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Kick-Ass Chicks: Photographer, Sam Desantis

When it comes to capturing moments that give you all the feels, Sam Desantis has it on lock. The way that Sam captures raw moments in time and turns them into nostalgic memories is insanely inspiring. We can’t get enough of her moody “blue” photos and can’t wait to see SXSW through her lens as she captures the festival as a guest blogger for Vans Girls. Follow along all week on the Vans Girls blog and Instagram and get lost in Sam’s photography…

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Kick-Ass Chicks: Pauline Ado

Vans Europe Surf Team rider, Pauline Ado is on fire! After falling off tour in 2014, she was determined to come back stronger than ever— and that she did. Among tons of other accomplishments, she took home gold at the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games on her home turf in Biarritz, France. We talked with Pauline to find out how she got into surfing, and what makes this mademoiselle the Kick-Ass chick she is!

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Today’s Anime Recommendation: Inuyasha


Inuyasha was the very first anime I ever stumbled across while flipping channels some 14-15 years ago. So understandably, this anime will always have a special place in my heart <3 

Inuyasha is about a half-demon .. named.. you guessed it.. Inuyasha.  Half Human-Half Dog Demon, sword wielding bad-ass.

This anime has everything.. Demons, Half Demons, Time traveling well jumper, Perverted monk with cursed hand, kick ass demon slayer chick with a giant boomerang, adorable but lethal animal sidekicks, walking dead ex lovers, Not-so brotherly love, bondage.(cuz lets face it that’s what that necklace is) “SIT”,  A wolf demon who’s got it bad, and a bad guy that just never seems to die and keeps making himself friends lolll 

Full of action, adventure, comedy, romance,drama.. lots of fillers of entertainment. I would go from laughing to being so freakin frustrated with Inuyasha that I wish I could jump in my tv and smack him myself. 

If you do decide to start up Inuyasha, I highly recommend watching All 167 episodes, plus the Final act episodes as well as the 4 movies. (do Final act Last)… obviously

You just can’t love it enough without the full package deal!! All together makes a wonderful story.. Follow the gang on their journey to Collect all the jewel shards and rid the world of the Shikon No Tama.

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Kick-Ass Chicks: Luki O’Keefe

There’s something about Luki’s photos that standout amongst the thousands of other surf photographers, and for us it’s the way she captures tranquil moments in the ocean with a modernized retro vibe that gives us all the nostalgic feels. We’ve spent hours scrolling through her Instagram feed getting lost in the serene colors and gorgeous light she snaps, and just had to learn more about her. We’re chatting with Luki about how she inherited her love for the ocean, and what her dream shoot would be (hint hint, this one includes time travel!).

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Kick-Ass Chicks: Jasmine Wright

Paving her way through the mostly male dominated tattoo industry is bad-ass tattoo artist and San Diego native, Jasmine Wright. Her insane tattoos may have been the first thing to catch our attention, but her “anti Pinterest” style and no excuses attitude had us itching to know more about her. We had the chance sit down with Jasmine in her downtown San Diego studio and watch her work some serious magic while chatting about tattoos, life choices, and shrimp brokering.

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Send “Who Are You?” and my muse will reply with one of the following:

#1-50. Pronouns [we, I, she, he, ect] are free to change. Optimal for vigilantes.

  1. Concerned… Third party? 
  2. Honestly, I haven’t decided yet. 
  3. Considering [___], I’d say I’m the guy who just took your job. 
  4. I’m here to help you. 
  5. Just say we’re in the same business, fixing problems. 
  6. I’m the guy who still has time to save [name].
  7. Tell [name] I’m the guy that just put him out of business. 
  8. I’m like you, I give people second chances. 
  9. One of the only people who know you’re innocent. 
  10. Detective [name]. *NOTE: they stole a badge and are impersonating*
  11. One of these days I’ll have to come up with a good answer for that one.
  12. You can call me… [name].
  13. Who I am doesn’t matter right now. What matters is, I know who you are.  
  14. My name is [name]. Your mother sent me. 
  15. If you find out, let me know. *NOTE: Could be about someone else*
  16. My name is [name] and I help people out of tough situations. 
  17. *silently continues what they were doing*
  18. The guy who shot Detective [name] and stole his badge. 
  19. Your ride home. 
  20. *about someone else* The guy who helped me save your life tonight. 
  21. I’m the guy who stopped you two jokers from killing each other. 
  22. We help people, even when they don’t necessarily deserve it. 
  23. Just a guy who needed a ride. 
  24. I find it hard to answer that, even to myself. 
  25. I’m the partner of the man in your backseat. 
  26. As far as you’re concerned, [name], we don’t exist. 
  27. *snippily* [first name].
  28. Let’s just say that ultimately, you and I work for the same entity. 
  29. I could ask you the same thing. 
  30. That’s not important. 
  31. Right now, an easy target. 
  32. Tonight, hostage negotiator. 
  33. [A] Concerned third party. 
  34. Someone who knows what this is about. 
  35. Right now, your only option. 
  36. We’re merely a couple of concerned dog owners, [name]. 
  37. As of this moment, [name], we are your judge and jury. 
  38. Not important.
  39. The night watch. 
  40. Concerned citizen. 
  41. I’m the guy that’s gonna catch you when you fall. 
  42. Never Mind. 
  43. A concerned frequent flyer. 
  44. You can call me [name]. And this is my partner [name]. 
  45. I may be the only person here who thinks you’re innocent. 
  46. Security advisors… Of a sort. 
  47. Right now I’m the getaway driver. 
  48. Ordinarily I’d be the chick kicking your amateur hour ass. 
  49. The frigging Dalai Lama.
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Kick-Ass Chicks: Summer Meddock

We’ve been lusting over Summer Meddock’s perfectly curated Instagram filled with dreamy spaces and places she’s created— not to mention her epic collection of Vans she’s got going on too! No, but seriously… take one look and you’ll be drawn in (consider yourselves warned)! We caught up with Summer to talk about how her love with interior design came to be and advice for aspiring interior designers that you just have to read.

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Kick-Ass Chicks: Babes of BAN.DO 

No two days are the same when you’re working in a massively creative atmosphere such as ban.do. Whether it’s conceptualizing a new campaign or animating dancing cats (What?! Jealous.), you can guarantee Danielle’s day-to-day as Lead Digital Designer is anything but ordinary. We sat down with this creative wizard to learn what makes her tick, and what her favorite Jen Gotch quote is.

Follow Danielle: Instagram
Shop Her Shoes: Sk8-Hi

Oh, Baby (Namjoon x Reader) Pt. 9

[Pt 1] [Pt 2] [Pt 3] [Pt 4] [Pt 5] [Pt 6] [Pt 7] [Pt 8] | [Pt 10]

Pairing: Namjoon/Rap Monster x Reader
Rating: M
Genre: Smut/Mafia-ish AU

Words: 3,458

Summary: You were only supposed to have seen him twice. Only twice, no more, but now you’re getting dragged into situations you never wished for and Namjoon just keep showing up.

A/N: YOU CAN ALL STOP ASKING ME ABOUT OH BABY NOW BECAUSE HERE’S THE 9TH PART :D Aish…sorry it took 2 months to write. I’ve just been really unmotivated to write this tbh. Once you stop it’s hard to get back into it. But I’ll try. So…hopefully you can just enjoy this for now.


The sound of seagulls cawing overhead is a telltale sign that Yoongi is close to his destination.

Foot heavy on the pedal, he slows as his car curves around the seaside road, the gates to a shipping yard straight ahead. Eyes narrowing wearily, Yoongi pushes his jacket out of the way and makes sure his gun is easily accessible. This shipping yard has been unstable for a while now—basically the prize in a dirty game of capture the flag. Ever since the rightful owner had been killed off a year back, every gang in the city—and even some corrupt individuals with need for an open port—have been fighting to lay claim to the territory. And, at the moment, Yoongi isn’t quite sure whose hands the shipping yard resides in.

If it’s in the hands of Suho’s gang, or Leeteuk’s gang…he’s fairly screwed.

Sighing, hoping that he won’t run into trouble, Yoongi approaches the closed gates, spotting someone leaning against the wall nearby. At hearing the car approach, the previously zoned out male looks up, hand immediately sneaking to sit on the gun tucked under his belt. Yoongi narrows his eyes as the male starts towards him, taking in his features. Black hair, dark eyes, and a few tattoo’s peeking out from beneath his loose tank top.

“Yah…Ravi?” Yoongi questions, rolling down his window slightly. At hearing his name the male pauses, tense face turning curious.

“Who…Suga?” the male questions, seeing a sliver of Yoongi’s face through the opened window, and immediately Yoongi lets out a sigh of relief. If N’s gang is here that means he’ll be fine.

“You changed your hair color,” Yoongi points out, rolling down the window all the way to smirk at the other 93-liner. “I didn’t recognize you.”

“Ah…the sky blue hair wasn’t really helping to keep me off the grid,” Ravi explains, tugging at a strand of the black hair on his head. “But it seems like you dyed your hair too, huh?”

Sighing, Yoongi glances upward towards his freshly bleached hair, frowning at it.

“I didn’t have a choice,” he says, and it’s true. He’d accidently run into Key—Onew’s resident diva—when he’d gone to Incheon the week before, and the elder had urged him to change his hair color after he’d gotten word that Yoongi had shot at Eric’s men when they’d run into either other at the docks. Key had then shoved him into a chair and grinned happily as he poured bleach onto Yoongi’s previously shiny black hair.

“Well, maybe it’s for the better,” Ravi shrugs. “You’ve had black hair since I’ve known you. And the blond doesn’t look too bad.”

“Thanks,” Yoongi responds sarcastically, and Ravi rolls his eyes.

“You’re here for a shipment, right? We’re sharing the grounds with JB’s group right now, so you should be good. Namjoon has ties with Jackson, right?”

“Yeah,” Yoongi nods, eyebrows furrowing. “You’re sharing it?”

“We all get along, and none of us would have been able to kick Taeyeon’s chicks out alone…”

Yoongi nearly chokes. “You…you had to team up to kick out a group of girls?!”

“Hey! Those bitches don’t fuck around, man!”

Yoongi snorts and taps at the gas pedal, startling Ravi. “Whatever. I’m heading to dock 3.”

“I’ll radio it in so you don’t get sniped,” Ravi responds with a roll of his eyes, tapping Yoongi’s hood, and once he steps away Yoongi revs the gas and travels farther into the shipping yard. As he drives across the smooth pavement, a tiny red dot appears briefly on his jacket sleeve, and Yoongi narrows his eyes, tracing the invisible line back towards one of the warehouse roofs. Luckily, just as he’s about to ready his gun, the dot on his sleeve disappears and there’s a yell from the rooftop.

“Sorry, hyung!” a smooth voice rings out, and Yoongi spots Jinyoung’s head pop up on the roof of the second warehouse. “Ravi hyung just called me!”

Assuring him he’s fine with a wave of his hand, Yoongi continues on his way and slows to a stop when he finally reaches the third dock. There’s no ship present. However, he can see a small package shoved into one of the nooks under the dock.

Sighing, Yoongi steps out his vehicle and goes to fetch it, the bright sun straining his eyes. He always hates bright and sunny days like this one.

Snatching the heavy packet up, Yoongi peeks inside and makes sure the order and amount is correct before he turns and heads back to his car. With everything in check, that means he can head back to Namjoon today and update him on everything that’s been going on. So, schedule in mind, Yoongi starts his car and circles back towards the entrance. However, just as he nearing the gates he spots Ravi and another tall kid, and the two wave him over.

“What?” he asks, eyebrow raised tiredly, and the newly appeared boy with pink hair leans over. Yoongi looks him over for a brief second before he realizes that JB’s maknae has grown up quite a lot.

“What’s up with Namjoon’s new girl?”

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Kick-Ass Chicks: Kindah Khalidy

Since she was a little girl, Kindah Khalidy has always taken the path less painted, and for a good reason! She’s got a crazy talent for creating captivating color palettes that draw you in at first glance. We stumbled upon Kindah’s brightly curated Instagram months ago and couldn’t get enough, so we just had to learn more about the Bay Area based artist and find out what inspires her bright, candy coated paintings and textiles.

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