Vans Presents: Inside Jerry Hsu’s Sci-Fi Fantasy | Skate | VANS
A product of the ‘90s, Jerry Hsu and his small-batch brand, Sci-Fi Fantasy, stand for unapologetic, creative self-expression. Vans leans into his mind-melting world to understand the places, eras and principles from which he draws his inspiration.
Vans Presents: Justin Henry's World Peace | Skate | VANS
Filmed earlier this year, Justin Henry’s World Peace uplifts the importance of rallying around community and youth, and fostering a kinder world with equality for all. Grounded in the brand values of inclusivity and being open to everyone, Vans believes this unifying message must be told, and stands in support with Justin as we continue to drive positive change.
With strong ties to his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, and its local skateboard scene, Quasi Skateboards’ Justin Henry grew up skating crusty spots and learning the value of putting in work and making each try count. He invited Vans inside that world recently, recounting his journey from young talent to pro, and his determination to give back to the community that has shaped him. As part of an upcoming footwear collaboration with Justin Henry releasing July 6 at select skate retailers, Vans is giving back to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio with a $10k donation. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.
The Skate Witches | Skate | VANS
The Skate Witches started as way to create connections in a niche skate scene, and became something more. Tired of not seeing skaters they identified with represented in mainstream skate magazines and films, the founders decided to make their own media instead.
Through a unique blend of skateboarding, art, humor, and DIY ethos, The Skate Witches are creating the world they want to see.
Loveletter To LGBTQ+ | Jeff Grosso’s Loveletters to Skateboarding | VANS
Vans’ Loveletters To LGBTQ+ was filmed earlier this year, before the passing of legendary skater and host Jeff Grosso, who was a champion for inclusive skateboarding. We believe this message of unity and equality must be told, and that all voices of the LGBTQ+ community deserve to be heard. In our Vans family, there is no place for hatred or bigotry and it is our mission to welcome everyone into the creative community of skateboarding.
Loveletters to Skateboarding is about the love communities around the world have for skateboarding; a common bond that is shared regardless of race, religion, and sexual orientation. This LGBTQ+ episode is a testament to that. In light of the current protests rocking our nation, this message of unity and equality must always be championed. The origins of the Pride Movement can be traced to formative voices from the black queer and trans community, who took pivotal action for their rights in the late ’60s. That’s why in honor of Pride Month, and in addition to using our collective voice to elevate these impactful stories, Vans is making a donation of $50,000 to the GSA Network, an organization working to unite trans and queer youth for racial and gender justice.
The LGBTQ+ Loveletters were the last episodes legendary skater Jeff Grosso hosted before he passed away in March 2020 - and they were the ones he was most proud of in the 11 years of the show. Jeff admits, “I was taught at a young age to speak this way. I have been part of the problem…but I am trying to change. The last thing I want to do is make someone feel uncomfortable or make them not feel safe, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO SKATEBOARDING.” It is a fitting and timely message from our dear friend, who believed that skateboarding is for everyone and all are welcome.
Vans is thankful to everyone who shared their story, strengthening the community of skateboarding. If you are a person in crisis, feeling suicidal or in need of a safe and judgement free place to talk, call the TrevorLifeline now at 1-866-488-7386.
Grosso Forever: Jeff Grosso’s Birthday Tribute
The old adage has never rung more true: legends never die. In memory of beloved Vans family member and skateboarding icon, Jeff Grosso, some of Jeff’s closest friends come together to celebrate his life during a virtual birthday gathering.