Portraits Of 80’s Russian Punk and Metal Culture

As a young kid in America during the Reagan Era, the powers that be really wanted us to fear the USSR and every thing it stood for! Yeah, we thought we were fighting injustices around the world like Apartheid, and the threat of Nuclear War loomed over our heads. Meanwhile over in Russia, change was in the air and the government was beginning to lose their grip on people’s lives. During this period, the youth of Russia began to express themselves by seeking out what subculture of the day spoke to them. The portraits below show young people expressing their right to be Goth, Punk and Metal. I love the way that kids will always find a way to be themselves, and say FUCK AUTHORITY!!!




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Sean Reveron was born & raised in Venice Beach, CA. He terrorized the streets of the West Side as a young Suicidal Boy, and was a part of the early Hardcore movement. Sean has always been passionate about the music and the DIY fashion of the crust and metal world, and that passion led him and his wife Meghan to create the world of CVLT Nation and the CVLT clothing brand.


  1. May 12, 2016 at 11:52 pm — Reply

    the guys at the last photo is Orthodox activists now.

  2. May 12, 2016 at 10:02 pm — Reply

    A guy from the last pic, these days.

  3. May 12, 2016 at 3:06 pm — Reply

    Sasha Chinenova !

  4. May 12, 2016 at 12:12 pm — Reply

    Sofia Bolshakova

  5. May 12, 2016 at 8:30 am — Reply

    Max Mahach

  6. May 12, 2016 at 6:58 am — Reply

    Minka Maree

  7. May 12, 2016 at 6:48 am — Reply

    Töff Malstroem

  8. May 12, 2016 at 6:19 am — Reply

    Veronica Neustadt

  9. May 12, 2016 at 5:19 am — Reply

    Antoine Beaulieu

  10. Ilya
    May 12, 2016 at 12:55 am — Reply

    The biker from the few pics now rolls with Putin and the church as a patriotic organisation. His name is Yura Hirurg (Surgeon). What a history of downfall.

    And that band Shah used to participate in the whole Iron March thing, which was headed by Korroziya Metalla (Corrosion of Metal) bassist – Sergey Pauk (Spider) Troizkiy known for his nazi sympathy. But most of his “shock” acts” were aiming to raise popularity. He even tried to pull that Biafra election trick a few times, but failed in a funny and miserable way. As a matter of fact, a big part of russian metalheads and punks related to the right wing politics.

    Anyways, metal and punk was the thing that kids desperately needed and found. Today I miss that wild attitude they used to have.

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