Check out the new issue #73 of MundoRad! Magazine with Vans Surf Team rider Tanner Strohmenger ripping on the cover. Enough said.
It was here and slipped away from us so fast. Good thing we can all hop on our boards any day of the year & celebrate our own Go Skateboarding Day when we want. Both skateparks in Orange, CA and Orlando, FL threw down on Go Skateboarding Day June 21st. With free skating, product tosses all day, a $200 Vans gift card High Ollie contest, and even a Van Doren BBQ at The Block...everyone had a great day. Winner's of the high ollie contest were Josh Knight in Orlando with a 30 inch ollie, and Dominique Sanders at The Block with a 33 inch ollie. Check the pictures below....
Oh ya! Who's excited? The Vans Warped Tour starts today in Pomona, CA and travels thoughout the country all summer ending in Carson, CA on August 23rd. Check out a sneak peak of what you'll find this summer at the Vans tent. If this is your first time at Warped, no worries. We've got ya covered with a handy dandy printable survival guide to help you through it. Remember to have fun, be safe and rock the eff out!
Over the last two weeks both Vans Skateparks in Orange, CA and Orlando, FL offered a special two-day skatecamp with Bucky Lasek and some of his friends.
With their CD Homesick out now, friends of Vans, A Day To Remember will be on the Vans Warped Tour all summer long! What's even better is that at select stops, the guys will be signing at the Vans Booth! Make sure you don't miss it and we'll see ya out there!
Don't miss it! Both Vans Skateparks in Orange, CA and Orlando, FL will be holding a world premiere of the new Black Label Video "God Save The Label" on Saturday, June 27th at 7pm (local time). The premieres will be free and open to everyone. Giveaways from Black Label & Vans after the premiere while supplies last. Check out www.blacklabelskates.com for more info on the vid.
Don't miss it! Both Vans Skateparks in Orange, CA and Orlando, FL will be holding a world premiere of the new Black Label Video "God Save The Label" on Saturday, June 27th at 7pm (local time). The premieres will be free and open to everyone. Giveaways from Black Label & Vans after the premiere while supplies last. Check out Black Label for more info on the vid.
Brought to you by popular demand, friend of Vans and insane tattoo artist Oliver Peck will be on the Vans Warped Tour all summer long! Oliver will be there to sign autographs, hang out and take photos with y'all, but sorry folks no tattoos will be given. Make sure you check when he'll be at the Vans booth at each stop. See ya there...
Rising pop-rock band Sing It Loud has released an exhilarating new video for their latest single "Come Around" today on MTV2 and MTVU. Shot in downtown Los Angeles, the video features band members caught in a cat and mouse scenario as they sabotage each other to acquire the secret contents of an elusive briefcase
Vans' own Joel Tudor has been named one of the "fifty greatest surfers of all time" in Surfer's new BIG issue! With style oozing out of his pores, this Cali longboarder definitely has all the qualities that make a great surfer. Congrats Joel!
Check out dates when one of our favorite bands on the VWT, The Devil Wears Prada will be signing in a city near you! Stop by the Vans booth to have a meet and greet with the guys and get your favorite TDWP gear signed! And, if you haven't already, don't forget to pick up their new album, With Roots Above and Branches Below!
In celebration of the release of our first-ever book, Vans: Off the Wall, Stories of Sole from Vans Originals, we asked our favorite artists and collaborators to create their own version of the Vans Off the Wall logo. The artist with the most votes will receive $5,000 to donate to a charity of their choice. There's only one week left, so get your vote in now!
This year the 15th Anniversary of the Vans Warped Tour is going to be epic! This summer we will be hooking up peeps with free Vans gear, signings with The Devil Wears Prada and A Day To Remember, backstage passes, and so much more! Also, because we have your back, there is a VWT Survival Guide that has some great tips to make your Warped experience the best it can be. Take some advice from VWT Pit Reporter Tiffany, NOFX's Fat Mike and some other of your favorite bands performing this summer. The tour kicks off soon in Pomona, CA on June 26th, so don't forget to get your tickets before they sell out and we'll see ya in the pit!
Want to brush up on your BMX skills with Vans BMX Pros Cory Nastazio or Ryan Guettler? Vans Skateparks in Orange, CA and Orlando, FL will each be holding 2-Day Pro BMX Camps this summer. Registration is currently open but spots will not last long...so get to your local park today and sign up. Check out the details for each park...
We know heading to Warped Tour for your first time can be scary, but have no fear- the Warped Tour Survival Guide is here! We've got some tips to make your Warped experience the best it can be. But you don't have to take it from Tiffany, the Warped Tour Pit Reporter! Some of your favorite bands performing this summer have some advice for you, too.
This one is for all of you who set your clocks and got your pre-sale tickets for this summers Warped Tour before they sold out! We are doing a photo contest for you to win backstage passes to your tour date. 1. Take a photo of you or you and your friends with your presale tickets 2. Upload to MySpace.com 3. When prompted to edit the photo, tag the Warped Tour MySpace account Winners will be notified by through MySpace. 1 entry per person. Only images with the presale ticket will be considered. Have fun and good luck!
A veteran of several Warped Tours, Fat Mike of NOFX (And can't forget Kent), answered the call and has offered some key insight on what it takes to survive Warped Tour as a fan. Watch and learn!
The August issue of Racer X Magazine features Vans MX Team rider Ryan Villopoto on the cover with a new national number and KX450F. The magazine also showcases a 7 page article written by Ryan himself dishing on what really went down behind the scenes of the supercross season and his wins in Seattle and Vegas. He also recently took the win in Glen Helen which kicked off the outdoor motocross season. Congrats Ryan! Get well soon and see you back on the track!
Birmingham's Maylene and The Sons Of Disaster are a wild bunch. The band plays a form of swampy, hugely humongous chaotic rock almost certainly influenced by the likes of ZZ Top, Guns N' Roses, AC/DC (or more recently, Every Time I Die or Underoath), and have quite possibly just finished recording their breakout album.
Irresistible pop rockers The Higher will kick off a US tour on June 23 which coincides with the release of their brand new album, It's Only Natural. Beginning in Tucson and ending in Dallas, the band will be winning fans and melting hearts across the country with their signature blend of pop, rock and hip shaking R&B.
This Friday, June 19th from 9am-noon Vans will be celebrating National Oceans Month & kicking off the US Open of Surfing by rolling up our sleeves & giving Seal Beach, CA a good cleaning. We'll have fun Vans giveaways for volunteers and coffee & bagels, too.
Pick up Mos Def's newly released album! Also check out when he's coming to a city near you during his summer! tour!
Mos Def is -
#1 hip-hop/rap album on iTunes!
#1 album overal on Amazon mp3!
#3 album overall on iTunes!
#9 most blogged artist on Elbo.ws
#15 most blogged artist on Hype Machine
As you all know, Vans has launched it's first ever book, and to celebrate here at Vans we're throwing ourselves a party all over the world! Check out a sick book release party that went down in Paris at Street Machine- Don't worry we're jealous we weren't there either!
In preparation for their upcoming slot on the Hurley Stage of the Vans Warped Tour this summer, Florida metallers BLACK TIDE will be premiering the video for "Warriors of Time" EXCLUSIVELY on MTV2. The video will be airing on the network starting at 6AM on June 17 and will also be available on MTV2.com. "Warriors of Time" will also make its Headbangers Ball appearance starting the night of June 20 at 2AM.
Pros from the Vans BMX Team Ryan Guettler, Cory Nastazio, Colin Mackay, Alistair Whitton, Luke Parslow and Jaie Toohey will be stopping by the Vans Store at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, IL on Wednesday, June 24 @ 6:30PM. First 100 people to show up will receive a limited edition Vans T-shirt! There will be autographs, prizes and more while supplies last.
KIDNEYS, a band headed by Bad Religion's Brooks Wackerman will be playing Friday, June 19th at Dipiazza's in Long Beach. Brooks spends most of his days as the drummer in the legendary punk rock band, Bad Religion, but with KIDNEYS Brooks is able to showcase his talent as a singer, songwriter, & lead guitarist. KIDNEYS also features drummer Todd Hennig (of Death By Stereo) and bassist John Spiker (of Tenacious D and Filter). All though this Orange County native is known for his powerful punkrock style, he was a member of the Los Alamitos High School jazz band from 1991 to 1995. His career in music has taken him around the world touring in such bands as, Suicidal Tendencies, Tenacious D, and The Vandals.
The songs and sounds on Joe Henry's raw and emotionally vital new record Blood From Stars are matched by the moodiness of the album artwork, which makes use of W. Eugene Smith's iconic photo "Dance Of The Flaming Coke" as well as an electrifying and haunted previously unpublished cover image (Untitled, 1952).
If you haven't already, pick up the June issue of Blisss Mag, you'll find a few rad pages of Vans Surf Team rider Reef McIntosh ripping waves everywhere from Mexico to Tahiti. Recently, Reef has been spending his time between Tahiti and California waiting out the summer for the upcoming North Shore season and we can't wait either!
New England metallers SHADOWS FALL will be holding an exclusive performance at J&R Music World in New York City, NY on June 19. The band will also be available post-set for a Meet-And-Greet. This is a free event, and it starts at 6PM, so be sure to get there early!
Vans BMX Team rider Colin Mackay has been traveling all over the world lately, 40,000 flight miles in the last month (like I said, he's traveling a lot). So when we got our hands on some footy of him riding at his local park in Greenville and in friend/Vans teammate Ryan Guettler's backyard, we definitely had to share it with you all! Watch his shred fest, hear about Colin's favorite Vans shoe and even enter for your chance to win some of his other favorite things! Enjoy...
Rock's notorious bad boys, Escape The Fate, are back with the most provocative video in years for their new single "10 Miles Wide" off their latest album, This War Is Ours. Featuring a guest appearance and vocals from Buckcherry's Josh Todd and cameos by Benji Madden (Good Charlotte), Dennis Hof (owner of the Bunny Ranch), Ron Jeremy and a plethora of adult video stars, the titillating new video finds the band taking it to the skies on Escape The Fate Airlines as they engage in the most raunchy, down-and-dirty performance in the history of flight.
Close to 200 fans dropped by the Vans store at Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, MD this past Monday to meet true legends Tony Alva, Steve Caballero and Vans namesake Steve Van Doren. The crew was in town to promote the new Vans book which is out now. There were tons of prizes and autographs for everyone. Check out the pictures below.
Check out Vans friend tattoo artist Oliver Peck who has a new article in the newest Inked Mag! Oliver has logged countless miles in his custom tour bus on the VWT and inked acts like Against Me! The Bronx and tons more. Look out for Oliver (always with a tooth pick in his mouth) across the country as well as his shop Elm Street Tatto in Texas.
The place to be this Saturday, June 13th, is Exhibit A Gallery in Los Angeles where skate legend Tony Alva presents "The Detournements Of Wynn Miller." Featured artists include Dennis Mcnett, Shepard Fairey amongst many others with guest DJ Keith Morris of the Circle Jerks, open bar, free food and more. All are invited from 7-11pm but space is limited, so don't forget to RSVP!
English folk-punk singer-songwriter Frank Turner will tour the US with The Gaslight Anthem this fall in support of his forthcoming album, Poetry of the Deed, due out in September. In anticipation of the new album, Epitaph Records/Xtra Mile will be reissuing Turner's critically acclaimed album Love Ire & Song on July 21.
Guest host Chris Pastras is here to lead a history lesson in concrete ripping madness. Legendary pro skater Tony Alva hits the Habit with Vans' Steve Van Doren and Doug Palladini to talk about the latest chapter in the new Vans book, "Off the Wall." Catch it all on FUEL TV's The Daily Habit this Thursday at 6pm PST.
Bob Mould, who has stirred audiences for the past 30 years, first with his post-punk band Husker Du, followed by his power pop creation Sugar and finally as an unparalleled solo artist, will continue to expand his legacy as he leads the Bob Mould band on tour in North America in October.
Join Vans Tuesday, June 9th at powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn to celebrate the release of its first-ever book, Vans: Off the Wall, featuring 20-some-odd stories that collectively tell the story of the brand: from Rowley to Warped Tour, from Customs to Joel Tudor, from Alva and Cab to artist collabs. The event will feature a special Q&A, followed by a book signing, plus drinks, music and giveaways.
We asked several of Vans' favorite artists and collaborators to mark the June release of Vans: Off theWall, Stories of Sole from Vans Originals, our first-ever book by interpreting the iconic Off the Wall logo and making it his or her own based on their own emotional connections to Vans. The companion online OTW Gallery is live and we ask you to vote for your favorite piece.
More of went really went down last night in the qualifying maddness. Just can't get enough...
With the launch of the new Vans Book on June 1st, Vans stores in Washington D.C., Houston and Dallas will be holding autograph signings with classic legends Steve Caballero, Tony Alva and Vans namesake Steve Van Doren. There will be raffles and prizes while supplies last... so show up early. Don't forget to check out a preview of the new Vans Book at www.vans.com/vansbook
Join Vans supported artist Derek Albeck and Sage Vaughn at the LA Group Art Show at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, CA for the opening reception on Friday, June 5th. The gallery will be open until July 3rd so don't miss your chance to see some great art!
Fresh off of two wildly different but perfectly congruous tours with Cursive and Gogol Bordello ñ Man Man will be kicking off their very own headlining tour July 3rd at the Rothbury Festival. With stops scheduled at the 80/35 Music Fest and a free performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for Studio -A-Rama's 28th Anniversary event, the band is taking their brazenly boisterous live shows through the East Coast and Midwest.
As promised, we told you we'd keep you up on the latest progress of our 1974 "What If" bus that has been in the West Coast Customs garage for a revamp. Check out updated pics of all the work going on and even take a peek of the final build which will be unveiled on Thursday!
It's been talked about for many years and now is finally coming to life. Vans has released its first-ever book today, featuring 20-some-odd stories that collectively tell the story of the brand: from Rowley to Warped Tour, from Customs to Joel Tudor, from Alva and Cab to artist collabs. The book is 208 pages in hardback, with more than 350 full-color photos, and published by Abrams, world renowned for high quality pop culture books. Vans is rolling out lots of bonus content and book info all of which can be tracked at www.vans.com/vansbook. Don't forget to get your copy! If you can't make it to the release party on Thursday, June 4th, get access with pics and behind the scenes scoop. You'll feel like you were a part of all the action.
Come on out on Friday June 5th from 3-5 to the Wahoos in Yorba Linda (23042 Eastpark Dr, Yorba Linda) to meet the Dirty Heads and Love Hate Hero. They'll be signing autographs, we'll be giving away Vans swag and you can enter to win tix and backstage passes for the Vans Warped Tour. On top of that, take a sneak peek at the upcoming limited edition Warped cup coming to a Wahoos near you.