The most unusual subcultures
Human society is constantly changing. We are influenced by historical events and diverse cultural phenomena. Even a well-established society with its own culture cannot withstand the powerful influence from without. We can mention at least what the Europeans have done with the American original civilization.
But today, among the solid cultures there are small islands, subcultures. They are opposed to all generally accepted norms. Some people try to create their own cultural layer and express themselves in this way. And how can you condemn those who uphold the right to self-determination?
Some wear weird clothes, others decorate their cars in a fanciful way. Someone has an unusual hobby or is engaged in a strange kind of art. Sometimes, for the sake of their principles, people are even ready to cross the law. But it cannot be denied that it is culture, albeit in the form of its sub parts, that creates man. This article will focus on the most unusual subcultures.
Tokyo rockabilly. Sometimes it seems surprising that some subcultures from the past seemed to melt into years and simply disappeared without a trace. This refers to the gryser and rockabilly who did show themselves in the 1950s. But over time, this American subculture has disappeared. But is it really without a trace? In fact, some subcultures sometimes experience a rebirth. This is exactly what happened with rockabilly, which still exist in faraway Japan. In Tokyo, there is Yohyi Park, where all local representatives of this genre gather and hang out. These Japanese are dressed unusually – they wear biker cocks, vertical bangs, high hairstyles with a roller. They listen, of course, only rock and roll. And these modern rebels, who still live in the 50s, are being accompanied by lady grizzers. They wear multicolored dresses and rolled up jeans, as was fashionable half a century ago. By their existence, the representatives of this subculture prove – rock and roll is alive!
Guachero. Among Mexicans there is an unusual fashion – to wear special shoes with long narrow noses. Such shoes are associated with many jesters and the Middle Ages. But in the city of Mateual there is a subculture of its own, the guacher. Her followers wear boots with long narrow toes. A subculture appeared thanks to popular tribal music. It is a mixture of pre-Hispanic and African motifs interspersed with Cumbia bass. At first, people came to the dance in shoes with ordinary socks, but gradually the residents began to compete with each other and try to outdo each other at least in the length of the sock. To do this, shoes were made longer and longer, until it finally lost its common sense. They say that now there are unique people who wear shoes almost a meter and a half in length. Today, throughout this Mexican region, similar dance groups have appeared. Each of them has its own records and reasons for pride, and the shoes here are unique, tailored specifically to order. It should be noted that this is not the first subculture, which was born thanks to musical influence. And certainly the guacher will not be the last in this series.
Gyaru Globalization has become that very phenomenon that dramatically changed the culture of many nations around the world and their values. It happens that new trends are useful, but most often they lead to the loss of identity and cultural diversity by peoples. A classic example is Japan. This is where a real subculture of young women emerges who are striving to achieve a certain ideal of beauty. That’s just this image, as in most other countries, imposed on girls from the outside, through the media. But why did a whole subculture appear here if women all over the world want to be beautiful? In Japan, this direction was called Garyu, based on the word “gal”, converted by “girl”, (girl). And those who belong to this subculture, go to the very real folly to achieve their ideal of beauty. It is believed that a man should adhere to a certain style in fashion, hairstyles and makeup. But some characteristics still remain unchanged – these are very high heels, short skirts and big eyes. Interestingly, this subculture has its own, smaller directions. The most unusual course in the gyaru is the yamamba, a subspecies of the ganguro. The name of this small subculture literally translates as “black face”. These Japanese women maximally rub tan cream into their face, dye their hair white, and then apply even larger circles of white shadows around the eyes. The image is complemented by flashy neon bright clothes and hair extensions. But lately, the subculture of girls with dark skin is becoming less and less popular. Gyaru try to have fair skin and make their eyes multi-colored with contact lenses. And in general, a much more feminine image of a schoolgirl is increasingly being exploited. As a result, regardless of the fashion that is present in Japan, the Gyaru subculture is strange even for this unusual country.
Bike modifiers. Subculture carriers are often grouped around a specific area. But thanks to the Internet, fans today can spread their passion quickly around the world, like an epidemic. It happened with the subculture of bicycle modifiers. She became popular after the video “Scraper Biker” group “Trunk Boiz”. This YouTube video has become very popular, because it has perfectly demonstrated a new term. There are quite a few subcultures in the world that are committed to changing and improving both passenger cars and trucks. In this sense, we are talking about the personalization and modding of bicycles. Improved vehicles are usually made in Oakland, San Francisco Bay Area. These bikes immediately catch the eye, being painted with spray cans and plastered with a bunch of foil. The idea of such a subculture is to try to repeat the infamous scraper cars with a small budget. In fact, it was a modified American family cars, which immediately after the purchase, fans loved to equip with rims. Bicycles, of course, noticeably inferior in the entertainment of modified cars. But this transport attracts attention to itself, being a shining spectacle.
Rebels Elvis Presley. At the mention of Switzerland, banks, chocolate, watches and excellent army knives immediately come to mind. But few people know that it is here that there exists a whole rebellious subculture of youth, which is obsessed with movie stars of the past years – James Dean, Marlon Brando … One of them is called the Rebel Elvis Presley. In the 1950s, the post-war world experienced a cultural heyday. There was a new age group, exactly between children and adults – teenagers. All over the world they began to rebel against social norms. But the rebels of Elvis Presley in their convictions went even further. This subculture was found by the photographer Karlheinz Weinberger. He lived in Zurich and made erotic pictures for homosexual magazines. Seeing the unusual teenagers, the photographer began to just watch them first, and later managed to earn the trust and possibly document their lifestyle. The subculture he found turned out to be a rare mixture of American rock and roll and individualism. And the young people showed themselves as they could. They wore denim outfits, and nails, horseshoes and bolts were attached to their unusual jackets and pants. On the belts of such youth there were huge plaques with portraits of their idol – Elvis. In general, the Swiss rebels wore any clothes that seemed to fit their style. And the purpose of the existence of this subculture becomes clear after viewing photos of its representatives. Young people were striving for identity, rebelling against classical traditional norms and ideas that were imposed on them by their parents and the government of the country. To express their rebelliousness, a peculiar fashion was chosen. So the rebels of Elvis Presley were among the first to use this technique. And the practice of this form of protest is still widespread.
Teddy-gerla. This rebellious subculture is commonly known as Teda. In the 1950s, its representatives appeared on the English streets, looking for trouble on their heads. And this direction appeared due to the era of King Edward, whose influence also mixed with American rock and roll. Representatives of such a subculture wore tailored jackets, boots, shoes with thick and soft soles. And their bangs were heavily pomaded. In their free from disturbances, these young people, who look stylish, like real gentlemen, led a decent life. Tedy listened to vinyl records and collected magazines, went to concerts, dances and movies. But even among the Teds there was its own small subculture – Teddy-gerls. Today, only a few photos taken in 1955 by budding photographer Ken Russell, the future famous film director, remind her of it. At that time, the media focused on Teddy fights, so the photos of girls from the same subculture appeared in a small edition. And they were forgotten for half a century, until in 2005 images of teddy-gerl were not found. So people learned about the existence of a teddy-girl. At that time, Teddy Boys attracted undivided attention from the media, so Russell was able to publish these photos only in a small magazine. After that, his work remained unclaimed for almost half a century, before it was re-discovered in 2005. Thus, modernity has learned about Teddy-gerlah, as well as the existence of photographs taken once by Russell. And in order to understand what this Teddy-Girl subculture was about, one must first understand the social situation in which it appeared. Shortly after the end of World War II, Europe began to gradually return to normal life. Like his male peers, girls Tedam had to be hardy. The fact is that the rationing system of product distribution was still functioning, which was canceled only in 1954. Then the teenagers, who came from the working class, turned to fashion. Only in this way they were able to convey to parents their shocking adult world views. Although Tedy deliberately demonstrated his dashing appearance, the media immediately created a negative image for him. Representatives of the subculture were accused of being associated with racism, vandalism, hooliganism and are almost revolutionaries. True, the British newspapers exaggerated the evil essence of the subculture, because not all of its representatives were striving for destructive activity. Modern youth could learn from Tedov something. After all, they were dressed much more stylish than modern teenagers.
Decotor Everyone has long been aware of the special passion of the Japanese for cars. It manifests itself in different guises – starting with drift and ending with tuning sports cars. Fascinating Japanese with might and main exploit the possibilities of their transport. But in this country there is a group of fan machines, which easily overshadow all the exploits of other modifiers. Decotor’s name translates as trucks decorated with lighting. These Japanese are turning whole trucks into works of art. And used for this dazzling neon lighting, which creates a special effect. So are pumped trucks that look like Transformers from Las Vegas are born. Here they just go on high-speed highways in Japan. And the reason for the emergence of the subculture was the cult 1970s series “Trucker”. It is not known how the shoots of the phenomenon were stored, but it quickly began to develop in the last decade. The fact is that chrome and neon car decorations began to be massively imported into the country from America. Why the Japanese suddenly rushed to decorate their trucks – no one can say for sure. Perhaps played the role of nostalgia for the cult TV series. It is believed that gave impetus to the subculture truckers, who were just sad on the road. So they have come up with a harsh truck driver himself a hobby to make the road more fun. Today, truck drivers are involved in a kind of dispute, trying to outdo each other in the number of light decorations and the depth of modifications of their cars. As a result, trucks are becoming increasingly ridiculous and pompous, turning almost into alien transport. However, there is such a nuance in such blind decoration – such machines must still be approved for use on ordinary roads, as well as undergo a planned inspection.
Minesweeper. If you ask a mod, what world glamor centers he knows, then it will be about Paris, Milan, New York, Tokyo, Los Angeles. And only the most sophisticated will call Kinshasa and Brazzaville. And although these two cities are located in the exotic Congo, an unusual fashionable subculture flourishes here. The engineers are not experts in explosives, but local dandies. Some even believe that these men are dressed almost the best in the world. But the Congo is one of the poorest countries on earth, torn apart by the same war and poverty. But it is here that on the streets you can meet stylish men in designer double-breasted suits who wear excellent shoes, use silk scarves and smoke expensive cigars. Are there so many oil magnates in the Congo? In fact, the sappers are not rich at all; they are ordinary people working as teachers, drivers, postmen and salespeople. And such fanatical fashion adherence is a kind of religion for them. And there are reasons why the most ordinary representatives of the working class spend all their savings not on a new home or car, but on expensive clothes. This behavior is due to the story itself. Mention of the appearance of fashionable men here dates back to the XVIII century. Then the slaves were forced to wear elegant uniforms in order to enjoy the gaze of their masters. The slave trade was abolished, and free Africans now decided to create their own fashion style. According to others, the sappers appear in the Congo only in peacetime, and this is a very unstable country based on political signs. Therefore, the appearance on the streets of fashionably dressed men says that in the country things are going uphill and stability and peace reigns now.
Elevator lovers We don’t think too much about what elevators are in our life. It’s just a transport that takes us from one floor to another. A few seconds of travel and the head is busy with other things. However, it turns out that such a practical attitude to elevators is not at all. There is a special subculture that is literally obsessed with the love of elevators. Fans of such transport constantly go up and down, recording their trips to share their experiences. It turns out that like-minded people gather on the Internet and communicate with the same fanatics from around the world. These people even manage to share their experiences and discuss their trips. And such a subculture has received worldwide distribution thanks to modern information systems. On the same YouTube posted several thousand videos about trips to different elevators. It would be logical to find out – why do people love so much elevators, and not choose another, natural, passion? Most likely, the representatives of this subculture love all those small details of these machines that we do not notice. This lighting, the location of the buttons, the views opening from the window. And although not everyone will understand this hobby, the question of addiction is subjective. In the end, people enjoy a society just like them, without disturbing the rest.
Herero. Herero is a kind of female analog sappers. There is a tribe in Namibia, which is entirely a subculture, untouched by time and the “benefits” of civilization. Here women traditionally wear dresses and garments that are commonly associated with the Victorian era. Representatives of this culture dress in long colored dresses with many skirts. On the heads of African women horn-shaped caps, popular in the nineteenth century. And the wives of German planters who appeared in Namibia at the end of the 19th century were introduced here. They gave the work of the Herero tribe, but instead asked them to dress according to the fashion that the Germans practiced. And at first everything was civilized, but over time the African tribe turned into slaves. Their lands were altogether given to the German settlers. All of this eventually led to the Herero-German war of 1904. Its winner was clear in advance. All the surviving representatives of the black people found themselves in concentration camps, where the Europeans did not disdain to put experiments on slaves. Prisoners were forced to work to death, raped, and some were even specifically infected with tuberculosis or chickenpox. It is rather strange that after all this, representatives of the people prefer to wear the clothes that are so connected with the oppression and cruelties that their people had to endure. However, among the Herero there are optimists who perceive their clothes as a sign of victory over history. Indeed, despite all the troubles that ancestors experienced from the colonialists, these Africans continue to wear Victorian clothes. Many cultures adhere to a certain style of dressing, simply considering it to be fashionable. However, in this case, one can not help wondering what a terrible story lies behind such Africa-specific outfits. Indeed, at one time, thanks to Europeans, the people of Herero were on the verge of annihilation, and now clothing has become a symbol of the determination of the tribe to fight for their bright future.