When you visit Russia, and especially its capitals – political (Moscow) and cultural (St Petersburg), you will definitely meet on the street people wearing Viktor Tsoi T-shirts. A Russia guest from overseas might not know why guys of all ages (teens, youngsters and mature ones) put on some clothes with an image of an Asian looking young slim guy with a cigarette or with a guitar. When you guess, the young guy on the photo is somebody from heroes, you will mistake…and you will be right. Viktor Tsoi for Russians and for those who remembers the epoch of “Perestroyka” and Gorbachev is a real national hero. Korean originally, Tsoi was born in Leningrad ( St Petersburg), where , being almost a teen he founded the most famous then KINO rock band. Musician and composer, the author of all the songs they performed, he sang about political problems using his own metaphoric poetry language. His creative activity was a Great Protest against Soviet regime in all of its forms. Unfortunately, musician died very young – he was only 28 when his automobile had an accident. That time Viktor Tsoi T-shirts were not simply in trend in Russia as before his death. Now they became a kind of his after death support. Still rock fans of the former USSR support the slogan “Tsoi is alive” meaning that no one forgot him, his protests, songs and music.
Even when you can’t visit Russia or other ex-USSR countries, you can buy an original Viktor Tsoi T-shirts anytime. When you listen once to the songs of that dead Russian poet and musician, you will understand not the words but the passion they are penetrated with. Wearing a Viktor Tsoi T-shirt is being a rock fan today. Wearing this stuff is being a rebel, someone who protests against routine, autocracy, corrupt practices. Wearing this stuff is staying always young, even when you are forty, fifty and over. When you feel like supporting the spirit of a rebel, love rock-n-roll, enjoy Russian rock and sympathize the musician, you can order this T-shirt even staying at home. Black-and-white models are the most popular ones, but you can order red and yellow T-shirts as well.