Berlin's trade show landscape is now also home to an independent event for the core skate scene: Shitfoot Mongoland is the new kid on the block and feels like the Berlin version of what Bright once used to be in its beginnings back in Frankfurt: Shitfoot founders Alex Irvine and Sean James - both strongly attached to the skate scene - wanted to bring back the core vibes of what the skate subculture is all about, and they succeeded.

Booth by Absurd at Shitfood Mongoland
Booth by Absurd at Shitfood Mongoland
So other than a typical trade show, Shitfoot Mongoland appeared rather as a skaters' get together including an outdoor skate ramp, loads of chilling and hanging out, sharing ideas of what the true skate spirit is about or as Stuart Smith, founder of London based skate brand Lovenskate, puts it: "a bit of anarchy".

He as well as the 25 other exhibitors such as Emerica, Sour, Carhartt WiP, Iriedaily and Absurd "definitely want to come back" for the second edition to be held in January 2016. "We are also satisfied with the business side. It was the core skate stores that came here - just the right clients we are looking for," says Rasmus Åhrberg of Swedish sneaker brand Servant.

The main goal for Irvine and James will now be to "keep that vibe". Big brands shall be kept away to make sure this event with its strange name remains a rather small, but cool off-show on the wild (trade show) side.

Shitfoot founders Alex Irvine (left) and Sean James
Shitfoot founders Alex Irvine (left) and Sean James
Sneakers by Swedish brand Servant Footwear
Sneakers by Swedish brand Servant Footwear