soviet pin

Quirks: The idiosyncrasies of DBK

Sickle and Hammer Soviet medallion pin

Matt Cornwell and Dylan were in composition class, but they only talked once.“That’s because he wore this Soviet pin on his boot,” Matt said. “One of the last days I was like, ‘Why do you wear that pin on your boot?’ And he was like, ‘Just to get a reaction out of people."’

Present on the left boot was a red star medallion containing a sickle and a hammer. - Dylan Klebold’s Autopsy , External Examination.

USSR (now LITHUANIA). Vilnius. January 17, 1991. Anti-Soviet political graffiti fill an entire wall. The wall surrounding the Lithuanian parliament was erected to defend against a possible raid by Soviet troops. Many Soviet army deserters pinned their draft cards to a defaced poster of President Mikhail Gorbachev.

Photograph: Liu Heung Shing/AP

anonymous asked:

Why would Dylan paint swastikas on his face and be so anti semitic? Doesn't he realize that if he lived during Hitler's era he and his mother would be DEAD (by that i mean thrown in a concentration camp and starved or burned in an oven) considering he's Jewish?

During spirit week at school, it was said by a couple of students that Dylan had walked around with a painted swastika on his chin or cheek. Yes, of course he knew what that symbol represented and that it was a powerfully infamous symbol that people feared or shrank back at the sight of. Why did he do it? He did it to a get a rise out of those conservative and religious classmates at Columbine. Simply worn for the shock value. It was a way to flaunt irreverance with a stark symbol boldly painted on his face and obtain either an instant fear reaction or repulsion from peers. Dylan also did a similar sort of thing when he wore a Soviet Hammer & Sickle pin on his black combat boots. A classmate asked him point blank about it once and Dylan replied: ‘to get a reaction out of people’. Doing this sort of thing, wearing certain mysterious or shocking and offense symbols would’ve been a power trip for both Dylan and Eric. KMFDM was all about ‘Symbols’ at the time too. It likely made them feel as though they garnered just a bit more fear and respect from the mainstream, obedient, non-thinking followers that made up their school in addition to wearing the black trenchcoat and combat boots. It was a way for them to shake things up and rattle the school.

Additionally, Dylan seemed to have disassociated his part jewish ancentry from his awareness. I mean, it’s not like he was just plain ignorant about it all. The dude had gifted intellect and an awareness about things. It’s not like he never thought about it or that it never crossed his mind that, he too, would’ve been persecuted back in Nazi Germany because of his part Jewish ancentry. It’s more like even though his family observed a couple of major jewish holidays in his home along with christian holidays too, he just seemed to have compartmentalized that aspect of his family culture and sort of mentally shrugged off that part of himself. It’s as if Dylan denied it by pretending away his jewish side but in a lazy sort of way. He wasn’t overly anxious about keeping this a secret from people. At some point in Junior year, Dylan eventually noticed that Eric had really latched on to eating up everything german, about the Nazi’s and Hitler, so Dylan jumps on his friends’ bandwagon romanticizing the Nazi ideaology as a way to also feel empowered. Oddly, Eric didn’t know about Dylan’s little ‘don’t ask; don’t tell’ secret and even odder, is that Dylan didn’t even really consciously think to hide his jewish ascentry from Eric who was really digging a idealogy that was extremely against a part of his own family culture.. Maybe, he thought because he didn’t look stereotypically “Jewish” according to the Nazis? Dylan was pretty much what the Nazi’s would decree ‘Aryan’ or Nordic: tall, blonde haired had blue eyes. So perhaps, Dylan felt like his physicallity would help him push away or easily conceal the reality of his mixed heritage. That he’d blend in with christian, non-Jewish culture in the school and that no one would really ever consider that he might be part Jew.

In the Basement Tapes, according to Judy Brown’s viewing of them, Dylan volunteers while their video taping that his uncle will probably be upset because it’ll be around Passover (in ‘99 the first day of Passover was 4/1 and in 2000, the first day of Passover was 4/20), and Eric basically says, to paraphrase: ‘back the fuck up. Wait a minute, What? you’re jewish?’ at him. Dylan basically hems and haws and sheepishly minimizes: ‘well, yeah, ½ or ¼..“ to which Eric is like “that’s too bad, man.” So, strangely, Dylan doesn’t even expend a great deal of energy to even conceal that he’s part Jewish from even Eric. He just starts blabbing about Passover and his Uncle. Insert foot; mouth. It’s more like, he’s only partially Jewish so to him, it’s not really Jewish, muchly? He doesn’t even think a whole lot about it at all and since he’s in denial over it, he doesn’t even consider that he, himself, would’ve been considered a degenerate casualty of Nazi germany. Because he’s not relating any of this personally to himself. He projects the fear factor of the Nazi symbols by painting them on his chin and is pretty much just enjoying the instant gratification of people’s reactions to it in the hallway at school. It appears to be nothing more than the power trip. Shake up the proper christians, the jocks and straight-laced preps and derive pure shock value reactions from flaunting that glaring swastika on his visage. It was politically incorrect and it felt good to him. It’s as simple as that.

anonymous asked:

Dylan's hygiene, god or bad? Do you think he looked after himself, like shaving and brushing his teeth everyday, shower and clean clothes, cleaned his room regularly and stuff. Do you think he put some thought into how he looked, clothes wise and such? I heard somewhere that Eric was kind off a clean freak. And was he healthy with food, I read he ate doughnuts for breakfast, what kind of body type did he have, was he just really really skinny? you cant tell because of the clothes that he wore.

Mm.. I think Dylan’s hygiene was typical of most teenage boys early on a school morning. But, no, I don’t think he had “bad hygiene”.  His hair was grown out long and sometimes matted down and scraggly from having a baseball cap slammed down over it.  And yeah, sometimes he wore the same favorite t-shirt more than once during a school week, and yeah, sure, in spring ‘99, he was experimenting and growing a half-assed mustache and goatee but none of those things indicate that he didn’t shower or smell badly. None of his friends or acquaintances said as such either.  Dylan got up super early in the morning and unlike Eric, he wasn’t a morning person. So given there was time, he’d fall into the shower, brush his teeth (a yes, floss even occasionally), and put on clothes that were clean or reasonably clean, slam his cap down over his dripping wet curls and maybe grab something to eat and be out the door.  If mom didn’t cook him an omelette, french toast or pancakes, he’d head out with friends to King Soopers and grab some donuts and soda pop or head to McD’s or Burger King for a quick breakfast. Dylan wasn’t healthy with food but he liked to eat lots of food and his mother mentioned he was adventurous and experimental with food he chose to try in restaurants. Whereas, Eric was a picky eater.  

Dylan was very lanky, very skinny but I’d say he had a tight abs ( just, we’re not talking a buff muscular look with six pack definition or anything like that)  with a horrible posture, a slouch, trying to make himself not as noticable or invisible. His clothes, especially the long trench coat, helped to give the illusion of bulking up his appearance.  Dylan absolutely put thought in his style of appearance. He liked the look that he had established for himself in high school even if it did not fit in with everyone else - inspite of that fact.  He was individualistic.  He liked the inside joke t-shirts he created, the trench coat and shades he wore and liked to fuck with people by pinning a Hammer & Sickle soviet pin on his combat books.  His look made people in his school wary. He liked that fact. hahaha!

Eric was more tidy and organized and adhered to his parents expectation of keeping the house clean and his bedroom neat.  He held on to a lot of things for sentimental value so it was like organized clutter arranged in a certain places like his concert ticket stubs stapled to the wall. Dylan had a dirty clothes pile which again, is typical teenager stuff. He didn’t bother to make his bed. Making his bed would be yanking the blanket up over his pillows.  He probably had empty Dr Pepper cans littering his room and chip wrappers after a long night session of Dooming.  He had his way of collecting things too; things of sentimental value that brought forth memories. He would put them in hidden places of his room. He was diligent about items that had meaning so when he stored stuff of value to him, like say for example, his old Legos sets, he put them away neatly in the box with all the pieces contained and even the directions neatly folded in it’s proper place.  He organized like a collector of certain things.  His bathroom could get messy though. o.O.  This is my sense of things about their bedrooms, btw.

anonymous asked:

Did Dylan really support Communism, and did Eric really support Nazism, or was it just a part of the whole image and trying to be edgy?

No, Dylan didn’t support Communism, he wore the hammer and sickle Soviet pin on his boot “Just to get a reaction out of people”.  Eric liked the sense of empowerment he felt reading and fantasizing about the Nazis but it’s a misconception to assume he was seriously on the road to white supremacist, fascist Nazism. He was playing at it by engrossing himself in the subject and obsessing over it because it made him feel just a wee bit more in control of his own life.  They both got their kicks with the shock value of flaunting their against-the-grain, non-specific politic, visual statements on campus to garner themselves that ‘fear and respect of what you don’t understand’ reputation among their conservative, primarily christian peers.
I’ve go into detail about this subject here .

sweatshirtswithideas0003  asked:

Were pins popular in the Soviet Union? Was that like a national pride thing?also..your blog is really cool. I'm rlly into obscure relics from the past.

Thanks for an interesting question! There were bigger things to count for national pride in the Soviet Union, but pins were definitely popular up until perestroika in late 1980s. It was a common thing to collect, along with stamps, matchbox labels and postcards. My father, for instance, collected pins as a kid and I still have his collection in the cupboard. They were quire cheap, widely available and covered all sorts of topics. There were pins for girls, boys, teens, parents, grandparents. All more or less important events would have a commemorative pin to go with it. All social ranks, sport events, holidays, awards would have a pin.

Pins were massive back in the day!