Cities and street culture: Rotterdam
Walking trough the city
This city located in the south province of Holland, it’s modern, with a young population. With one of the major port of Europe and many factories has a big working class and thats influence the style of the city and its nightlife.
Very close to Amsterdam is perfect for a daily tour or a weekend, if you like hard clubbing this is the place perfect for you. Come here from Amsterdam it takes around 40 minutes with the train or with the bus, price and time change accordingly to the way you choose from 20 to 40 €. Rotterdam was completely rebuilt after the Second World War, choosing to reinvent itself, with a skyline typical of the American cities. Most of the important architecture studios of the moment have enriched seamlessly the structure of the city.
Best things to see
Nice spot to see are the Kubushuis, the Markthal, a city market with apartments built it on the external wall of the market itself, famous is also Erasmusbrug, the bridge in the center of Rotterdam, connects the north and south parts of this city, and it’s the second largest in the Netherlands.
Well-known streets in Rotterdam are the Lijnbaan, the Hoogstraat, the Coolsingel with the city hall, and the Weena, which runs from the Central Station to the Hofplein (square). The Kruiskade is a more upscale shopping street. Another upscale shopping venue is the flagship store of De Bijenkorf.
I came here particular attracted by the skyline but also for the street art, walking around the city you will notice in every corner piece of art, murals and graffiti in perfect symbiosis with the buildings around them. Take a look to my shooting to these urban spots in Rotterdam.
Rotterdam influences in music and style
The city approaches the hard style or gabber music since the ’80 and exploding during the ’90. Over time gabber developed along with acid house and techno styles into industrial and hard style music.
The music tones reflected rigidly the fashion, rooted in working class sentiment it mix sport, skinhead and street culture. The look include shaved heads or alternately long hair on top with shaved sides, colored tracksuits, bomber jackets, sport bras and Nike air max. When not on tracksuit, tight jeans are the most popular option.
If since the early 2000s the gabber and hardcore seems to be in a slightly decline, the hardcore outfit never died, colorful tracksuits, like this Australian, bomber and Air Max still part of our closets.