Here’s a show that shouldn’t be missed.  AR4T presents EXPRESSION SESSION 2, featuring works from influential contemporary artists in surf culture during the past decade, through the eyes of guest curator Will Pennartz, founder and owner of The Surf Gallery.  


FYF FEST Day 1 snapshots:  Emilie and her husband Dustin, Justin Regan (Vans) and his hero Britt Walford (Slint), Future Islands backstage, Ty Segall with fresh kicks , Future Islands performing, Erika Spring of Au Revoir Simone, King Tuff and myself in Dodger’s hats (Grimes BGP), and Kathy Miranda from Vans, Abby and Dave Portner aka Avey Tare. 

FYF Fest was a blast!!  There was tons of fun bands, great food, and cool art installations.  Loads of folks got some photos by artist Dallas Clayton’s photogenic spot, while others looking for a chill spot to relax chose to picnic by artist Abby Portner’s colorfully mystic pyramids.  Oh yeah, don’t forget the lucky folks who grabbed a FREE Vans X Origami Vinyl bag with their purchase!!  

Photographs by Michael C. Hsiung


Vans at 2014 FYF Fest - Los Angeles, CA

We’ll be hanging out at Exposition Park this Saturday & Sunday for the 2014 FYF Fest! You can find us in the vendor area with some goodies for sale. If you’re one of the first 300 people to the tent each day you can even grab a free pair of sunglasses, all you gotta do is ask. Don’t skip shopping at the Origami Vinyl pop up either. Pick up some rad records & get a free tote designed by our friend Michael C. Hsiung while supplies last. We’ve got two art installations going up on site as well. Just head to the spots on the map above marked ‘Vans’ to see what they’re all about. Go ahead, take the photo op & don’t forget to tag #fyfvans so we can check them out. Pro tip: Pick an art installation as a meeting spot for you and your friends. There will come a time in the night where your phone dies & you’ve all split up to separate stages. Avoid wondering aimlessly yelling Marco… you’ll probably get a lot of Polos but that ain’t gonna help you out. See you out there LA! Full details:

Headed to FYF Fest this weekend?  

Make sure to stop by the Vans booth to check out sculptures by artist Abby Portner!  We got a chance to ask her a few questions while she gets ready to work on her newest sculptures for this year’s FYF Fest.  (Here’s two sculptures from last year’s 2013 FYF Fest above!!)  

Name / Location

Abigail Portner / Los Angeles

What’s your artististic background? Self Taught? Art school?

I went to Parsons School of Design in NYC, but most of the materials I work with and on now I have taught myself the process and how to make what I want to make.

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Kick-Ass Chicks: Illustrator & Artist Hellen Jo

There are women you come across in life who make you feel like anything is possible, and inspire you in a number of different ways.  Hellen Jo is one of those chicks. We stumbled upon Hellen’s insanely awesome work one day while sifting through zines at the LA Art Book Fair, and were immediately drawn to her colorful illustrations that made us feel like we were looking through old photographs of us and our friends getting in trouble in high school. This week, we had the chance to sit down and chat with Hellen, and see what exactly drew her to a life behind the pen.

Read her interview now!

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