Monday, December 27, 2010
There's a story with this one. Icham's Vans tattoo used to be his girlfriend's name. Unless your life is shorter than your relationship, this is not a good idea.
Later. I have to hop on my hoverboard & shoplift some ironic beer.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Earlier this month their marketing dude, Sharkey, sent out this email so 'ey, yo, eh I am posting. It's the internets:
'In October Gabe Morford (responsible for the videos linked below) and I flew out to NYC for the weekend to ride bikes and push skateboards. On Saturday we met up with Cardiel and Igei and decided to just cruise around Manhattan and Brooklyn. Cards was on the hunt for some vinyl...got some fresh squeezed juice from a spot in Crown Heights and ended up at Prospect Park for beers by the lake.
On Sunday Cardiel went his own way and we skated from Igei's spot in Brooklyn to the subway into Manhattan, hopped a train at Penn Station and headed to Philly to meet up with Bobby Worrest for Game 2 of the playoffs between the Philies and the Giants. Bobby got his East Coast victory for the night...but we all know what happened in the end. (the track on this one is a Tommy G. original)
All of us believe in the companies we work for and the products we're pushing...otherwise we should find something else to do with our time. One of the greatest benefits that comes with this is being able to spend a couple of days with good friends and talented people. Good to see you all fellas...Till next time.'
Check out what Chrome has going at CHROMESF.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Matt Payne is an aspiring surf filmmaker in SoCal. He posted this afternoon spent with his brother and friends farting around Venice Beach. They hit up the skatepark, looked at crazy people, the usual. It's a nice way to spend a couple of minutes. Matt says it's for his Art 110 class. Hope he ditched so he could 'spend the day scouting the location & filming.'
Here's the trailer for the short film he's working on. According to his vimeo page, this 8mm piece will be done soon. Obviously, Johnny Depp will be narrating the whole thing.
Completely unrelated but who doesn't like a self aware dude, here's the best deal in town via these kids Primary Flight who'll be painting up Miami for Art Basel.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
November 21st, 2010 The Cinefamily in West Hollywood will be showing a double feature of both Dave Markey's The Slog Movie and Desperate Teenage Lovedolls. Both are solid lessons in the SoCal punk scene shot on Super-8 in LA in the early 80's.
The Slog Movie is an amalgam of scene kid footage and live clips and interviews from every seminal hardcore band when they were young bucks: Circle Jerks, Wasted Youth, TSOL, Fear, Black Flag, the list goes on. In the actual film, there's commentary from Keith Morris and his ilk as an added bonus. Here's a clip.
Desperate Teenage Lovedolls is a fictional narrative about a couple of bad chicks who go the sex/drugs/rr/breakshit route to put together their band.
Buy The Slog Movie & Desperate Teenage Lovedolls from WE GOT POWER FILMS. If you're in LA, head to the screening at CINEFAMILY, & I'll see you there.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Crown prince of how to live hip & weird on a roof or posh & with a pet chicken named Rodrigo (or Valencia if the fowl is a ladybird), The Selby made a little short film on how the surfers in Rockaway Beach, NY are making positive change in their community. "I thought youse guys was a buncha dirtbegs and I was going to kick your ass, but your bullshit hippy tacos are so good...fuhgetdaboudditt."
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Good for the Odd Future crew that they sold the eff out Webster Hall in New York last night & represented LA, appropriately. And also appropriately, by all accounts, they literally told everyone who was at the show from the record industry (and there were many) to 'fuck off.' These guys are doing something interesting. If you haven't downloaded any of their stuff you can get it all for free on Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. Photo by Marksman Turner.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
The drip's dead, but this guy ain't doing too bad at making it work for him. The artist Nonsince throws a some hard lined structure into his work that makes it look fresh. Looking forward to seeing more custom Vans from this kid. See his work at The Nonsince.
Monday, October 25, 2010
This little fashion vid has both hats & trainers. I guess they're being clever. This clip starts out a little rough, but what I like about it is the use of the track in the shots. Nice idea. You can see more of this gang's UK tips on Lemonade Money TV.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Photos by Zac Sebastian. MORE HERE. It's not winter yet. I refuse.
Friday, October 1, 2010
Kate Port & her husband Mike are a couple of our Vans facebook buds from Bristol, England. I cannot believe this love. Here's the story of their Vans Van:
"My husband and I have had this van since 2001. When we got it, it was a plain red and white. Over a couple of years it needed some work done on it so my husband started the body work and decided to give it some personal taste detail. Mike has surfed and skated since he was a young lad and has always loved the vans brand. Because the van was built in 1966, and vans was founded in 1966 this was the perfect match. Mike has done all the work himself.
We have a little girl of seven, and she is a true Volkswagen lover. Her dad is teaching her to surf and skate; the skating I think comes naturally to her. We spend most weekend of the year away in the van and go to many Volkswagen shows. We are going to one of the biggest in Europe on Sep 10th - Vanfest in Malvern, England."
We need this whip for a Euro Tour. Come on expense account, let's rage with these guys.
Monday, September 27, 2010
CHRIS NIERATKO loves New Jersey. He basically hates everything else with the exception of tits, skateboards, and his wife's retarded uncle Lonnie. With those parameters laid, have a look at his New Jersey Fashion Week Shoot on VICE. It's a little less spray tan/muscle dance/clear plastic heels and a bit more finding a diamond ring in a turd.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
KPCC interviewed Bicycle Film Festival founder Brendt Barbur recently during the tour's LA stop. The piece is presented as a photo essay while Barbur narrates. He covers the origin of the festival along with the impact that BFF is having on the communities where it plays. Barbur's portrait is by Michael Green.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Here's the trailer for Trafik film, To Live and Ride in LA, essentially pointing out that you have to have a deathwish to ride a bike here. But we have a lot of fun.
BFF has a block party on Sunday, September 5th. Go bunny hop for free shit.
It's the first annual LA Skate Film Fest so make sure to give them some love so they can do it again next year. It's your chance to see everything you missed so far this year in skate films on a big screen. Plus, you can see the one and only Steve Olson in Machotaildrop.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
While you're at it check the newest issue from Arkitip featuring Vans art alum, Parra. It's nice.
Monday, August 16, 2010
If you want something to really make you feel like running and playing outside click through OLIVIAWASHERE's flickr. This lady is a talented photographer who is living rent-free at her parents house in Kansas - because she is a child. She takes all kinds of photos of animals, other kids, the park, being underwater, and goofing off in general. The really neat part about looking through Olivia's photos is they look like what you wanted your photos to look like when you were a kid, but they never did. Hers do. This kid is ossummmmm.
Here's Olivia's bio: "Hi, my name is Olivia, I'm 12 years old. And I like to take photos which is obvious. When I get older I wanna do a lot of traveling. (:"
Friday, August 13, 2010
The sound is a little off in part one, but it doesn't have time to become bothersome. The video parts the panelists are talking about cut into the edit with a voiceover. All in all, the discussions are funny and insightful; Jones to Gonzales, "...you threw the video camera out the car window..." Parts one and three of the panel can be viewed on PAT O'DELL'S VIMEO.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
You might have seen photographer Amanda Lopez' work on this blog before. She's been doing an ongoing series for years documenting travels in her checkerboard Slip-Ons. Amanda just got back to San Francisco from a trip to Miami and dropped us a note about her latest rambles. If you're in San Francisco, you'll want to drop into the opening of a super cool looking photo exhibit Amanda is involved in. EL TECOLOTE, the Mission's bilingual newspaper, is turning 40 years old. The opening reception is tomorrow night, August 11th and continues through August 29th, 2010 at the MISSION CULTURAL CENTER FOR LATINO ARTS. Have a look at Amanda Lopez' newest portrait series CALI LOVE on her site.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Thanks to Jared E. for the head's up on Kyle.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Not familiar with Toro Y Moi? Let's get the important stuff out of the way first. One. Toro is a Gamecock, ya heard? A GAMECOCK. USC ain't always for SoCal. Where we're from, its the University of South Carolina. If you love wallowing in agony and being so close yet so far away, then fall in love with that team. *Bonus - screaming, "Go Cocks!" with your maw maw at games.
Secondly, Toro Y Moi (aka Chaz Bundick) is a baddass musician/producer who is creeping up through the indie ranks and seems to be making everyone take notice. (Paper mag says he's beautiful - so there.) He's currently touring Europe, but will be doing a few dates in the US in August. CHECK HIS MYSPACE for more info. Oh, and he's on CARPARK RECORDS with other lovely folks like Dan Deacon & Beach House.
That didn't do it enough? Well, dang it. Bundick has a photo blog of his loves, tours, travels and untravels, too. POOR AND LONELY.