There is no denying that streetwear is having a moment and the world can’t get enough of it. But there is more to streetwear than limited edition sneakers and mad collaborations. Following on the heels of the recently concluded Street Superior, is Culture Cartel—a convention dedicated to celebrating various street sub-cultures. Scheduled for 1 and 2 December at the F1 Pit Building, Culture Cartel will be working in tandem with local industry leaders to curate the event.
For its inaugural year, Culture Cartel Convention features Mandeep Chopra of Limited Edt for streetwear, Jahan Loh of Invasion for Art, Augstine Nezumi of Singapore Electric for tattoos, and Jackson Aw of Mightly Jaxx for toys. The event will include various exhibitions and installations, live music performances by local artists, as well retail merchandise from streetwear mainstays like Fred Perry, Adidas, Vans and Obey Clothing.
If that is not enough to whet your appetite, Culture Cartel will also host a tattoo competition featuring artists from around the region, a virtual reality graffiti battle organised by Kult Gallery (featuring the Tilt Brush from Google), and the movie screening of OBEY GIANT: The Art and Dissent of Shepard Fairey, which offers a look into the underground world of street art.
Our favourite part of Culture Cartel? The four-part live panel discussion on the state of streetwear, toy market, music industry, as well as the effect of social media on the creative landscape.
If you only have time for one thing, join the Toy Market panel discussion that is happening on 1 December at 1.30pm. Moderated by Jeffrey Koh of FLABSLAB and featuring Jackson Aw, Daniel Yu, Jahan Loh, and KAWS collector Edward Ng, the panel will reflect on the state of the toy industry, how KAWS/Bearbrick changed the game, and the elevation of toys into the realm of pop art.
Culture Cartel will be taking place on 1-2 December at the F1 Pit Building and tickets are available on their website.