Flying Dog Brewery – “Year of the Flying Dog” Sk8-Hi (Free give-away!) #YearOfTheFlyingDog @FlyingDog

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Here’s something for all of you (and us) craft brew enthusiasts out there!  Frederick, Maryland’s very own Flying Dog Brewery has come out with their Flying Dog Sk8-Hi, featuring custom artwork by the iconic artist Ralph Steadman, who you may recall from his illustrations in Hunter S. Thompson’s 1971 novel “Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas“.  That’s not the only thing that adds to the coolness of these Sk8-Hi’s!  Although this isn’t the first time we’ve seen an alcoholic beverage brand on the side of a pair of Vans (i.e. Coors Light, Coors Extra Gold, and Pabst, to name a few), this IS the first pair of Vans created by a craft brewery, so that’s something yeah?  Oh, did we mention that there’s only 50 pairs made?  Did we also mention that Flying Dog is going to be giving them away through their social media and you’ll also have a second chance by signing up on their website?  Who doesn’t love free Vans?!  Also, according to the pics, these appear to be a Vault OG release, by way of the “ORIGINALS” heeltab.  If they are in fact LX’s, then that’s just icing on the cake for us Vans snobs!

Here’s a little excerpt from Flying Dog:

“Good Beer. No Shit.” It’s not just a mantra; it courses through our veins. It’s everything we stand for. What is it for you that makes you stand tall and stick it to the man?  We kind-of had to do something awesome for the #yearofthedog, so we’re giving away 50 pairs of limited-edition #Vans #Sk8-Hi ‘s designed by Flying Dog. You want in? We thought so.

How to Enter:

-Follow us on Instagram.

-Post a picture or video to Instagram showing us what you’re standing for this year.

-In your caption, tag @flyingdogbrewery, use the hashtag #YearOfTheFlyingDog, and tell us your shoe size

-For another chance to win, you can visit the link in our bio and submit an entry using the online form.

– #Sweepstakes ends March 2, 2018

*Must be 21+ years of age to enter

CLICK HERE and scroll down for official rules


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Vans – U.S. Open of Surf 2016 Collection


Words via Strictly Waffles

“Just ahead of next month’s event in Huntington Beach, CA, Vans has released the annual US Open of Surfing collection. Consisting of 5 men’s styles, the collection features one Slip On, two Authentics, an Old Skool, and Sk8 Hi.

Three models in the collection feature a photographically printed sunset and palm tree graphic. The Sk8 Hi opts for black canvas vamp and heel counters while the printed canvas drapes the entire upper of the Slip On and Authentic.

The other two pairs in this set make use of the classic checkerboard pattern which the brand is so well known for. Both heel counters of the Authentic and the Old Skool are wrapped in the black and white check canvas while the vamps are dressed in red suede for the Authentic and blue on the Old Skool. Additionally, the US Open of Surfing logo is printed along both sides of the Authentic’s midsole.

The Vans US Open of Surfing 2016 Footwear Collection is available now from If you are in Huntington Beach and would rather pick them up in person, head to the event from July 23 – 31st. ”

Vans Announces the 1st Annual Vans BMX Street Invitational (6.25.16)


The first ever Vans BMX Off The Wall BMX Street Invitational is a unique BMX Street event that brings together the biggest names in BMX Street riding – from the undisputed gold medalist to the video filming champ to the local boy battling it out at the Vans Off The Wall Skatepark & Jack’s Garage in Huntington Beach, CA.

The Vans BMX Street Invitational honors the sport’s elite as they illustrate their style across urban terrain including stairs, handrails, ledges and banks. The inaugural event welcomes the world’s best BMX street riders including Dakota Roche, Ty Morrow, Dan Lacey, Sean Sexton, Bruno Hoffmann and more.

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Vans Crowns John P. Stevens High School Winner of the 2016 Vans Custom Culture Design Competition #VansCustomCulture

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Words via Vans:

“Vans, the original action sports and youth culture brand, is proud to welcome John P. Stevens High School from Edison, N.J. to the ranks of winners of the Vans Custom Culture design competition. As the grand-prize winner, John P. Stevens High School has been awarded a donation of $50,000 for the school’s arts education programs to help foster the students’ #RightToArt and support the next generation of creative individuals.

In partnership with Americans for the Arts, Journeys, truth®, Laguna College of Art and Design and Blick Art Materials, Vans hosted the top five high school finalists at a final event held on June 8 at MAMA Gallery in downtown Los Angeles. Vans reached out to creative minds across action sports, art, music and street culture to form a panel of judges that exemplify what it means to invest in the creativity of their respective talents. This year, YouTube personality Maddi Bragg, Vans professional surfer Dylan Graves and top chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo behind Los Angeles restaurants Animal, Jon & Vinny’s and Son of a Gun, as well as special musical guest Echosmith, selected the winning custom Vans shoe designs among a talented group of young artists representing the top five high ­­schools. The remaining finalists – Eastern High School (Louisville, Ky.), Moanalua High School (Honolulu, Hawaii), Orange High School (Orange, Calif.) and Sandy High School (Sandy, Ore.) were each awarded $4,000 on behalf of Vans toward their arts programs.

“Art has always been an essential ingredient of the Vans DNA. Whether it was through creating custom footwear for the skateboarders of the Dogtown era or young kids doodling checkerboard across their sneakers, Vans have been a canvas of expression for 50 years,” said Kevin Bailey, VF and Vans Global Action Sports and Outdoor Brand President. “We created Vans Custom Culture to not only raise awareness of declining arts education budgets across the country, but because we also inherently believe that today’s youth deserve the Right to Art. As such, it is our duty to provide a platform that enables creative expression for generations to come.”

Now in its seventh year, the Vans Custom Culture competition continues to inspire and empower creativity among high school students across the country. Since the inaugural competition, more than 10 percent of high schools nationally have participated in Vans Custom Culture and more than $600,000 has been contributed to support arts programs. Nearly 3,000 high schools registered for this year’s competition, designing four pairs of blank Vans based on four themes: Action Sports, Art, Music and Local Flavor. One of the designs from the grand-prize winners, John P. Stevens High School, has the opportunity to be produced and sold in select Vans retail stores, as well as online at

In addition to the grand prize, Vans donated an additional $50,000 to non-profit partner, Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading organization for advancing the arts and art education. This year, Vans Custom Culture was recognized for its innovative charitable approach, taking home top honors in the education category for the 2016 Cause Marketing Halo Awards.

 Vans Custom Culture partners Journeys, truth® and Laguna College of Art and Design also provided participating schools the opportunity to raise additional funds for their art education programs. As a long time Vans partner, Journeys awarded a $15,000 ‘Local Attitude’ award to Moanalua High School for creating the most compelling ‘local flavor’ design.

truth®, one of the nation’s most successful and longest running youth smoking prevention campaign, challenged the students to customize a skate deck inspired by their reaction to a raw fact about tobacco. Station Camp High School in Gallatin, Tenn., took home the $10,000 truth® donation, for its winning design that shows what it looks like when smoking is finished for good.

Finally, Laguna College of Art and Design, a premier national art and design college and the first to offer a BFA degree in Action Sports design, partnered with Vans to provide the opportunity for every single student that participated in the 2016 competition the chance to apply for a $25,000 scholarship to be received upon admission. Almost 80 students will be eligible for the scholarship, which will enable them to continue their creative path and earn their BFA in Design + Digital Media.”

To view pictures from the final event please click here and for more information on Vans Custom Culture visit Follow the movement on Instagram @vans.custom.culture and by using the hashtags #RightToArt and #VansCustomCulture.

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Vans x Pabst Blue Ribbon – “PBR Vans 2.0” Sk8-Mid (Details) #Pabst #PBRVans #PBR #PabstBlueRibbon


We’ve been waiting for details to drop on these PBR Sk8-Mids, and yesterday Pabst Blue Ribbon kicked off the campaign, giving us all a chance at getting a pair.  Last year, they held a country-wide scavenger hunt, as well as an online hunt, hiding random pairs in bars and public locations, and posting up clues on their various regional social media platforms.  Pairs were also given away weekly on the Pabst Blue Ribbon website, cleverly hidden throughout different pages on the site, some out in plain view, and others incorporated into existing graphics, and once you found a pair, if you were quick enough, you could then fill out your information and a few months later you’d receive a free pair in the mail.  A few of us were lucky, but most were not.  Well rejoice!  This year PBR is allowing you all a chance to get a pair right now, without having to hunt them down, BUT there is a catch.  You have to spend $150 on their webstore, and when you go to checkout, the option to pick your size of Vans x PBR Sk8-Mids pops up.  So that’s all there is to it…if you have $150 to spend on various PBR related knick knacks of course!  Do it for the shoes people!  They will also be doing the same scavenger hunt as last year, hiding free pairs every Friday on their website.  Try your luck, or if you must have these, then just fork out the $150.  Well worth your money if you’re a Vans collector like us.


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Vans x Dime – “Glory Challenge” contest (Video)

Words via Highsnobiety:

“After the successful unveiling of the Dime x Vans Slip-On Pro, the two entities hosted the Glory Challenge: an invitational Pro/Am contest specifically designed for non-contest skaters. Unlike your run-of-the-mill contest, the objective was to impart entertainment. In addition to around $7,600 in cash prizes for the winners, to each of the challenge’s victors, spoils of beer, skate decks and pride were bestowed upon them. Non-traditional events like the “Race Challenge” put skaters’ running speeds to the test, while more self-explanatory events like the “Best Tricks Challenge” allowed for skaters to captivate an engaged audience.”

The Great American PBR Vans Giveaway! (@pabstblueribbon #PBRVans)


To celebrate America’s 239th birthday, Pabst Blue Ribbon is giving away 239 pairs of their limited-edition PBR Vans via Instagram.  Here’s what you have to do:

1. Post an American-themed photo to Instagram anytime from Friday, 7/3 to Sunday, 7/5
2. Tag @pabstblueribbon, ‪#‎PabstUSA‬, and include your desired shoe size in the caption.
3. They will select their favorite photos and reach out to winners via @pabstblueribbon through Instagram DM on Tuesday (7/7).
4. All shoes will ship on Friday (7/10)

info via Pabst Blue Ribbon

Vans – Custom Culture Pack (Spring 2013)


Words via FreshnessMag:

Vans Custom Culture is an annual competition in which high school art classes customize four heritage styles from Vans Classics with designs that reflect the three core values of the Vans lifestyle — action sports, art and music — as well as a “local flavor” theme reflecting the school’s local roots. Last year’s winners all hailed from one school, Rio Rancho High School in New Mexico, who claimed the $50,000 grand prize for their art program. The prize-winning kicks take the form of an Authentic featuring an all-over print inspired by the geography of New Mexico; a Classic Slip-On that pays tribute to tattoo culture with ink and skin artwork; Sk8-Hi channeling the spirit of rock music with a guitar graphic across the upper; and a 106 Vulcanized that gives the nod to surf lifestyle with beach imagery. Look for the Custom Culture pack to release in March at select Vans and Journeys locations, as well as Vans’ online shop. Registration for the 2013 edition of Vans Custom Culture ends February 11th. High school art classes can sign up for this year’s contest here.”

Release Date: March 2013


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Win A Free Pair of Vans Customs! ( #otwscustoms )

Update 8/20:

All votes are tallied, and here’s the results!

1st place – @traviiclause with 528 likes

2nd place – @ryanresco with 325 likes

3rd place – @sensualhotsauce with 209 likes

Congrats to all the winners, and thanks to everyone who participated!  We also have to thank all of the fine folks who stuck with us, and didn’t unfollow us on Instagram during this crazy contest.  We’re back to our awesome selves again, so come on back and follow us to see some seriously awesome Vans kicks!!!

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Vans Custom Culture 2012

Words via Chris at Vans OTW:

“Vans Custom Culture is back for its third year and registration for the nationwide competition is now open at In 2010, Vans gave high school students across the US an opportunity to customize our Classics (the 106 Vulcanized, Authentic, Classic Slip-On & Sk8-Hi) and win $50,000 for their school’s art program. This year, we invited several notable figures from the world of media, fashion and art to customize the Classic Slip-On and help spread the word of the 2012 edition of Vans Custom Culture. Vans Custom Culture Ambassadors include: actress Kristen Stewart, talk show host Conan O’Brien, comedian Andy Richter, Paper Crown designers Lauren Conrad and Maura McManus, designer Timo Weiland, Honestly WTF Editor Erica Coffman, artist Alex Axelrod and more! Check out all designs on Facebook.”

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