Thursday, May 31, 2012

Vans OTW Collection Fall 2012: Cobern 2

Our original boat shoe sneaker, the Vans OTW Cobern, is refined and simplified for its return to the line in Fall 2012. The Cobern 2 features a cleaner upper design with a new deconstructed fit and woven tag tongue branding but maintains the signature moc toe detailing and deluxe material adornment for the updated silhouette. The Vans OTW Cobern 2 debuts this June in four colorways: Brown/Blues, (Wool) Black, (Ballistic) Black and White/Antique. Check them all out after the jump!
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Photo Recap: Kon Trubkovich "Leap Second"


With his fist solo show in LA New York based artist Kon Trubkovich reveals his most personal work to date. A new series of paintings and works on paper with prominent stylistic depiction of the television static and weak transmissions. The most interesting pieces at the show are the large-scale portraits of the artist’s mother, culled from just one second from a home video  from the late 80's hence the name of the show "Leap Second" as well as similar works from other sources create a unique and well represented idea. The show runs until June 23rd.

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Vans OTW Collection Fall 2012: The Pritchard

The Pritchard is a versatile silhouette that combines sneaker styling with dress shoe sophistication. Adorned in high-end materials, lined with premium textiles, supported with an EVA midsole and stacked on top of a clean, slim faux heeled cupsole, the Pritchard is perfect for all occasions. The Vans OTW Pritchard hits retailers this June with two new colorways: (Tweed) Black/Bungee and Bungee/Gum. Check out both colorways after the jump!
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Vans OTW Collection Fall 2012: The Stovepipe

The Stovepipe makes its return to the Vans OTW Collection with four new colorways: (Wool) Black, (Stealth) Black, (Stone Washed Canvas) Navy and (Saddle) Brown. Our deconstructed mid-top debuted in Spring 2012 with a simple yet progressive design featuring premium uppers and hidden gillie lacing system grounded on a slimmer vulcanized outsole and tread. The Fall 2012 offerings of the Vans OTW Stovepipe ship 6/1 to OTW retailers worldwide. Check out all colorways after the jump!
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Skateboard Mag 100th Issue Anniversary Party Recap


This past weekend our bros Ako and Atiba Jefferson celebrated the launch of the 100th issue of the Skateboard Mag with a photo show of the favorite images from the past issues and somewhat short but awesome music set by Ray Barbee. In the end of the evening all of the photos were "given out" or grabbed to be precise by the lucky few attendees who were close enough to the walls at the time and didn't mind a little friendly rumble. The event went way late into the night thanks to an abundance of "refreshing beverages" and lots of good peoples.



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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Woodkid "Run Boy Run"



One of our favorite videos last year was made by a french musician/director Yoann Lemoine aka Woodkid.  His latest video "Run Boy Run"  follows and expands on the previous effort creating a unique look and style.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Via SNAV: The Top 40 Underdog

This has been a great week at the lab. Yasiin Bey came through to record the second installment off of his top 40 project. Yasiin dropped the first cut in Jan, which was “N***** in Poorest”. Yasiin was warming up while listening to the beat.
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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Interview with Evan Pricco of Juxtapoz Magazine


For our latest interview feature we sat down with the managing editor of one of the best art magazines around Juxtapoz - Evan Pricco to find out what is it like to run a monthly magazine, traveling, never sleeping, state of modern art and oh so much more. Evan was kind enough to give us quite detailed answers so get your read on!
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Vans OTW Collection Fall 2012: The Alcon

The Alcon is a slimmed-down, narrowed up version of the Alomar. A slightly longer toe and thinned collar pattern are the small adjustments that modernize this style – based on the current Alomar cupsole for comfort and support. The Vans OTW Alcon debuts in two colorways, (Wool) Black and Black/Black, shipping this June to retailers. Check 'em out after the jump!
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A Brief History of John Baldessari narrated by Tom Waits



John Baldessari is turning 81 years old this year in June and coincidentally or maybe not ...  LACMA is honoring Baldessari and Clint Eastwood in their first annual"Art + Film Gala" event. To celebrate the event LACMA commissioned this little film about "the epic life of a world-class artist jammed into six minutes" narrated by Tom Waits himself just because Baldessari said  "he has a great voice".  Baldessari's latest art show is up now at LA's Margo Leavin Gallery. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Vans OTW Collection Fall 2012: The Piercy

The Piercy is a deluxe update to the Bedford. Our popular mid-top is refined with slimmer profile, minimal collar padding and extended toe ramp. Clean design, tonal branding and premium finishing materials complete the package. The Vans OTW Piercy ships this June in four new colorways: (Saddle) Brown, (Ballistic) Black, (Stone Washed) Blue and (Wool) Gargoyle. Take a closer look after the jump!
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"Around My Way (Freedom Ain't Free)" - Lupe Fiasco

Last night Lupe Fiasco debuted his first single, "Around My Way (Freedom Ain't Free)", off his highly-anticipated Food & Liquor 2 LP. Fiasco pairs his rhymes with Pete Rock and CL Smooth's "T.R.O.Y." beat for this future classic. Check out the track above and be on the lookout for Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt. I available 9/25/12.

Download: "Around My Way (Freedom Ain't Free)" at iTunes

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Via SNAV: Curtains Not Closed

I got a chance to bring Curtains to the compound to work on a new project. Curtains is every rapper’s favorite rapper. It was great to see Curtains going back in on the mic. Curtains was getting ready to rhyme on a track produced by Raak that was very upbeat and energetic.
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Lawless Trailer

"Lawless" is the true story of the infamous Bondurant Brothers: bootlegging siblings who made a run for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Virginia. In this epic outlaw tale, inspired by true-life tales of author Matt Bondurant’s family in his novel “The Wettest County In The World”, the loyalty of three brothers is put to the test against the backdrop of the nation’s most notorious crime wave. Starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman and Mia Wasikowska. Directed by John Hillcoat (The Road, The Proposition) and written by Nick Cave of "Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds".

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Friday, May 18, 2012

The SNDCLSH at LAVO Las Vegas Tonight!

Lupe Fiasco and Sky Gellatly are back in Vegas tonight for their residency at LAVO. The party starts tonight at 10pm at The Palazzo (LAVO is located inside) 3355 South Las Vegas Blvd. in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tickets are still available online, pick them up at LAVO's event page.


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Thursday, May 17, 2012

MOCA Presents: "Rebel" Opening Night Recap

MOCA Presents: "Rebel" opened last weekend at LA's emerging contemporary art space JF Chen. "Rebel is an interrogative ode to Nicholas Ray’s masterpiece "Rebel Without Cause" (1955) conceived by James Franco to embrace and mine the main themes and events in the original film. The exhibition reinterprets the film’s legends, the people involved, its place in Hollywood, film as a medium, and behind-the-scenes footage, in a new, fresh, and unconventional presentation of film, video installation, photography, painting, drawing, and sculpture, housed in and framed by iconic Hollywood structures." Featuring the works of Douglas Gordon, Harmony Korine, Damon McCarthy, Paul McCarthy, Terry Richardson, Ed Ruscha, and Aaron Young. Rebel is on view through June 23 and should be explored in person and certainly not to be missed.  

  
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Rock the Bells 2012 Line Up Announced

Last night Guerilla Union hosted a press conference to announce the line up for this year's Rock the Bells. The festival returns this summer with four dates and has been expanded to a two-day event. Headlining acts include Kid Cudi, Nas, Wiz Khalifa, J Cole Atmosphere, Mac Miller, Kendrick Lamar, Method Man & Red Man and Vans OTW Advocate Lupe Fiasco. Everyone and their mom is on the bill, with Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty by Nature, Slick Rick and DJ Quik reppin' classic hip hop as well as Dom Kennedy, Yelawolf, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky and Tyga reppin' for the next generation of the genre. DJ Lance Rock and Friends from Yo Gabba Gabba will even make an appearance and did I also mention RTB will see the reunion of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and a special performance by Missy Elliot and Timbaland!?!? This sh*t is going to be bananas, guaranteed. Keep checking Rock The Bells' official site for all of the updates.

August 18 & 19, 2012 At the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, CA
August 25 & 26, 2012 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA
September 1 & 2, 2012 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ
December date TBA at the Bay Front Amphitheater in Miami, FL

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Photo Recap: Barry McGee at Prism Gallery

LA's Prism Gallery held an opening reception for Barry McGee's latest solo exhibition this past weekend. The exhibition features a new collection of drawings, paintings, prints, installations sculptures and photos from the acclaimed San Francisco based artist. McGee aka Twist's latest work is very bright and graphic borrowing from different sources such as advertising and found materials maybe chaotic at the first glance but at the same time one find can find a methodically well told story behind the works. The exhibition runs until June 30th.
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INSA's Downtown LA Mural

INSA brings another mural to life, this time he brings his craft to city walls of Downtown Los Angeles. INSA's newest work was a joint effort, with LA Freewalls and Daniel Lahoda of Jet Set Graffiti providing supplies for the lively street art.

Get a closer look at INSA's LA mural at Hypebeast.
Photo by:Todd Mazer

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Sneak(er) Peek: Fall 2012 Vans OTW Stovepipe

 
The Stovepipe returns for Fall 2012! Our progressive mid-top made its debut in spring and hits retailers this season with four fresh colorways. Expect to see the new variations throughout the month of June. Stay tuned for more details to come.

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JR and José Parlá "Wrinkles of The City" in Havana, Cuba


French artist JR continues his amazing "Wrinkles of The City" project and this time he takes it to Havana, Cuba with the help of Cuban- American artist José Parlá bringing the two distinctly different artistic styles into one harmonious set. As a part of The Havana Biennial 2012 the works are sure to be bringing worldwide attention and it certainly changes and refreshes JR's works. More images after the fold.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Dimtri's Ready for Dirt Quake!

 
Dimitri Coste is ready for Dirt Quake! Dimitri's prepared to go all in for upcoming race, bringing his BSA from Paris to the UK's Brandon Speedway Stadium for the May 19th event. Keep checking Dimitri's blog, Le Motel Coste, for all of his pre-Quake updates.

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Nutcrackers by Jennifer Rubell

New York based artist Jennifer Rubell continues her trend of creating art based around or involving food as a subject matter. For her 2011 art series appropriately titled "Nutcrackers" she did 18 life-size sculptures of pre-fab mannequins with each one displayed in such way so that the legs can crush a nut in the inner thigh. The work is also interesting because it changes the traditional viewer-artwork boundary by requiring one to participate in it. The work was recently a part of New York's Frieze Art Fair.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Dimitri Coste: Professional Photographie Et Amateur Racing via Shoes-Up Mag

Vans OTW Advocate Dimitri Coste talks sneakers, skate, BMX, photography and more with Oliver Schmitt for the latest issue of Shoes-Up Mag. Check out the whole article (read the text or click images to enlarge) after the jump!
Words by Oliver Schmitt/Shoes Up:
Since he was a kid, Dimitri Coste is a Vans-a-holic as well as an US action sports enthusiast: MX, BMX, and skate. Now grown up and photographer, he turned his childhood addictions into his favorite photo topic. Read more »

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Sneak(er) Peek: Fall 2012 Vans OTW Alomar

The Vans OTW Alomar is one of the most popular silhouettes in the line so its spot in the forthcoming season is a well deserved one. Fall 2012 debuts a new set of colorways of our Chukka-styled high top with four updates releasing throughout June and July. Keep an eye on the OTW site for all the official info!

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor 2 Will be a Double Album



FUSE TV caught up with Lupe Fiasco this weekend at Beale Street Music Festival
and got him to spill some more beans about the Food & Liquor 2! Fans can expect a two-part double album that will carry on the same musicality from the original album from an unrestricted Fiasco, "without the industry constraints, without the trying to please the hardcore fans or get the new fans" to quote him directly. Fiasco fanatics can also expect the album single to (hopefully) drop May 22. Another thing to look out for is "Form Follows Function", another track from the F&L 2 and apparently, "You just can't fuck with it" to quote Lupe once again. Check out the video above for all the details!

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Starry Night Light Installation

Photographer Lee Eunyeol creates very elaborate light installations that give the viewer an illusion of night sky as if it was put on the ground creating serene scenes of sleeping nature. As he puts it himself: "Starry night expresses private spaces given by night and various emotions that are not able to be defined and described in the space. I’ve chosen analogue type for the expression which attempts to install electric bulbs in an object to be expressed using back space of night by taking advantage of huge studio. There are two spaces in photographs. One is a space before electric bulbs of familiar landscape are installed and the other is a space after electric bulbs expressed by dispersing personal emotion are installed. Unified light from these two spaces generates a mysterious landscape." 
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Friday, May 4, 2012

The Gallerian x Vans OTW Pop Up Store


This Saturday, The Gallerian in Bruderstr will become the first pop-up shop for the Vans OTW Collection. The joint shop re-opens at noon on May 5 with a party featuring a photography exhibition by OTW Advocate Dimtri Coste and music by The Discodogs. If you can't make the opening you can still shop the pop up store until May 30. Refer to the flier above for all the details!

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Via SNAV: What about B.o.B.?

I had a chance to goto a in studio session to see Atlantic recording artist B.o.B. He was playing and performing new tracks from his album at Sirius XM.
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Thursday, May 3, 2012

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

Chris Brown and Ron English along with our Vans OTW Advocate Chris Kong were in town to celebrate the release of the limited edition "Dum English" toy line . Both Chris Brown and Ron English were on hand to sign their toys for the adoring fans at the Toy Art Gallery . We were there as well along with our boy Chris Kong reppin Vans OTW and his Made by Monsters label. Peep our photo recap of the festivities beyond the fold.
 
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Ron English x Chris Brown Dum English Exhibition at Corey Helford Gallery

Last night, musician Chris Brown and pop artist Ron English exhibited their Dum English toy line at LA's Corey Helford Gallery. For this special project, the duo collaborated with Vans OTW's Chris Kong to manufacture the vinyl figures under his Made by Monsters label. In addition to showcasing the limited edition toys, Brown presented some of his new artwork and joined English for a live painting session, customizing a Dum English Skull Astronaut sculpture for the crowd of VIPs and media. Check out the photo recap of the night after the jump!
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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Moves Like Kate Upton


I can honestly say that Kate Upton is my favorite model right now. Her beauty has caught the eye of the mainstream but it's her fun personality that keeps us fascinated. Check out some of her killer dance moves that have gone viral, the latest being her "Cat Daddy" performance for Terry Richardson but don't miss her "Dougie" either. Mick Jagger move over, I think we'd rather have moves like Kate Upton.
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