Interview: Murakami x Vans Vault

Fashion // Tuesday, June 16, 2015
When you walk into the studio of Takashi Murakami on the outskirts of Tokyo, there is a meticulously arranged lineup of shoes that belong to the staff in the building. As is customary, visitors remove their shoes and wear a pair of sandals provided for them. To the left of the entryway, you are struck by a dozen or so pairs of classic, eggshell white Vans Slip-Ons. The owner of these is obvious: Murakami has a very particular taste.

Carlsbad High School Wins the Vans Custom Culture Contest

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Vans named Carlsbad High School of Carlsbad, Calif. as the grand-prize winner of the sixth annual Vans Custom Culture design competition and awarded a $50,000 donation toward the school's arts education program...

The Sixth Annual Vans Custom Culture Competition

Fashion // Monday, June 08, 2015
Finalists for the sixth annual Vans Custom Culture high school art competions are competing for a $50,000 grand prize toward their school’s arts education program. More than 2,500 schools participated in the 2015 competition and Vans turned to the public to vote for the five finalists. The art class from each school will travel to New York City for the final event tomorrow, June 9, at Industria SuperStudio where a panel of celebrity judges will select the winning class...

Vans Announces Limited Edition Vault by Vans Collection with Takashi Murakami

Fashion // Thursday, June 04, 2015
We knew this was coming, seeing it as we have Takashi Murakami on the cover of the July 2015 issue, and we knew that Takashi wore Classic Slip-Ons in egg shell white almost everyday. Vans has just announced that late in June 2015, they will be releasing a special limited-edition Vault by Vans collection with Takashi Murakami, featuring "deluxe, limited edition range of footwear, apparel and skate decks." Stay tuned to Juxtapoz.com for an exclusive interview with Vans Footwear Designer, Taka Hayashi, on the scale of the collaboration, skull and flowers, and bringing Murakami into the Vans family.

Issue Preview: July 2015 with Takashi Murakami

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 01, 2015
We think every issue we do at Juxtapoz is a special one, but the July 2015 has an extra bit of excitement behind it. We are proud to announce world-renowned fine artist and icon, Takashi Murakami, is the cover artist this month, with a special interview conducted with Murakami at this studios outside of Tokyo. We discuss his last show at Gagosian, his relationship with contemporary Japanese culture, and the era he has help change as a multi-dimensional artist.

Taka Hayashi "Portraits of Nature" @ AR4T, Laguna Beach

Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 30, 2015
This Saturday, May 2nd, Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow in Laguna Beach will present “Portraits of Nature,” a solo exhibition of new paintings and illustrations by artist-graphic designer-footwear designer Taka Hayashi. Central in Hayashi’s works are landscapes, birds, symbols and cultural signatures that refer to tribes worlds apart: Native American craft, ‘80s skate culture, North African tribal art, and ‘60s psychedelia, to name a few.

Zio Ziegler x Vans Shoe Release Party @ Proof Lab, Mill Valley

Fashion // Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Zio Ziegler has a busy weekend. If you so happen to live in Northern California, you can make it a Zio weekend. As we first noted, Zio has an opening at Jules Maeght Gallery in San Francisco on March 6. Now on March 7, at the great Proof Lab shop in Mill Valley, California, Zio and Vans will have a  shoe release party with live music by The Strange Land, a BBQ, and skating. And because we don't have winters in Northern California anymore, it will be a lovely day for a BBQ.

Sixth Annual Vans Custom Culture Art Competition

Juxtapoz // Friday, January 16, 2015
Vans has announced their sixth annual Custom Culture art competition which invites high school students from around the country to create their most artistic and inventive designs using blank Vans shoes as their canvas. Vans will donate $50,000 to the winning school’s arts program, along with the potential that the school will see one of its designs produced for sale at select Vans retail locations and Vans.com.

Living off the Wall: "Aaron Draplin & The Art of the Side Hustle"

Design // Wednesday, November 19, 2014
In this video from Vans' #livingoffthewall series and director Jared Eberhardt, we meet Aaron at his day job as a designer at his his studio, Draplin Design Company in Portland, Oregon. The tour quickly devolves into a discussion of his vast collections of well-organized junk, and includes a trip to an estate sale where Aaron picks up an ancient bag of peanut butter chips.

Living off the Wall "Dallas Clayton: Dream Big!"

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Dallas Clayton couldn’t find an illustrator to help with the kids’ books he had dancing in his head, so he drew everything himself. When his first book was turned down by numerous publishing houses, he self-published and sold more copies of the book than he could ever have imagined. Dallas soon realized that sometimes all you have to do is dream big.
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