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Monday Murals

Artist Sasha Barr recently completed an “immersive wall-to-floor installation ‘Cosmos’ for the Facebook Artist in Residence Program in Seattle, WA.  

 He sees this artwork as an opportunity to think beyond the every day, past the struggles of the world immediately around, and to the pure wonder of the unknown. 

You might recognize his art from the the bowl at the Vans US Open 2015 and US Open 2016 of Surfing

Photographs courtesy of FB and artist

Vans US Open 2017  |  DIY Buttons with Lizzie Armanto

We took a trip to the Vans US Open pop-up shop with Lizzie Armanto in search of the perfect piece to add some DIY flare. The winner? None other than the already adorable Funville Mini Backpack. Lizzie showed off her creativity (damn this girl can draw!) and her other hidden talent (Japanese!) while making custom buttons to add the perfect bit of flare to her backpack. Want to decorate your own backpack like Lizzie’s? Get the Funville Mini Backpack in stores or online

Photos 1, 9, and 10: Life Without Andy



Day 2 of painting the skate course for the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, CA.  Artists Lauren Asta, Jack Graydon, Teddy Kelly, Andrew Pommier and Michael C. Hsiung begin a hot day two chipping away at some large paintings. 

Women’s @vansparkseries kicks off tomorrow at 2pm PST on the Live Webcast!  
Photographs courtesy of the artists



Truly creating her own path through art, animation, and performance, artist Penelope Gazin is not only one thing.  With a true artistic spirit, Gazin creates the bizarre and at times unsettling but strangely beautiful creations and mishmashes which she has become known for– from the pensive pink faced blue haired women to the bondage clad alien females with spiked or hairy outgrowths. Nothing is too strange or weird, and it is a type of absurd creativity and spastic mind that makes Penelope Gazin’s work so thought-provoking, mesmerizing, and darkly beautiful. We’re truly excited to chat with Penelope about how she started drawing, her favorite materials and what it was like hosting the House of Vans Exquisite Corpse workshop during the 2017 Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, CA.    

Photographs courtesy of the artist

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Van Doren Invitational: Women’s Contest

Yesterday the grandstands were filled for the Womens’ contest at the Vans US Open in Huntington Beach, CA. 18 skaters representing 5 different countries battled it out in 4 qualifying jams in order to make it to the finals. 6 skaters qualified to the finals where a 15 minutes jam of criss-cross crash skateboarding decided who stood on the podium. When all was said and done our Lizzie Armanto took home 1st and a brand new guitar, Alana Smith in 2nd and Julz Lynn in 3rd.

View the full Van Doren Invitational Womens results.

Photos: Grant Hatfield & Michael Burnett


Sneakers & Snacks: Golden Smoothie

The weather is heating up in Southern California, and this Golden Smoothie is the perfect way to cool down. We’re getting in the Vans US Open of Surfing spirit and hitting the beach with our Mineral Yellow US Open Sk8-Hi’s and smoothie in hand. Not only is the turmeric in our smoothie a nearly perfect Pantone match to our Sk8-Hi’s, but it’s loaded with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory health benefits!

If you’re heading to the event in Huntington Beach, stop by our pop-up shop and check out the Vans US Open collection!

Golden Smoothie

½ cup coconut milk
1 banana
½ cup frozen mango
½ cup frozen pineapple
¼ tsp turmeric

Directions: Add all ingredients to a high powered blender and blend until smooth.

Tip: Cut and freeze the fruit before making your smoothie for an extra cold thick result!