Friday, November 30, 2007

Dennis & Pat Learn to Skateboard

The blog that I'm directing you to is both janky and broke off. However, trust me. The content is amazing. Dennis & Pat are two regular guys in Toronto who (at the tender age of 30 years) decided that they must learn to skate.Their blog chronicles this noble mission from March of 2006 through August of 2007. I ain't promising ya'll that the story ends well, but these two guys gave it a shot. A shot in the that black, black, bottom-of-a-jungle-pit kind of dark where a snake will eat you. Dennis & Pat Learn to Skateboard YAY RAD!!!!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

James Brason's Kicks

About 7 years ago, James Brason figured he'd skated everything he could in England and decided to head for San Francisco to change things up. Once there, he quickly found the ultimate truth in America: one could be dumb as a box of rocks but equipped with an English accent, everyone thinks you're terribly witty & dashing. (Crud. James is already a smart fella. Now he has an unfair advantage. We better go to college & junk.) Oh, and he also started coming up in the art scene. James has always skated in Vans and recently began to pair his art with his footwear. The outcome is fantastic. Using a base of acrylic paint with layers of detailing in pen, marker, & sharpie, he achieves a level of refinement in his customs that is quite uncommon. At first glance they look like a print on the fabric. Each pair takes between 15-30 hours to complete. That's a whole week of watching TV or a second job (depending on how slack you are. Ohhh!). If you’re in SF on December 14th, James’ work is featured in a show with Vans custom Alumni, Derek Albeck at The Space Gallery on Polk Street. It’s a Christmas art party! Space Gallery

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The 1st Most Strongest Vans Wearer

Mark Felix is the 9th strongest man in the whole wide world. He wears Vans. That makes him the 1st strongest Vans wearer in the the world because the 8 guys ahead of him don't wear Vans. Hey Mark! Don't let that number 9 get you down! By categorical breakdown you're really still #1. We wouldn't fight you. However, if you were our friend we'd probably be encouraged to fight other people because you'd be there to back us up. Right? RIGHT? Thanks to Beyond Strong for the photo!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Arizona! OMG! I Meant to Call You!

Hi Phoenix & Tempe, Arizona. I feel like we never hang out anymore. Sure, I try to set up get togethers with you, but it never seems to work out. You guys are so BUSY all the time! I hear you guys are really doing great, though. Let's give it another shot. For real this time. There's this thing on December 8th, 2007. Cowtown Skateshop & The Hot City Destroyers are hosting a bike race from Domenic's Cycle in Tempe to Cowtown on Central in Phoenix. After the race, they'll premier the bike film, MASH. It's the best thing in fixed gear riding since, um...bikes. Most of the footage is from San Francisco. Do you guys have any idea how hard it is to ride a bike with no breaks in San Francisco? It's nutz with a 'z' because there are many hills with an 's.' Get all the info you need here: Big Wheels in Cowtown.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

TSA Says Wear Slip-Ons to the Airport

The Transport Security Administration says wear slip-ons to the airport. It makes it easier to get throught the security line during the holiday season. Amazing! We got that on lock. Finally, TSA is getting radical instead of just drinking our bottles of water and playing with our confiscated pocket knives. Granted, maybe they didn't specifically endorse Vans, but everyone knows what those cheeky tarts meant. Happy Thanksgiving! TSA Travel Tips

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Chile, You're Hot and All But..

There is a Vanks store in a mall in Chile. What? Vanks. The logo even looks like Vans from a distance. Let's think about this for a moment. You're walking along drinking a soda and slapping your friends high-fives, when you run into someone who looks exactly like you...but crappier. You think, "Ew. That was weird, but whatevs." Then everyone in town starts talking about how they saw you out at the club. And you looked sooo broke off. And you were rockin' a trash bag and a belt. You say, "No way! It wasn't me," but sadly, the damage was done.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Christina Aguilera's Ugly Vans for Sale

I can't make TOO much fun since these things are being auctioned off for charity, but it looks like whoever customized these sneakers for her didn't like her very much. The only excuse I can come up with is maybe Christina's cousin is a 10 year-old little girl and gave her these for Christmas last year. Chris was all, "OH! These are awesome! No, no. I can't WEAR these. They are your art for display only." And then the family would sing Christina's hit, "Dirty." And then she stored them in that weird cabinet over the fridge that no one uses. Now they can be yours for $561.00 here: Christina Aguilera's Vans.

Friday, November 16, 2007

New Film: Punk's Not Dead

By filmmaker Susan Dynna with Todd Traina (if you recognize that last name you get 5 million core points), here we have what looks to be a fantastic DIY film whose objective is to prove punk's relevance today. Dang. Tough row to hoe, but based on film festival reviews these guys were up to the challenge. The film is a who's who of every band you ever had on tape, but not leaving out the new kids who started their recording lives on compact disc. There are even interviews with Vans' own Steve Van Doren in the mix. The film hasn't gained wide distribution yet, but you can check it out at art theaters around the country. In true punk spirit, they need to you call your local independent theatre and let them know you want to see it. Check out the screening schedule at Punk's Not Dead.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Sir Parker LeGrand Jacobs & Grik

Huntington Beach, California has a lot going for it. I've found a few more things. Parker Jacobs, artist & music maker, surfaced on the radar with his artwork on a pair of slip-ons painted by his friend & GOGO13 bandmate, Grik. Grik doesn't normally work on shoes, but it looks like we lucked out. Grik's illustrated sneaks are the first 2 shoes in a series of 4 based on set designs by Jacobs. Set design, you say? Yessiree. Recently, Jacob's focus has shifted from the print world to an interesting new animation/live action project. It's a sharp-looking kids show with Nickelodeon Networks called "Yo Gabba Gabba!" with guests like Biz Markie and Shiney Toy Guns. Yeah, he's a card carrying member of the Orange County Rad Dads Club. Look for the next pair in the Grik & Jacobs collaboration here: GOGO13and find out more on Parker Jacob's new work here:Yo Gabba Gabba!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Shop Blog of the Week: Tuesday Skateshop

There are more than a few interesting shop blogs out & about in the world. I've decided to start showing off ones that are particularly good. My pick for this week is Tuesday Skateshop in London, UK. It's a neat glimpse into what's going on in their area. These guys post skate clips, good art, pictures of people who stop by their shop that they like, or whatever happened at work that day. It's cool 'cause it's like spying. Tuesday Skateshop Blog

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Whoa. I'm a Psychic for Cool.

I PROMISE I didn't know yesterday that Hypebeast was doing a feature on Manuel Angot aka Manu Custom. Pretty awesome, eh? I told you he was good. Neener, neener. Ok, sorry. Enough with the horn tooting. Check out his interview on Hypebeast. He doesn't go into great detail, but it's fun to know that his career started from spray paint dripping on his shoes a long time ago. I just spilled coffee all over my pants. Hmmm. Maybe I can parlay that into an enterprise? Si Senior, this is America. Manu's photo courtesy of the Hypebeast feature.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Manu Custom's Site Launch

One of my favorite custom sneaker artists finally got his site up & running this past weekend. Most of the shoes he's done are sample size, and a few pairs are available online for purchase. Take a look through his gallery of Nikes & Vans to brush up on your French skills.
Manu's Site

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Second Life: When Real Life Doesn't Quite Cut It.

There is too much to say about why this is outstanding. Shall we start with what the guy does? He surfs. Sky surfs. Parachutes while sky surfing into a fortress of doom. He surfs more at a tropical resort. Then, he finishes it all off on a deserted tiny island, obviously pleased with himself. He is so tan. I can't wait for the day when someone asks me what I do, and I get to say, "Oh! Real Life or Second? I'm in marketing, but I'm really an international trillionaire in spaceship building. I shoot lazer beams from my eyes."

Vans vs Veens

Continuing the webtronic globetrotting today, let's head south of the border. Have you guys seen Veens? Mexico seems to be peddling these things pretty hard. Say, you get mad about peeps coppin' your steeze. You complain about it, but there's always someone to give you the old "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" line. I call bosh on that. It's total Single White Female with Vans as Briget Fonda, and Veens is all creepy Jennifer Jason Leigh stealing underwear. Icky. By the way, let me give props for this find to Seattle lawyer Michael Atkins because maybe he'll sue me and take my 1990 Honda if I don't.

Wrocław Rocks Polska so Hard

I felt like taking a trip today so follow me to Wrocław, Poland. Where Rock is Law! Uggghh! For all you nerds, Wrocław has been the administrative seat of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship since 1999. What ship? Exactly. While exploring their virtual city I found these cute girls who look like they would be fun to hang out with. (Anyone who dresses like a candy party is fine with me. Sheesh, I bet they have rad bikes, too.) Meet Videlec and Karolina- she's the one with the old vans. They run around their school/town taking pictures of people that they think are hip. There are 2 good things about their blog: it is completely undesigned, and they ask the people they photograph their favorite colors and hobbies. I also like that Karolina says she will be a famous photographer. Thanks for the heads up, K.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Okat is Okay!

Taking time out from his busy schedule of hanging at Starbucks drinking lattes (skinny of course) and being a pundit for the current administration, Okat designed and painted this pair of barefoot slip-ons. I especially like the toe hair detail. It doesn't seem like Okat is the kind of guy to pull a punch even if it means owning up to hard truths like having ugly feet. Hey boy, good for you. Corn chip toes are why most people wear shoes in the first place. Kick stuff with Okat here: Thanks, Okat!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Here's the Kicker

A mess of artists in Miami got together to have a sneaker show. Ok, cool. Nice art. However, the interesting thing is, one artist in the show actually created a working stereo speaker integrating some slip-ons a cardboard box full of cotton. MacGyver+Sneakerhead=something I ain't seen before. This is like when that kid in school made a science fair project, and you thought he was dumb, and then he unveils this thing and everyone is all, "Whoa." First place. All you did was make that papier mache volcano.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

EXTREME Cast Crafting: for Extreme Dudes

Not willing to see their fallen comrade, Rhett King, with a willie-bobo cast on his leg for months on end, Rick Koutzoukis & Jon Strattan sat down with a few beers to do some redecorating. What options did Rhett have? Limited. It wasn't like he could run away. Ouch! Sk8-Hi cast recipe as follows: one busted leg (ankle may be substituted) in a black cast. Add paint markers and Sharpies as needed. Use gun to hot glue laces to cast. Cut the toe from a sock. Spray paint the little toe sock white. Then, hot glue the paint-crusty sock to the end of your friend's cast. Give a swift kick to the recently glued sock portion to ensure that it is indeed held fast by the hot glue. Finish illustration.

And the shorts? No story there. Rhett is obviously extremer than you, duh.