About Culture Cartel
Supreme for the hypebeasts? We got that. Missed out on Yeezys? Here’s your second chance. Planning on some new ink? You can get that here. Limited edition collectables? We’re releasing em’. Unprecedented collaborations with brands like Mercedes-Benz and G-SHOCK? Look no further. Culture Cartel 2019 is where it’s at.
From 6-8 December 2019, the Singapore F1 pit building will transform into a cultural hub unlike any other. The four walls will house art from the same realms of Banksy and co., streetwear that beats any KAWS release, limited-edition collectables and jaw-dropping tattoos in an unapologetic celebration of street culture.
Among the festivities happening at Culture Cartel 2019, there will be special exhibitions by G-SHOCK, Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Braun Buffel, Herschel Supply, Hydroflask, Skechers, Mighty Jaxx, Action City, New Balance, Stash, Crash, COARSE, Luke Chueh, Grafflex, Ricardo Cavolo and many more.
In a special time in the world, the best from the region and all over the world will converge over the weekend to push the culture forward. Whatever happens next, it’ll happen here.
We are at the brink of change. Massive change. And Culture Cartel has curated a line up of ingenious creatives and legendary stalwarts of the scene to gather at our annual convention in the Singapore F1 Pit Building, 6-8 December, to weigh in on the transition. Trending topics in our generation, industry secrets and personal tales. Nothing is off limits.
Among those participating in CCConversations panels are Stash, Crash, Luke Chueh, Steven Smith, Grafflex, Ricardo Cavolo, Sasha Unisex, Gakkin, Lady Pink, Richie Le, The Fung Bros and more. Additional details will be announced leading up to Culture Cartel. The panels will be held throughout the 3-day event and open to all attendees. To preserve the intimate nature of these discussions, seating is limited and available through RSVP.
In some cases, larger brands use the works of solo artists as “inspiration”. This can easily backfire at such companies, when no credit was given, creating “inspired” pieces that turn out to be a plagiarising act.
We've gathered both sides of the story to open up on the guidelines of permissions, paying in "exposure”, the fine line between plagiarism and inspiration.
Featuring artists CRASH, STASH, Grafflex & Ricardo Cavolo and Ping of Oglivy. Moderated by Nadya Wang
Ideas behind toys come in many shapes and sizes; fortuitous dream or a vivid nightmare, these moments have spawned countless toy designs. They all come from a sense of feeling. What are these feelings that birthed the toy designs? Nostalgia, escapism or aspiration. We also delve behind the decisions by the toy designers and how it impacts the aftermarket. Is there any strategic idea behind their releases.
These toy artists share their personal anecdotes to their character designs, world-building and the relationship between price and design.
Featuring artists QUICCS & CRYBABY MOLLY, Jeffrey Koh of Flab Slab, Cipta of GGNW Toys and Bryan Tay of XM Studios. Moderated by Elliott Danker
Technology has come leaps and bounds, and it felt like it was only yesterday when analog TVs and the internet was a new invention. Today, it’s almost impossible to distance yourself from technology. It’s everywhere. And no other industry has adopted technology so seamlessly as the tattoo one.
In a coming together of the old school tattooists and new age aficionados, we discuss technology’s position in the tattoo industry, older tattooing techniques in this era, social media as a portfolio and the future of the industry.
Featuring Sasha Unisex, Augustine Mezumi of Singapore Electric, Ricky Wiliams of South City Market, Bradley of Oracle Tattoo and Jeremy Tan of Culture Cartel. Moderated by Paul Foster.
Successful design is not by accident. There is a blueprint/recipe for success. If it’s not innovation, it is reinvention. We’ve assembled a fine selection of minds to speak about the purpose of design, the definition of success, designing for a saturated market, green designing and collaborative designs.
Featuring Steven Smith, Mark Landwehr of COARSE, Luke Chueh, Mark Ong, Fabio of Braun Buffel and Mandeep Chopra of Limited Edt. Moderated by Rohai Azhar.
Take a glimpse into the brilliant mind of accomplished sneaker designer Steven Smith, the current design director of Yeezy, and creator of some of the world’s most iconic silhouettes. From the Yeezy 700 and all the way back to the Reebok InstaPump Fury, there’s gotta be something this man has designed in your sneaker rotation.
Steven Smith will take you through the highs and lows of his career, his creative and design process, and inspire you to take a walk in his shoes.
With social media, open music platforms and the rise of Sound Cloud, do artists need a record label anymore? We dive into the schematics of doing things independently and the upsides of having a label backing your craft.
The panel will be diving deep into the details of releasing music as an independent artist, the upsides of having a label backing your craft, open music platforms, amassing a fan base and more.
Featuring Fatman Scoop, Joe Flizzow, THELIONCITYBOY, Masia One, Yung Raja and Zaran of Collective Minds Asia. Moderated by Indran Paramasivam of Bandwagon Asia.
It’s pretty rare for a woman to claim a school of thought as purely hers in street culture. Whether that’s because of credit issues or lack of opportunities, women haven’t had their fair share of the spotlight. The tides are changing now and not only are women are not only making waves in the scene but they’re now claiming agency over the work. These trailblazers will come together and recount their personal stories on making it in a predominantly male-dominated industry, championing ideas and empowering their fellow females.
These trailblazers will come together and recount their personal stories on making it in a predominantly male-dominated industry, championing ideas and empowering their fellow females.
Featuring legendary graffiti artist, Lady Pink, local heros, SKL0, Spaz & Preetipls, tattoo artist, Josephine Chan and Joanna Lai of Culture Cartel. Moderated by Norman Tan, Editor-In-Chief of Esquire Singapore.
While the Timberlands and Air Force 1’s can be found trekking through the urban jungle of New York City, Cortezes’ completed the uniforms of gangs out in Los Angeles, TN’s found a home down under in Australia’s subcultures, the 97’s wavy exterior represented the perpetual current of the grime scene in London and Japan’s love affair with the Air Max 95’s can be seen with the Studio 95 space in Tokyo; has this phenomenon already taken place in our region?
What are the factors needed to be in place for this to happen? Has that already happened in Asia? Are there are surprising sneaker trends and sneaker staples in the region?
Featuring Roman of Stadium Goods, DJ Bigboy Cheng, Richie Le, Gia Jamias of Titan, Fruitcake and Douglas Khee of Culture Cartel. Moderated by Chooee of Streething.
Long has the world looked East for fashion trends, it’s high time we do things right. It may just be natural progression but with the world as our audience, the opportunity to do more is bigger than ever.
The region’s best will touch upon social responsibility as brands, activism through fashion, building a brand entirely on social media, making real change in their cities, Asia's importance in the industry and the impact of fashion on the world.
Featuring Raw Emotions, Panic Pizza Club, Mutha Puaka, Fung Bros and Jase of Lost General. Moderated by Leonard Choo of Taff and Mae Tan aka @marxmae.