Vans Remembers Early Skate Scene With Black Rainbows Series of Events

From Black Rainbows. Image via

From Black Rainbows. Image via

As of Friday, August 9, 2019

It’s passed into legend now. In the 1970s, a group of scruffy teenagers created skateboard culture in Venice, Calif., and Santa Monica, Calif. What may have been considered as a nuisance in the Carter administration is now viewed as the crucible for a sensibility that is celebrated across the globe. It was also the vibe that launched hundreds of skatewear brands.

Vans is one of the original brands that these influential skateboarders, the Z-Boys, favored. Two of these Ur-skateboarders, Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta, worked with Vans to create a shoe for skateboarding. Perhaps you could say that the rest of is history. And it’s being commemorated by Vans at Black Rainbows, a series of events in Venice.

It’s a week of events produced by the footwear and apparel giant, which looks into the culture and original scene. Look out for live music from punk bands that were a part of the original scene. Yep, Suicidal Tendencies are scheduled to play on Aug. 9. There’s art, food, and, of course, the venerated documentary about the scene Dogtown and Z-Boys. RSVPs are required for a bunch of these events. For a schedule, check this out. Ride!