Culture Cartel: Tattoos, streetwear, music and urban art will feature at Singapore's first street culture convention in December

Culture Cartel: Tattoos, streetwear, music and urban art will feature at Singapore's first street culture convention in December

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Text: Yimin Huang

Editor: Aravin Sandran

Culture Cartel will bring together the worlds of street art, collectible toys, subversive tattoos and trendy streetwear all under one roof for the very first time in Asia

The worlds of fashion and street culture have been mating and mingling like rabbits in heat for the past few years. Increasingly, the most exciting catwalk creations and creative collaborations have featured art and music personalities who have made an impact in street culture — KAW's 10-metre tall BFF statue at Kim Jones' spring/summer 2019 debut at Dior Homme and Nike's on-going collab with London's grime star Skepta, just to name a couple. 

It was frankly a matter of time before this segment of culture would be bastardised into yet another 'festival' in Singapore. Thankfully, Culture Cartel, "Asia's first all-encompassing street culture convention", is spearheaded by prominent industry leaders: Invasion Studios by Jahan Loh (art), Jackson Aw of Mighty Jaxx (toys); Augustine Nezumi of Singapore Electric (tattoo) and Mandeep Chopra of Limited Edt (fashion).

"Although there are plenty of fairs catered for fans of the different aspects of street culture, the existing events are very niche and are relatively spread out geographically and periodically throughout the year. What makes Culture Cartel stands out is that it is Asia's first event to unite the street culture community. From Art, Toys, Tattoo, to Fashion, everyone under the street culture umbrella will converge over one exciting weekend to communicate, collaborate, and create", said Jeremy Tan, convention director of Culture Cartel.

Taking over the F1 Pit Building in December, the convention will launch exclusive collaboration merchandise with brands such as SBTG and New Era. Besides street-ready brand names like Vans and Adidas, hypebeasts can look forward to exciting retail and tattoo pop-ups by OBEY Clothing, Limited Edt, Obbi Good Label, Mighty Jaxx, Flabslab, Steelheart Tattoo, Motochimp, Subtle, Ageless Galaxy, Pestle &Mortar Clothing, and The Corner Shop feat. Chinatown Market, Jungles, Mankind, RawEmotions, Carrots and Lucky Hands.

A global lineup of artists including Beerpitch and Rukkit from Thailand as well as Americans Dub Williams and Obey Giant from USA will exhibit alongside local names Mightyellow, SKL0 and Kult Studio & Gallery. 

Other highlights at the ticketed event include a forum that will host live talks and panel discussions about current topics in street culture, workshops for beatboxing and fashion customization, live performances in music and graffiti, public artworks from a global line-up of artists, a bike circuit and more. 

1 to 2 December, at Singapore’s F1 Pit Building

Early-bird tickets for Culture Cartel 2018 are available for sale from now till 31 October. 

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