Artist Dennis McNett was in Boston with us over the last few days to help us put some seriously rad art on the walls in our pop-up House of Vans space. Although getting there was pretty tough (thanks snow storm) he was a totally good sport about letting me pepper him with questions while he worked. Look out for more Q&A and photos over the next few days!
In case you were wondering it’s totally possible to build a snowboarding demo in the middle of Boston. We welcomed people to our House of Vans pop up all week long, and anyone who came by for Wednesday night’s show with Earl Sweatshirt, XXYYXX, and Cities Aviv also got to catch some rad snow happenings outside in the street.
Yesterday was perfect. I met Jon Simmons and talked with him, saw Balance and Composure play an amazing show from center barrier, and caught the setlist. Easily one of the best shows I have been to. balanceandcomposure
Even though House of Vans Boston event is over (thanks again to all who made it out), you can still head down to the venue, Middle East, in Cambridge and see artist Dennis McNett’s amazing intricate and badass pieces.
Earl Sweatshirt & Co. turned up for soundcheck yesterday and hung out with our photographer at House of Vans Boston in the green room during a bit of down time. His set last night was definitely a blast. Look out for those photos later today.
Q&A with artist Dennis McNett installing at House of Vans (Boston)
After a 5AM wake up call, having to chip his car out of two feet of ice to get to the airport, and a delayed flight, Dennis McNett made it to Boston and got straight to work on our House of Vans space. While he was working, I asked him about what he had even been doing in Philly that morning in the first place.
Dennis: I’m staying in Philly for the whole month, I’m kind of sick of Brooklyn. I just feel like New York has started to lose it’s flavor.
Vans: What are you working on there?
Dennis: I’m working with Philadelphia Mural Arts and I’m building a really big Viking Ship sculpture that is going to go in the Seaport Museum. I’m also doing workshops with kids there. They’re awesome because they’re really at the place where you want to be as an artist. No one has said to them yet that you can’t put those two colors together, or that they can’t combine those two animals, so what they can come up with is really creative.
Vans: What do they do in the workshops?
Dennis: They are making these kind of Wolfbat Warrior Shaman Masks that hopefully at the end of the month they’ll be able to wear to help kind of parade the Viking Ship into this Art Fair and derby thing that is going on.