Earlier this month I was invited to be on a panel of judges at Vans’ 2nd annual Custom Culture Contest in New York City, and I am still buzzing. High schools from all around the country joined in to create the coolest custom shoes possible, and the top five art classes were flown to New York for a party at the House Of Vans in Brooklyn, and a reception at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in Manhattan, with the winning high school receiving $50,000 for their art department. Not an easy decision. Actually, it was one of the more brutal decisions I’ve ever had to make. Every single kid possessed an intense passion and love for creating, most unavoidably obvious during the mural making, and the award ceremony. It has been a long time since I was that inspired, and I can’t thanks Vans enough for welcoming me into their family. Check out a cool write up HERE, and some pictures HERE and HERE, and/or take a look at mine below!