The Vans half cab is celebrating its 20th birthday this year, and as a way to celebrate the life of this icon was to release a limited edition signature label every month during the summer. Vans will commemorate and reflect on the history and success of this shoe. The designing of the labels will be a joint effort of four Half Cab artists including the one and only Steve Caballero himself.
The brands very first drop will showcase Morizen Foche commonly known as Mofo, a legend in the in skate industry. He’s also well known for his hand in starting Thrasher Magazine during the early 80′s. His actions led to the raw setting of the industry that evolved into the notorious brand that its known for today. Morizen took the infamous picture of Steve Caballero that became the origin of the label that appeared on Half Cabs over a period of 20 years.
The first step for a skater to be recognized can be a number of things. It all starts with dedication, commitment, and hard work. It could start with the first day you stepped on your board. The dedication aspect will tie into your development as a skater, whether it may be a few injuries or countless pairs of shoes to damage. In the end you reap what you sow, and if you think you have what it takes, then the opportunity is here for the taking.
Element along with the Berrics have been hosting a contest across the nation for an opportunity to prove yourself. Its not too late to compete in the finals, all you have to do is send in a one minute video of yourself at any skatepark showcasing your best tricks. The winner of the finals will not only take a completely paid trip, but they’ll be able to spend a day at the Berrics with the Element crew, along with the possibility to be sponsored by Element as well.
Skating has no boundaries and limitations. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, whether its the frosty climate of Europe or the tropical aura of the islands. The sport of skating runs deep through the veins of countries everywhere. In this case, a skater from London and Jamaica proved it. One Distribution was pleased to announce the induction of two amazing skaters of Lucien Clarke as well as Chewy Cannon. The two skaters were split up behind One Distribution’s powerhouse brands. Lucien Clarke is officially enlisted under the Supra team. The ambitious twenty-four year old made his journey through an array of living arrangements while harnessing the essence of his talent. Chewy Cannon made his way to the scene coming out of a barren landscape. He grew up on the coast of England in a city by the name of Great Yarmouth. As a true seed of the sport, Chewy declared his own path and destiny despite the rugged landscape of nowhere that he grew up in. Due to his hard work and many painkillers, Chewy is officially riding for the Krew team.
With all in all being said, make it happen.
Theres much more to Jeff Ament than you may know. Aside from being majorly successful in music, he thrives on the opportunity to give back and reach out to communities around the nation. As a lifelong skater, Jeff knows the struggles and hardships of the less fortunate in our society. He’s on a quest to pay his dues by helping others and inspiring them as well. An example of his work is shown through the construction of skateparks that he’s involved in.
As a Montana native, Jeff grew up to the serenity of the great outdoors but also experience the hardships that come with the territory. His means to escape came through skateboarding, which he now uses as an outlet to connect with the youth growing up in similar situations.
Jeff Ament makes it a point to know where he came from and to give the same gift of skateboarding to the younger generations everywhere that may not have the option to ride down to their local skatepark. Jeff’s latest project was on the barren Pine Ridge Reservation located in South Dakota.
Tell us something we don’t know. Nyjah Huston continues to conquer. He has tacked on yet another Street League Stop and accumulated a purse of $150,000 to his pockets. He qualified first the other day and without a question of a doubt, he reigned supreme once again.
The greatest moment of the day may have been after he was announced the winner. With the title already in hand, he was guaranteed a Victory, but he still had one attempt left in the Big Section. It didn’t matter whether he landed it or wiped out, but he decided to pull out a flawless kick flip backside nose blunt right down the railing.
Bastien Salabanzi made his return to the country to place second with an earning of $40,000. If Bastien landed his kick flip frontside boar slide he may have had a chance to give Nyjah a run for his money. But nonetheless, this summer is going to be one hell of a ride.
In case you didn’t know, there have been a lot of speculations and rumors involving the skate scene. Pro skater Windsor James just linked up with Krew as a new addition. Jani Laitiala is said to have a pro model being released from Selfish skateboards in a few months. Kellen James has been rumored to click up with Osiris as the newest affiliate to their pro team, its not on their website yet, but if you’re checking it pretty often it’ll be sure to confirm the rumor soon enough. When the time comes, check out his moves in their upcoming video. It’s also been rumored that Skater Jake Brown left Blind in exchange for being endorsed by SK8MAFIA.
Vox Footwear added Jordan Hoffart as well as Josh Hawkins to their crew of skaters. These two amazing riders have been added to the likes of Dave Bachinsky, Shawn Hale, & Cody McEntire to top off their up and coming summer tour being held in Europe this year. To conclude this coverage it has been said that Rob Gonzales, Adelmo Jr. & Rodrigo Peterson are not being represented on LRG’s team page, but its been rumored that the three are still associated to the brand.
20 years, 20 iconic skaters, & 20 images along with the one and only half cab. The perfect formula for the opening of the Vans Syndicate “Twenty” exhibit being featured at the New Image Art gallery in Hollywood, CA. With a mashup of the most iconic skate legends from Stevie Williams to Mr. Caballero, this classic displays a collection of the history of the Half Cab through the legends that made them what they are today. The exhibit was put together by skater and photographer Lance Dawes. It commemorates the life and times of the classic pair of shoes that we know as the Half Cabs.
Vans covers the grid with the likes of skate icons such as Christian Hosoi, Jason Dill, and Chad Muska with the amazing photography of Mike O’Meally and Ben Colen that captures the essence of the Half Cab through the years and changes. The Half Cab has been here for twenty years, make that twenty years in counting. This shoe has paved the way for the competition to blunder from, and has influenced the skate scene for years to come.
Get acquainted with Brixton. They’re an embracement of culture, fashion, music, and a lifestyle of expression. Now if you’re already familiar with Brxtn, then you’re well aware of the bold styling and retro approach of their products, focusing mainly on their hats and jackets. But as summer nears, Brixton will have you covered for whatever the situation may be regarding beaches, summer nights, or surf sessions.
With an awesome line-up of board shorts and t-shirts alike, they’ll have you looking and staying cool at the same time. We all know how frustrating the sun can be, especially after getting used to the past seasons with layers of clothing. Well, times have changed and so should your wardrobe. Now is the time to stock up and take advantage of these offers, especially before they’re all gone.
As one of the most recognized and iconic brands in the nation as well as worldwide, the Vans empire has undoubtedly reigned supreme. It all started in 1966 by brothers Paul Van Doren, James Van Doren, and three other associates, with their classic shoe now commonly known as the “Authentic” that led to their success. Interestingly enough, the Authentics were made on the first day of business, and it was also the first pair of shoes sold out of their store on the same day. Vans thrived during the 1970′s and by the end of it they had 70 stores in california alone, as well dealers nationwide and internationally.
As 1980 came around, Paul Van Doren began to take a step back and his involvement in the company declined. Around the same time, Vans began to create shoes for different sports including wake boarding, motor cross, and surfing, to try and compete with other businesses. In their effort to compete, Vans had soaked up all their resources on those other additions even though their core shoes were doing really well. As an effect Vans filed for bankruptcy in 1983, then three years later they payed off all of their debt and were back in business. A couple years later in 1988 the original Vans owner sold the company to a banking firm. Vans has been sold quite a few times, the last time was about $396 Million, with Forbes Magazine stating they’re one of “America’s Best Small Companies”.
Vans has been behind pro skaters such as Geoff Rowley and Tony Trujillo, as well as Warped Tour Music Festival since 1995.It has been on the scene since 1966, and to this day they are still on top, making for a truly remarkable company outlasting many of its predecessors and competitors. It is a staple for classic skateboarding shoes as well as the industry in a whole. The words “Classic” and “Authentic” is the best way you can describe this company, and not only that they’re shoes are named after both of those words.