Street culture as an expression has been used in so many ways that today, depending on where you’re from, it can mean anything from BMX and skateboarding lifestyles and its creative athletes, to graffiti art and the Brooklyn mixed-tape MC scene. To the creators of “untitled,” Bread & Butter trade show’s most expressive exhibition, street culture is clearly represented in their mix of European, Asian, Australian, and North + South American inspired sneaker culture, urban vinyl toys, skateboard deck graphics, music, groundbreaking artwork displays, creative writing motifs, and assortment of books and magazines presented in the bi-annual exhibition. Launched by Lodown and Streetwear Today magazines, “untitled” at the Barcelona show also had a strong theme based on the recent Barcelona political policies to shut down public skateboarding in the new year (see also Skateboarding in Barcelona story). The Catalonian metropolis is clearly a mecca for skateboarders with an international calling, yet new laws in the city could slap a 3,000 Euro fine on anyone caught skating in “illegal areas.” This corresponds with the latest acts against graffiti street art, prostitution, gambling, and “illegal sound supports,” whatever that means.
“untitled” therefore took on new meaning at last week’s Barcelona show towards a visual display of reminding people what street culture is all about: lifestyles inspired and derived from the streets, including skateboarding. Their huge display of vintage trainers says much about the establishment of what has become an important part of youth culture and hopefully, will continue to develop in Europe’s skateboarding capital.—Kathleen Gasperini