Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Lupe Fiasco, Bilal & Robert Glasper on David Letterman Tonight!

Tune in tonight to the Late Show w/ David Letterman to catch Robert Glasper, Bilal and Vans OTW Advocate Lupe Fiasco perform "Always Shining"! The track is fresh off of Glasper's Black Radio album which dropped yesterday and the trio is set to dish it out live tonight at 11:35pm on CBS. Get familiar with "Always Shining" below and make sure to tune in tonight!



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Photo Recap: Os Gemeos "Miss You"

LA's Prism Gallery held an opening for "Miss You" an exhibition of new works by the Brazilian duo Os Gemeos this past weekend. One might remember Os Gemeos works featured at the "Art in the Streets" exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Art in 2011. This time around Os Gemeros twins or Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo presented new works which take the viewer through a labyrinth of visual language fashioned from the artists minds. Upon entering the exhibition, the viewer is transported into an alternate world filled with color, light and sound. The gallery is literally taken over by the colorful works and large scale pieces that fill the two story space. Check out the images from the opening night.
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Vans OTW Collection Spring 2012: Ludlow Decon in Dress Blues

This season, we deconstructed the popular Ludlow from the Vans OTW Collection by removing the lining materials and binding, giving the low top a simple yet refined update perfect for the spring and summer. Be on the lookout for the new Ludlow  Decon in Dress Blues hitting OTW retailers this March!
Dress Blues


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Monday, February 27, 2012

New Music: Eric Turner's "Stylechanger" (Mixtape) f/ Lupe Fiasco, Kardinal Offishall & More

Eric Turner just dropped Stylechanger, his new mixtape, this week! Track selection includes "Written in the Stars" featuring Tine Tempah, "Style Changer" featuring Kardinal Offishall and Professor Green and Lasers collaboration "Break the Chain" with Vans OTW Advocate Lupe Fiasco. Download Turner's FREE mixtape at SoundCloud!

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Photo Recap: Terry Richardson "Terrywood"


Terry Richardson’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, titled "Terrywood", opened with a bang last weekend at OH WOW gallery. Consisting of over 25 of his latest photographs the show is inspired by the Hollywood life and stereotypical iconic images seen thru out LA. The opening night drew a slew of celebrities and paparazzi on the red carpet as well as a huge crowd gathered outside of the gallery space in a true Hollywood's spectacle. Peep the images from the opening after the fold.


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Friday, February 24, 2012

Vans OTW Collection Spring 2012: Alomar in (Bio Wash Canvas) Lead

The Alomar updates the look of the Chukka Boot, refining the Classic silhouette into a modern, slimmed down high top that pushes the boundaries between skate and street fashion. This spring, the Alomar's canvas uppers are bio washed for a tonal grey treatment throughout the uppers and outsole. Finished off with embossed tongue branding and stitch detailing, this new colorway of Alomar ships to Vans OTW Collection retailers this March.
(Bio Wash Canvas) Lead

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Unraveling Credit Cards


Inspired by the state of today's global economy, conceptual artist Dimitri Tsykalov created a series of giant unraveling credit cards made from yarn.
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Via SNAV: Last Night a DJ Played 45s

The other night I went To NYC's LPR club to hear the classics. Going to clubs in New York, you don’t get to hear the classics that much. To see DJs still use 45s is a real treat. The slip pad was even legendary. To see anything from Cold Chillin in 2012 is like WOW.
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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Vans OTW x The Blackouts Reggae Compilation LP


In 2011, Vans OTW and The Blackouts (Ako and Atiba Jefferson) set out to create a free reggae compilation featuring music from VP Record's vast catalog of artists.  VP Records houses the best in reggae and dance hall music and the twin DJ duo spent weeks carefully selecting each artist for this vinyl compilation. Once the tracks were chosen, the Advocates and Vans set out for Jamaica to finalize the project. In Kingston and Trench Town, The Blackouts were able to walk the steps of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh and photographed living reggae legends such as I Wayne, King Jammy and Ding Dong for the album artwork. Although The Blackouts time as OTW Advocates has come and gone, they’ll always be a part of the  Vans family.
As a parting gift to all of the OTW/Vans fans, The Blackouts present this FREE limited edition album, available at select OTW retailers worldwide. Get a complete list of stockists and a closer look at the record after the jump!
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Jacob Sutton’s L.E.D. Surfer


Fashion photographer and filmmaker Jacob Sutton spent three very cold nights on the slopes of Tignes in the Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France filming pro snowboarder William Hughes shredding the mountain while wearing L.E.D.suit by John Spatcher. As Jacob Sutton says “I've always been excited by unusual ways of lighting things, so it seemed like an exciting idea to make the subject of the film the only light source.”

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Behind the Scenes: Yasiin Bey's "N.I.P."

I had a chance to get the behind the scenes of Yasiin Bey’s new video “N.I.P.”. The song is a take on Jay-Z and Kanye’s “N****s in Paris”. The new video dropped this week and here are a few shots of the performance from the video.
Colin the engineer got the levels together as Yasiin got ready for his shoot. Check out a few more shots and the completed video after the jump!
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Monday, February 20, 2012

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter


In celebration of the Presidents Day here is the trailer for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter". The film explores the secret life of one of the greatest US presidents, and the untold story that shaped a nation. Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov bring a fresh and visceral voice to the bloodthirsty lore of the vampire, imagining Lincoln as history's greatest hunter of the undead. Enjoy!

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Poppin' Pritchards

The Pritchard made its debut a little over a year ago in the Vans OTW Collection. We presented our take on the traditional dress shoe back in Spring 2011 with a few tweaks to the OG design. 
While we kept the general construction of the uppers, we played with the outsole, integrating our Vans DNA into the silhouette with a faux-heeled rubber cupsole paved with waffle tread. This season we play with the outsole some more, hitting the black open canvas colorway with a rich green pop and the brown shag suede style with a brick red detail.
Get a closer look at the new run of Vans OTW Pritchards at the Vans web shop.

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Nylon x Vans OTW Lavo Las Vegas Recap

This week's Nylon x Vans OTW party at Lavo was packed! Folks in town for MAGIC and the general party going crowd in Vegas crowded the Polazzo hot spot to catch Vans OTW Advocate Lupe Fiasco and his DJ partner Sky Gellatly spin together as SNDCLSH. Get a recap of Tuesday night's event at Haute Living.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Vans OTW Presents: Eric Elms - Wish You Were Here

Renowned photographer Peter Sutherland shot and edited this mini-documentary centered around Vans OTW Advocate Eric Elms' "Wish You Were Here" exhibition for OffTheWall.TV. Sutherland followed Elms to Japan as he ventured through Tokyo and showcased his new works at Common Gallery this fall. Aside from elaborating on his means of expression, Elms also spoke candidly about his interest in the zine format, history of Kilroy, Japanese culture and more. Watch "Vans OTW Presents: Eric Elms - Wish You Were Here" below:



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99 Problems in Film


Jay-Z's "99 Problems" is recreated line by line using clips from movies by Electric Method. Watch it. Now.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Day at NAMM

I recently went to NAMM, a convention of all music production equipment. There is everything there from drums, drum machines and maybe 1000 drummers walking around. The first booth I went to check out was Focusrite/Novation.
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Chicago's Cloud Gate "Luminous Field" Light Show

One of Chicago's most famous public installation located in Millennium Park, "Cloud Gate" also known as "The Bean" by contemporary artist Anish Kapoor got a little makeover by a creative team Luftwerk. Using the sculptures reflective surface with the help of a dozen of projectors and lights the group turned "The Bean" into a light show titled "Luminous Field". The show starts at 6pm everyday and runs through February 20th. So if you are in Chitown, do check it out in person.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

2:14

Happy February 14th from Vans OTW, whether you celebrate it as Valentine's Day, Single Awareness Day or just like any other day, enjoy the day! If you're looking for a last minute gift idea, swing by the Vans web shop or your nearest OTW retailer and pick up a pair of fresh red Bedfords for that special sneakerhead in your life.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Nylon x Vans OTW at LAVO Las Vegas

Listen up Vegas! The OTW team will be in your neighborhood this Tuesday, 2/14, for MAGIC and while were there, we're also throwing a party with Nylon Magazine at LAVO. Come party with us and catch OTW Advocate Lupe Fiasco and Sky Gellatly spin as The SNDCLSH. Get your tickets for the event at the official site for LAVO Las Vegas.

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UNKLE - Another Night Out


Check out this pretty amazing video for UNKLE track, Another Night Out. The video is directed by Toby Dye and features an unlicensed boxer Terry Wright.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Vans OTW Stovepipe Now Available!

The Vans OTW Stovepipe made its debut this spring and is now available at the Vans Online Shop! The slim, minimalist mid top makes it mark with a trio of materials: slick savannah leather with an all black aesthetic, crispy canvas with clean white detailing from top to sole and handsome hazybuck with a strong hit of gray from its foxing stripe to uppers. Pick your favorite colorway(s) and head over to our web shop to cop these now! More images after the jump.
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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Takashi Murakami “Ego”


Takashi Murakami is set to open his seminal solo show in Qatar featuring more than 60 works from 1997 to the present, as well as several new pieces. Including his famous works such as Kaikai Kiki , Lots of Faces and Pom and Me, installation of LED pedestals with digital animation, a circus tent that doubles as a cinema, and a new 100-meter long painting that wraps around the entire space exhibition. One of the most impressive pieces presented is a giant inflatable balloon of Murakami himself at the entrance of the exhibition. Check out a few preview photos from this amazing event.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" Trailer


Wes Anderson is back! For his latest film he once again teamed up with another talented writer/director Roman Coppola. "Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, 'Moonrise Kingdom' tells the story of two twelve year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore -- and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle. Starring Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman."

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Vans OTW Presents: Live in Berlin

The Vans OTW Collection kicked off our new season of product and celebrated the addition of two new Advocates, Lupe Fiasco and Chris Kong, at the House of Vans Berlin for our 2012 Launch Party. The night featured artwork exhibitions by our Advocate team including Kong, Eric Elms and Dimitri Coste while Fiasco and music legend Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) shut the night down with live performances for party goers. It was definitely an amazing night, catch our video recap above!

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SNDCLSH x DJ Kue "Automatic" Remix

The SNDCLSH (Lupe Fiasco & DJ Sky Gellatly) and DJ Kue come together to remix the 1983 Pointer Sisters' track "Automatic". Almost 20 years since its creation, the trio of DJs bring the classic recording to modern day with hints of house and dubstep. Stream "Automatic" below:

SNDCLSH (DJ Lupe Fiasco + DJ Sky Gellatly) x DJ Kue - The Pointer Sisters "Automatic" REMIX by SNDCLSH


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Monday, February 6, 2012

Photo Recap: Michael Miller "West Coast Hip Hop, A Culture in Pictures"


LA's Known Gallery hosted a two day only engagement for Michael Miller's solo show "West Coast Hip Hop, A Culture in Pictures" this past weekend. The exhibition featured never before seen photographs of some of the biggest names in rap, rock and jazz of the ‘90s composed from Miller's portfolio of over 300 record covers, ad campaigns and private sessions spanning 25 years.


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Official Video: "Angels & Stars"


Last week we previewed Eric Turner's "Angels & Stars" with a behind the scenes video from Turner's camp. Today we bring you the official video featuring Euro MC Tinie Tempah and Vans OTW Advocate Lupe Fiasco via Eric Turner's VEVO account

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Via SNAV: A Trip Abroad Pt. II

While in Berlin I got invited to a private dinner. My first thought is what am I going to eat at this dinner. Lol It was a beautiful night in Berlin. The Berlin Skyline reminds me of New York.
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