Monday, March 4, 2013

Wes Lang and Andre Saraiva at the Chateau Marmont



Wes Lang and Andre Saraiva hosted a one night only intimate exhibition at the Chateau Marmont last weekend. The show consisting of select new works from both artists was put up at one of the bungalows and was definitely not to be missed. Peep our small recap bellow.



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Monday, February 25, 2013

Photo Recap: Mario Testino Fashion Icon Exhibition


LA's Prism gallery hosted an opening for one of the most famous and admired fashion photographers of the generation Mario Testino. This is his first exhibition in Los Angeles in 7 years covering some of photographers most recognized images and several new works. Mario Testino is responsible for launching careers of Kate Moss, Giselle and many many more. Check out our recap beyond the fold. The exhibition opens to public on February 26th and runs thru March 30th.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Featured Fit: Black & White

TGIT, it's not quite Friday but we're so close. Let's just keep it simple to get through the rest of the grind. Black and white go with everything whether they're pegged as separate shades or put together against a third color. From head to toe, the Gerrit cap, OTW Collective tee and Piercy keeps things simplistic while stylin'.

Featured pieces available at the Vans online shop:
Gerrit hat in White
OTW Collective tee in Black/White
 Piercy in (Basic) Black/White

Also available at select Vans OTW stockists.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Two Thousand Piece Camera Collection


Currently listed on ebay this insane two thousand piece collection of cameras and photo equipment  took fifty plus years to assemble. Consisting of almost every camera brand imaginably from turn of the century until now is a sight to behold. Even if you aren't planning to bid on this jaw dropping collection it's still very much worth a closer look.
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Monday, February 18, 2013

Mark Ryden does Tyler the Creator's "Wolf" Album Cover

One of the most respected and admired pop surrealist American painters Mark Ryden was commissioned to do the cover for Tyler's upcoming album, "Wolf". It's an interesting yet unlikely choice but the result is as expected amazing. Peep the art work above and we are sure you've already heard Tyler's latest track and seen the video.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Preview: Kitu Print x Sole Collector

Our friends at Sole Collector are releasing their next iPad issue soon and shot us over a sneak peek at the Kitu Print spread.  The shoot takes on a party theme and captures the ideal Friday night, definitely looks like a good time. Check out the preview below and download the complete issue next week from iTunes.


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Shattered Glass Sculptures


Polish artist Marta Klonowska makes stunning life-sized animal sculptures constructed out of multicolored shards of broken glass. To create each sculpture, Klonowska first makes a metal carcass of the animal then meticulously glues each shard of glass one by one. Peep the result beyond the fold.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Eduardo Kobra's Tribute to Oscar Niemeyer

Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra completed this massive tribute to architect Oscar Niemeyer which measures 52 meters tall by 16 meters wide. The skyscraper mural can be seen on Paulista Avenue, one of Sao Paolo's busiest streets. More images after the click
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Monday, February 11, 2013

Urban Camo by Roeland Otten

Dutch designer Roeland Otten uses photo prints and mosaic tiles and paint to camouflage awkwardly placed urban eyesores such as communications or utility buildings on the city streets. In this latest project the artist camouflaged the small concrete building housing electric wiring on the street in Amsterdam, the result is quite interesting. Peep the photos beyond the fold.
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Friday, February 8, 2013

Vans OTW Collection Spring 2013: Military Pack

The Vans OTW Collection rolls out two new colorways of the Pritchard and an additional color-up of the Piercy in the Military pack. Taking style cues from the uniforms of the armed forces, each silhouette is dressed in hickory canvas twill or premium suede with metal eyelet detailing and striped Navy-inspired lining. The Military renderings of the Piercy and Pritchard are available now at select OTW stockists.Check out the whole pack after the jump!
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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Woodkid - "I Love You"


In this latest "Woodkid" short film Yoann Lemoine who is the director and the performer behind the project continues to explore the story he started with the first video and it's still as powerful, imaginative and incredibly stylish. Watch the video above. 

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Flexible Sculptures by Li Hongbo


Chinese artist Li Hongbo makes these really fascinating flexible paper sculptures made of thousands tightly assembled laser cut pieces of paper that have same flexibility as let's say a slinky. The inspiration comes from the traditional Chinese hand cut paper festive lanterns and toys. Once the sculptures are pulled apart they take a really interesting and unexpected shape. Peep some pictures and the video of the pieces bellow.
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Mister Cartoon for Vans Custom Culture 2013

A few of our favorite designers, artists and celebrities customized blank pairs of Vans Classics in support of this year's Custom Culture competition. Longtime friend of Vans and West Coast street art legend Mister Cartoon serves as one of the ambassadors for this year's program and brought his graffiti style to a pair of Slip-Ons. Check out the rest of the ambassador sneakers on Facebook.

Vans Custom Culture is a nationwide high school competition that gives students the opportunity to customize their own Vans and win big money for their schools! ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOLERS: registration for the 2013 edition of VCC wraps up on February 11, sign up at the Vans Custom Culture home page to get in on this contest!

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Photo Recap: Love Me x Vans Launch Event


Space 15 Twenty hosted a launch event this past Saturday for the Love Me x Vans "House of Hearts" collaboration. We stopped by to recap the festivities. The artist behind the ever present Love Me tag Curtis Kulig was on hand to do his host duties with live performance by Sky Ferreira and DJ sets by Aska. Check out our recap beyond the fold and congrats to Curtis on the launch as well this months cover of Juxtapoz magazine.
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Monday, February 4, 2013

Inspiraiton Board: Kitu Print

The Kitu Print pack is a throwback mash-up: funky prints from the '90s vs. heritage prints from the Vans archives. Cop your gear this spring.

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Graffiti Fiction

Word: Graffiti
Definition: writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place.

Word: Fiction
Definition: something feigned, invented, or imagined; a made-up story.

Phrase: Graffiti Fiction
Definition: a Tumblr archive of street art from popular motion pictures and television shows.

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Friday, February 1, 2013

JR - "Blow Up"


"Blow Up" is a short documentary interview with French artist JR who has been turning heads all over the world with his larger then life photographic paste ups. The interview covers JR's humble beginnings and ongoing massive projects the artist is working on. Check out this fascinating short above.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Vans OTW Collection Spring 2013: Kitu Print Apparel & Footwear Pack

The Kitu Print pack from the Vans OTW Collection brings forth new apparel and footwear this spring. Inspired by ‘90s hip hop and infused with Vans DNA, the Kitu Print blends the funky geometric patterns of the era with classic Vans artwork. The eclectic motif presents itself on the uppers of the Stovepipe and spreads over the collared Portmore button-up. The Piercy and Checker DNA t-shirt produce subdued aesthetics; Kitu Print adorns the linings of the suede mid-top and embellishes the sleeve and pocket details of the heavyweight tee. Kitu Print apparel and footwear arrive this February at select Vans OTW Collection stockists.
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"Real-Life Tetris" by Michael Johansson

Swedish artist Michael Johansson makes his found objects public art installations look like Tetris by putting them in coherent color coordinated order creating really cool eye catching scenes. As the artist puts it himself : “Maybe you can call it real-life Tetris. I take used objects because they kind of lived a life before I find them. By combining them I almost create a fake history that never happened."  Check out more images beyond the fold.
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Win a Pair of the New Spring 2013 Alomars from Complex & OTW

Folks are really amped on the new spring styles of the Alomar so we thought people would really get excited if we gave away a few pairs. We linked up with our friends at Complex to give away a pair to four lucky winners! The contest runs from today, January 30, to next Wednesday, February 6. CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW TO ENTER. Good luck to all!

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Recap: Sneaker Pimps x Hitman In-Store Event at The Holy Grail

Last night Sneaker Pimps brought their Hitman HD Tour to Los Angeles. Hosted at The Holy Grail in the heart of downtown, the tour celebrated the release of the latest Hitman game with an in-store XBOX tournament, a pop-up exhibition with artwork inspired by the franchise, live art by SN'EADS by Ree and a special performance by Thurz. Check out photos from the night after the jump!
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Vans OTW Collection Spring 2013: Woven Pack

The Woven pack introduces new colorways of the Vans OTW Ludlow and Prelow this spring. Utilizing embossed woven detailing throughout the quarter panel, the Ludlow presents a set of black leather uppers while the Prelow features a canvas fabrication throughout its toe vamp. Modern design meets the original as the Ludlow refines the classic wino style through upgraded materials and sophisticated simplicity and the Prelow builds the timeless oxford aesthetic on an UltraCush Lite outsole. Laser etched tongue branding, aged metal eyelets and tonal laces complete the Woven pack colorways for delivery this month at select Vans OTW retailers.
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9 On The Wall

Our friends over a Contrast Magazine present "9 On The Wall" this Friday, February 1, at the Human Imagination in Honolulu. The Hawaii-based mag brings the work of photographers Sagan Lockhart, Lenard Smith, Zak Noyle, Mike Coots, Kanoa Zimmerman and more together for this exhibition. "9 On The Wall" also celebrates the release of Contrast issue 9.

9 On The Wall at the Human Imagination
Opening: 2/1/13 from 5pm to 11pm
1154 Nuuanu Ave.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
TheHumanImagination.info

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Amazing Gifs by Mr.Div

Matthew DiVito or Mr.Div makes amazing motion graphics and turns them into really rad gifs. One could say they look like early 1980's graphics or something from the movie Tron. Peep some of our favorite gifs beyond the fold and check out more of Mr.Div's art on his tumblr page.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Exhibition: "Dialogue Lineaire" by Jeongmoon Choi

Korean artist Jeongmoon Choi exhibits some unique art installations for her first solo show, "Dialogue Lineaire". Currently running the 26th at Paris's Galerie Laurent Muller, "Dialogue Lineaire" presents three-dimensional pieces which utilize thread and UV light to create surreal environments in each setting. Check out more photos from the exhibit after the jump! (via Colossal)

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"760 Stacked Bicycles" by Ai Weiwei

Currently on display at Galleria Continua in San Gimignano "760 Stacked Bicycles" by Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei is one impressive piece where each bike physically attached to each other one creating a single structure which can be viewed from the inside of the sculpture. There are several other works on display which can been seen here. Peep beyond the fold to see more images of this insane installation.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

DIY Bedford by Ryoskatekov

I know guys that skate in their Bedfords but I've never heard of guys turning their Bedfords into skates...well until today. Dude by the SkateLog pseudonym of Ryoskatekov accomplished the latter.
He hollowed out the footbed and outsole of the Bedford and built a roller skate base FROM SCRATCH. Props to you, Ryo. That's pretty ****** cool. Interested? Check out his full tutorial at SkateLog Forum.

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