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.