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Georgia's Punks And Goths

Georgia's capital, Tbilisi, is known in the South Caucasus region for its relative ethnic and cultural diversity. That has also led to the emergence of a small punk community, and an even smaller goth scene with its macabre style and music. This photo story is part of ongoing work by British journalist and photographer Onnik James Krikorian on youth and subcultures in Georgia for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. For more photos by Krikorian, visit his website http://www.onnik-krikorian.com.


Bella and Sandro “Manson”: This gothic couple was influenced by American musician Marilyn Manson. They plan to hold an event to mark World Goth Day in Tbilisi on May 22, 2016. “  I hope it will contribute to the development of the Georgian gothic music and subculture scene,”  he says. 
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Bella and Sandro “Manson”: This gothic couple was influenced by American musician Marilyn Manson. They plan to hold an event to mark World Goth Day in Tbilisi on May 22, 2016. “  I hope it will contribute to the development of the Georgian gothic music and subculture scene,”  he says. 

Sandro applies the final touches to his makeup.
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Sandro applies the final touches to his makeup.

Tsotne Gorgoshidze, lead singer with the Georgian alternative punk band Dagdagani. Unlike many rock groups in the country, the band can attract sizeable audiences in nightclubs.
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Tsotne Gorgoshidze, lead singer with the Georgian alternative punk band Dagdagani. Unlike many rock groups in the country, the band can attract sizeable audiences in nightclubs.

Tea Saneblidze, a 33-year-old goth vocalist with the two-piece band Lilla Land. Singing in German, with elements of opera, the band released their first CD, Fledermaus, in July 2012. After visiting well-attended gigs in Germany, Saneblidze laments the low number of goths in Tbilisi. She puts the number of goths in the country who follow the lifestyle on a daily basis at less than five.
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Tea Saneblidze, a 33-year-old goth vocalist with the two-piece band Lilla Land. Singing in German, with elements of opera, the band released their first CD, Fledermaus, in July 2012. After visiting well-attended gigs in Germany, Saneblidze laments the low number of goths in Tbilisi. She puts the number of goths in the country who follow the lifestyle on a daily basis at less than five.

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