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Recapping Vans’ Venice Beach ‘Black Rainbows’ Event

Dogtown went back to the ‘70s this summer.


Ah, Dogtown…unlike the name suggests, it is a place filled with skateboarders, not dogs. Vans went back to its hometown this summer to honor the anniversary of the original skateboarding shoe, with a free, immersive exhibition on Venice Beach. And yeah, it really was as sick as it sounds.

Skateboarders and Vans fans were transported back to the SoCal of the 1970s through days of film screenings, waffle brunches, and first-hand stories from the Z-Boys members. Artifacts and photos dotted all over the exhibition told the story of skater and surfer Tony Alva who linked up with the Vans brothers in the ‘70s and famously inspired the first skateboarder shoe.

Featuring live music from the Suicidal Tendencies, O.C based band Fury, and The Paranoyds, professional and amateur skateboarders made the most of the atmosphere to brush up on their skills. Check out our highlight reel above to catch all the best bits from the ‘Black Rainbows’ event.