Skateboarding and Star Wars are two of the biggest creative endeavors and commercial outlets of the past 40 years. Both gained immense popularity going into the 1980’s creating generations of devoted fans and successful consumer related brands that continue to thrive. As part of our June exhibit “Deathstar Blues” we will be hosting a “First Look” of new Star Wars merchandise from two iconic American brands – Vans Shoes and Santa Cruz Skateboards. We will also have an exhibit of Star Wars inspired artwork featuring Axel Geittmann, Sket-One, RYCA, Hari & Deepti and The Gropes.
Vans Shoes is a long time American brand that also gained popularity in the early 1980’s and continues to be influential today. From skateboarders, moms to kindergarteners Vans have been sold across the world for over 40 years. Star Wars and Vans have joined forces to create a limited production line of classic Vans shoes styled with iconic Star Wars imagery.
Santa Cruz Skateboards is the longest operating skateboarding company and another highly influential brand spanning generations. Skateboard culture has many aspects that have crossed into the mainstream but one of the most widely referenced is the graphic and design elements found on the boards and related merch. The addition of Star Wars graphics to boards creates the perfect item to be either used or displayed with pride.
Star Wars has been in the heads of adults going back almost 40 years. Many of the kids from the late seventies have entered into careers and some have become artists who have been heavily influenced by Star Wars.
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