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We Are The In Crowd closed out the Warheads stage last night at the Chula Vista, CA stop of the Vans Warped Tour. The band will be signing at the Vans tent in select cities this summer, check out the schedule and don’t miss their set when Warped hits your city. Plus, pick up their recent album Weird Kids at their merch tent on the tour or on iTunes

Photos: Amanda Rae Stephens

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It’s officially time for one of my favorite projects of the year. Vans Custom Culture art contest is back again and we are calling all US High School Students to participate. We asked a ton of our rad friends to customize a pair of plain white Vans to get the word out and hopefully inspire some of you guys to participate. The first pair shown are my attempt at a little yarn art on Sk8-Hi’s for you all and following are a few of my favorites from this year’s Custom Culture ambassadors… The second pair are an insane take on Slip-ons by the super talented Charlavail. Third are cool Sk8-Hi’s made with hair dye and Sharpies by Miss Hayley Williams from Paramore. Fourth are a pair of Space Jam themed Authentics that Tay Jardine from We Are The In Crowd drew and painted for us, and last but certainly not least are the super cute, and extra glitery Authentics from Vans Surfer Leila Hurst

SO, WHAT IS VANS CUSTOM CULTURE YOU ASK? Custom Culture is a national high school shoe customization contest where schools from all over the United States compete for a chance to win money for their art programs. Registered schools will receive four pairs of blank Vans sneakers to be customized in four themes: Art, Music, Action Sports and Local Flavor. 

AND WHAT CAN YOU WIN? The Top Five finalists will be flown to New York City for an exclusive final event where the winner will be selected. The grand prize winning school will receive a $50,000 prize for their art program and the chance for their shoes to be produced and sold in Vans’ retail stores. The four runner up schools will also receive money for their art programs. 

YOU LOVE EVERYTHING I JUST SAID?! And you’re a US High School Student with creativity flowing out ya brain? Perfect. Get all the info, tell your teacher, and register now at vans.com/customculture. Better hurry, we can only accept the first 1,500 schools to register. Good luck & hope to see you at the finals! -amanda

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Coachella: The Weeknd

Apologies to Jack White who was noted as the headliner for Coachella Day 2, but The Weeknd stole the show. All in all Saturday was a solid day at the fest with strong performances from Run The Jewels, Lights, Father John Misty, and Tyler the Creator but we were stoked to close out our night with this electric set, smooth jams, and a cold brew with our buds.

Photos: Amanda Rae Stephens 

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I think our favorite set of the day yesterday was probably Marina & The Diamonds. Both Alyson & I shot the first few songs then we joined Leila & Brittany up on the steps to dance for the rest. Marina is such a performer, we had a blast. -amanda

Photos by Amanda Rae Stephens

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We took the red eye flight from LA last night and arrived in Boston around 5:00AM this morning. It’s now almost 1:00AM as I sit here typing in the hotel and we are finally about to get to sleep. We were so wiped out but we had such a blast on our first day here in the city. We did a little exploring, hit up our store in the Burlington Mall, and had a great dinner at The Beehive. So stoked that the whole crew is here including myself, Alyson, Brittany, and Leila. Can’t wait for Boston Calling festival to start tomorrow! Tons of photos coming. -amanda

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City Guide: Chicago // Parson's 

Lately we’ve been loving to find new spots in the places we travel most. This week we were in Chicago and we were told to check out Parson’s for lunch. The place is dripping with design inspiration from the perfectly coordinated red and white color palette to the old drive-thru touches such as the sign & billboards. The Negroni slushy seems to be a famous favorite, but we also loved plenty of the dishes. We can’t wait to make it back with a bit of warmer weather, the massive back patio seemed like the perfect summer haunt. 

Photos: Amanda Rae Stephens