Friday, August 29, 2008

Council of Doom

Costa Mesa, CA bike gang Council of Doom finished their film a few months ago and have been touring all over the world at bike festivals to show off their work.

council of doom: official full-length trailer from wolfgang on Vimeo.

It looks like fun. It's kinda acrobatic, isn't it? Hey COD! I got your next challenge right here....

Thanks to RVCA for the HEADS UP. Be their friend on COUNCIL OF DOOM MYSPACE.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

polaROID RAGE: Warped Tour!

Yes, Waped Tour is all done & put to bed. Sadly, all that angst will have to be boxed, crated, & stored away for next summer. I was on the tour for a week taking pictures and sweating and burning in the sun so... I have here for your viewing pleasure a HUGE FLIPPING POLAROID GALLERY! CLICK HERE.

Hopefully, this lends you a modicum of succor until next June's grand festivities commence once more.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Sole: A Philly Sneaker Documentary

This new film concentrating on sneaker culture in Philadelphia attempts to tackle its subject with an "anthropological" spin according to producer, The Dopest Ethiopian. It sounds pretty interesting as it does a lot of storytelling like this anecdote from Brian, owner of influential Philly shop, Sneakervilla:

"A couple years ago Brian realized he found the woman he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. Not the saving money kinda guy he needed to find a way to buy some bling bling (engagement ring). So he put his sneakers up for auction on ebay. It came to the last minute as he, his girlfriend and parents in law crowded around his little computer screen and watched the ticker go by. The final offer came from a sneakerhead in Korea. Let's say the offer was enough to buy his girl the engagement ring she wanted. "

Here's the intro for the film....

and I figured I'd toss in a couple of production stills just because I can. All photos are by Jimmy Sastra. Take a look at HIS BLOG.

For more info on the film check out the Dopest Ethiopian's site: SOSENA.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Jose Lopez of Lowrider Tattoo Shops

Jose Lopez has spent the last 17 years honing his craft. That's him in the middle above. You see that guy? His mission is to, "...make the world more beautiful one person at a time." If you take a minute to see how delicate and masterful his tattoos are you'll know the dude ain't just trying to throw a line at you. He means it. Not only is Jose's work running around on mad-tough looking people around the world, but he also does custom sneakers while moving into oil paintings on canvas. What? A businessman has got to diversify. That's why he's got 3 shops in SoCal and one in Japan.

See more of Jose's work on HIS MYSPACE.

Monday, August 25, 2008

James Brason Show @ Deluxe Store

James Brason has a new crop of custom Vans along with his 2-d paintings showing up via DLXSF. The opening reception is September 4th, 2008 from 5-8pm. You can see more of James' work in MY OLD POST or there's also a nice interview with him on the ARTFORM SKATE SITE from a few months ago.

DLXSF shop: 1831 Market Street. San Francisco, CA 94103...Oh & here's little James clip...

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Beer: The Official Gatorade of LA Bike Polo

There's a new magazine for LA's eastside hip junk and people. It's called New Angeles. I found it in my bathroom after my roommates brought it home from someplace. The cover this month went to LA's bike polo league who got their start recently, though the article points out that the sport has been around in the US since 1891.

The whole article is pretty interesting. You can see most of it on the New Angeles website. And yes, it's an open if you like fixed gears and beer and smashing people with a mallet this is totes for you.


Thursday, August 21, 2008

Art School Kid Paints Custom Black (Like His Soul) Vans

Alright, you can make a couple of arguments here...

One: Oh, awesome. Way to buy some white shoes and paint them black! You could never find those anywhere. Gonk.

Two: Oh, awesome! Look at the sheen that paint makes. And white piping? I'll take them, sir! "Clean lines" or some BS that people on design reality shows say...etc.

Three: Oh, unawesome. They were out of black Vans at the store in your size...but ain't no store running outta no black paint, ya heard?

See more art school mayhem from the University of North Texas here: HOORAY FOR AKAMISE!

It's okay, Art School. I know how you feel. I once turned in a pop up book that I made for my final with a piece of my index finger and blood in it from cutting myself with an x-acto while constructing said book. I thought it communicated more about urgency and was sorta "dark." Got an E for Effort, though. No one understood me! (aaaand scene! Close curtain!)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Rodney Mullen+Legos=Skatetastic Times

You'd be surprised at just how many stop motion Lego skate vids people have made, but I'd put a reasonable estimate at 5876569393022544 videos.

Lego Rodney VS Little Kid Rodney.... GO!

Before you swivel around in your chair and ask the guy next to you what that AWESOME track Rodney is gettin' hype off of (in 1984) it's...Midnight Express (The Chase Movie Theme) by Giorgio Moroder. iTunes, bro. You might as well just buy it because it's going to be in your head all day.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Told Ya So.

Looks like the world is catching on to Shauna Mae Luedtke. (Finally! Jeez. Vans blogged in January. Sigh! It's tough being a harbinger of radness to the tenth power. People be sleepin.') She got a nice interview on Sneaker Freaker today. Yaaaaay Shauna!

Read the whole interview on SNEAKER FREAKER.

Jeff Canham Makes Things All Day

One of the most striking features of The Mollusk Surf Shops are the signs. It communicates right off the bat..."Hey! I'm a rad shop! Look at me & get in here & I probably have some stuff that you want probably!"

So...who made those signs? Jeff did. He's a typographical master and fricken' neato artist currently living in San Francisco. And of course, he doesn't only do signs. He's had a ton of shows and just finished up teaching a class this past Sunday as part of the Beautiful Loosers "Make Something" project. I snagged that pic of Jeff teaching his class from Aaron Rose's RVCA Blog.

Look at more of Jeff's work on HIS SITE and here's the link for AARON ROSE'S BLOG, too. Oh! and here's THE MOLLUSK SURF SHOP while I'm at it.

Monday, August 18, 2008

(Basically) Harmony Korine's New Vans Commercial

OH CRAP! I meant to say this is NOT Harmony Korine's new Vans commercial. Get with it, though. Give this little kid some spagetti in a bath tub and it's Gummo...all weird and tragic and kinda rednecky and awkwardly quiet because you're waiting for something to happen and it just doesn't. It's genius. Steve Van Doran are you writing this down?

Google is going to LOVE that one. ahhhaaa!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Amanda Lopez & Theek

Amanda's been working on a Vans photo project for a couple of years now. Each time she takes a new photo that she really likes she's nice enough to send it over to the little ol' blog. She was out doing a shoot for her friend Theek from The Righteous Movement (pee ess they did Warped Tour last summer) and snagged this nuggetron. Besides being all up in the Sacramento hip hop scene, Theek is also the Mario Tennis Champion of his area. True. Hella. Story. Hella. NorCal. Hella. Mario tennis.


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Oh Noes. One Lonely Shoe.

Beth sent me this photo last week. She found this shoe in some alley by the 710 in Long Beach. What was she doing in some alley by the 710 in the morning in Long Beach? This narrative could go anywhere...but since she is watching me type this I will just let you make up your own reason why she would be hanging out there. (But yeah, she is a total sketch ball.)

Beth is quoted as saying, "I don't know why somone wouldn't want that." That's what I always say when I am digging around in the trash.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Alexander Hamilton wore Vans

Many of you might not know that the guy who invented money and dueled to the death with a Vice President of the United States (Aaron Burr totally sucked) was also a fan of the Sk8-Hi. And also looks a lot like Michael Cera. Most likely, Alexander Hamilton was Michael Cera's great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great- great-grandfather. That's what I heard. It was on NPR.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

AdVANCEd Placement

Vance from 732 Tattoo in Fullerton, CA made it exceptionally easy for me to come up with an equally clever and corny title for today's post. Nah, he didn't put any effort into that. However, you can't say the same about his work both on canvas and on skin. For erudite scholars of the comic book kingdom, you'll be pleased to learn that Vance's influences as an artist have grown from James O'Barr, Anita Blake, Drew Struzman, and Stan Lee and other folks like that. For the rest of us who thought, "Wasn't that one guy in Mallrats and Jason Lee wanted to make out with him or something?" can still appreciate the intricate work this fella is consistently churning out.

The next time you see a little mousey D&D-looking guy/girl all hunched up over a comic book at Starbucks drinking some bs coffee milkshake, and you're thinking something mad snide... imagine that they might have a big time demon killer tattoo on their whole back. That's a serious power animal. Do you wanna have to deal with that kinda baggage in a confrontation? Nope. Shut up and drink your skinny latte (half-caf!).

Check out the tattoo shop HERE with more of Vance's work.

Monday, August 4, 2008

LA Sneaker Pimps Show

I was all set to head to the Sneaker Pimps LA Exhibition on Friday when I got word that the venue had changed to a much smaller one because someone had been shot at the original place. Yes, that may have been a rumour, but I'm one much for legend over truth anytime. I digress. Public Enemy, Ghostface and all kinds of other crazy people were slated to play this sneaker show in a small-ish Hollywood spot so I broke out the nice kicks and fixed myself up.

We got to Element, the club where the party was going down, super early but to no avail. The venue decided not to admit people that were on the guest list, however they neglected to tell anyone who was in the big line that minute detail. (More like Sneaker Punks! Oooo!) Instead, we stood there for 45 minutes before my little crew was lucky enough to be rescued by our friend Craig. Five minutes later, we were in that club like gang busters....ones that really enjoy sneakers and hip hop and beer.

There's another SNEAKER PIMPS Exhibition coming up soon. Check their site for upcoming cities and artists featured. Thanks to JARED E. for the photos & CRAIG W. for saving our lives.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Attack of the Octopus! AHHHHH!

These completely unwearable sculptures - using Vans as the medium - are by London based illustrator and designer Jethro Haynes. They first appeared on Kitsune about a year ago, but this is the first time I've seen ' they are making the rounds again. Who looks at a sneaker and thinks, "Oh, yeah. Lakemonsteroctopus. Tiny Village. Let's get rid of that lighthouse." Thanks to Jethro, now you will. JETHRO'S SITE.

By the way. Hey Jethro, I did you a favor and made your new business card.