The Vans US Open of Surfing just kicked off last weekend in Huntington Beach, and droves of folks cruised down to check out the surfing, bmx, and skate action in events such as, Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational and the Van Doren Invitational. Like Van's Supply & Demand show at the House of Vans, Russ Pope invited down a team of awesome artists -Rich Jacobs, Nate Russell, Mike Giant, Matt French and Zio Ziegler - do a collaborative mural in the skate bowl, which was modeled after the legendary Marseilles France Skate Park. Also artists Gregg Kaplan, HEF, and Marco Zamora were also in attendance, working on painting large shipping containers inspired by the classic Vans shoeboxes.
The Vans US Open of Surfing runs from July 20th thru July 28th, with event such as the Van Doren Invitational (skate contest) and the Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational on Saturday, July 27th and Sunday, July 28th. Anyhow, here's some photos I took from Day 1 of the artists working on the skate bowl!
Photographs by Michael C. Hsiung, AR4T and artists.
Headed down to the Vans Us Open of Surfing early Saturday . . weather was some what overcast, semi-humid, but overall better than a blazing sun.
Giant Pacifico bottles were out and about along with bikinis, surfers, and families.
As well as girls on long boards and skateboards.
Naturally, I had to put Nate Russell's photo of Ed and Deanna Templeton, who were there Friday, right after the girl on longboard photo.
Headed over to where the skate bowl, model after the Marseilles France Skate Park and where the artists would be painting all day
Looking like a sweet bowl indeed, but sweeter with some art on it.
Russ and the artists arrive shortly. . . some of the guys were able to get some work started the Friday beforehand, but they would end up working 3 days straight.
Mike Giant, Zio Ziegler, and Nate Russell arriving
Hell yeah, that's Neil Blender who stopped by! Um. . .pretty fucking stoked!
Also, got to meet two rad dudes - SF artist Zio Ziegler and Nate Russell.
And down to business.
Mike Giant, Rich Jacobs, and Russ Pope ponder the enormous canvas they've got to work with that day
Mike Giant and his blank canvas
Zio getting to working. . . he laid down the white layer and outline. Time for the filling in.
Neil Blender having a good time adding random graffiti to the bowl . . here's a death box and target sign, which of course, made me think of that awesome run he did at Street Style in Tempe where he spray painted some art during his run.
Russ skating over Neil's death box graffiti
Adding extra checkers t the Van Doren Invitational log haha
Sorry John, but here's one of him spraying Kemp!
Rich getting ready to spray some characters
Russ and his giant brush
Neil Blender & Russ Pope collaborative drain art
View from farther out
Zio's section and progress
Nate Russell section and progress
Mike Giant chalking out his section which would feature text and later a spiderweb on the bottom
The Pope Family out supporting
Zio comes up for some air after hours of non stop spraying
Russ helping Nate stay energized and motivated with some donut exercises
Mike Giant takes a much needed blunt break
Some cops checking out some of the bowl art
I think he really digs the Smoke Weed bit by Neil Blender, next to Russ's stuff
More cops talking about the art with Pete
One of my favorite shots that day of Rich
Rad shot of Zio working on the face
Gregg Kaplan stopped by . . .he would be working later on his shipping container.
Zio's massive winding piece, which he just approaches organically, with no plan really, just going with the flow.
Really loving Nate's piece, featuring faces, plants, cats, coffee cup and an egg. Also, really liked how he used the concrete surface as a color.
Dudes chilling above Russ's dudes
Mike and Zio taking a moment to chat
Zio and Rich working on a collaborative face
Looking sickkkk. . . going to be rad when folks start skating it
Artist Marco Zamora stopped by to check out the work. He'd also be working on a shipping container which sits outside the bowl
Day two: Artist Matt French cruised down to add a rad eyeball ontop of Zio and Rich's face. Photo by Levi Cook.
Gregg Kaplan's shipping container. Photo courtesy of Gregg Kaplan.
Marco Zamora's shipping container. Photo courtesy of Marco Zamora.
Art imitating life - Russ's portrait of Jai Tanju, next to Jai Tanju.
Skating Nate's piece. Photo courtesy Nate Russell.
Skating the finished Mike Giant bowl! Courtesy of AR4T
Well done guys! Killed it. Group shot: Jai Tanju, Matt French, Nate Russell, Mike Giant, Zio Ziegler, Russ Pope, Rich Jacobs and Gregg Kaplan.
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