Culture Cartel, Asia’s first all-encompassing street culture convention, is set to unite the different sectors of art, toys, tattoo, and fashion in a consumer trade show that will showcase only the best of street culture in Asia and around the world. Co-organised by Habitual, Axis Group Asia and Division Communications, the event will take place from 1 – 2 December 2018 at Singapore’s F1 Pit Building, placing the limelight on the often-neglected segments of street culture.
For the first time, these different elements of street culture will be brought together through various components of Culture Cartel 2018 – from brand and retail showcases to art exhibitions and installations. The inaugural convention serves as an international platform for street artists, designers, tattoo artists, and urban brands across the world to gather, and put together a holistic, educational and interactive street culture showcase that has never been seen before in Asia.
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 customisation, live performances in music and graffiti, public artworks from a global line-up of artists, a bike circuit and more. Tickets for Culture Cartel 2018 are now available for sale on its official website, and for ticketing details, please refer to Annex B.
Jeremy Tan, Convention Director of Culture Cartel, said, “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. Visitors with multiple interests will be satisfied at one go with the various offerings, and they will certainly be drawn to the multifaceted street culture.”
The curation of the exhibitions at the inaugural event is spearheaded by prominent industry leaders such as Invasion Studios by Jahan Loh (for Art), Jackson Aw of Mighty Jaxx (for Toys); Augustine Nezumi of Singapore Electric (for Tattoo); and Mandeep Chopra of Limited Edt (for Fashion), featuring convention headliners Stash (US), Joshua Vides (US), Whatshisname (UK), Alex Face (TH), Nissaco (JP), and Gakkin (JP), showcasing for the first time in Singapore.
Exclusive Culture Cartel collaboration merchandise with brands like Subcrew, SBTG, Few & Far, CHPLCO, and New Era will be released, and there will also be exclusive launches of original and limited-edition merchandise. Some of the participating retailers include ASICSTIGER, Levi’s, PUMA, Vans, adidas, Nike, Nixon, Timex and Skechers. Exciting retail and tattoo pop-ups will also be put up 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, Pleasures, Raw Emotions and Lucky Hands.
There will be an invasion of provocative street art from a global line-up of artists including Rukkit (TH), Beerpitch (TH), Dub Williams (US), Cloakwork (MY), NESTWO (MY), JEFR (MY), Katun (MY) Muklay (ID), Stereoflow (ID), Tuyuloveme (ID), Olderplus (ID), Jahan Loh (SG), PHUNK (SG), SKL0 (SG), Yok & Sheryo (AU/SG), Mightyellow (SG), Erikatoon (SG), Kult Studio & Gallery (SG), and many more.
Powering Culture Cartel 2018 is Mercedes-Benz, with invaluable support from Belvedere (Official Spirit of Defiance), Zouk (Official Launch Party Venue), Papa Palheta (Official Coffee), HIC (Official Juice); Livepass (Official Ticketing Partner), Word of Mouth Communications (Official PR Partner) and Konstrukt Labs (Official Merchandise Partner).