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After its lit inaugural launch last year, Asia’s first-of-its-kind street culture convention Culture Cartel is back this year from 6 to 8 December, and promises to be bigger and better. In this year’s edition, acclaimed street artists from New York, CRASH and STASH, will be releasing exclusive customised merchandis­e in collaborat­ion with Culture Cartel. Toy designers COARSE and Luke Chueh are also part of the exciting line-up. Tattoo enthusiast­s will get to meet one of the world’s youngest working tattoo artists, Noko Nishigaki from Japan, as well as renowned watercolou­r tattoo artist Sasha Unisex from Russia. The team behind Culture Cartel tells us more about this year’s edition. How is this year’s Culture Cartel bigger and better? Expect a more extensive star-studded line-up of street brands and talents, not just regionally but globally, with first-time participat­ion from countries such as South Korea and Russia. The event is held across three floors of the F1 Pit Building, spanning more than 15,000sqft; that’s almost twice the space of last year’s event. What are some of the not-to-bemissed highlights this year? To start, there’s an exciting line-up of trending tattoo artists who’ll be showing off their skills. Noko Nishigaki (@noko_tattoo), the 10-year-old daughter of one of Japan’s leading tattoo artists, Gakkin, is one. Russian Sasha Unisex (@sashaunise­x) is another. Meanwhile, music fans can look forward to live spins and performanc­es from local DJs and artistes, such as bass scene veteran Darren Dubwise (@darrendubw­ise). Any merch from the convention that’ll be really hot and are must-cops? Some of this year’s must-cops: the CRASH x STASH G-SHOCK watch; the Raw Emotions x Culture Cartel tee; SBTG x Overeasy x Culture Cartel 2019 merch; the Culture Cartel x Subcrew Tee; and the CRASH x STASH New Era Caps. What else can we expect at Culture Cartel this year? There’ll be exciting live-streaming content such as conversati­ons with participat­ing regional and internatio­nal artists. These live videos will be hosted on Culture Cartel’s Facebook and Instagram pages by well-known personalit­ies and YouTubers. What do you hope to achieve with Culture Cartel? We want to leverage on the booming streetwear scene in the region, not just in Singapore, because there is great potential in the East, with Asian names getting increasing­ly recognised in the fashion, media and art industries. We want to drive the narrative on the state of regional and global street culture today and where it’s heading. Visit culturecar­tel.com

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From left: CRASH x STASH G-SHOCK watch. Toy designer Luke Chueh with some of his pop-surrealist creations.
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