BCB Merchandise - What is it about?
For this year’s special edition, BCB initiated a collab between bartenders/barteams and Berlin artists. The initiative was born at the peak of the corona virus lockdown measures, which as we all know affected the bar industry and the artistic sectors at large.
The idea is simple: combining a bar team with a local artist to come up with cool, good looking and wearable merchandise for BCB.
While none of the protagonists met in real life, they were still able to contribute and create something truly unique and original out of their combined expertise. This way we were all able to combine forces in a way that benefits all actors involved! A win win win!
Show us that you are there and post a photo with your merchandise article on social media and don't forget to use our hashtags #WeareBCB, #BCB, #BarConvent.
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We are excited to introduce our protagonists!
Tobias was born and raised in the Allgau Alps, by the Austrian border. He became a self-taught tattoo artist and artist 8 years ago, after completing his art studies. Contemporary religious arts as well as his strong connection to nature are his sources of inspiration in order to celebrate a clear iconographical imagery.
Guen is established at the Taiko Tattoo Gallery in Berlin Kreuzberg. She’s well known for her colourful old school inspired tattoos and high precision line work. Humour plays also a huge part in her work in general - whether ink or merchandise. Through her wit, she manages to challenge stereotypes and oppressive constructs while spreading a positive energy. We love Guen.
Guts & Glory, Karlsruhe
Mo Kaba co owns Guts and Glory - one of Karlsruhe’s favourite cocktail bars. “Come as you are” pretty much sums up Mo and his team’s hosting style.
When asked about the project, Mo and his team wanted to celebrate the elegance and craftsmanship of the bartender at work. It was also important for them that Tobias’ artistic approach remains unaltered.
This beautiful American bar opened its little green door in 1995 - making it one of the oldest cocktail bars in Berlin. Throughout the years, this speak easy style bar has remained a leading force of the Berliner cocktail scene. Whether you like perfectly balanced classic cocktails or seasonal and local creations Maria and her team will host you in this unique bar - a combination between a private lounge and David Lynch movie, always under the motto “ The power of positive drinking”
Maria describes the inspiration behind the design that she and Tobias Vetter worked together on “ What I prefer the most about bars is the concept of the first visit, the moment you arrive. Each city you visit and explore is its own little world and there is nothing more fascinating than the experience of experiencing the microcosmos of a local bar. Culture manifests itself in various forms: architecture, language, art but also in a glass of champagne, of madeira or simply a pint of ale. The bar culture allows us to experience the world with our senses - together with a drink and a good conversation while sitting at the bar. Bars are a temple of hospitality and the best way to crystallise this concept in a picture is an open door.
Yaldy opened its doors in May 2020, right after the Corona Virus lockdown restrictions lifted enough to let the guests come in and celebrate their grand opening. It’s a concept that pairs modern parisian style bistrot dishes with sustainable wines and high end cocktails!
Michele and Guen worked on a design celebrating the old school, cheesy cocktail symbolism.
Truffle Pig, Berlin
It made sense to us that our very own Brand Ambassador Damien Guichard also gets a say in the matter. He manages Truffle Pig, based in Berlin, Neukölln. Follow the pig hooves on the floor and you will be taken to the secret entrance. Once you’re in, time and drinks fly by and you tend to forget about the outside world. The quality of a drink should be a given, but where most of the work and attention to details go towards is making the guest feels as safe, welcome and valued as we possibly can.
The design was inspired by a playful interpretation of the basic cocktail and mixology iconology. We wanted to poke the ever perpetuated stereotypes of manly vs girly with a big rock glass containing a feminine face.
Diversity Design, Damien Guichard & Guen Douglas
This year’s various challenges have brought us all to look twice at the way we treat each other and navigate within our community. Asking ourselves whether we can be part of the solution rather the problem, while accepting that life may have given us a leg up compared to some of our friends and peers is a necessary part of the pursuit towards equality and simply acceptance.
Because we believe that it is important to voice where we stand, we have decided to develop an additional design - the profits of which will be donated to an organisation, whose aim it is to facilitate the struggle against the oppressive forces against.