The beginnings of Pinza’t are back in the new born XXI century, 14 years ago
Samuel Nualart and Dolça Teruel, both sculptors, started the Pinza’t adventure in a workshop in Barceloneta with a totally new business idea: combine recycled materials (the boom of the recycling bags will start a year later) with original art paintings. The Pinza’t concept is inspired by the graffiti scene in NYC back in the ’70 when the trains and subways were the common support for the street artists to develop their creations. So you have original art passing through the city, like our bags: unique art pieces wandering around different landscapes. Another source of inspiration is the relation we have with biking: the bags are adapted for the bikes and we have specific products for the bikes (pedal straps, u-lock carriers, bike seats, …) Biking is how we move!
We work as a collective, Sam and Dolça paint and sew all the products and other artists collaborate in the project by painting. At the beginning we were made up of 4 artists, but now, the family has grown to 35 artists from all over the world, mostly based in Barcelona. Five years ago we moved from Barceloneta to the Born, the home of artisans since the Roman times.
As there are 35 of us, we have 35 different styles and influences, most of the artist are graffiti artists and some others illustrators. So, you will find icons of the street art scene in Barcelona and abroad like Ibie, Uyu, Alberto de Blobs, Lolo y Sosaku, Ovni, Morcky, Otica… and very talented painters Minerva Capdevila, Javier Siquier, Emilio Cerezo… From the abstract to the figurative, there is a vast and rich exhibition. Our shop/workshop is a lively art gallery with new bags and creations every day.
We believe in recycling but in a way that the recycled material doesn’t fall apart in months. So we always choose strong and tough materials such as truck canvas (3 layered pvc), seatbelts -if they can protect your live, they can carry your stuff- and also the buckles, just for fun. One of our achievements: our waterproof ink. It is the result of two years of research and it is long lasting, also washable and doesn’t fade away. We want our art last!
For our technical line, backpacks, hip pouches and messengers bags, we use cordura, ballistic and waterproof zippers to make the products last for a really long time.