Monday, December 31, 2007

Sneakers Required New Year's Ball

This is the coolest dress code I've ever heard of in all my 80 years. Tonight in San Francisco Mos Def is hosting a show called "Sneakers Required." It's a benefit concert for the H.E.A.R. Foundation whose mission is to bring awareness to all of us dumb kids that listen to music too loud and don't wear earplugs at concerts. What? Exactly. You didn't hear me because you're going deaf. To get into this party you must wear sneakers. This event is all about sneaker culture and gives all those sneaker heads a chance to get those ultra super limited Japanese Nepalese imports from the mountain top a special place to wear their kicks. Imagine what the men's room in this club is going to look like during this party. You dudes are going to be swapping little bottles of specially formulated sneaker cleaner. All ya'll are going to be up in that piece talking about, "Yo, can I borrow your mohair cloth for a minute? Some fool stepped on my toe." There are still some tickets left: Going: Sneakers Required

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Shop Blog of the Week: M.I.A. Skate Shop

There are a couple of a rad spots in Miami that I've heard a ton of good things about. M.I.A Skate shop has one location in Miami Beach and another in Doral that also runs a skatepark. Have you heard of it? Koo-ka-choo. If you're in Miami and don't know what to do...I bet they are a good place to start. Their blog is pretty rad. They are excellent with team updates. They also do a good job of letting people know not only when contest are going down, but also following up with who won them. No one EVER follows up with contest results! I need to know who's winning this stuff so that I know who to hit up for money. I'm trying to come up. Check out some Miami scene here: M.I.A. Skateshops & Skatepark

Friday, December 28, 2007

Green Vans

Melissa Dungan aka Skates is coming out with a new album in Spring 2008. I brought out this completely un-ironic video from her last album in 2004 (when she was going through that post-goth-nu-salem-pre-electrocute phase) just to remind everyone that no matter how far you've come there will always be a jerk around to 'pants' you in front of everyone.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Polite Criminals

One night last week Colorado Springs resident, Tricia McKeehan, woke up to a strange noise in her house. Like every victim ever in the history of the world, she got up to investigate the noise in the dark. What happens next? She saw a dude in a hoodie in the hall. She screamed. He screamed. And everyone ran. She hit up 911 real quick, "Alack! I am being burgled by a burglar!" The kooks where long gone by the time the cops rolled around, but they left a couple of things behind. Two pairs of shoes in her garage. "They were black Vans that had some really bright, new, white shoe strings on 'em. And they had, like, a white design on 'em. Size nines. And then there were some white loafers. Not the tie ones, but the slip on ones." Grateful that the guys didn't track dirt into the house, she happily admitted, "At least they were polite!" Now, here's my question: If you gonna rob somebody, how you leave their house with less stuff than you came in with? Maybe it was Santa! YES! Mystery solved. Don't call the police on Santa or he'll leave your stuff in the garage. Channel 11 News For Reals

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Amanda Lopez Christmas

One of the first posts on this blog was the work of photographer, Amanda Lopez. She's been documenting the life of her checkerboard Slip-ons for a while now. Here's her most recent installment. Nice tree Amanda! Way to decorate. What? No presents? Gonk. Maybe she didn't get anything and is into the true meaning of Christmas...shunning materialism. Me, too. Hang iPhone is ringing. What was I saying? Oh yeah! You can take a look at more of here work here: Amanda Lopez

Thursday, December 20, 2007

I Know What You Sayin'

Yeah, it's true. It's ya girl Nikki S checking in. What up? I was peepin' them joints, too. They sick. They tight, and ya heard me 'cause I spit shiz real. One love. Oh, hold on. I'm 'bout to give a shout out to my girl Grits, my boy Tick Bait, and Lil' Purty Mo (it's gon' be alright, girl). Hold up! Hold up! I gotta give ya'll this update. I fully agree with my boy GaTa. These customs is gross. Like ewwww. Like make me sick up on myself a little bit. I'm 'bout to put these things in a museum behind some bullet proof glass with, like, some armed guards from the LAPD before they got reformed, and they would beat up kids for smiling. These kicks are works of art. You feel me? Shout out to Shay from the VA for hooking up the paint job. Go ahead, girl. I tried to hunt down more info on Shay, but she's mysterious. She used to live in Portsmouth. There, the trail ends.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Shop Blog of the Week: Niche

Niche is a sneaker/culture/lifestyle store in Charlotte, NC. (Holler at my 'hood, ya'll.) They have an outstanding little site where the locals can keep track of hiptastic events that are neat. They update it all the time. I'm particularly backing their news ticker 'causer they give the heads up on all kinds of events. I'm saying it's not all 'tight pants' or 'yo.' They say, "Yo, I got tight pants." You feel me? They well rounded like the valedictorian and junk. And they have a rad dog. And they don't use sugar in their corn bread. Niche

Dirty Birds Part Doo

Gee Whiz! If someone gives me photos that no one has seen from a show yet may I call it an exclusive? I mean, it might not stay exclusive. However, today -as far as I know- no one else has posted these photos. I am claiming it. Exclusive photos from the 'Dirty Birds' show at Lower Haters right here. There's a little behind the scenes shot, too. After the show, featured artists PNut and Evert Lee made sweet art all night long 'til the break of dawn. That's how artists party. Check out the skulls and flowers painting they made together...

Monday, December 17, 2007

FTC Skate Shop & Lower Haters=Dirty Birds

Drop in to the Lower Haters Gallery if you're in San Francisco. They just put up a new show called 'Dirty Birds' that sounds like it would be nice to look at. It's a friendly-friend bunch of skateboard art with 'birds' as the general theme. Artists involved include more than few people that hang out with Vans... Tony Alva, P-Nut, and Evert Lee to name a hand full. The guys at FTC Skateshop had a big role in getting this group together. Go see them, too. You'll walk in the shop and you'll say, "hey" and they will say, "Heyyyy!!!" And then you'll buy something cool and leave with a big smile on your face. Quick! Look! It's a BIRD flipping the BIRD! AHHHH!!! The End. FTC Skate Shop

Photo by Yewknee

Friday, December 14, 2007

Bellevue Ave, Echo Park, Los Angeles

Last summer Jason Farrell worked on a tv commercial series for Vans called 'What If?" At some point he took the vans mini-bus, the one that has the ramp built into it, to Bellevue Ave in Echo Park. He posted up there with a bunch of young latino street skaters and filmed while they all sessioned a ramp for the first time. It's a short, documentarty style, glimpse in to a fun afternoon with regular kids just hanging out. No, these kids aren't pro. That's not the point, but it's a real nice slice of life. You get to watch kids falling all over the place and making fun of each other. I was watching it & got all nostalgic & the cello music kicked in on my itunes. It warms the cockles of your heart, you know? Shut up. That is totally how you spell 'cockles.' Why do you always argue with me?

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Finally, More Custom Chukkas and Authentics

There aren't enough people working on custom Chukka Boots and Authentics. I find a ton of people customizing on Slip-ons, but I guess most people aren't up to the challenge of designing around the rivets. Is that it? WEAK, kids. Where's that can-do American attitude? Seth Brau doesn't mind taking a shot. He's been running his own DIY custom Vans biz for the last couple of years. His stuff looks like Keith Haring went on a date with Paper Rad and they ate spagetti and played the piano all night. Seth likes magic markers. I hope he uses the kind that smell like the colors. Mmmm...blueberry marker... Seth Brau's Five Three Footwear

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Darin Bendall is Cooler than Me.

You've seen Darin's work around for the last forever. I'm taking a minute to point out how cool he is. He started out as an illustrator bouncing around within and without the skate world dropping little nuggetrons of art happiness all over the place. Since planting new roots in Japan, getting deeper into animation, and rolling out this video with Joel Trussell for M. Ward, his portfolio has grown a ton. I'd say the body of work is fair fantastic. Make sure to check out the potpourri section of his site where he documents the life of Ryan (his pet beetle) and documents the art made from dreams he had for a year (snowball fights with Lucy Liu...check). Besides all that rad, yes he has an archive of Thrasher Magazine scans from the '80s. Swoon! Skate Skans

Monday, December 10, 2007

The Underskatement Film Festival

Hey kids! Do you like movies AND skateboards? You DO? Imagine the chances? The Underskatement Tour is making the rounds to an independent theatre near you (maybe). As far as I can tell, a bunch of guys that like to kick stuff and say things made some short films and now they want people to go see them. Can you believe the audacity of those guys? Get a job at a bank or something. Anyhoo, one of the top entrants in Underskatement is the new documentary "Fix Push" which explores the budding outsider sport, "fixed-pushing." In his featurette, filmmaker Antonius Dintcho (I think he got flow on the vans skate team back in the day) follows a brave and rebellious group of mavervick fixed-pushers as they fight for their lives in the Sahara Desert (if by Sahara Desert I mean San Francisco). The next stops for the film tour are in Seattle on December 12th and Vancouver on December 15th. Get more info & see their blog here: Zoinks! Underskatement!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Shop Blog of the Week: Flat Spot Skate Shop

I was putzing around the world wide web and found this shop's blog. The next time I'm in Hamilton, Ontario, I'll make sure to hit these kids up (for a can of Molson...ZING!). Their blog is constantly updated with pics of new merchandise for the shop, good skate clips, local events, and the obligatory photos of their friends partying while flipping off the camera. I betcha they would like to have you over some time. Flat Spot Skate Shop. 220 King Street West. Hamilton, Ontario. Canada. I google mapped it for us, SoCal, so we all know how to get there. Flat Spot Blog

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Made to Order Customs

Everybody always says you can't do anything with an art degree. Duh, you make art. After graduating with her BFA from CSULA, Monica is starting her own DIY (that's a butt load of acronyms, LMAO). If you email her with an idea or design, she'll take what give her and come back with the shoes you can't make because you only draw stick men. It's ok that you're not a good artist. It's not your job. It's Monica's. You're probably really good at something (making pickles? painting bathrooms?), but leave the shoes to her here: MXMINK!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Nice Trash!

Our intern's boyfriend's dad found this original gangsta Van Doren Rubber Company sneaker box with reciept in his garage a couple of weeks ago. He'd had it since 1968. No kicks were included in the box. Bummer, but whatevs. It's nice to know that you can be crazy and keep a pile of junk so long that it goes from trash to cool and even a shoe box becomes a collector's item. I am never taking out the trash again. I'll be boss & rich when I'm old! I'll be all, "This pizza box is 65 years old with the original cheese still gunked in there..." I'll make tens of dollars of that racket.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Fernando Iglesias Makes Politics Look Pretty

I spotted these Slip-Ons on a sneaker site from Spain (ummm..I think). As far as I can gather from using the fabulous "translator" widget, Iglesias has been doing some heavy hitting comics in Spain for some time now. With his pair of customs, he's turned his pen on his country's current and former prime ministers along with a few other big time controversial faces. "In fact the reason that provoked the interest of means in its works was the customización that on a Vans Slip-On carried out," says Mac Translator Widget, "The spades are on sale in the Vitoriana store Maluko in case you animate yourselves." Never a more true word was spoken, Mr. Widget. Get your Spanish on here: Zapapedia We habla EVERYTHING!