Thursday, April 28, 2011

Kicks for a Cause: Vans x All Nations Skate x Pendleton

Did you miss out on the Taka Hayashi x Pendleton capsule collection from the Vault by Vans line? Check out the special project Vans is doing with Nibwaakaawin for the Gathering of Nations Powwow/All Nations Skate event. For this event, Vans created several limited edition Classics silhouettes and used Pendleton in the design process. Pictured above is a few of the styles created for last year's event. Take a look at this year's SK8-HIs, Classic Slip-Ons and Chukka Lows after the jump.
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OTW FTW Giveaway Winners: Got My Vans (OTW) On...

One lucky Facebook fan of the Vans OTW page and one lucky @OTWVans Twitter follower are each about to win a pair of Vans from the OTW Collection. Thank you to all those who participated in the giveaway! Did you win a pair? *Drum roll & cue suspense*
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Sneakerheads Unite on SneakerTube.TV

Sometimes you just have to show off your kicks. They may be limited edition and you hunted down the last pair, or they could be a general release but maybe they're your favorite beaters to wear on your off days. Posting pictures up on the different sneaker forums and shoe blogs may not be fulfilling enough. SneakerTube.TV takes sharing your kicks to another level - STTV is an interactive video-sharing hub for kick fiends worldwide, some have called it a "sneaker heaven". Get all the info after the jump. 
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"Summer Breeze" by DJ K-Sly

It's a beautiful day out in Southern California today - the skies are clear, sun is bright and it's slightly breezy. It's a feel good day. Summer is right around the corner so why not put a mix up to get you in the mood? DJ K-Sly's "Summer Breeze" mix has something for everyone featuring tracks from The Roots, John Legend, T.I., Tyga, Telepopmusik, Sade, J. Cole, '70s funk, etc.
>Listen: "Summer Breeze" - DJ K-Sly
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

"Pixelhead" Face Mask by Martin Backes

Tired of being spotted on Google Street Maps? Do you feel like sticking it to privacy-invading Big Brother in a technological fashion next time he tries to capture your image on the web? The "Pixelhead" is the face mask for you.
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Via SNAV: Guess Who Stepped in?

Our boy SNAV caught up with a certain Grammy-Award-winning rapper/Emmy-Award-winning actor and hooked him up with a pair of Pritchards. Who was it? Check it out after the jump!
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Orisue's Earth Week


The guys over at streetwear label Orisue are launching a week long environmental campaign in honor of Earth Week. Each day of the week is dedicated to a different task - yesterday's (Monday, April 25) action was to recycle paper, plastic and metals, and today's (Tuesday, April 26) task is to donate/buy used clothing. The overall goal of the campaign is to reduce your carbon footprint and to develop green habits in your lifestyle. Participants can win prizes for their eco-friendly behavior. More details after the jump. 
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SNAV Joins Team OTW and Catches up with Grind Music

SNAV is the newest addition to Team OTW. SNAV has a background in music and will provide the East Coast perspective for OTW. He caught up with the guys from Grind Music and caused a ruckus with a pair of Bedfords. Check it out after the jump.
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OTW FTW Giveaway: Got My Vans (OTW) On...

Are you rocking a fresh pair of Vans from the OTW Collection? If you have a camera handy, you might just win a pair on us. How you ask? Find out after the jump.
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Monday, April 25, 2011

Via Ako: Alien Workshop x Panda Bear Decks

In celebration of Panda Bear's new solo album, Alien Workshop is releasing two limited edition skate decks featuring Tomboy's album artwork. Take a closer look at the decks after the jump.
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

The OTW Pritchard Named one of the Best Dressed(-Up) by Complex

Whichever way you start reading the April/May issue of Complex, whether it be starting with the Wiz Khalifa/Danny McBride cover or the Kat Dennings front page, make sure to check out page 34 for a look at the Pritchard.
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Sculptural Book Portraits by Souverein

For Dutch Book Week, ad agency Van Wanten Etcetera authorized image company Souverein to create sculptural book "portraits" of famous biographies and the individuals they're about. Anne Frank, Vincent Van Gogh, Louis Van Gall and Kader Abdolah are included in this series of literary sculptures. Check more images after the jump.
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Via Dimitri: Backstage at Isabel Marant

OTW Advocate Dimitri Coste is always on the go and his life is one big adventure - his days revolve around shooting, filming and riding. Currently, Dimitri is busy in France shooting the backstage vibes for French fashion designer Isabel Marant. Marant's collection has been a hit with the indie crowd since the '90s and Mr. Coste gets to capture the behind-the-scenes lifestyle at her fashion shows. Take a look at Dimitri's shots after the jump.
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Shrine Rack by Fernando A. Robert

Are you tired of storing your collection in your closet? Are you looking for a unique and cool way to show off your collection? The Shrine Rack is the shoe display for you! Created by Fernando A. Robert and designed with the collector in mind, the Shrine Rack consists of lightweight stainless steel racks that function as a wall display for your MVPs (most valued pairs). You can add a touch of the street boutique vibe to your personal space and turn your collection into a sneaker art installation with a few of these racks.

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The Wu-Tang Clan Meets Vintage Jazz in The 37th Chamber

Gerald Watson and DJ 2-Tones teamed up to blend the vicious raps of the Wu-Tang Clan members with the soothing melodies of old school jazz in Shaolin Jazz - The 37th Chamber. Check it out after the jump.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

This is the Collector: Bill C. aka DJ Guamstyles

This week's collector is none other than OffTheWallSite.net webmaster Bill C. aka DJ Guamstyles. Guam has been on the forums for years and did the sneaker community a big favor by resurrecting the OTWS Vans sneakerhead fansite and forum in May 2010. Guam is not officially affiliated with Vans but we thank him from the bottom of our waffle soles for his contributions to the Vans community. Check out his profile after the jump!
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Monday, April 18, 2011

Art In The Streets Opening at MOCA - Photo Recap

This past Thursday night was the artists' opening of the Art in the Streets exhibition at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles.  Mister Cartoon's ice cream truck and art were included in the show.  It was a packed house - media, tastemakers and celebrities showed up for the opening and enjoyed the art by Fab 5 Freddy, Lee Quiñones, Futura, Margaret Kilgallen, Swoon, RISK, Shepard Fairey, John-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, JR and others, as well a live performance by the Cold Crush Brothers with Grandmaster Caz. Check out pics from the event after the jump.
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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Art in the Streets Exhibition at MOCA Featuring Mister Cartoon

After much anticipation, the Art in the Streets exhibition at MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Los Angeles opens tonight! The exhibition will feature a slew of street artists including OTW's Mister Cartoon and will take place at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.  Key dates and information are after the jump.
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Vans OTW's Atiba Vs. Nike's P-Rod in a First Fakie Hardflip Showdown

OTW's Atiba Jefferson doesn't just spin sets and shoot photos, the guy can shred too.   Atiba and Nike skater Paul Rodriguez had a friendly first fakie hardflip showdown the other day. Atiba showed up wearing his signature Blackout Larkins and P-Rod showed up wearing his brand's footwear. Who came up and who went down? I bet you can tell from the image above. Check out the video after the jump. 
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Mister Cartoon Guest DJs on KCRW

Raul Campos from KCRW invited OTW Advocate Mister Cartoon to be a part of the station's Guest DJ Project.  Cartoon picked five songs for his guest spot and explained how they influenced his street art.  Take a look at his track list and interview after the jump.
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Asher Roth Loves College...and Pritchards?

Asher Roth loves college and he also loves some of the OTW Collection too.  Roth dropped by one of our accounts, Hot Rod, in LA to talk about his upcoming project with the shop and took a look at our Pritchards while he was there. Check out the video after the jump.
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

This is the Collector: Tom T. aka Samcolt12

This week's collector,Tom T. aka Samcolt12, is a husband, father, construction company manager and member of the Heat Seekers sneakerhead collective out of Texas.  I have never seen so many Vans in one place! I think Tom may have enough pairs to run a store out of his home.  Enjoy his interview and collection pics after the jump while I pick my jaw off of the floor. His shoe game is deep!

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Liu Bolin aka the Invisible Man

While most artists use paint and canvas to complete their pieces, Chinese artist Liu Bolin uses paint and himself to complete his art.  He camouflages himself into his surroundings and one shot can take up to 10 hours to complete. That's dedication! Take a look at some more of his art after the jump.
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MAKE NO!SE: Shane Pomajambo Featuring the OTW Collection

The third episode of Gerald Watson's lifestyle series, MAKE NO!SE, spotlights Art Whino Gallery founder Shane Pomajambo. The third installment of the series also features a cameo by our Herringbone Larkins. Check out the episode after the jump.
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Monday, April 11, 2011

Japan Earthquake Relief Skratch Session BBQ at Acrylick

Who says Sunday is a day to rest and stay home? I got up and dropped by the Acrylick shop in Azusa for their Skratch Session BBQ.  Clothing label/shop Acrylick partnered with DJ accessory manufacturer Odyssey for this session and invited local disc jockeys to come by, spin against one another and win prizes with donations from the event going to help those affected by the recent tragedies in Japan. The event was a lot of fun - good music, good crowd, good food, good cause - winning all around.  Check out pictures from the session after the jump.
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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Sneak(er) Peek: A Preview of the Upcoming Advocate Collaborations


The Blackouts x Vans OTW Larkin Decons just dropped and in the coming months the rest of our OTW Advocate collaborations with Eric Elms, Mister Cartoon and Dimitri Coste will be released.  Take a look at this very limited sneak preview after the jump.
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Collaboration for a Cause: IMKING x the American Red Cross for Japan

Streetwear brand IMKING has teamed up with the American Red Cross to create a special sticker to raise money for those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific.  
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Color Magazine Interviews The Blackouts

While in Canada for the Know?Show trade show, The Blackouts were interviewed by Sandro Grison for Color Magazine.  The skate culture quarterly profiled our twin DJs and asked the Jefferson brothers about their traveling experience in Canada. They had some interesting things to say in the spring issue of Color. 
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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Blackouts Set to Spin at the 9th Annual FILTER Yacht Club Coachella Party

OTW's Ako and Atiba Jefferson, The Blackouts, are set to spin a set at FILTER's Yacht Club Coachella Party on Friday, April 15. Our twin DJ duo will be in good company with Dam Funk, Win Win and "super surprise guest DJs" performing on the same day.  Headed out to Coachella? RSVP at FILTERMagazine.com/Coachella2011

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Skee.TV Catches up with Actor and Creators of How to Make It in America

Skee.TV/Karmaloop.TV caught up with pro skater/actor Javier Nunez, creators Ian Edelman and Eli Gesner from the HBO show, How to Make It in America, for this episode. If you're unfamiliar with the series, you should get acquainted with it before the season two debut. The plot centers around two friends - Ben Epstein (Bryan Greenberg) and Cam Calderon (Victor Rasuk) as they hustle through New York trying to establish their clothing line and "make it" as a business. Interesting factoid about Rasuk: he played Vans skate legend Tony Alva in Lords of Dogtown. The show has some serious star power with Kid Cudi, Shannyn Sossamon, Luis Guzman, Lake Bell and Eddie Kaye Thomas in reoccurring roles.
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Mister Cartoon Featured in Issue No.1 of Reed Pages Magazine

Reed Pages magazine has launched and features OTW Advocate Mister Cartoon in their first issue.  Check out the preview images after the jump.
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

EUKicks Presents Sneakerheads on Sneakers | W)Taps x Vans Rudeez

Sneaker blog EUKicks has launched a new series, Sneakerheads on Sneakers, to give shoe enthusiasts the opportunity to be honest about specific kicks in their collection. 
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This is the Collector: Charles H. aka Chuck_Vans_995

This week's Vans collector has a unique resume - Charles H. aka Chuck_Vans_995 from Texas is not only a Vans retail employee but also an on-air personality at 99.5 FM in San Antonio. His style parallels his line of work, drawing inspiration from skateboarding and music. Check out his full interview after the jump.

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Special Delivery: In4mation x Vans OTW Bedford

When I got home last night, I was greeted by a UPS box addressed to me from In4mation. Along with the Bedfords,the In4mants hooked me up with one of our collaboration tees that dropped last year. I'm not a fan of white laces but luckily I had a pair of matching red laces around. To be completely honest, Crisone's collector profile inspired me to do the lace swap. I copped the last 10.5 from In4mation but there are still a few sizes available on their online shop. Mahalos In4mants, you made my week. What do you guys think about the lace swap? Too matchy-matchy or on point?

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Monday, April 4, 2011

The Blackouts x Vans OTW Larkin Decon

Ako and Atiba teamed up with our design crew to "Blackout" our Larkins.  The Blackouts deconstructed the Larkin by removing all padding to refine the silhouette, applied premium black materials to upgrade the uppers and added their logo to the soles to complete their signature shoe. Detailed images and more info after the jump.
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Cartoon and Atiba Link Up and Ink Up

OTW's Mister Cartoon and Atiba caught up on Thursday night.  Atiba decided to add a new piece to his collection of tattoos. Cartoon powered up his needle and went to work. Check out Atiba's new piece after the jump.
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Friday, April 1, 2011

An Exclusive 15 Minute Clip from the Nujabes Documentary "An Eternal Soul"



Earlier this month we showed the the mini trailer for "An Eternal Soul," the documentary about the life and music of underground hip hop producer Nujabes.  The film was screened at SXSW and the director, Abe Spiegel, has allowed us to debut this 15 minute clip from his movie.

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