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On August 26, Vans Global Skate Team Rider Lizzie Armanto became the first woman to successfully skate the dangerous 360° loop, made famous by skateboarding legend Tony Hawk. First completed by Hawk exactly 20 years ago in 1998, Armanto triumphed the treacherous stunt after nearly five hours of courageous attempts.

“All of the knowledge I had before about skateboarding went out the window in one sense,” Armanto told Thrasher Magazine. “You have to be confident and feel good on the board. Everyone was giving advice but until you physically do it, it doesn't resonate.”

Vans congratulates Lizzie for an incredible feat of courage and talent. Lizzie’s next adventure takes her to Malmö, Sweden, for the fourth stop of the Vans Park Series, where she will showcase her park terrain skills amongst the best pro skateboarders in the world. Tune in live on September 8 at www.vansparkseries.com.

 

 

Deep Southern California roots bring Vans and Disney back together again, this time, to celebrate 90 years of Mickey Mouse. Honoring the optimistic attitude and loveable nature of Mickey Mouse on his birthday, Vault by Vans and Disney collaborate with four iconic artists – John Van Hamersveld, Mister Cartoon, Geoff McFetridge and Taka Hayashi, to create one-of-a-kind artwork featuring the beloved Disney “True Original.”

In a unique, well-rounded collection, each of the artist’s custom Mickey Mouse rendition is featured on Vans’ iconic silhouette, the OG Sk8-Hi LX, as well as a short-sleeved tee to present a well-rounded offering.

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With a mutual passion for California culture, renowned illustrator and graphic designer?, John Van Hamersveld is continuously recognized ?for his influential graphics and images that are quintessential markers of Southern California culture. Best known for his psychedelic patterns and vibrant color schemes, he is a pioneer in the worlds of art, music, and surf—blending these genres perfectly into his extensive repertoire. For this collection, Van Hamersveld produces bright, punchy graphics featuring the one and only Mickey Mouse.

Legendary tattoo artist Mark Machado, more famously known as Mister Cartoon, is a Mexican-American artist born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Mister Cartoon is recognized and sought after for his richly detailed hand-rendered style of fine line tattooing—a technique that uses diluted black ink to create shadows and depth. What sets his work apart is the textural intricacy and stunning details of his three-dimensional- appearing works. His contribution to the collection depicts a black and grey illustration of the iconic “True Original” mouse driving a vintage car.

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To bring a minimalistic and surreal illustrative style to the collection, Vault by Vans and Disney worked with Geoff McFetridge, Canadian designer, illustrator, and animator based in Los Angeles. McFetridge’s work intuitively ignores creative boundaries and spans a broad range of art media. The versatility and simplicity in his work is balanced by the use of elegant line drawings and paintings. His design captures Mickey Mouse in a unique pattern, highlighting his iconic colors – black, red and yellow.

Vault by Vans mainstay, Taka Hayashi, completes the collection with his commitment to detailed craftsmanship and unique design approach. Hayashi’s design features an unexpected hit of pink, conveying a Mickey Mouse inspired hot air balloon.

The Disney x Vans collaboration launches globally on August 25, 2018 at select Vault by Vans accounts.

 

 

Premium footwear, apparel and accessories in celebration of Independent’s 40th Anniversary

 Two respected leaders in skateboarding, Vans and Independent Truck Co., join forces for the latest installment of their collaboration series. The new Vans x Independent collection brings to life an extensive footwear and apparel collection that combines Vans’ emblematic checkerboard motif with Independent’s distinguished cross logo. In celebration of Independent’s 40th anniversary, the collection is bigger and better, epitomizing skate apparel staples, classic footwear styles, and an unbreakable skate partnership for the ages.

Unified by meticulous details that celebrate Independent’s historic reputation in skateboarding, the Vans x Independent collection includes footwear classics such as the Sk8-Hi Pro and Slip-On Pro, along with a customized rendition of Tony Trujillo’s signature shoe, the TNT Advanced Prototype. Each footwear style embodies the look and feel of a classic Independent truck, with metallic silver foxing stripes and rubber outsoles that exactly match the signature translucent and glossy orange hue that is unique to Indy bushings.

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The footwear offering blends functionality with style, providing fans of the partnership a full skate performance feature set. Each Vans x Independentfootwear style employs Vans’ proven technology, offering durability and support through the integration of UltraCush™ HD and UltraCush™ Lite 3D footbeds for heavy impact protection, Duracap-reinforced uppers for durability, and Vans’ original waffle outsoles for the best boardfeel in the business.

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The Vans and Independent apparel collection is the largest assortment yet. With nearly 20 apparel pieces in tow, the Vans and Independent capsule blends skate staples with retro styles and vintage graphics to preserve a timeless aesthetic. Featuring an updated take on the Vans Versa hoodie and Authentic Chino pant, in addition to signature woven flannels, T-shirts, coveralls, socks, and trucker hats, the Vans Independent apparel capsule represents the classic skate uniform, complimented by custom Vans and Independent logo graphics to tie it all together.

With a legacy growing since 1978, Independent remains one of the largest and most trusted skate truck companies in the world. Vans and Independent have supported a strong lineage of talent, sharing a roster of 19 professional skateboarders on the Vans global skate team.

The Vans x Independent Truck Co. collaboration will be available in select retail stores from August 22nd

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