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.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Vans Mailbag: A Box From Eric Anthony

A few months ago Girl and Art Dump had a 'WE WANT TO MAKE THINGS AND WE HAVE ALL THIS WOOD' show. Eric from Girl made this cool photo print onto a piece of wood, & said he'd send it my way. And then we forgot. We were hanging out last week. Next thing I know a box shows up today with not only the cool photo #1, but also bonus of cool photo plus Andy Jenkins painted on it, too. Wheeeeeeee!!! Arrrrrttt!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Magic of Wu Wallace

Santa Cruz artist Wu Wallace was raised by humans in the woods and spent a lot of time peeing outside. Simple bio. Also, dude likes to surf.

Good stuff here. Makes me imagine like if you have a stuffed animal and you hug it real tight, but then immediately get bummed because it turns out that it had guts inside. IF YOU WANT TO GET WEIRD LOOK AT HIS SITE. Say things to him about how he should make more drawings.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The London Police - Not Just a Couple of Geezers Making Artwork

You've all seen their work, but did you know they just finished a short film about being handcuffed together? You did? Well, did you know they made it with Ashton Kutcher, and its still not out yet though it was screened in September? Fine. whatever. Watch the teaser about The London Police being handcuffed together for five days in LA while getting ready for a show, again.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Icecream + Skateboard x Usher= Justin Bieber

Hey, dudes. You gotta find something else to get super sad about when girls don't like you. Its officially not because you skate & don't play sports.

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Consequences of Being a Wallflower

Crap. You totally forgot to take your dance break today. That's why you got all mad & rode that lady's bumper. That's why you screened your mom's call & didn't answer, and she left you that sad-ass message. Its why you stepped in that gum & then tracked it into your car & tried to pick it off with a piece of parking ticket stuck in your glove box. Then absentmindedly bit your fingernail & realized that you had obviously just given yourself the H1N1 steeds because there was no hand-washing between the former incident with the gum & the latter with the nail biting. Tomorrow is another day.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Save the World- Vans T-Shirt Produce Bag

Friend of Vans Anna Cummins from the ALGALITA Marine Research Foundation has run with an idea she saw on Martha Stewart's Show. Come on, Martha has cred. Have you been to prison? Matter at hand. Sorry. So Anna has been to Vans a couple of times to show us how we're killing the planet & what we can do about it. On her last visit she brought this nifty reusable produce bag (so you don't use the skanky plastic ones) made from an old Vans t-shirt. If you're crafty then make one. If you're not BUY ONE FROM ANNA.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Sloth Custom Vans

You'd think that as much as I write about customs I'd have a boat load of them. This is not the case. I am a cheap SOB and the amount of work that goes into a custom pair of shoes warrants a hefty price tag. Unless you totally luck out. Lucked out!

Tim Ham aka SLOTH happened to be in town visiting his cousin while on the way to build a community center in Mexico for some folks that need it. He dropped by the Vans office for a tour and left me with two pairs of legit customs that he made. What a nice guy.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Toshihiro Egawa-Custom Vans from the Pit of Despair

Japanese artist of the macabre Toshihiro Egawa created this set of intricately drawn custom Vans for a show back in June in Tokyo called "Dia del Los Muertos.” Perhaps he was down with the subject matter.

You know when you're sitting with your significant other/friend/mom/whoever not saying anything and they say, "Whatcha thinking 'bout?" I bet Egawa's people stopped asking. The answer was usually skeleton guts and pulling people's heads off. Awkward. See more of TOSHIHIRO EGAWA'S WORK on his site. Link via SIMPLY SNEAKERS.

P.S. Besides his amazing art skills, my other favorite thing about his site is this header. He's a man that wears his heart on his sleeve.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Alphabet Arm Design Czar of Sneakers

I first ran across this design co about a year ago when writing about CHRIS PIASCIK'S CUSTOM VANS. As it happens, these guys are big sneaker heads and decided to show off a little bit in an 'oh, so designie' way.

They've posted five days of their shoes. Looks like we're leading the pack in love around their office. Alphabet Arm makes real nicepretty work, so if you're a nerd for that kinda rot then have a look at ALPHABET ARM SITE and/or THE BLOGGERY.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Concreto Mexico City - Get Arty

This is going to be awesome. There's a street art exhibition at the Casa del Lago in Mexico City opening October 28th. People we love will be in the show: Shepard Fairey, Blek Le Rat, Evan Hecox, Andy Jenkins, Michael Leon, Cody Hudson, Andy Mueller, Steven Harrington, Teddy Kelly, Acamonchi, Russ Pope, Michael Coleman, Ciler, Michael Seiben, Nat Swope & Watchavato. Can't wait to see what these guys put together.

Friday, October 2, 2009

You be all fast.

I'm in Italy driving around a Farrari! No, I'm not. The guy that blogs A TIME TO GET was, though. Peep more rad car pictures on his site. Engine. (See. I know all about cars.)

Thanks to @avgas for the heads up.