August 27, 2012
When the Vans folks asked if I could create a pair of customs to use in promotion of the Vans Custom Culture Arts Program, I knew right away that I wanted to do my best work. I learned early on that there is only one way to get good at something -- practice. So I used a prototype of Mockups, the unreleased art toy I developed, to sketch out a design for a Vans Classic Slip on. Once I had a plan, I took the design to an actual shoe. The outcome of that first shoe was good, but I knew I could do better, so I did it again -- and again. The custom I finally submitted to Vans for the Custom Culture Arts Program was displayed alongside shoes personalized by Conan O'Brien and Kristen Stewart and a ton of great artists. You can see their work here: Vans Custom Culture Ambassadors Slideshow
The custom shoe I created also appeared in this post at Juxtapoz.com, thanks to the the folks at Vans.
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March 21, 2019
We are so honored to receive over 200 submissions from artists across the U.S. and Canada. We've had an incredibly difficult time narrowing down the submissions, and we're starting out with our honorable mentions. We'll be announcing semi-finalists in the next couple days!
February 19, 2019
January 24, 2019
Eighth Generation by Louie Gong