The streets of Belgrade can be uncormfortable and rough. Concrete tower blocks of the new town are omnipresent and the social gap grows and grows. The socially deprived try their best to make assure to get attention and many of them are using the Hooligan scene to represent a strong and powerfull identity.
In Serbia and a number of other countries, football hooliganism is associated with nationalist and far-right politics, often at a superficial level such as crude racism. Racist abuse of non-white players is common. In the 1960s and early 1970s football hooliganism was associated with the skinhead subculture.
When I approched this group of skinheads in Belgrade, they first created distance in presenting their tattoos. They wanted me to realize that I am at the wrong place, that they don’t want to have something to do with people like me… But somehow I find out how to connect with some members of the group and they let me photoraph how they work out in the streets. I was in an uncomfortable situation constantly. If sights could kill, I would have been killed multiple times.
At the end I was shaking hands with everybody and they even smiled at me and appreciated me as a individual. This converge really made me pride and I hope that I have moved something in their perception of their chosen way of life.
SAY NO TO RACISM!