russian. The USSR was officially quite puritan.
35 weeks ago
35 weeks ago Link To Comment
Tarusov rips off American pin up artist Gil Elvgren in his Apocalypse calendar but signs his own name. Not a surprise since so much movie/music/book piracy seems to be web sites in Russia.
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
Western copyright laws have limited enforcement in Russia and some other countries. I was in a country, not Russia, where there was a record and video store that all they had were pirated copies of albums and movies. I'm not trying to characterize these calendars—I don't know enough about them to say they are plagiarized or pirated or not. Either way, he is making good money.
35 weeks ago
35 weeks ago Link To Comment
All the poses were vaguely familiar to me. I only looked up 2. They were Photoshopped/sketch-overs of Elvgren pin ups. I assume they all have the same origins. I think the Apocalypse pin ups are a funny idea, but making your own classic poses needs to be done, not simple theft.
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