Kristijan Derkovic initially joked, “Give me 20 Euros to tell you about living in Sarajevo during the war, and another 20 Euros to tell you about life in Miami afterwards. I will tell you stories you won’t hear on CNN.” “I’m a 40 Euro baby” (Derkovic, audio interview, 2012).
Networked between his Yugoslavian identity (most immediately evident in the YUGO tattoo in Old English letters embedded in the skin of his left arm), and his American identity within hip-hop culture evident in his choice of clothes, cultural knowledge, and speech. Up on the latest American cultural products from music through to adopting hip-hop language, Kristijan describes his war experience as some of the best years of his life, where he met his first girlfriend, and made good friends. "Yes, we were always scared to get shot. We found ways to have fun. You do what you have to do to get by. It was hard, but my struggles are not any worse than anyone else's" (2012).
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