Straight out of A Tribe Called Quest's Anthology days, Vans brings the '90s back in full force with itsOTW Kitu Print Pack for the spring. Chock full of goodies, the pack infuses early hip-hop with the Vans lifestyle to bring us two shirts and two new kicks. The shirts--the button-down Portmore and the pocket tee Checker DNA--feature colorful tribal patterns and a rather eclectic motif to create the unique Kitu Print. The Kitu Print also adorns the new Stovepipe in a misty green and blue colorway. Finishing out the pack is the Piercy, which, while it appears standard gray on the outside, features the eye-catching Kitu print in its liner. Colorful, fun, and full of energy, the Vans OTW Kitu Print Pack is a quintessential spring collection worth drooling over. --Kade Krichko
Vans goes grassroots this spring when it brings its Custom Culture Pack into production. The idea behind the pack started in 2010 with a Vans competition that asked high school art programs to submit their designs for four heritage styles from Classics: the Authentic, Classic, Sk8-Hi, and 106 Vulcanized. Last year's winner was Rio Rancho High School out of New Mexico, and the result are four unique designs over the Classics silhouettes. The shoes feature southwest prints inspired by the New Mexican geography, and some, like the Classic Slip-On, pay tribute to the tattoo culture with ink and skin artwork of the region. On top of creating fresh designs, the Vans program also donates $50,000 to the winning school every year. Seems like a win-win to me. Expect to see the 2013 Vans Custom Classics hit select stores soon. --Kade Krichko
The iconic Pier 62 skatepark in New York was the scene of the first annual Vans Bowl-A-Rama NYC this last weekend.
With pro and masters divisions attacking the concrete bowl, some serious legends of the sport were on hand from both divisions. Names like Caballero, Hosoi, and Mountain topped the masters while Pedro Barros, Alex Sorgente, and Ben Hatchell led the pro division.
Our comrades over at Skateboarder mag had one of their ace lensmen, Aaron Smith, there to capture some insane shots from the event. View the pro division here, and master's here.
Photo of Alex Sorgente by Aaron Smith/Skateboarder Mag
If you are like most people, when you purchase new shoes you want them to look
brand spankin' new. Well, Vans has decided to go in the opposite direction with
their California Authentic "Stained" collection, which consists of shoes treated with a
brown dye that creates a "these shoes have been places" look.
The shoes will run you about 65 bones for that worn-in style and come in light blue
and olive green.
Click on photo above to view different angles of the new distressed shoe.
They are available now, in stores or online here.
While on the road filming for their upcoming film de surf, "Get-N Classic - Vol 2," the Vans team logged hours and hours of footie that wouldn't quite fit the mold of their full-length film. Instead of canning it, they have decided to release it in webisode form in their aptly titled "Cutting Room Floor" series. Below are the first four installments; there's one from Indo, one from Hawaii, and two, including their newest 'sode, from South Africa. The stars include Dylan Graves, a couple Florence bros, a Doheny, and a couple Gudauskas bros. Enjoy.