Where did Viktor Tsoi and other popular rockers in the late 80s have MTV T-shirts

Now the majority would be embarrassed to wear a frank advertisement for a music channel that has long lost its ratings. But in the USSR, such clothes increased the status of the owner at times. Especially if the owner was a person associated with musical activities.

Where did Viktor Tsoi get a T-shirt with the MTV logo in the late 80s

Now most would ashamed wear a frank advertisement for a music channel that has long lost its ratings. But in the USSR such clothes raised the status owner at times. Especially if the owner was a person associated with musical activities.

Photo courtesy of Joanna Stingray
Photo courtesy of Joanna Stingray

In the 80s in our country no one could imaginethat in ten years it will be possible to turn on MTV by simply pressing a button on the remote control and watch video clips day and night.

The spoiled Western public did not see anything extraordinary in the channel. Moreover, there would twisted a finger at the temple, having learned that in the Soviet Union video cassettes with recordings of MTV broadcasts are in great demand. And for T-shirts with the logo of the TV channel, Soviet music lovers ready sell your soul.

Photo courtesy of Joanna Stingray
Photo courtesy of Joanna Stingray

Viktor Tsoi was the happy owner cherished T-shirt. In it, he was captured on a camera on one of the Crimean beaches by a singer from the United States, Joanna Stingray. This is definitely not Photoshop and not handicraft from a colored cover for a book or a school diary. Viktor Tsoi definitely wouldn't doing something like that for a photo in an MTV T-shirt.

The author of the picture spoke about the appearance of a T-shirt with the leader of the Kino group in an interview. According to Joanna Stingray, jersey to Victor she gave herself. And at home, she did not even have to spend money. Stingray at that time was actively promoting the Red Wave brand in the West. Interest in this project among journalists was considerable.

Photo courtesy of Joanna Stingray
Photo courtesy of Joanna Stingray

Giving interviews to the American media, Joanna "begged" the journalists as gift for Russian rock musicians T-shirts with the logo of the music channel.

The MTV channel gladly presented several of its branded T-shirts. But with the condition that Stingray will bring Photo Soviet rockers, posing for cameras in these clothes. So such a thing was not only for Tsoi.

Joanna also recalled that representatives of the domestic rock party themselves asked her to bring them things from america, which could not be obtained in the USSR. The rockers asked not only jeans, T-shirts and trendy leather jackets. Such clothes could, if desired, be bought in the Union.

Viktor Tsoi
Viktor Tsoi

Musicians were more interested punk paraphernalia (bracelets, pendants, earrings, scarves), as well as makeup paints. And Tsoi ordered Joanna felt-tip pens, which are very loved to draw. Domestic analogues blurred and corny tore the paper.

In addition, some Victor saw in one of the Western magazines white boots (go-go boots) and asked Joanna to find the same ones. He wanted to add them to his musical image.

Photo courtesy of Joanna Stingray
Photo courtesy of Joanna Stingray

“All this could be bought for next to nothing in Los Angeles on Melrose Street. I did almost wholesale orders, for which the guys called me Santa Claus, ”Stingray said laughing in an interview.

There was another gift for members of the Leningrad rock club. Joanna met with Andy Warhol and persuaded him to sign the famous soup cans for Soviet musicians. According to Stingray, she brought the artist up to 25 pieces, and he patiently drew unusual Russian names on them.

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