Pro skater Sal Barbier presents his newest installation BMXpert. Raised in Louisiana, Barbier found himself immersed in all ’80s subcultures ranging from metal-heads, skateboarders, and freestyle BMX riders. Taking to his high school inspirations, Barbier’s fascination with BMX riding grew, recognizing that the freestyle BMX lifestyle was not just about the bike—it was about aesthetics and attitude too.
In addition to skateboarding, Barbier has also developed into Creative Director and Product Design Specialist. Founder of SL Barbier and Skateboard Veteran, Barbier is also responsible for commissioning the Sal 23, one of the highest revered skate shoes to date. Since then, Barbier’s artistic identity has branched out to other aspects of the design world, constructing a multitude of logos and apparel, however his hobby in BMX and passion for ’80s youth culture has never left.
Although Sal has made his career in skateboarding being featured in skate videos such as Hokus Pokus and various 411VM tapes, he has a very strong interest for collecting BMX bikes. On 9/13, Sal is hosting “BMXpert” at the Scion AV Installation and the opening reception takes place starting at 7pm. You can RSVP for free now. The gallery will hold a capsule collection inspired by ’80s BMX, rock n’ roll and a bunch of other awesome stuff from Sal’s 9th grade days. If you’re going to be in the streetwear district of Melrose and Fairfax in Los Angeles, make sure to stop by and check out the opening reception.