Friday, October 31, 2008

Surf of the Dead

Our friends at the Svrf & Destroy Blog worked on this early one morning last week. Do you have any idea how hard it is to surf with a pumpkin on your head? Happy Halloweeeeeeen!

Surf of the Dead from Chad Huff on Vimeo.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Gold Fronts Bike Brigade

I found this photo today. Then what? Not being satisfied with the mystery of its origin, I began to snoop. Turns out the chopped up Old Skool Vans, allowing the fresh Gold Fronts tattoo to breathe while still looking hot for the ladies, is tied to a bike gang from Reno, NV. I'm not sure if these guys have achieved their mission statement since THEIR BLOG is now defunct. I'd say sometimes the effort is entertaining enough:

"I ain’t neva scared" -Bone Crusha..... In the summer of ‘06 the notorious GOLD FRONTS bicycle gang embarked on mission to over throw the entire US government. The movement was headed by the Gold Fronts only communist member Chez Guevara. In an attempt to erase all basic infrastructures and civilities, the GOLD FRONTS hoped to leave the people of this nation but one option...the implementation of a new way of life, their way of life, the scuz life. Once chaos ensued and the government dismantled, only the scumbags who willing accepted this new path would maintain and succeed. The rest would fall victim to the ruling mayhem of the Gold Fronts Nation."

Whatever happened to the bike gang? Maybe we'll never know. Maybe one of the guys moved to Brooklyn like it says in his flickr profile where I got that photo. I guess there's no way we'll ever know. ever. See his photos here: SECONDHAND. Gold Fronts Nation...word up.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 The Next Social Thing You'll Try Out. is a new um...thing...that melds the worlds of social networking, video games, virtual worlds and all that jazz. It's in it's beta stage. It's free & seems easy to use, but there are still some bugs to work out. Overall review? FUN! I got an eye patch & bought a zen garden house in 15 minutes. I even snagged a poster of George Washington crossing the Delaware. Whoot! Here's me and my house..don't judge. I'm still decorating:

In an interview POSTED ON Y-PULSE today, Hang Out Industries CEO Panos Anthos announced that they will be partnering with Zappos to offer 200 different pairs of Vans to deck out your "you" within the network. Great! My avatar is wearing lame Tori Birch mall knock-offs. Paaa-Sha!

So what's this about again? The idea is that you & all of your friends create rooms. By playing games or meeting challenges you earn points that can buy your avatar cool stuff to wear or decorate your "room." All brands & items in the system are based on real brands and actual items those brands sell. And you can link it all to your facebook. It's kind of hard to explain so how about you just click the demo?

Try it for yourself here: HANG OUT DOT NET. I'm 'bout to start biting chumps so I can get more points & buy some fake shelves to put all my little Vans on in my little fake house. Look out.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Read Between The Justin Lyons

Hailing from the oft hurricaney Florida panhandle, painter Justin Lyons seems to know his way around a sneaker as well as a canvas. The little nods to Basquiat via the crowns don't hurt my feelings, either. Lyons is a self-taught artist who is making his way through the ranks by landing himself gallery shows at spots like The Carmichael Gallery in LA. Hope to see some new stuff from him soon. In the meantime, check out his work here: JUSTIN LYONS MAKING ART YAAAAAH!.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Quickie Interview: Artist Joshua Petker

I stumbled across the work of LA artist Joshua Petker earlier this week after reading about his show at the Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City, CA. Josh paints girls, but it's more than that.

"I am a contemporary painter interested in historic themes. There isn't anything wrong with that. I don't have any art school loans to pay back. I primarily paint women because I'm tremendously influenced by Klimt - and really focused on beauty," says Petker.

Josh also happens to have a pretty ridiculous collection of Vans. I sent him a few questions asking how his scandalous affair with the sneaker began:

"I bought my first pair of Vans in 1993. Jr. high school. They were the blue and black classic old schools.

I remember my ex girlfriend from 7th grade wore Vans all the time. I thought she was pretty regardless of her shoes but I did love her Vans. Sounds like I'm making a sales pitch haha. But, I bought a pair after hers and have worn Vans ever since. Unless I'm wearing boots I always wear Vans."

"The rattiest pair of Vans I have I actually tossed FINALLY after almost ten years, ironically, the weekend before you wrote me. They were the solid white classic old schools. White sole, white canvas, white stripe, everything. I wore those every day when I lived in Europe during college. They looked like literal shit a year after wearing them in, but I wore them for 9 more years and fondly referred to them as my 'up-town-Saturday-nights' - a joke on their once pristine white condition."

I noticed in this detail shot that Josh drew the checkers back over a paint splotch. Way to make them last, yo.

Thanks to Josh for sending in the pics. You can see more of his work on his site: JOSHUA PETKER DOT COM.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Debbie Does...Cakes?

Looks like Debbie has moved on from Dallas and is now working in the pastry business. Who knew she would have turned out so well? Check out her Vans checkerboard Slip-On construction...mmmm! I got a sweet tooth like a mofo. See all her other oddly delicious creations here: Debbie Does Cakes.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Vans Mail Bag

I thought I'd start sharing some of the stuff that people make & send us. Here are a couple of drawings from a kid named Matt. Awwww...

And here's a crazy robot man made out of shoes with a bag for a head made by Craig.

Thanks for the creativity fellas.

Sarah Silverman, I've Found Your New Favorite Video.

Noah Ross' video entitled, "Jewlia" just came across my desk. Sarah Silverman, if you're out there somewhere in this fair country, please take note of his young man. Reviews for this vid? People I know have said, "Wow," and "Whoa." Still others have said, "Whoa. Wow."

Monday, October 20, 2008

Zodak: The Last Artist You Can't Track Down Online.

San Diego artist Zodak aka Louito Alvarez was interviewed a little while back for Lowrider Arte Magazine. Although he's a prominent graffiti and tattoo artist, it's hard to find a good source for his work online so I was pumped to find the aforementioned piece on him. Weird. I thought everyone was easy to track down online? I have unconfirmed info that Zodak can be found tattooing at Kustom Kreature in San Diego. What else has he been up to? Zodac has some stuff currently in stores by Osiris. The Vans he made ain't bad either.

Enjoy the work and check out the write up on Zodak here: LOWRIDER ARTE.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Well, You Gotta Start Somewhere.

It's a Canadian 10th grade French class project, eh? Traaaaay Cool!

Here's what they had to say about it:

"A project made for my Grade 10 French class. It's a advertisment for Vans shoes. I am sorry the french is so rough but we are only teens! We do not own Vans and claim no copyrights."

Good thing they mentioned that they don't own Vans. 'Cause I would have been confused otherwise. It reminded me of this short from the film, Paris, Je T'aime. Basically, the same (awesome) accents.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

ReCycleZombie: Fat Guy on a Curb.

Our friend Daniel spotted Black Label's John Lucero skating the bejesus out of this curb on CYCLE ZOMBIES. I felt the need to repost & elaborate a bit. Here's an excerpt from an old interview with Lucero on TRANSWORLD SKATEBOARDING which explains why you should care about this vid (if you don't know).

"TWS: Who on Earth are we to thank for helping us see that if we could slide better and farther, we would have more fun and progress faster? That debt belongs to a good man named John Lucero, one of the godfathers of street skating and the owner of Black Label skateboards.

“JL: Well, it all started with this one red candle around ‘78,” says John. “We’d been skating the GEMCO shopping center curbs way before then. We already knew how to do boardslides in pools, and they were always in the magazines. We knew that we wanted to do them on curbs, and this was before rails (board, not hand) had been invented. My friend Hago’s mom had this big red candle, and we thought maybe curbs would slide better if we rubbed wax on them. Lo and behold, it worked!"

Ok, now I'll open up the comments who want to argue the claims made by TWS in 2005. However, you must be at least 30 for your opinion to count.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Art & Sole: New Sneaker Book from Intercity Design

Although I have yet to score a copy of the book, the spreads I've been able to dig up online are interesting. It's definitely a designer's sneaker dream book. Maybe I'd go so far as to say that it's a sneaker portfolio. The art on the sneakers themselves are allowed to be the focal point of the pages without the distraction of over-designed backgrounds. Word up. One of the featured artist collabs in the book is the collection we did with Neckface.

Read an interview with Nathan Gale of Intercity Design who researched, wrote and designed the book on the CREATIVE REVIEW BLOG. There is also more info & gorgeous spreads for your viewing pleasure on the INTERCITY DESIGN SITE. The book is available now on Amazon.

Sigh! If only that last spread was a waffle sole. I protest.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Jackie Sepulveda: Desperado, Almost-Psychologist, Maker of Things.

Jackie Sepulveda had all the intentions of becoming a Psychologist. She even went a step farther than intent...snagging her degree. Then she said to herself, "Hey Self. I wanna make stuff." One, two, skip a few, and she has now started her own business making tees and painting vintage purses, luggage and designing custom shoes (under the watchful eye of her dog, Ringo). What sparks here interest?

"I am inspired by so many things, but because I dig lists here are some things that stay fresh in my mind: socially conscious hip hop,punk attitudes, graffiti, tattoo flash, and animal documentaries- especially shark ones."

One thing she forgot to mention in her bio was the cowboy party. I was flickr stalking her, and it looked like a look of fun. What? The pics are on the internet! Get all off me! Stalk Jackie and see more of her fun accessories here: VOZ CLOTHING AND ART.

Friday, October 10, 2008

The Devil's Toy: Skating in 1960s Quebec

I was noodling through photographer RYAN ALLEN'S BLOG today. If you're into skating and art, his blog is a great corner of the internet to check into. He found part one of an absolutely beautiful 1960's skate mockumentary by Canadian director Claude Jutra called The Devil's Toy.

And why not throw some of Ryan's work on here, too? Here are a couple of photos from a shoot he did with Geoff Rowley in the LBC a few months back. (PS. Geoff is bananas. Look at this crazy mess.)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Black Lips Heart Us, See?

If you've been living under a rock, then here's one final chance to stay relevant and love this band. The Black Lips are from Atlanta, and they are good. Vans gets a beauty shot in the vid. Yah!

They are playing in LA tonight. I'm going to try to make the show, but I just saw them on Saturday. Here's the guitar player, Cole Alexander, vomiting while wearing a pilgrim hat at Detour Festival last weekend. (Sorry, I got Cole & Jared Swilley confused last week. Jared isn't pukey. Or at least not that day on that stage.)

Photos courtesy of JARED EBERHARDT'S FLICKR.

And in another note about Detour Festival...these guys got into a fight back stage. The guy with the New Balances kicked me. The guy with the Vans didn't. I'm just sayin'...

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Millions in Fake Vans Ganked in the Philippines Today

Somebody is soooo bumming right now in ye old Manila. The Philippine National Bureau of Investigation busted the crud out of some warehouses containing "counterfeit Vans rubber shoes in simultaneous raids" in Pasay City.

According to the PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER the stash was worth $5.2 million in Philippine Pesos. That means $109,936,575.05 USD. (Which is still a lot. If you don't live in Dubai, London, or Greenwich, CT.) They better cover that last nickel, too. I want that nickel! See the details HERE.

Slide: A Snowboard Photo Book by Rob Mathis

This book came out in July, but hey... what can I say? I'm getting pumped for winter. (It's 98 degrees today, and I'm calling bullshit on LA for that right now.) The book canvases a large swath of contemporary snowboarding pictorial history, starting around the mid-nineties and sailing on through today, as shot by photographer Rob Mathis. Vans pro rider Darrell Mathes scores more than a few great spreads in there.

Other highlights include what Devun Walsh looked like after he got his teeth knocked out and tons of photos from The Resistance days. Go to Rob's site to get the book and check out other neato projects he's working on: ROB MATHIS DOT COM.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Authentic: A New Surf Film from France

I found an interesting (and quite visually pleasing) blog yesterday charting the progress of the upcoming French indie surf film, Avthentic. A combination of my stellar high school French paired with the English provided on the site piqued my curiosity so I hit up the contact email on the site. The filmmaker, Rudy Jacques, says he's been working on the film with friends for the last 6 months.

"It will be a movie about logs especially, but other boards such as single fin shortboards, maybe thrusters, a little bit of mini-simmons. Moreover, i'd like to add parts about surf culture..." says Rudy.

He elaborates on the shapers & other artists that he'll follow, however, Rudy admits he's still got a long way to go before completing the film. If the photos & artwork on the blog are any indication of Rudy's story-telling capabilities, then I think we're in for a compelling look into this guy's world. Make sure to check out the AVTHENTIC BLOG. Here's a short film Rudy made, too. Great little moment here:

Things. from rudy JACQUES on Vimeo.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Timrobot: An Associate in Berlin Making Me Appear More Hip.

Timrobot dropped me a note today with a pic of his newest customs. He's been a busy guy lately. He had a gallery show at the beginning of September at ATM Gallery, Berlin with Samz Monster. He was also featured on ART BASTARD.

Oh little fellow! Who would think eating your heart out would seem so scrumptiously reasonable? Allow more megacutesunshinethingies to brighten your day here: TIMROBOT.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Kid Stays in the Picture

15 year-old Alec Pugliese from Pasedena, Maryland thinks he'd like to be a photographer some day. I think he's got a pretty good chance at success and not just because he's got talent. He also has that lovely combination of naivety and resourcefulness. Alec dug around online until he found someone from Vans' email. Then he sent in a photo. Eventually it arrived in the right place. Nah, unfortunately we won't be able to use the photo in an ad as he was hoping, but dang, kid. Way to go straight for what you're after.

Here's more from Alec:

"i work under the name Alecography (its like a company of sorts) and iv shot 2 skate teams (team envy and team volterra) thier both local and im friends with most of the riders so its not realy a that photo the rider is spencer hare from volterra and it was a small kickflip at a local skate spot behind our lauers supermarket. i skate..but im not that good at all but its so addicting i wanna skate everyday...i love to make somthing out of nothing turningsomthing simpleninto somthing skatable is like a form of art to me and it takes a good eye and a good imagination to skate and skate well..."

Sounds good to me. You can get in touch with Alec through his myspace ALECOGRAPHY. I'm sure we'll be seeing more great photos from him soon.