Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Clever Joke About Being Stoned, Anyone?

Ben Russell sent in a couple of photos of Old Skools that he'd carved out of stone. I thought, "Wtf. He's got awesome craft, and its not everyday that you happen into a real live stone carver...except for that one that I knew in college...stone carver & into concealed weapons." Anyway, back to the matter at hand and yes, I did have a few questions for this youngin' Ben. Get impressed:

"I am a student currently living and studying in London. After completing a two year Foundation Degree in Applied Architectural Stone Work and Conservation for which I was awarded a Merit (and chosen as a winner at the annual carving competition at the college two years running) I decided to further my carving skills at the City and Guilds of London Art School where I am in my first year of a two year Post Graduate Diploma in Historic Carving. Here we are trained in the traditional techniques of carving stone along with lettering, modelling in clay and drawing. I carved my shoe as an experiment in working with different textures and wanted to try to capture the worn leather and the pattern on the sole.It is carved in Portland stone and I put a real lace into the shoe to make it look as real as possible. I chose a Vans shoe as they are the most recognisable skate shoe and my shoe of choice for skateboarding. I am hoping to display the piece in the Royal Academy summer exhibition (14th June-22nd Aug). Alongside stone carving I also do alot of illustration."

See more of BEN RUSSELL'S WORK WITH ALL THESE CAPS. Wait, wait! How about alternate title "Ben Russell is a (Stone) Cutter" as in double entendre emo way? No? Eh, ok. No. Fine.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Coachella Day 3: Do You Think You're Better Off Alone?

Here's one more to finish up the aren't-you-jealous-rub-it-in posts from Coachella 2010. Hope you liked all this goop. It was sure fun. One of my favorite shows of the weekend was Matt & Kim. They are smiling so much each time they perform that it makes you smile, too. Splash in some Deerhunter...

Do not pass go & straight to montage: Local Natives, Matt & Kim, Infected Mushroom, Miike Snow, Pavement, Thom Yorke & Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Alexis Allan, the lil' lady posting for VANS GIRLS AT COACHELLA sent over this clip yesterday from the Tiesto set. Its a crack up. She got so excited after the build that she screamed, started dancing, & I guess, forgot that she was filming.

For the full gallery of pro photos from our friends Jared & Mitchell have a look at VANS FLICKR GALLERY.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Coachella 2010 Day 3: Redder Shade of Neck


Owen Pallett

Miike Snow

Mayer Hawthorne

Matt & Kim

Infected Mushroom


Club 75

Charlotte Gainsbourg


Coachella 2010: Rave or Die.




Erol Alken

Thom Yorke

Little Boots

Wolfgang Gartner

Light studies with bonus acid guy by Alexis Allan. See more of her Coachella coverage on THE VANS GIRLS BLOG.

Coachella 2010 Day 3: Postcards from Hell Yes.

Coachella 2010 Day 2 - You're Never Too Amazing.


Major Lazer

Paris & Nikki Hilton

Golf Cart VIP

Dirty Projectors

The Gossip

Purple Balloon

Photos by Mitchell Tomlinson of LIFE WITHOUT ANDY. See more on VANS FLICKR PAGE.