Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Jay Adams as Beat Up Caterpillar

There is something for everyone. Even someone who wants a tiny caterpillar named in honor of Dogtown legend JAY ADAMS made from raccoon penis bones, skateboard wheels, and discarded porcelain doll parts. If you, dearest reader, have been looking for this very special little object you may purchase it from BEAT UP CREATIONS. Didn't sell you on it? Might I add that the petite cigarette is made of gen-u-ine porcupine quil? Furthermore, "Jay Adams the Caterpillar is nearly 16 inches long from tip of his tail to the tip of a raccoon penis." Andddddd How!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

American Salvage

I was thumbing through The Atlantic the other day when I saw an ad for a collection of short stories by Bonnie Jo Campbell called American Salvage. It was a National Book Award finalist in 2009 therefore I have a legitimate reason to put the book in my que in spite of the Vans shot on the cover. Tipping the scales in the direction of 'say no more' here's a review from NPR's Alan Cheuse, "...stories about cold, lonely, meth-drenched, modern, working-class, small-town Michigan life, there's a roughness & even beauty."

How many points do I get for mentioning The Atlantic, NPR & a National Book Award finalist all in one post? How about if I was sipping cognac in first class on the way back from a weekend jaunt to Paris for a fixed gear rally/art show? Eyyoooo!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

My Face on My Feet

Jonathan is an artist currently living in Denver Colorado that I recently ran across. He specializes in portraits. If you're looking for someone to put your face on your shoes like I am then hit this dude up. MISHRA1218 on DEVIANT

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Spontaneous Vans Tattoo

Rebecca Merchant aka @SASSSYASSY decided to show her Vans love forever. Hey, Rebecca, its safe to tattoo our name on you. We don't break up with people.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Sometimes You Can't Google It

Students at FAAL made this. That's all I know other than the students are from Brazil. And they just gotta dance.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

CA Heritage Museum Currently Hosting Skateboard Show

Hey, hey, hey. I've missed you. That's the longest break since we started this blog relationship a couple of years ago. Anyway, back to business. While you guys are running around on your holiday vacations, here's a little something you've probably been meaning to check out since mid-November when it opened. The California Heritage Museum in Santa Monica has an exhibit up titled "Skateboard: Evolution & Art in California." Its guest curated by Z-boy Nathan Pratt in conjunction with museum curator Michael Trotter and advisory committee members Tony Alva, Stacy Peralta, and Christian Hosoi among other heavies.

Above photos & a nice reminder about this from Adam Bryce's SLAMXHYPE POST TODAY. For more info on the show visit THE CA HERITAGE MUSEUM SITE.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Custom Vans from the Dirty Jers.

I met Olya on Twitter last week. She sent a photo of the Vans that she recently customized. Considering that they are her first foray into the custom sneaker crafting world I'd say Olya is well on her way to a nice little side hustle. More about Olya:

"Hi, I'm Olya. I'm 15 and a sophomore in high school, and have lived in New Jersey since I was almost 4 years old. Since I was little, I have dabbled in various art forms, from drawing and painting to playing instruments to pottery, but my favorite medium is visual art. Insipired by bobsmade on deviantart and her countless shoe designs, I figured I would give it a try. So, 3 months, $50, 23 hours of work time, and lots and lots of insanity later, I can now proudly wear these, and if anyone asks? Yeah, I made them." Contact Olya on her DEVIANT PAGE.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Should've Known Van Gogh Was a Chukka Guy

They're always the ones that might cry or cut you.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Pedals Plus People- Orlando Bike Culture Book

Running across Melissa Smith's self-published book Pedals Plus People was a lucky nugget ON HER TWITTER yesterday. I asked her to share a bit about how she got started with the project. I'm a sucker for DIY. Here's what Melissa had to say:

"I was a part of the bike community in Orlando and felt that the people I was around were crazy unique and their bikes completely reflected their style and personality. At the time my day job was portrait photographer. I decided to combine what I loved about my job with what I loved about my friends. I have since received international attention with my book and photography project. My work has been published in several magazines (including Urban Velo's latest issue) and multiple websites and bike blogs. I hold down an office job at a local college by day and snap photographs by night. I just take photos of life around me as it happens. I love bikes, pugs and travel and of course, Vans."

Up close & personal with the Orlando bike scene will only set you back a meager sum of if you want to add it to your library. Snag it at SHORT FOR MELISSA DOT COM.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Skate the Octopus

This pool is in Lugano, Switzerland which just happens to be the home of Vans Europe's office. The artists are called Nevercrew. Thanks to Jared for the link via Fubiz.

Skate the octopus...ride the snake...the doors movie...a guy karaokes Jim Morrison channeling Elvis Presley in his living room.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Benny Gold Uses His BFA.

SCAD interviewed designer Benny Gold about his time back in school. I guess the message is, "See? This one guy really uses his BFA. And he's cool. And You're cool. And SCAD's cool so drop them art school dollahs here." via Hypebeast via BENNY GOLD

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Fecal Face Dot Gallery- Side 2 Side Show

Fecal Face Dot Gallery (San Francisco) is happy to announce to opening (Thurs Dec 10, 2009 6-9pm) of Side 2 Side a group show of painting and illustration from San Francisco contemporary artists as well as artists from Los Angeles. This short run show ends Dec 19th.

Ah-heh-hem (clears throat), work from Derek Albeck, Marco Zamora, Mike Giant, Travis Millard, Albert Reyes, Jay Howell and a grip of the talented cool kids. Via Fecal Face.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Everyone Else Should Fail.

Mike McMillin made this for class. This is cool. I'd give him an A and additionally throw a pizza party. I like the two cut aways to the worm's eye view- what do you call that? Worm eye sounds fine to me...if worms had eyes. (Secondarily, I wonder if you have an old teacher & you bring in a power point with some bouncy lo-res photos if they clap & think you're brilliant? I'd shoot low.)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Elaborations on Turkey

To get you in the mood for tomorrow....this turkey sandwich that I pounded for lunch...

a stately bird by Johnny Jimmy Audubon...

Turkish from Guy Richie's Snatch...

a turkey named Trevor from the UK who was born with curly toes so some bloke made him shoes...

dudes in Turkey dancing in the road...

and the turkey appearing as answer to and cause of all problems.

Happy Thanksgiving, Y'all. Back on Monday!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Joel Rice's Flip Skate Column on McSweeney's

Quite greedily, I have spent the better part of the last two hours reading and re-reading Joel Rice's Flip: A Column About Skateboarding on McSweeney's. Rice has written six pieces this year including interviews with Christian Hosoi and Ed Templeton. My favorites, however, are his first and last. Have a look at Rice's interview with Bret Anthony Johnston, former pro skater and current director of Harvard's creative writing program. (Mr. Johnston can make dance a word or two...or make skate, as it were.) Rice's newest entry was posted today. Its a short, personal piece about the first week of high school and chance meeting with James Kelch at a tiny SF skate shop a long time ago.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Hot Poo & Old Beer

Australian artist Andy Murphy painted these little numbers for a Vans show a while back. You should have a look at his blog DIFFERENT STOKES.

I read everything on his blog. Now I'm a stalker. (Thanks, Phil.) This is Andy's handy work, too.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Next Big Thing in Surf Footwear

"Brah, I hate shoes. Just let the boys free, you know? My toes gotta waggle. People always trying to say 'wear shoes' and all, but I just don't have time. I am about to get in the water anyway."


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Custom Vans by The Hermit Design

Oh no! Instant post coming at rapid speed due to draining battery power. The pressure is on (not unlike the heat).

Arthur Smit. real cool stuff. lives in the UK. multimedia artist. His website is really complicated like a little video game & I don't play video games so #fail on me. Reooow! Cut to the chase and show you some of thevwork he's doing with customs.

Check out his blog on DEVIANT ART or his site THE HERMIT DESIGN. (Whew!)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

C.R. Stecyk Interview in ANPQuarterly

The godfather of Dogtown has a great interview by Brenden Fowler, Ed Templeton, & Aaron Rose in the latest issue of RVCA's ANPQuarterly. Its a nice, long chat with Stecyk- six double page spreads including a ton of photos. Did you know he built a fake Russian bomb & buried it on the beach when he was a kid? Pick up a copy of the mag for details. (The photos look a smidge better than my crappy iPhone ones, but hey, I am trying for you.)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The World's Oldest Profession

Gotta be honest with you. I have no idea what being a prostitute has to do with Vans. Maybe this is a documentary? I kid. Someone made this commercial on spec (No, Vans didn't make it before anyone asks.), but it is weirdly funny. And besides, that roller skating dude and the hooker both have great wardrobe.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Neckface Documentary: Coming Soon (Or Later)

/FILM swapped emails with director Ty Evans about his upcoming NECKFACE documentary. Evans has been working on the film since 2005, but he says the film isn't coming out anytime soon. So what do we have? A satan-ass-looking trailer.

See more of the email interview & Neckface's take on The Predator at /FILM.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Missing: One Bass Guitar Skateboard

Bryan Derballa & his buddies made a skateboard out of a bass guitar so they could epicly transition to Primus for a 1994 Halloween party. Although good times were had by all, sadly, the skateguitar was missing after the festivities. If you see someone with it in Brooklyn clothesline them & scream,"That's Bryan's! I saw it on that blog and that other blog...yo' thieven' ass...etc." Unless they are big. Then, don't do that.

See more of Bryan's photos on FECALFACE NYC and LOVE BRYAN DOT COM.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Checkerboard Makeup Throw Down

You wouldn't think this would look good, but Tasha has convinced me that this could be a viable fashion choice. Its black & white eyeliner & patience. See more of Tasha's work on XxRainbowsRawrxX.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Antisocial Skateboarding

The title was arresting so I had to run with it. Anyway, Redia Soltis of 01 MAGAZINE did an INTERVIEW with Vancouver skate shop Antisocial's Michelle Pezal. My opinion is that this is a neat shop based on their RAD BLOG & Michelle's interview. Guess what else? We share a love for KEEGAN SAUDER. And who doesn't love a little Keegan Sauder these days?

Thanks to Jen at GNARLITUDE for the heads up on 01 Mag.

Monday, November 2, 2009

R. Crumb & The Book of Genesis

Vans collaborator R. CRUMB has a fantastic interview on NPR's Talk of the Nation today where he talks about his newest work: he's illustrated the entire full text of the book of Genesis. The interview is definitely worth a listen as he lightly shuts down a couple of callers who questioned his motives behind the project. He sure ain't boring.

One particularly funny topic Crumb covered was how he decided to draw God. A few years ago he had a dream where he saw God, but he says the one in his dream looked much more severe than the one he depicted- like Mel Gibson when he's angry. You'll be able to listen to the FULL INTERVIEW ON NPR after 6pm tonight. There are more panels from Genesis on that page, too.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

You Can Make Anything Out of a Roll of Tape

Ditching the the old standard duct tape, Jamison LeBlanc has made some Vans out of making tape. Here's the deal...

"This was an exact replica of a Vans Authentic styled mens size 10.5 shoe.
Constructing this replica consisted of numerous rolls of masking tape which were fashioned together to create the illusion of form and texture of the actual shoe. Working on the sole of the shoe was the most painful and time consuming aspect of this project because of the fine and plentiful amount of detail. I trained myself to imagine the parts of the shoe as separate pieces to be fitted together to make up the shoe as a whole finished product. Making marks of the surface of the tape was used to create texture to help the viewer connect that idea of cloth, rubber, and thread used to make the shoe."

See more of Jamison's work on FLICKR.

Monday, October 26, 2009

We Ain't in Cahoots with The Temper Trap

There are so many Vans shots in this video you'd think we'd had our way with the director. Apparently, Aussie band The Temper Trap really likes us. Here's a plug for their tour: they are currently finishing up in the US & stopping into pretty much every country in the world until May, 2010. WOW! THEY ARE ROAD DOGS. And here's some birds in your face & a bunch of broken glass & other stuff that looks like it would burn you.

Thanks to Miss Amy Lee for the link.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Kyozo Kicks- Customs for Design Savvy Gamers

UK customizer Nicolas Tonks happened onto his craft by accident. The dude is a serious gamer so it makes sense for him to figure out how to meld the things he likes. Here's a bit more about him & his site KyozoKicks.

"I'm 23 and I'm actually a qualified electrician (albeit not a practicing one)...My first pair of shoes I customised were an old pair from under my bed, I bought some paints and made some shoes based off of a small game called Noby Noby Boy. They found themselves on the front page of one of the internet's biggest gaming blogs," Here's a pair of Zelda inspired Vans and the shield where the art came from. Subtle, no?

Subsequent designs, highlighted by one based on Phoenix Wright, ended up back on Kotaku, in addition to Destructoid, Offworld and even Capcom. Why does he like doing it? "The main draw is the people I get to chat with, from people I have long looked up to, to people I would never of met otherwise....I also want to encourage more people to customise their own shoes, and if they need help I'm here for advice."

Check out his work on KYOZOKICKS.COM or follow @KyozoKicks on twitter.