Russian subculture

Writer Konstantin Krylov complained in his last interview that not one of his own, and even more so the national subculture, had developed, and those that had ideological centers were located in the west, and their appearance did not interact with the cultural code of Russia. for which, as it turned out, even people from the "right" subcultures were not entirely in the spirit of the people, and sometimes far from being Russian. It is also not particularly pleased that domestic clothing brands have never been held in high esteem among subcultures; Yes, this is not the most important, but also takes place.

Maybe ours. Or maybe the British. Not understand

I would not like to dwell on the reasons for this situation, because they are so intuitive - in a totalitarian society, such art was not encouraged very much,
people were ready to swallow everything that the West offered them, which only strengthened the peripheral position of the Russians in relation to the USA and Europe. Although, to be honest, of course, there was one subculture in the USSR, but it was absolutely official and completely devoid of any national and national themes. The maximum that could be allowed is embroidery and skullcaps.

Nice try, Komsomol, but no. Although in the light of recent events, the “hero” is once again relevant. And then suddenly go to Istanbul

Unfortunately, I do not have an unequivocal opinion about whether something like this will appear in our country, what it will look like, whether it will be a success and what it will turn out in the end. I have always been important not only the result, but also the process of searching for a national costume, where each step turns into small and pleasant discoveries, and life becomes a little more aesthetic.

This summer kokoshnik was in fashion. Russian summer that we had

Interestingly, the first attempt to rummage around in the dark and at least a little to touch the national subculture took place even in the year 1990. It was brilliant, ironic and beautiful, in places thin, in some places the crude comedy of Yuri Mamin “Sideburns”. The cinema was ahead of time: there was still no Russian subcultures, there were no Russian communities, cultural and social organizations and clubs, and the director showed as if it already was. In the provincial town of Zaborsk, the forces of enthusiasts are creating a society of “Pushkinists” - young men avidly read Pushkin's works, study his biography, copy their way of life - wear cylinders and canes, grow whiskers. In the film there is even a dispute which has become a textbook “who should be considered Russian?”. As a result of the dispute, the Russians take a young Jewish guy for having a five in Russian and he knows the name of all the kings from the Romanov dynasty. Also in the film there are funny conflicts with the local gopota, the bohemian hipsters and the hostile club - “mtsyri” (fans of Lermontov).

Russian clockwork orange. Look better than homegrown skins, horoscopes and many representatives of the Russian march

Russianness is gradually becoming fashionable, but compared to when it should have been done, it was not even yesterday, not the day before yesterday, but rather the last century.

- states Krylov.

But we will not despair, but we will work with what we have, especially since I would like to dream a little with the readers about how the first explicit Russian subculture might look like. For convenience, we’ll call it “Huysa”
(approx. red. - the author's public has a name "Jack") - it was such a derogatory nickname of the Dutch sailors at one time, and now let there be Russian citizens. 😉

There is a well-established opinion that the main element of the Russian costume is a shirt and this is indeed the case. However, as it seems to me, it is not very suitable for our new subculture, since it’s all the same country clothes, and subculture is a purely urban hobby. In addition, it is traditional clothing in the European tradition that is festive and not everyday. An example of this is Germany, in which traditional weddings are popular. And yet it is unlikely that someone will go to pairs to the university in calfskin shorts.

It is also worth making clothes for a holiday, and on a daily basis, a gymnast will suit better, and the reasons are as follows:

  1. She is still Russian, nobody has that.
  2. It fits all segments of the population - it can be carried by both the peasant and the general and His Majesty.
  3. Military is still in fashion.
  4. "War is a matter of the young", as well as subcultures.

And it does not necessarily have to be only a protective color, in 19-20 centuries there were white (for the Turkestan campaign), black (civil war) and blue (air units).

Since we still live in a country with a cold climate for the winter we need cloak. A man in a coat always looks intelligent and a little mysterious, and a man in a classic military overcoat is also in addition aristocratic and brutal, as if from the front. Or to the front.

It will not hurt to add to all this splendor the corresponding symbolism, which will help to identify “ours” by the stripes on the sleeves, these can be eagles, adam's head, St. Andrew’s Cross, St. George the Victorious, profiles of kings, elements of the royal army’s chevrons, city emblems and so on.

Of course, no subculture is not limited to clothing, certain brands or symbols are only an external form, and a subculture creates an inner content, not vice versa. Therefore, the main content element should be the interest in Russian culture: literature, philosophy, history, music (classical and modern), painting, religion, and so on. Well, for me personally, an interest in modern technologies seems to be important, in my opinion, inventiveness is a characteristic Russian trait included in folklore: “porridge from an ax”, “with the help of crowbar and such a mother” and similar sayings and sayings.

But the main points of communication and crystallization of young and not very “Guys” can be, for example, small personal media like this, or larger publications, discussion clubs, student corporations, circles on relevant interests. In general, as the classic wrote, "this Russia is and it will not go anywhere." In the end I would like to add that the subculture is successful only when it is associated with a certain prestigious lifestyle: freedom, strength, intelligence, good taste, intelligence, and so on.

To sum up, I want to say that I was very pleased to dream, but for now this is only the author’s fantasies on the topic “but it would be good,” I’m not at all sure that modern Russian people need something like that, but I certainly want to think that at least someone from reading it thinks the same way as I do.

Three girls under the window in anticipation of the Russian gentleman

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