Friday, January 30, 2009

Neckface is Creepin While You're Sleepin!!!

Vans collaborator NECKFACE has been lurking around LA a lot recently. Last weekend I snagged a couple photos of a Harley he painted at New Image Gallery's 15th Anniversary Show. Enjoy my crappy photos.

Next thing you know, he's painting all over BARRACUDA. on Melrose. (These are good photos=not mine.) See more photos of him making LA highly gorgeous on SUPERTOUCH.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Jump That Car, Kid!

Kid Jumps Over Speeding Station Wagon - Watch more Entertainment

First of all, this is amazing. Second of all, THIS AIN'T REAL so don't try this at home. I sent Andrew Lehmann, the star and creator of this video a couple of questions about it. So here goes:

NIKKI: How did you do that? Excellent editing? Where'd you get the idea for this short?

ANDREW: Yes it was editing I did. I dont know if u have seen the viral ad Kobe Bryant did, but he jumped an Astin Martin. I saw that and decided to make a parody using my favorite old pair of Vans.

NIKKI: Whose car was that, & how did you convince them that this was a good idea?

ANDREW: It was my parents old honda accord '91 station wagon that they let me drive. My dad was the one driving the car and he was pretty hesitant at first, but I eventually talked him into it.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I Have An Invisible Skateboard.

A bunch of kids at Sandra Day O'Connor High School in Phoenix, Arizona taught by one Mr. Cunningham made this stop-motion video for their class. Since when are school projects fun? I bet "Mr. Cunningham" drinks beer sometimes and has a dog. OooOoooooOOo!!!!! (The guys did a pretty good job with the sound, too.)

Monday, January 26, 2009

Serious Vans Tattoos

I've met a couple of guys on Myspace who have some serious Vans lifetime dedication. Well, now they do anyway 'cause they have HUGE Vans tattoos. Pretty epic. Crishall is a tattoo artist at Sick Creations in West Deptford, NJ. He did these waffle soles walking on his best buddy John's side. Look at the top of the pic. That little brown-looking stuff is armpit hair. That is not a small tattoo. Actual-size footprints. Pretty nifty story behind that. Crishall & John met on the first day of 6th grade. They started hanging out because they were both wearing Slip-Ons. They are both 33 now. Ain't that neat?

The Off The Wall arm-piece here is on our friend Jason. He's loved Vans forever, too, so why not totally go for it, eh? Get rad.

Thanks for the pics, fellas! If you'd like to talk with either CRISHALL or JASON about the tattoos, I'm sure they wouldn't mind you hitting them up on Myspace.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Honey, I Shrunk the Skaters!

This past Wednesday a giant skateboard was spotted in Venice Beach. Or maybe it's a regular-sized skateboard with little, teeny-tiny dudes on it. I guess it depends on how you look at it. Oh Anty! You were so brave.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Skateboard Film Festival-You Can Do This.

Over one fine weekend TBA in the summer of 2009 The Skateboard Film Festival will be looking all lovely and traipsing about theaters in Seattle, Washington. This festival is open to anyone who'd like to enter. There are several different categories including Sponsor Me, Shop Video, Feature Film, Creative Short, Documentary, International, and Wild Card. (Intrigued? You are gonna love it 'cause yo' ass loves some intrigue.)

You can see some of the current submissions to the festival on their site. Here's one of my favorites, "Beez" by RUSS CLARK.

It's $15 bucks to submit your film so no excuses about how broke you are. All the info you need is on THE SKATEBOARD FILM FESTIVAL SITE. Go make something.

As a side note, "Beez" is for sale on WISKATE with all proceeds going to charity. Ain't that sweet.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Coni Oppo (OH, NO!) Custom Vans

I'd venture to say its appropriate to post some custom Obama-llama Vans today. I just happened to run across these earlier this week along with the artist who made them. Hey so..uh....what the crud does Coni Oppo mean? Unless you're up on your Latin medieval alchemy, you're off the hook on that one. I caught up with custom LA custom sneaker designer and artist M. Johnai iDaniel to answer just that question along with a few more:

"Coni Oppo comes from the Latin medieval alchemy term coniunctio oppositorum which translated into english means the "conjunction of opposites." It is essentially the yoga of bringing the diversity of form into the One union, one God, one consciousness. Some new themes I am working on deal with figure drawings that embody the process and challenge of self-actualization...dealing with the theme of man's challenge to continually seek his divine nature out of a history of war, violence, anger, fear, and and the litany of all negative emotions."

Whoa. Heavy. My Chakra just flew out of my face. Mr. iDaniel is currently working on a couple of both good looking & socially responsible ventures. He's making custom sneakers for AUTONOMIE PROJECT, an organic and Fair Trade maker of shoes, apparel, and accessories. He's also working with a custom boardshorts company out of Santa Monica, CA launching in February, 2009 at SHORTOMATIC.

Check out more of Johnai's work CONI OPPO. (And in closing, Obama-llama-ding-dong.)

Monday, January 19, 2009

Adam Wallacavage is All Up in Sao Paulo.

Photographer, artist, octopus chandelier-maker Adam Wallacavage has been in Brazil for about a week for a show he's got with Jim Houser, Tara McPherson, and Doze Green. If you're in the area see it for yourself at Choque Cultural Gallery. If you happen to be a tad pinched for time/mad loot and can't hop plane to Brazil then enjoy the nice pictures he's been taking on his MUMBLE BLOG.

Here's a link to an interview with Adam on Swindle from a while back. He's talking about being a young kid, skating, learning to be a photographer, & the Jersey shore. INTERESTING STUFF.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Custom Vans by Craig Roccanova

With a name like Craig Roccanova, I'd expect this guy to be a club promoter or a boxer or something. ("Ey! Yo! Roccanova! Get ovah heyahh!" See what I mean?) Alas, his life's mission will (probably) have less hair gel and shiny shirts. He's an artist. Here's what the 21-year-old Huntington Beach resident had to say about his work:

"I have been drawing in this style for 3 years now and I always wanted to do it on a pair of shoes for myself. Although, for six months last year, I was without a job so I started selling custom Vans out of my apartment while living in San Rafael. They were a huge hit and soon I had students and friends buying them left and right. I am am a huge fan of M.C. Escher. I really look at my work as being optical art. It seems as though the "worm" is free floating on the page or on the shoes."

"When I was younger I did a lot of skateboarding. Vans have always been my favorite skate shoe. I got my first pair of Slip-ons when I was 13 and since then I haven't had them any different. I recently had a show at The Lab in Costa Mesa and plan on having my first solo show before I turn 25 (so I have four years)."

You can see more of Craig's work on his site. It's pretty good: "EH! YO! ROCCANOVA! TAKE CARE 'A DIS GUY!"

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Metronomy Had A Headache After this Shoot.

Metronomy's new video for the single, "A Thing For Me," is classic subtle wit. It starts out as the band is followed by one of those bouncy know...the kind that bounce from lyric to lyric? Anyway, by the end of the song, the balls have hit the band in the heads so much that they try in vain to escape. Throw in some cleverly miss-worded lyrics, an Uno reference, a couple of Vans cameos and call it a day. Metronomy is currently on tour for their album Nights Out available on ROUGH TRADE RECORDS.

Add them on FACEBOOK or MYSPACE.

KAWS sends Warm Regards

Vans collaboration alumni KAWS posted photos on his blog last week of the Warm Regards Bar. His dog, Dottie, acted as test pilot. It appears to work well.

I'm sure you'll be seeing this doodad (this week is all about the fecal references, eh?) in art boutiques soon. The Warm Regards mural first showed up in the Beautiful Losers Exhibition at the OC Museum of Art in 2005. Link via TRASHBAG AESTHETICS.

What else is KAWS up to these days? Whatever he wants because he designed the new Kanye album cover, and its big ass is all over times square.

All photos via KAWS BLOG.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Randoms from the Toy Box

People like toys. (I'm slinging profundities like hash in the new year.) We got this puzzle featuring a rather majestic-looking pair of Authentics from the Maritime Hotel as a holiday card.

Then I found that Build-A-Bear not only has, Urban Skater (what??!!), but the bear can also have its own checkerboard slip-ons.

Ok. This led me to the fact that people like buying toys for their animals. You can put your parrot on this skateboard, or you can put your parakeet on a Tech Deck. Other animals? Yeah, but I only got as far as birds toys today. Why?

Because I got distracted. Because you know what people don't like? The smell of brussels sprouts. And I cooked some in the office and everybody started hollering all over the place! Like I tracked doo doo in here. HA! HA! That's what all y'all get for breathing.

Skateboard Jive: Lost Hit? Not Anymore.

In December I posted a plea for someone to try digging up the song Skateboard Jive, released by The Mixtures during the mid to late 1970s. A couple of readers got into the mission for a hot minute when I promised a free pair of Vans in return for a link to the song. However, Jamie Goodsell is the guy who eventually located the track & posted it on Myspace. He's a vinyl collector, skater, former Vans Store Employee, & budding photographer from Hornell, NY.

Good looking out, Jamie. For those of you whom are ready to rock's the link to SKATEBOARD JIVE.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

If The Vans Blog Had A Crush On Another Blog

I think this blog would have to crush on GNARLITUDE.COM. This girl Jen Hanley, who is a talented enough author that I actually read her blog, muses about her love of Lemmy, Max Schaaf, 60's & 70's Rock & Roll, skate stuff, and absurdly expensive couture that I could never afford. And art. It's a nice stroll through a life of contradictions... and ain't that honest? Here's a pile of images from her blog. Bookmark it.

And on a complete & utterly absurd tangent, I have had the beanie weenie theme in my head all day. I'm sorry about this...

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Because People in the Future Will Want to Skate Really Slow

Um, wellllll....let's say you were my friend. And you invited me over to your house to show me this one-wheeled electric skateboard that you invented. I would be really impressed that you could, in fact, build this little booger all by yourself out of your brain. That is rad.

However, if you asked me to start pushing this into the hands of anyone whose opinion I truly respect as a viable product...I would probably start muttering something like, "Yeah, yeah. You know that 2-wheeled snakey wiggle skateboard? I bet those dudes will totally be into this." Then I will say I have to go help my friend who is crying and in some sort of boyfriend crisis, like right now. She needs me.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Mike Giant's Custom 4130 Bike

After a fantastical-fantasy vacation over the last few days spent not more than 10 miles from my house at any given time, I return to you guys with a bunch of stuff to pull your ear about. Let's talk about Mike Giant. He and his company, Rebel 8, PARTNERED WITH US for a collection in Vans Core for Holiday 2008. Mike keeps busy for sure. I mean, now he's got the cover of the newest issue of CLARK MAGAZINE, hitting newsstands with an interview from another Vans buddy, Henry Rollins.

Here's the real tip, though. Take a look at Mike's new bike that his friend at Forty-One-Thirty Bikes made custom for him.

It's pretty awesome. Euro grocery-go-getter, but without all of the heavy hardware. I love this thing! I wonder if it has a freewheel, though? Kinda seems like a fixed gear loaded down with beer & groceries could be a bit of a challenge. But anyway...this bike is great. You can see how it was constructed on MIKE GIANT'S BLOG and get more info on the bikes at FORTY-ONE-THIRTY.