It’s going down tomorrow. Studiiyo23 is hosting the 5th installment of their flagship event, the Twin Cities Sneaker Art Exchange, or TCSAX for short. This time, it’s being held at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis, and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever.
With all the dope vendors, booths, kicks, art, and music that’s going on, you might feel a little bit lost, especially if you’re a first-timer. I’ve been going to TCSAX ever since the very first installment at First Avenue back in 2012, and I thought that it would be only right to give you some tips and tricks on how to have the best time possible. If you’re new to sneaker events (or even if you’re a veteran), check out a few pointers on how to have the best possible time at TCSAX.
Show up early, and stay late: TCSAX is a long event, 6 hours to be exact. Take full advantage of those 6 hours! Walk around, and check out all the booths. Get some food. Listen to some music. There’s so much to be done, and you’ll have enough time to do it all without rushing.
Be social: Nobody likes a wallflower. This event is designed to bring the community together under one roof, and there are a lot of dope people to be met. Shake some hands and introduce yourself to the people mulling around, and the people working the booths. There’s a pretty good chance you’ll have at least something in common with most of the folks there…and you just might even meet some new homies.
Wear some fire: As stated above, the whole community is under one roof. This is one of those rare times where it’s totally fine to flex. The fresher, the better. Break out some of your dopest kicks, and make sure your fit is on point too. Not a time for beaters.
Listen to the music: If you’re big into sneaker culture, there’s a pretty good chance you’re a hip-hop fan too. The two seem to go together. Dope artists will be gracing the stage all day, from Why Khaliq to Finding Novyon. Enjoy the sounds.
Haggle for some new kicks: Vendors love selling kicks at an event, and there’s definitely room to work out a price. You’re allowed to bring two of your own pairs too, so be sure to look for trades as well. There’s a good chance you can find a grail that you’ve been searching for.
So now that you know how to have the best possible time at TCSAX, start picking out your kicks and fit and getting ready if you’re not! See you Sunday!
(Also, if you see me, come say hey. I’ll be rocking some Bred 1’s and a Jackie Robinson jersey).