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Dizelaši (singular dizelaš) was an urban street youth sub-culture popular in the 1990s in Serbia. It has been described as a mainstream fashion and social subculture,[1] that of a working class, similar to the British chav, French racaille [fr] and Russian gopnik.[2] The French movie La Haine (1995) is often mentioned in relation to these subcultures.[3] It was characterized by turbo-folk,[1] hip-hop and dance music (such as Đogani),[1] designer clothes (such as Diesel), embroidered sweatshirts[1] and sportswear[2] (such as Nike Air Max[4] and Reebok Pump[2] shoes and Kappa[2] sweatsuits) and link chains.[1] Track jackets were tucked into the bottom pants which in turn were tucked into socks, as to conceal goods; it is said that legendary gangster Knele (1971–1992) popularised it, having used it as a tactic ensuring his gun would slide into his socks rather on the pavement when running from the police.[2]

It emerged in Belgrade in the late 1980s and became popular by 1992,[2] in a period of embargo on FR Yugoslavia following the outbreak of the Yugoslav Wars. The youths were stereotyped as gangsters (also called mangupi), involved in illegal activities[1] such as fuel smuggling. The Russian counterpart is the Gopnik sub-culture, with which it is grouped together into "Post-Soviet fashion" that has become popular in recent years.[5][6] In contrast to the dizelaši, the opposing sub-culture was called padavičari, including hippies, rockers, metalheads and ravers. A typical dizelaš was seen as:

The resurge of the fashion has been dubbed Neodizelaši.[8] The 1995 documentary about Belgrade gangsters, Crime that Changed Serbia, is an icon of the culture.

In movies[edit]

  • The Wounds, 1998 film about a violent teen duo in Belgrade
  • Crime that Changed Serbia, 1995 documentary about Belgrade criminals
  • Dva sata kvalitetnog TV programa, 1994 film
  • Skinnng, 2010 film

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f NOIZZ 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Vice 2016.
  3. ^ Vice 2016, Highsnobiety 2017
  4. ^ Vice 2016, NOIZZ 2017, "On To It Subcultures That Rep Nike Air Max". Oyster.
  5. ^ Highsnobiety 2017.
  6. ^ "KAD TE INSPIRIŠU RUSKI "DIZELAŠI" Želeli su da ih ismeju, ali stvorili nešto MNOGO VEĆE (VIDEO)". Blic.
  7. ^ Софија Милорадовић (2012). Музички жаргон младих и молодежный музыкальный сленг : компаративни поглед. Etnografski institut SANU. pp. 80–. ISBN 978-86-7587-066-1. младић кратко подшишан, у тренерци, са златним ланцем око врата, има мобилни телефон (евентуално и добар ауто), често повезан са криминалним радњама“
  8. ^ Popboks.


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