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A South African subculture where designer clothes are destroyed and money is burned, literally

The Izikhothane is a subculture in South Africa where gang members buy expensive designer clothes they can’t afford and then ‘engage in elaborate dance-offs with rival gangs to demonstrate who is the most extravagant’. It usually involves destroying clothing and setting money on fire, because, you know, that’s how you show ’em who’s boss.

‘Izikhothane are mostly teenagers from working-class families who are obsessed with appearing wealthy despite their modest means. Some observers believe it’s a way to escape the poverty around them. Others say it simply reflects a culture of bling‘.

Via Vocativ

A subculture of South Africa where money is burned and designer threads are destroyed.
A subculture of South Africa where money is burned and designer threads are destroyed.
A subculture of South Africa where money is burned and designer threads are destroyed.

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Rachel Oakley is an Aussie writer based in NYC with an obsession for the creepy, cool and quirky side of life. Some of her main passions include philosophy, art, travel, and sarcasm.

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