Randozzi's Blog — September 2011 Archive Blogger Profile
Photographer, writer, skater, art fan, jazz lover and a creepy dude with a beard Isaac McKay-Randozzi is based out of the San Francisco area. Covering things arty, skatey and arty skatey he likes taking photos of everything and going down to L.A. He likes socks, stickers, walks with his daughter and the time between 2 and 6AM.
Vans has many options for the shoe buyer outside of the normal skate program. Two of which, The Vault line and the California Collection use premium materials and put new twists on classic profiles. Mr. Ed Son from the Vault line was kind enough to send over some examples like the above pictured Authentic LX1 to check out. With only 20-25 Vault retailers and 50 for the California Collection (in the US) a fairly limited number of the shoes are available each season. Not so much a marketing tactic as the reality of higher end simple sneakers.
Top quality leather and attention to detail are hallmarks of this shoe, while keeping it classic the small things count.
Here in the Bay Area, Bows and Arrows in Berkeley has the latest season of the California and Vault Collections.
I don't much believe in the hoo-doo of most popular religions of the world but sometimes just sometimes I think signs do appear to us if we pay attention. The sunglasses in the shadows meant shit was going to be cool on this trip with the Solitary Arts on their first ever mission. I'm still in stupification of what an amazing experience it was. Thank you!
Due to some lap top issues - mine is full and broken, I was unable to blog from the road as planned.
The Solitary Arts and The Quiet Life/Andy Mueller will be participating in this unique show coming up. I'll be with the Solitary Arts team during the installation and out skating some of the local spots so expect a couple blog posts featuring Jef Hartsel, Bob Lake, Geoff McFetridge, Yong-Ki Chang, white walls, skateboards, Andy Mueller, The Quiet Life, LA traffic, the Scion space, food, nice looking ladies, skate spots, transition, beer, old friends, new people, professionals, amateurs, lurkers, seekers, industry folks, design people, California country side, gas stations, coffee, cigarettes, things analog, things digital, a VW van, fun and possibly a llama if everything comes through (fingers crossed). It's going to be a hell of a week.
Say what you want about Element's presence in the mall, the real meat-and-potatoes of a company is the team and boards. Element has a long legacy of having both, their current team is stacked with well respected and talented skaters - Darrell Stanton, Mark Appleyard, Nyjah Houston, Chad Timtim and Levi Brown to name just the regular team. In this board review, Jerry tests out the quality of their decks riding one of their standard constructions.
Fresh and crispy.
The fine folks at Hamburger Eyes publishing are doing an auction to help keep their doors open and their brand of photography going. Photos from Ed Templeton, Greg Hunt, Ray Potes, Dave Potes, Jai Tanju, Mark Murrman, Ted Pushinsky and many many others are available at great opening prices. Help support photography in one of its most raw forms.
I think this has something to do with Canadia. Whatever, good skating by a bunch of dudes having fun is good no matter where it is from.
I need another beer.