Thursday, March 3, 2011

This Blog Has Moved!

Hey you. You know I've loved you, Little Blogspot. It's not you. It's me. Tumblr just understands me better. So now come look at dumb stuff on THEVANSBLOG.TUMBLR.COM. Got it?



It's younger! It's more tan! It's a great cook! Bookmark it. Follow it. Whateverrrrrrr. thevansblog.tumblr.com/

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Skateboard Cow


Here's a pretty cute one for all y'all with babies all over your legs. The skateboard cow is a character in the children's book A Crazy Day at the Critter Cafe by Barbara Odanaka. It's about a bunch of rabid animals that appear docile at first glance but eat all your kids when you turn your back. No, it's not. It's about a pack of delightful animal friends that get rad at a restaurant.



In true kid mind-melting fashion, one of the characters from the book, the Skateboard Cow, visits real-life schools. (I don't know about you guys, but when McGruff the Crime Dog came to Oakdale Elementary I tore my face off.) She reads the book and skates. The kids get her autograph. Everything is cool. Days later, your child screams and freaks the eff out when you try to give them a cheeseburger.



But, for reals, though. How awesome is the author's job? She's all, "Hmmm...What do I like? I like, kids, cows, books, skating. How could I ever make people pay me for this?"

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Let's See Some High Kicks!


Three people are going to be super hyped on this post. The rest of you, no, you will never understand our devotion to this band. Guided by Voices have a couple of shows with the classic lineup coming up soon. They'll be playing the Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City, Iowa on Saturday April, 2nd with one of my new favorites, Wye Oak. Next up, GBV will be at Sasquatch Festival on Monday May, 30th in George, Washington. Ok, so let's all pretend that we're hanging out in our room listening to records. That would be a lot cooler than what you're probably doing right this second, anyway.



Top photo by Robert Loerzel. See more of his work on Underground Bee.

PS. Here's a cute little cover of GBV's 'Game of Pricks' by Surfer Blood if you're so inclined.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Too Young To Die



Jamie Perkio from Riverside's dad & brother are mean! Mean, meanies. They nabbed her beat up old checkerboard Slip-ons & burned them alive in the driveway. Jamie, I po'd a 40 for your friends.

Monday, February 7, 2011

A Love Letter for You



The LOVE LETTER project that Espo did in conjunction with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program & the Pew Foundation is now a film. I haven't found too much info on premieres. I would guess it's probably doing festivals. However, if you're in NYC on February 10th, ARI SAAL says there's a screening at the Sunshine Theatre at 7:30pm. RSVP to info@firstandfifteenth.net.



Synopsis - via GHOSTROBOT.

"A Love Letter For You is a genre-defying new film by director Joey Garfield. A Love Letter For You seamlessly mixes documentary and narrative, love and loss, community and solidarity, art and crime, to paint a compelling portrait of two artists and their impact on the neighborhood they grew up in.

The film documents the notorious graffiti legend, Stephen "ESPO" Powers as he returns to his old stomping grounds in Philadelphia to paint a series of murals on 50 rooftops along the Market train line. The film also weaves in the fictional narrative of FIRE, a young graffiti king who is fresh out of prison on a quest to win back the love and attention of his ex girlfriend. A Love Letter For You mixes a local cast with real-life characters as they rediscover the soul of West Philly and it's dynamic community."

Thursday, February 3, 2011

My Life Be Like, Que?


Joel Priez from Jesuit High School in New Orleans sent us this stop motion video he & did with two of his friends. They worked on it for three days for their Spanish class, but only got an 89 because there is no Spanish-speaking in it. What? Robbed. Travesty. The kid could be texting in Spanish!? The kid is clearly thinking in Spanish.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

These Friends 2 at THIS Los Angeles



The folks at THIS los angeles have a lot of friends. Fortunately, all of them are wildly talented artists or the show opening Friday 2/4/11, These Friends 2, would not be nearly as much fun as it's going to be. I'd say at least half of the artists in this giant group show have worked with us at Vans in the past or present (or they work with Girl, Chocolate or Lakai). The first These Friends group show was a huge success=total mob scene, so I'd suggest getting your tail over to Highland Park early. Or late. Just go. Dude, Andy Muller says its a sure thing.



If you can't make the show, have a look at THIS BLOG. The gang is doing a post on each artist involved in the show. It's a great way to find something new & beautiful to get into.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Louie Gong's Chinese New Year Customs


Yeah, whoooo! It's almost Chinese New Year. It's the time to celebrate how the Nian, a mean liony-dragony-monster, isn't going to eat villagers anymore (especially delicious children) like he did back in the day because now we have shit tons of firecrackers & red stuff to scare him off. It's the time to hit all of your Chinese friends for money because their pockets are jam packed with these red cash envelopes.


Most importantly, however, this is a very special time of year where no one in China answers the phone or email for, like, a month. To celebrate, our friend Louie Gong rolled out with these beautiful custom Vans in honor of the year of the rabbit. Yeah, it's the year of the rabbit. And you know what rabbits symbolize...wink, wink. If you'd like to have Louie make you some of these totally badass kicks, contact him 8TH GEN.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Heroes and Zeroes - Photographs by MRZ



Our friend Ray Zimmerman aka MRZ has his first solo show of skate photography opening on Saturday January 8th, 2011 in Long Beach. Knowing that Ray has a couple of decades of work to sort through, I'm sure the edit was a daunting task. He has chosen to focus on work from the last three or four years showing approximately 50-75 prints. Added bonus: Ray Barbee is going to play. Here's everything you need to know about MRZ's Heroes and Zeroes:

"I am a skateboarder. I have been one for as long as I can remember. I am also a photographer. These two identities frequently intertwine, resulting in images such as the ones shown here.

There are people who ride skateboards, and then there are people who are skateboarders. There is no spectrum between the two, no gray area. Black or white, red or green, yes or no. For a skateboarder it isn't a lifestyle choice or a trend to follow, it is simply who and what they are. Skateboarders see the world differently. They see obstacles as challenges, and restrictions as invitations. This is the nature and evolution of the species. Un-natural selection.

Being a skateboarder is much like having a lifelong addiction. Certainly the spectrum of experience from severe pain to absolute pleasure is nearly identical, along with that undying need for a fix. There aren't enough hours in a day or years in a lifetime to satisfy that burning desire to get out and ride until the wheels fall off.

Documenting this species is always an adventure. Sometimes the adventure requires trespassing, law breaking, and getting in harm's way. All for the sake of capturing mere instants in space and time. Some of the subjects are heroes, and some of them are zeroes, but they are all undoubtedly skateboarders and that's all that matters."