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ART SCHOOL | Jack Graydon (OR) | Vans US Open of Surfing 2017

Our next featured artist and participant in this year’s 2017 Vans US Open of Surfing is a talent out of Portland, OR, artist Jack Graydon aka Tolietsnake.  This traveling, skating, and painting talent has been creating his works for some time now–from walls to trucks and hidden places in Thailand. Graydon’s style is never stagnant or stiff, but rather ever-changing, adapting and exploring its boundaries, much like the artist himself. We’re stoked to feature Graydon’s work and find out his approach to large scale murals, how he started painting, and what event he’s looking forward to see at this year’s 2017 Vans US Open of Surfing. 

Photographs courtesy of the artist | Portrait by Tobias Lee

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ART SCHOOL | LAUREN ASTA  (Chicago, IL) | Vans US Open of Surfing 2017

We’re excited to spotlight the artists for this year’s 2017 Vans US Open of Surfing that is set to begin July 29th To August 6th in Huntington Beach, CA.   Our first artist spotlight starts with talented, hard working, and art touring muralist and public artist Lauren Asta!  Starting with a massive 3,000 sq ft mural at Faction Brewery in 2015, Asta has been non-stop mural and art touring, bringing her signature black and white, free flowing and spontaneous doodles to walls and buildings all over.  She’s not only extremely talented but also straight up fearless, as we find out in this Q&A with Lauren, where we talk about how she got started painting murals, her art background, and what event she’s looking forward to see at this year’s 2017 Vans US Open of Surfing. 

Photographs courtesy of the artist.

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Mural Monday | Andrew Pommier (Vancouver) 

Artist Andrew Pommier put down some of his rad illustrations for the Vans Pro Park Series that kicked off with stops in Australia, Brazil, Sweden, Canada and the USA.  We’re stoked to announce that Andrew will be one of our five artists painting in the bowl for this year’s 2017 Vans US Open of Surfing

Photographs courtesy of the artist.

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Vans US Open | Style

Beach style is typically easy and breezy, but these ladies prove that this summer, it’s all about the shoes (Vans in particular)! We caught these waffles in the wild on the last day of Vans US Open. Shop Vans shoes at vans.com/womens

Photos: Mitchell Tomlinson