Tag Archives: SK8-Hi

Sneaker Spotlight: Supreme x Vans Sk8-Hi SL “Public Enemy”

Sneaker Spotlight- Supreme x Vans Sk8-Hi SL "Public Enemy"

Get Supreme teamed up with a brand to make sneakers and the results are usually something others wished they could have thought of first. Although the skate shop’s partnership with Nike is what they are most commonly known for, coming in a close second is their ties with Vans. The brands have linked up for multiple different packs and special collaborations over the past decade. With the number of collaborations going into the double digits this 2006 two-pack is for sure one of the most popular. Continue reading

Sneaker Showcase: Van x Supreme x Bad Brains SK8-Hi Collection

Van x Supreme x Bad Brains SK8-Hi Collection Ad

Though it seems as if it was just yesterday, the Van x Supreme x Bad Brains Collection that dropped in 2008 turns five years old later this month. The collection, done in tandem with Bad Brains, an eclectic Rastafarian band that was started back in the late 70s/early 80s, featured the SK8-Hi done up in a red, green, and yellow make-up.  While it may be easy to make the connections between Bad Brains and the SK8-Hi based on the color choices, the collaboration represented another step in the deep rooted connection between music and the skate culture. Though music is often a part of the pre-performance ritual of most sports, the bond between action sports, like skating, and music, reaches into the depths of the sport and is often integrated with the performance on a personal level.

Van x Supreme x Bad Brains SK8-Hi Collection

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Sneaker Showcase: W)Taps x Vans Syndicate “Devil” Pack

W)Taps x Vans Syndicate "Devil" Pack

When W)Taps and Vans team up the sneaker world always rises an eyebrow. This was especially true in 2007 when they teamed up for multiple “Crossbones” packs, a “Guts & Glory” pack and the “Devil” pack featured here. These November releases featured both the Era and SK8-Hi from the Vans Syndicate line. Continue reading

Sneaker Showcase: Vans Vault “Day of the Dead” Pack

Vans Vault "Day of the Dead" Pack

We are now in the middle of Dia de los Muertos aka the Day of the Dead. The Mexican holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family  who have passed on. Over the years we have seen a number of brands paying homage to the holiday but the focus for today is Vans Vault’s special pack from a couple of years back. Continue reading

Sneaker Spotlight: Vans SK8-Hi “Hosoi”

Vans SK8-HI "Hosoi"

Christian Hosoi is an American skateboarder who rose to fame starting in the 80’s but was successful for years beyond that decade. Hosoi was a top competitor as well as rival for such famous skaters like Steve Caballero and Tony Hawk. Starting off as a vert skater, Hosoi’s talents allowed him to transition and shift successfully towards street skating. He was able to help pioneer the popularity of skateboarding into mainstream and was successful in businesses involving the sport. His aerial tricks, flair and personality helped make him a fan favorite, and even with run-ins with the law, Hosoi was strongly supported by the skateboarding community. In 2006, a documentary film named Rising Son – The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi was released. The film detailed his success, drug issues, incarceration and conversion to Christianity. That same year Vans released a special “Hosoi” version of the classic Vans SK8-Hi. Continue reading