It's not sooo easy to juuust start a Skate Co.
Check out out the fruition of SHUT skateboards and the etc. with Rodney Smith, Eli Gessner, Chris Pastras and Alyasha Owerka-Moore and the birth of Shut skateboards and the evolution of skateboarding on the East Coast.
Just giving you another reason to LOVE N.Y.C.
For more videos from The Collaboratory, click here: http://offthewall.tv/show/collaboratory/index
James Van Doren passed away Oct.12th at his home in Fullerton after a long illness, He was 72.
The Los Angeles Times wrote a really cool article about one of the men, behind quite possibly, the most influential shoe brand of our time.
"He was a very driven man, a hard worker, very giving, very funny," his son James said. "He could control a room with his stories."
Spicoli wore 'em in "Fast times at Ridgemont High" and endless others including myself followed suit with the Classic checkered pair.
Here is a portion of the story from the L.A. Times:
James Van Doren and his older brother Paul had only sample sneakers to offer when they opened their first store, in Anaheim, in 1966. They took a dozen orders in the morning and delivered custom canvas deck shoes, made in their adjacent factory, in the afternoon.
Operating as the Van Doren Rubber Co., the brothers and two other co-founders planned to succeed by cutting out the middleman and selling their distinctive thick rubber-soled shoes directly to the public.
By the early 1970s, the company owed some of its success to Southern California's burgeoning skateboard culture. The shoes were especially valued for the sticky rubber soles that helped skaters grip their boards -- an innovation devised by Van Doren.
From the start, the casual shoes were known by a single name: Vans.
Read more of the tribute HERE
Skater, artist, bullshitter? Alex Olson goes on an "Adventure with Chris" (Nieratko) to one of Alex's art showings and Chris asks the question "What is art, Is art B.S.?"
Whatever your thoughts may be, we think Alex is an amazing and stylish progressive skater and his art follows suit.
Check out the behind the scenes and all the nervous butterflies before the art show on the 2nd installment of "Adventures with Chris" with Alex Olson presented by Vans...
Vans' first ever surf film, Get-N Classic is showing down in Oceanside, CA at the
California Surf Festival this Thursday, October 13th through Sunday, October 16th.
The film will have a special screening Saturday at 5pm. and is available now to download.
The four day festival hosts live music, art for sale, surfboards on display and more.
Click Here for more info on festival and
SPOILER ALERT you can also watch Get-N Classic below:
The original skate shoe just released a mini commercial of their team tearing apart the streets. This is a mini preview to a full length film we hope they release very soon, it's long overdue.
The Vans Pro team is stacked with the likes of Geoff Rowley, Tony Trujillo, Dustin Dollin, Anthony Van Engelen, Johnny Layton, Ray Barbee, and John Cardiel.