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Smith Street Tattoo | Collection BBQ

RVCA is proud to present its inaugural clothing collection with the world-renowned Smith Street Tattoo Parlour. SSTP was founded in 2008 by ANP Artist, Bert Krak and Steve Boltz - located in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn NY. The SSTP crew is made up of legendary traditional American tattoo artists: Bert Krak, Steve Boltz, Eli Quinters, Frank William and Chris Howell. Smith Street Tattoo Parlour is regarded as one of the greatest tattoo parlours in the world -- fans will book months in advance and will travel thousands of miles to get injected with SSTP's authentic Brooklyn ink.

Our relationship with Smith Street began with Bert Krak and his friendship with RVCA founder, PM Tenore. Bert became a member of the Artist Network Program in 2013 and been considered family ever since. To celebrate the launch of the new Smith Street Tattoo Parlour collection, Bert and his team hosted the RVCA family at their parlour with a private backyard BBQ. Special thanks to Bert, Smith Street Artists and friends, and Traeger Grills for their support in this celebration. Photos by Andrea DoSouto.

Shop the Smith Street Tattoo Collection here.



Overthrow Boxing Club | RVCA Sport

August 23 marked the first day of #RVCANY -- our RVCASport Advocates kicked off our New York event series at the legendary boxing club, Overthrow. RVCA Advocates BJ Penn and Jason Parillo led a boxing workout with Overthrow's co-founder, Alicia Napolean. Many Advocates representing the balance of opposites, participated in the intense workout: Surfer & water safety expert, Kai "Kaiborg" Garcia , photographer Andrea Dosouto , street artist/graffiti legend DMOTE , and RVCA founder, PM Tenore . Special thanks to the crew at Overthrow for their hospitality and hosting our RVCA family.

Next time you're in New York, be sure to stop by Overthrow -- jump in one of their intense training session and experience the gym's raw authenticity.

Photography by Delon Isaacs


Ed Templeton | KCDC Photo Show RVCA NYC

Continuing our love affair with KCDC Skateshop, we hosted a photography show with Ed Templeton for the first night of #RVCANYC . The turnout was amazing - many fans & loyal pawns from all over New York came out to meet the benevolent overlord of Toy Machine and consume his photography prints. We're honoured to host this photo show with Ed, he's a long-standing member of the RVCA Artist Network Program. Special thanks to Amy Gunther and the crew at KCDC Skateshop for hosting this event.

Our next event with KCDC will be Saturday, August 25 at the Brooklyn Pump Track Skatepark - we're hosting a skate jam and BBQ with RVCA Skate Advocates (Andrew Reynolds, Kevin "Spanky" Long, Curren Caples, Kader Sylla, Zach Allen, and Nestor Judkins.

Photography by John Bradford


RVCA NYC

RVCA is headed to New York City from August 21–27, bringing a number of events centered around the “NOW & THEN: A DECADE OF BEAUTIFUL LOSERS” exhibition lead by RVCA Advocate & long time friend Aaron Rose. RVCA will also host events at KCDC, Pilgrim, The Dogpound Gym, Overthrow Boxing and a number of other venues, to celebrate the various pillars of the brand. We will also have a special collection launch with Smith Street Tattoo Parlor and a Women’s brunch headlined by musician and RVCA advocate Lily Meola. In the past, RVCA has taken the brand roadshow to places like Australia, Puerto Rico and annually, to Hawaii as part of the RVCALOHA campaign. Please follow the travels of the RVCA advocates and behind the scene footage of the entire week on the RVCA Instagram channel and at RVCA.COM. #RVCANYC.



Now & Then | RVCA Beautiful Losers Exhibition

On August 24th hundreds of guests flooded the Bowery sidewalk in support of the Beautiful Losers. Alongside RVCA's PM Tenore and curator / Alleged Gallery's Aaron Rose were guests including Aziz Ansari, Justin Theroux, Lourdes Leon, Stacey Bendet, Heron Preston, Gigi Burris, Paloma Elsesser, Adi Gil, Angela Donhauser, Gabriel Asfour, Leo Fitzpatrick, Michael Avedon, Jack Greer, Alex Olson, Kunichi Nomura, Andrew Reynolds, Morgan Colette, Timothee Chamolet, Alex Knost, Sarah Andelman, Humberto Leon, Bert Krak, Steve "ESPO" Powers , Jo Jackson, Ed Templeton, Deanna Templeton, Todd James, Cheryl Dunn, Ricky Saiz, Richie Shazam Khan, Kevin "Spanky" Long, Erik Foss, Coco Baudelle, Danny Fuller, Chris Johanson, Cory Kennedy, Luke Davis, Satchel Lee, Taylor McKimens, and more...

This exhibition revisits a community of artists affiliated with the Alleged Galleryin Manhattan in the early 1990’s. On site will be both artworks and collaborative merchandise from artists including but not limited to: Aaron Rose, Andre Razo, Ari Marcopoulos, Barry McGee, Cheryl Dunn, Chris Johanson, David Aron, Deanna Templeton, Ed Templeton, Geoff McFetridge, Ivory Serra, Jo Jackson, Margaret Kilgallen, Mark Gonzales, Mike Mills, Rita Ackermann, Shepard Fairey, Stephen Powers, Susan Cianciolo, Thomas Campbell, Tobin Yelland, and Tom Sachs. The exhibition will be on view August 24 – September 1, 2018.


Benjamin Jeanjean | True Stories

Since his acclaimed "True Stories" (2016) showcase at Adhocpad Gallery in Vienna, Austria, artist Benjamin Jeanjean "True Stories" exhibition has now become a long-term project for the ANP Artist and a new philanthropic focus for RVCA. Inspired by True Stories, RVCA created a clothing collection to celebrate Jeanjean's art, his book and the catalyst it's become in raising awareness for refugees. The True Stories collection has become a vehicle that is now supporting non-profits helping refugees from war-torn countries. Proceeds from this collection will be donated to a non-profit organization that is working tirelessly in aiding refugees around the globe.

True Stories:

A struggle for life, freedom and humanity

As told by refugees and illustrated by ANP Artist, Benjamin Jeanjean

"This is about a project that started with a feeling. The feeling that we are all Humans. No matter if we are black or white, good or bad, no matter where you came from. I want to step out of my imaginary sanctuary and bring reality to life. To illustrate their stories. TRUE STORIES. Let yourself get dragged into their struggle. it is also our struggle for life." - Benjamin Jeanjean

ANP artist Benjamin Jeanjean spent a month living and diving into the life stories of Ali, Firas and other war refugees coming from Middle-East to capture and witness their true stories…

With his signature drawings and illustrations, Jeanjean committed to bringing to life those words and moments as told by those who have gone through such unforgettable life-changing experiences.

More on Jeanjean and his art:

Based in Southwest France, Benjamin JeanJean’s art stands for a neo-symbolism based on contemporary aesthetics. As an artist he is normally looking for inspiration in the unknown, a surreal world that lives from people’s dreams, thoughts and fears. But after having met Ali and other refugees during an art project in Vienna in 2016, he wanted to step out of this imaginary sanctuary. To bring reality to life. To illustrate the reality of refugees. To tell their stories. True stories.

"The essence of my art didn’t change though. I want people to look closer. This is when their imagination kicks in and the unconscious takes over. Skulls, for example, are only skulls at first glance. But in fact, they represent any human: blacks, whites, Syrians, Austrians, Americans, good people, bad people, workers, doctors, politicians, you, me. We all have a skull, we all are human beings. There is a story behind each human, and each story is worth being told." -- Benjamin JeanJean.

Video: Directed/Edited by Sebastien Chebassier (EnArrO prod.) Filmed by Christian Fischer.
Music: 'Be Cold' by Concorde.


DISTRACTOR | NOT THE SAME

Costa Mesa's favourite band released a new music video, NOT THE SAME" from their new album "This Time I got it Figured Out" Out now on Burger Records

Video: Sean Campos

Edited: Sean Campos

Color Correction: Sean Campos

FIRST AD: Sean Campos (jr.) Written By: Colin Mckibbin (under the strict supervision of Sean Campos)

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FAHRENHEIT INN | ERWIN BLISS | RVCA EUROPE SURF

Fahrenheit Inn

Last winter in France was a bit of a blur.

A rather wet blur in fact, resulting in a never-ending surge of rain that kept everybody at home, twiddling their thumbs while getting fat on cheese.

It’s in these moments that our expatriate island boys’ nerves are put to the test, and Erwin’s and I’s didn’t last long. Our eyes were glued on the maps, and soon enough we were headed towards a country far south, which we won’t reveal the name of—but that will no doubt look familiar to those who can read the signs.

Upon arrival, a piece of paper with instructions was given to us.

We were told to take the west road. The one leading to that infamous town that was once a gold mine, far behind the mountains.

« Continue straight upon crossing the 14th bridge—the blue one—and don’t stop until you spot the hill of the eternal rainbow » it read.

That was the indication that we would be near our destination: A hotel where the grass was bright green and the oceans folds were warm and hollow.

We had to show up at noon in order to meet the owner of the place. « She will be sunbathing in a pink umbrella » our guide told us.

That’s when we knew we were at the end of the road:

Fahrenheit Inn.

Credits:

Filmed/Edited by: Yentl Touboul

Water Cinematography: Kylian Castells

Additional Footage: Hypolite Champion

Music:

Jai Walsh - "Mariachi Aquachi"

Equinoxious - "Astros Prometidos"


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