Wednesday, October 31, 2007

EW! GRODY! Lawn Mower Toes!

Happy Halloween! These totally haunted slip-ons were found on the Six Letter Word website. It's a mysterious site with about zero information on the artist. The page is all flashy and double-bluff-ugly-gorgeous. If you look at it for too long you'll have a seizure and fall on the floor like those kids did after watching that Japanese cartoon in the '90s. DO IT! My friend's friend says it works. Six Letter Word

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

We Have a Crush on Hypebeast has quickly established itself as the last word in the sneaker culture over the last couple of years. Take a look at the editorial piece "All Day I Dream About Sneakers." It's a feature on the nice fellas that influence a lot of what we see in that world. They didn't skimp on the photo quality so it's worth the hot minute to download the article. There are eight interviews including some stats on how many sneakers these kids actually own. One guy owns 5,000 pairs and rents a storage space! Just kidding, but peep it here: hypebeast

Monday, October 29, 2007

Tres Dope, yo.

French artist Manuel Angot aka Manu Custom has been making his way in the art & design world for about 10 years now. He's grown from his early exclusive focus on sneakers and has now decided to draw (zing!) attention to the historically drab color palette of electronics. Xbox was looking les dumb before today. Manu's website isn't totally on the ups yet, so check out his myspace here: Art Force One

Friday, October 26, 2007

You Wish You Thought of This

It's not the years that count, it's the mileage. And photographer Amanda Lopez is going to make sure her slip-ons are good & turned out before she retires them. In her yet untitled series, Lopez has documented the life of her checkerboard slip-ons as they trek with her around the world. Our girl has plans to publish the collection in a book once the project comes to a close, but until then you'll be able to check out some of her fave shots here:

Thursday, October 25, 2007

These Kicks Didn't Burn in the San Diego Fires

Ben Bobzien made these kicks and don't let anyone tell you different. He went to Michael's and spent all of his money on fabric paint pens and worked on Ganesh for a whole month. Ben worked non-stop, day and night. He cried & shook his fists in the air and shouted and kicked stuff. Then he finished them, and SOMEONE (let's call her Vikki) wrote that his friend Wes had done the shoes instead of him. Oh, crud. Ben & Wes may share a myspace page but they still keep their art separate. Be their friend: Benzien

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Richt Sure Paints Fast!

Richt 5050 10 Year Vans Shoe Customization from JamFactory on Vimeo.

Bristol, UK skate shop FiftyFifty is coming up on 10 years strong in the biz this year. To celebrate, Vans released a limited edition Half Cab of which only 150 pairs were made globally. Of course there was a good time to be had at the launch party where artist, Richt, showed off a giant Sk8-Hi he'd custom painted for the show.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Big Ol' Art in Los Angeles

Vans has commissioned a series of two 48ft billboards in LA with six up and coming area artists. Each artist gets both billboards for 2 months. The project is called Sky Gallery, because, well, it's like a gallery but in the sky. You can check out the billboards at 3rd & Fairfax and at Melrose & Fairfax. The current featured artist is Derek Albeck. The full public show with original works by the artists involved will be Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th at the New Image Art Gallery in West Hollywood. Don't miss it!

365 Shirts

Michael McNeive wants you to know that he's got a bunch of shirts for a reason. This guy has made a promise to wear a different shirt each day and document it for a year to raise money for Alzheimers Research. His mom gave him this shirt so that makes it extra nice with love.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Sidewalks are the New Paper, Eh?

A while ago, a store called Flavour Fashion in Peterborough, Ontario decided to have "Vans Day" at their spot. They hooked up with local artist, Nick Bierk for this street piece. This chalk drawing is a long way from a blackboard.

School Shoes!

I bet Philly girl Melissa Laine Scotton was pretty pumped when she was accepted into the Tyler School of Art's MFA program for design. Not so pumped on tuition. What did she do? This smarty pants had the bright idea to start customizing Vans and selling them from her website to pay for her education. And thus, School Shoes was born. Check out more of here work here:

The Lori Laughlin Mission

A lot of stories start out, "I know a guy that knows a guy..." but this one's true. I know a guy that grew up in the '80s skating and was all into bmx. By default one of his favorites movies was Rad, a bmx staple of awesomeness. Anyway, he went on a mission to get one of the stars of the film, Lori Laughlin, to sign his Vans. Before she got hitched to "Uncle Jessie" on Full House, Lori Laughlin played "Christian Hollings" in Rad where she was definitely filmed doing old school freestyle tricks in sequins and boots. Ok maybe she didn't DO the tricks, but close enough to get the cigar. So I know a guy that knows a guy that knows a guy...thanks artraffle!