Our fave Cali brand, Vans is always pushing the innovation boundaries, so we thought we’d celebrate its latest sneaks with an explosion of creativity.
We challenged four artists to create a piece of artwork inspired by a classic Vans style. Where? OBV the iconic House of Vans, where where “Off The Wall” was born.
JD took over this INSANE venue for the day, hidden underneath Waterloo station in London’s iconic Leake Street Tunnel. The 30,000 square ft creative maze has its own art gallery, cinema, live music stage, an epic concrete bowl, mini ramp and street course to skate on – and more.
Glass cases honour the Vans legacy, with memorabilia tracing back to 1966. As well as posters of punk gods and skate legends covering the brick walls. You can feel the history!
Each artist took over a space inspired by their medium, with a make shift studio to match. From 10am-6pm imaginations were let loose and “Off the Wall” art was made.
In the cinema room we had @sophierosebrampton projecting her statement illustrations inspired by female empowerment and the Vans Authentic. Designer Tim Head brought his individually designed posters and mad energy to the main hall to create a collage piece inspired by the Vans Warp Tour and the checkerboard Slip-On.
Close by but entirely different, Phil Tommins aka Bizrone drew the Vans Court in his psychedelic style using ONLY Letraset pens.
Just around the corner in the Chill room, Sophie Rimmer applied her signature grungey/tribal vibe to a digital illustration of the Vans Classic Slip-On with a punk feel.
Stay tuned to see how the final pieces turned out from this talented foursome…