Monday, April 30, 2012

Dum English x Made by Monsters Signing with Ron English & Chris Brown

Chris Brown and Ron English teamed up with Vans OTW Advocate Chris Kong to bring their limited edition Dum English toy line to life and are celebrating the launch this week in LA. Brown and English will be signing their toys for fans Wednesday May 2 at Toy Art Gallery in Los Angeles from 2-4pm. Chris Kong will also be on hand for the event as well, so say what's up if you spot him! Dum English is a vinyl reincarnation of Chris Brown's Mechanical Dummy brand styled with the "popagandist" details of Ron English's art and designed in conjunction with Chris Kong's Made by Monsters label. Take a closer look at the Dum English line after the jump!

Dum English x Made by Monsters Star-Skull Necklace Toy ($75 each)

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Sneak(er) Peek: Lupe Fiasco x Vans OTW Collection Footwear

Take this as a preview of the forthcoming Lupe Fiasco x Vans OTW Collection footwear set to release at the end of 2012. As an Advocate, Fiasco teamed up with our design crew to create his first signature shoe with Vans using one of the newer silhouettes from the OTW line. This collaboration will be distributed in limited runs so be prepared to cop quickly when they drop! Stay posted...

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

MoCA Transmission LA Opening Night

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles continues to introduce art to the people by bringing high profile curators to organize events such as " Transmission LA" exhibition curated by the "Beastie Boys" own Mike D. Opened on April 19th the show features works by Tom Sachs, Mike Mills, Jim Drain & Ara Peterson, Peter Coffin, Ben Jones, Public Fiction and Sage Vaughn with each one bringing a distinct style under one theme - Audio Visual Club. Works like traditional paintings, large light installations, video installations and a nightly performance by an array of musicians with the opening night kicked off by Santigold. The show runs until May 6th and shouldn't be missed.
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"Mansome" documentary trailer



Executive producers and comedic actors Will Arnett and Jason Bateman bring us on a hilarious journey as they take a look at the modern man's identity in the 21st century. Directed by Morgan "Supersize Me" Spurlock the film looks like a light documentary in which models, actors, experts and comedians weigh in on the definition of masculinity. The film will hit select theaters on May 18th.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Via SNAV: One of The Roots

I had a chance to go check out an old friend. He goes by the name of James Poyser. You might not know him by face but you definitely know him by sound. He is a longtime collaborator and member of The Roots. James is also a Grammy Award winner that has worked with the likes of Adele, Norah Jones and Jay Z. I caught up with James before his performance on The Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show.
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"Inspiration" by Dimitri Coste

Eyewear brand Persol joined forces with eight contemporary filmmakers to create a series of films based on their design steps. Vans OTW Advocate Dimitri Coste was handpicked to create his take on their first process, "Inspiration". An avid action sports and open road enthusiast, Coste's inspiration for his flick came from travel. When asked about his film for his Persol interview, Dimitri replied, "I'm heading into unknown territory, inspired by a personal experience I have yet to live. The objective being to see the world or at least see my own path differently through different media." The eight part series also features works from Asa Mader, Gregoire Alexandre, Yi Zhou, Ari Marcopoulos, Alistair Taylor-Young, Fabio Paleari and Katerina Jebb. Check out Dimitri's "Inspiration" after the jump!
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Supafest 2012 (Weekend 2) Recap

Supafest 2012 concluded this weekend in Australia with third installment of the concert series taking place this past Saturday in Melbourne and wrapping up with a fourth and final show in Perth on Sunday. The two weekend music/four date festival is the Land Down Under's largest urban music festival to date with the bill featuring performances by Ice Cube, Kelly Rowland, T-Pain, Big Sean, Naughty By Nature, Chris Brown, Trey Songz and Vans OTW Advocate Lupe Fiasco. Element Photography was on hand for the event to catch some of the action at the Perth stop. Check out a few of our favorite pics after the jump and check out the rest of the set at their Facebook page.
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Famous Hair Posters

Graphic designer Patrícia Póvoa has created the series of minimalist posters featuring famous hair styles. It's quite clever and fun to guess. Enjoy.
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Monday, April 23, 2012

Photo Recap: Kenny Scharf "Hodgepodge"

"Hodgepodge" the highly anticipated solo show by one of the key figures in the 80's New York's East Village art movement Kenny Scharf opened last week at Honor Fraser Gallery. The show features an array of large scale paintings with artist's signature themes like The Jetsons and The Flinstones , sculptures, fully painted Cadillac and an ongoing black light room installation knows as a "Cosmic Cavern". The show runs until May 19th.


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Friday, April 20, 2012

Photo Recap: Ruslan Karablin aka SSUR - The Evil That Men Do


Ruslan Karablin's aka SSUR solo exhibition "The Evil That Men Do" opened this weekend at Known Gallery. This is the first major comprehensive presentation of the Russian born New York artist's works in Los Angeles. As the title suggest, the themes of the exhibition focus on human induced violence and struggles endured by the people in armed conflicts around the world. On the flip side Russ takes a look at glorified violence in pop culture portrayed in his works such as Hollywood's anti heroes Travis Bickle , Bill Foster and renditions of early 90's gangsta rap album covers. For the fans of SSUR clothing label the show also featured a great archive of the oh so famous long gone t-shirt graphics done by the brand over the years as art pieces. The show runs until April 21st.


Stash and Russ
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Photo Recap: "Twenty"

Our bros over at Vans Syndicate put together an amazing photo exhibition dedicated to 20th anniversary of the Half Cab shoe. The show is curated by Lance Dawes and features works of Gabe Morford, Dave Swift, Bryce Kanights, Jai Tanju, Mike O’Meally, Rhino, Luke Ogden, Anthony Acosta, Ben Colen and Atiba Jefferson presenting a selection of photographs of some of the world’s best skateboarders wearing the world’s greatest skateboard shoe over the past two decades.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Supafest 2012 (Weekend 1) Recap Featuring Lupe Fiasco


A few of America's biggest hip-hop and R&B stars ventured down under this weekend for Supafest. Australia's largest urban music festival kicked off in Brisbane this past Saturday and continued onto Sydney for day two. Supafest's roster includes Ice Cube, Big Sean, Ludacris, Trey Songz, T-Pain, Kelly Rowland, Chris Brown and Vans OTW Advocate Lupe Fiasco. Check out "Words I Never Said" from Fiasco's Brisbane performance above and also peep the photo gallery via Rap-Up after the jump!
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Eric Elms Named One of The Most Influential Artists of the Complex Decade

Our friends at Complex celebrated their 10 year anniversary this month and launched a series of retrospective "best of" countdowns of key figures and products from the Complex Decade. Their 100 Most Influential Artists list spotlights extraordinary individuals who changed art and visual culture with their works. Coming in at #96 is Vans OTW Advocate Eric Elms.
Complex on Elms:
Eric Elms is a designer respected among designers, who got his start screen printing posters for Shepard Fairey as a high school summer job...his work spans skateboards, clothes, magazines, books, and really any object he sees and decides to make better.

Elms is in good company as he's listed alongside Kaws, Banksy and even former Vans OTW Advocate Mister Cartoon. Check out the entire countdown at Complex.

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Monday, April 16, 2012

George Condo Retrospective

LA's Prism gallery is hosting an amazing retrospective of works by an American painter George Condo which opened last weekend. The works presented vary from sculptures to large scale pieces to drawings covering important periods of Condo's career. Considered to be one of the most influential artists of the past 30 years he has developed a style irking of the "Old Masters" works and has been exhibited in the museums around the world as well as stayed on the pulse of the modern culture by collaborating with Kanye West and Supreme. The exhibition runs until April 28th.
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Vans at Coachella 2012

The Vans crew was at Coachella in full force this weekend catching everything from Frank Ocean's first day set to Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's closing performance.
Our photo gallery also includes performances from SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, The Hives, Santigold, The Shins, Childish Gambino, Bon Iver, Jimmy Cliff, Tim Armstrong and more! Check out the entire set on Flickr.
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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Three-Dimensional Money Sculptures


Canadian based artist Kristi Malakoff's series titled "Money Pieces" utilizes the most colorful currency from all over the world to produce her amazing sculptures. Measuring at about 2.5 by 2.5 inches each sculpture is meticulously cut and folded using multiple copies of the bills resulting in beautiful three-dimensional geometrical shapes and some even resemble desert flora.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Photo Recap: Luis Gispert - All Oyster, No Pearl


Luis Gispert's solo exhibition "All Oyster, No Pearl" opened at Oh Wow gallery this past weekend showcasing artist's progression to a new style and methods from the "hip-hop baroque" aesthetic of his past works. The new pieces such a series of silver gelatin prints featuring staged composites of modern furniture with everyday household objects reminiscent of 70's conceptual photography as well as a series of what looks like factory manufactured sculptural work were quite a treat. The show is opened until May 12th.


Luis Gispert, José Parlá, Dr.Romanelli
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Video: "Angels & Stars" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno


Eric Turner, Tinie Tempah and Vans OTW Advocate Lupe Fiasco took to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno stage last night for a live performance of "Angels & Stars". The track is Turner's lead single from his forthcoming debut album due out later this year.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Reminder: Lupe Fiasco on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Tonight Lupe Fiasco makes his way to The Tonight Show stage with Eric Turner and Tinie Tempah for their live performance of "Angels & Stars". Check your local listings for show times and make sure to tune in tonight!

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Photo Recap: Paid Dues 2012


Paid Dues 2012 went down this weekend at the NOS Event Center in San Bernardino, California and we were on hand to catch a few of the sets. The festival pays homage to living legends and rising stars from the independent hip hop scene. Catch out our Flickr photo set featuring shots from the performances of the Wu Tang Clan, Mac Miller, People Under the Stairs, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Doomtree above.

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Trailer for Seth MacFarlane's "Ted"



Creator of "Family Guy" and a creative lead on recently reported reboot of "The Flinstones" cartoon Seth MacFarlane is set to debut his first big screen feature "Ted". Starring Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and Seth MacFarlane himself as a foul mouthed teddy bear. The film is due out this summer and if the trailer is of any indication it could be a really funny one.

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Sneaker Cubes by Pawel Nolbert

Sneaker-cubism may be a new form of art, or at least designer Pawel Nolbert hopes so. For this personal design project he took a few of his favorite sneakers and transformed them into three-dimensional six-sided pieces of art. Check out his take on the Vans Mid Skool Hiker CA above.
Cool right? I'll take a few of these for my cubicle. Take a look at the rest of his transformations at mashKULTURE.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Photo Recap: James Georgopoulos "Second Amendment"

James Georgopoulos latest solo art show appropriately named "Second Amendment" opened last week at Guy Hepner gallery. James Georgopoulos has worked with Oliver Stone and Zack Snyder among others before crossing over to fine arts. Naturally his background allowed him to create a body of work that has a unique three dimensional appeal bridging the gap between photography, art and film. His ongoing series "Guns of Cinema" are the photographs of guns that are the actual weaponry featured in cinema such as "Pulp Fiction", "XXX", The Sopranos, "Book of Eli", "The Getaway", "Salt" and many more. The artworks are quite impressive in person measuring seven by four foot, high-gloss, large scale silver gelatin prints with a multi-layered field of acrylic paint on the original photographs. The show is open until May 5th.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Video Playlist: Paid Dues Picks

Paid Dues takes place this Saturday and we're getting you ready for it with a video playlist featuring artists on the bill. Odd Future, Wu Tang, Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Dilated Peoples, DJ Quik and People Under the Stairs are slated to perform and you can get a taste of what's to come this weekend after the jump!

Don't forget we're giving away four pairs of tickets from Guerilla Union via Twitter and winners will be announced tomorrow evening. Who are you most excited to see? Tell us and Tweet us for your chance to win.
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Monday, April 2, 2012

Tweet About it: Tickets to Paid Dues!

Southern California: Some of the finest lyricists are set to take the stage this weekend at the NOS Event Center in San Bernardino for Paid Dues! Paid Dues is presented by Murs 3:16 in association with Guerilla Union and showcases some of the best talent from the underground scene. This year's show takes place on Saturday April 7 with a mix of legends who started as independent acts along with rising stars from the industry including: Wu-Tang, Odd Future, Mac Miller, Living  Legends, Dipset, Three-6 Mafia, Kendrick Lamar, Brother Ali, DJ Quik, Psycho Realm, Dilated People, Hieroglyphics, Alchemist, Cunninlyguists, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Ab-Soul, Trek Life, Swim Team, Surf Club and more!

With such an impressive roster of acts, we ask "Who are you most excited to see at Paid Dues?" Tell us for your chance to win a pair of tickets courtesy of Guerilla Union and the Vans OTW Collection!

We will be giving away four pairs of general admission tickets. To enter this giveaway you must:

1.) Follow @OTWVans & @Paid_Dues on Twitter
2.) Tell @OTWVans & @Paid_Dues who you are most excited to see at this year's show and tweet this post.
3.) Be on the lookout on Wednesday, April 4 at 6:00pm PST to see if you are one of the four lucky winners with Paid Dues tickets! Good luck!!!!!

*Please note this giveaway is ONLY for a pair of tickets for the Paid Dues show in San Bernardino, no transportation or travel accommodations will be provided. 

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