Is there a better image summing up the work of photographer, filmmaker and fashion designer Gosha Rubchinskiy than a Soviet skater boy sitting atop a decaying statue of Lenin? Making his Parisian debut earlier this year with his intimate SS15 menswear show – where alien socks met graphic Cyrillic print t-shirts, camo and perforated leather – Rubchinskiy brought a gang of street cast Russian boys to a new global audience. Now, his band of outsiders can be glimpsed in the form of a new photobook, Crimea / Kids, an 80 page zine that explores Rubchinskiy's fascination with Russia's rebellious youth and their outlets through smoking, skateboarding and graffiti. Speaking to Dazed in our summer 2014 issue about the Russian rave revolution and why he's inspired by his country's teens, Rubchinskiy said: “The new generation has the internet and they feel like a part of something bigger; they want to be the voice of their people. This movement keeps growing. It’s a new Russia.” The book sold out in three days, but you can look through some exclusive unseen images of the new generation above.
Check out some images from Gosha Rubchinskiy's archives below: