Friday, September 28, 2012

Vans OTW Collection Holiday 2012: Howell & Pritchard

The Howell and the Pritchard are two of the most versatile silhouettes within the Vans OTW Collection. The Howell takes styling cues from the desert boot silhouette while the Pritchard presents the aesthetic of a low top dress shoe. Both are supported by an EVA footbed and faux-heeled cupsole for all day comfort. Holiday 2012 presents a new colorway of the Howell alongside two new editions of the Pritchard. The H12 offerings of the Howell and Pritchard ship this October to select Vans OTW stockists. Get a closer look at the Howell in (Brogue) Blues with the Pritchard in (Brogue) Khaki and (Wool Stripe) Brown after the jump!
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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Throwback Thursday: KAWS in Tokyo & NYC (1997)

KAWS gets down on some of his first bus stops in New York and Tokyo in this 1997 video from Jetset Graffiti with commentary by Ron English.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Gerhard Richter Painting Documentary Trailer

"Gerhard Richter Painting" is a documentary film directed by Corinna Belz about one of the world's greatest living painters, Gerhard Richter who has spent over half a century experimenting with a tremendous range of techniques, ideas and various styles. The film features intimate conversations with the artist, as well as his critics, companions giving a profound insight into artists life and creative work. 

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 (Stream)

Lupe Fiasco highly anticipated sequel to his debut album released today and now you can purchase Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 on iTunes or in person. Want to hear the whole album before you purchase? Head over to SoundIsStyle.com to stream all 17 tracks from F&L II.


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Monday, September 24, 2012

OTW Trout Pack for Holiday 2012

The Trout pack from the Vans OTW Collection debuts this holiday season featuring an assortment of footwear, apparel and accessories. Influenced by the rugged outdoorsmen of the Northeast, this Americana-driven capsule spreads trout print across the uppers of the Cobern 2, Woessner and the lining materials of the Breton Boot and Ludlow Moc, in addition to a crew fleece, 5-panel cap, wallet, key chain, belt and Washburn Backpack with a mix of canvas, cotton and leather materials. The Trout pack is available this October at select OTW stockists. Get a look at the whole collection after the jump!
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Famous Robots Poster


Graphic designer Daniel Nyari has created a great poster design in his own unique style that displays a collection of Famous Robots from film, TV, comics and games. While there are some notable absences such as Dalek and The Robot from Lost In Space it's still a great little project.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Via SNAV: The Host with the Most - Esteban Serrano

Growing up I got a chance to watch great hosts like, Fab 5 Freddy, Ed Lover, Doctor Dre and Sway. I have a honor for knowing the new kid on the block. I am watching a great host grow right in font of my eyes. He goes by the name of Esteban Serrano.
Estaban called and wanted to use the Compound to start doing interviews for Fuse. This was a great look both for both of  us.  The Fuse production team was setting everything up for the interview.
Watching Estaban do interviews with people is like seeing two friends talk. He always brings the best out of people in his interviews. I hope that Esteban is coming up with these questions I don’t want to give the credit to some copywriter that sits at a desk with a tie on.
I got a chance to flip the script on Estaban and actually interview him. Check it out the interview below.

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Space Invader Goes to Space, Ocean


French street artist Space Invader best known for the "Space Invader Tiles" he's been putting all over the world takes it to the next level by flying a tile set in the Stratosphere and collaborating with another notable artist Jason Taylor deCaires who has been putting underwater statues in the depths of the Bay of Cancun by affixing some of Invader's tile pieces on his sculptures. Peep more images beyond the fold.
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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Throwback Thursday: Mr. Cartoon x Fast & Furious Billboard (2009)

This week's edition of throwback Thursday takes us 3 1/2 years in time back to March 2009 where Mister Cartoon created this custom mural for the fourth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise with the help of fellow street artists Revok1 and Toomer.


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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

KrNfx - Axis

Two-time Canadian and Korean beatbox champ KrNfx showcases his award winning self-made beats for Knocksteady. Dude kills it with his sounds and the added visual manipulations make this video an experience for the eyes and ears. You'll remember this performance everywhere you go...everywhere you go...watch the clip above and you'll get what I'm talking about.

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Tiny Oil Paintings On Pennies

Artist Jacqueline Lou Skaggs paints tiny oil paintings on discarded and found pennies (that's a nice way to monetize your finds!) for her series "Tondi Observations". The tiny series consist of twelve works and reflects upon paying a tribute no less on the face of discarded coins these iconic images transcend the coins value while defacing it.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

All Black Everything

Black goes with everything and keeps it simple. This fall, the Alcon and Stovepipe make it easy for you with two all-black make-ups. The Alcon keeps it comfy with canvas exteriors while the Stovepipe emits sophistication with its leather looks. Find these premium high tops online or at your local OTW retailer.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes


Make sure to watch this beautiful, well crafted and haunting short film by Kahlil Joseph for Flying Lotus's upcoming album "Until The Quiet Comes". The film features select cuts of new tracks such as "See Thru To U" feat. Erykah Badu, Hunger and Getting There feat. Niki Randa. Enjoy.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Art by Martin Wittfooth

New York based artist Martin Wittfooth prefers to use animals put in modern environment as the subject matter of his works creating haunting and beautiful imagery. "His work stems from a personal desire to process and reflect on the increasingly haywire relationship, confusion, and general detachment – both of experience and understanding - that the modern-day industrialized world has with its surrounding environment, and the forced and uneasy assimilations that take place when the two inevitably meet."
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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Throwback Thursday: Lupe Fiasco - Sunshine (2006)

This edition of Throwback Thursday throws us back nearly six years to this special performance of "Sunshine" for AOL Sessions. Shot two months after the release Food & Liquor, this clip is a testament to Lupe Fiasco's consistent stage etiquette as the fresh young MC showcases the same charisma, energy, grace and style in this intimate environment as the modern day Mr. Jaco does for his sold out arena shows. Watch his set above and get excited, Food & Liquor 2 drops in 12 days! 

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Washed Out

The Alomar is a favorite amongst the OTW crowd, so every season we like to freshen it up with new materials, colors and textures. Fall 2012 is no exception to this treatment as we present the Alomar in Stone Washed Canvas Red. The uppers of our signature high top are rinsed with a special wash to give them a refined aged aesthetic. Find a pair at the Vans Online Shop or at your local OTW retailer.

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RGB Colorspace Atlas


Tauba Auerbach a New-York based artist created the "RGB Colorspace Atlas" which is a massive book containing the prints of every variation of RGB color. Basically its a printed version of the color picker in Photoshop. More images beyond the fold.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Breaking Bad Opening Credit Illustrations

Breaking Bad broke into season five this July and its mid-season finale aired last week, leaving Walter White junkies wanting more. Graphic designer Martin Woutisseth feeds this addiction with his illustrated take on the show's opening credits. You'll have plenty of time to enjoy this as season five picks up next summer.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Animated Banksy GIFs

Check out these really rad animated gifs of famous graffiti works by Bansky. Give them a few seconds to load and peep the rest beyond the fold.
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Wool Pack: Stovepipe, Alomar and Cobern 2

For the fall season we picked three of our shoes: Stovepipe, Alomar and Cobern 2 seen here to be done in nice wool and black leather. Stovepipe is slim and lightweight shoe with minimal branding that is perfect for a casual outfit.  The Alomar on the other hand is a slimmed-down high-top shoe that keeps close to it's skate roots while keeping fashionable. Last but not least Cobern 2 our modernized version of a classic boat shoe is definitely the one to be excited about in the fall season, featuring a moc toe, very soft materials and waxed laces, the shoe looks good for any occasion keeping it classy and stylish.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Intuition & Equalibrum - Make Better f/ Raquel Rodriguez

Intuition and Equalibrum team up for "Make Better". The relaxed beat, beautiful scenery and soulful chimes from Raquel Rodriguez make this the ideal music video to head into the weekend with. 

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Introducing Vans OTW Collection Apparel for Fall 2012

In Fall 2010, modern design met the original when the Vans OTW Collection launched as a new line of footwear inspired by our iconic Classic silhouettes updated with styling cues taken directly from street fashion. Two years later, Vans OTW is proud to present our new apparel capsule for Fall 2012 that stays true to the spirit and ethos of the OTW line. Vans OTW apparel delivers a range of fashion forward pieces for creatives who have quality design in mind. The capsule collection includes premium tees, stylish caps, sophisticated button-ups, a water-resistant chore jacket and a rucksake-style backpack.
Check out the collection worn by Weapons of Mass Creation's Shane Bang and Kevin Ke as they delivery their personalized beats. Always supporting self-expression, Vans OTW is proud to have these artists showcase the new line. Vans OTW apparel is available now at Vans retail locations and select OTW acounts worldwide. Take a closer look at each piece after the jump.
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Starks x Vans OTW Woessner Stockists

The Stark x Vans OTW Woessner is a limited edition project between Alex Dymond and our design team. Simple yet sophisticated, these low tops have caught the eye of many, including GQ. The million dollar question as of late has been "where can I cop a pair?" You have questions and I have answers. Check out our collab stockist list after the jump to find a retailer.
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A History of New York in 50 Objects


The New York Times put together a great feature that explores the city of New York in only fifty objects. From the mastodon tusk and bagels to yellow cabs and iconic coffee cups. Definitely a worthy read.




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