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Rich Jacobs, Nate Russell, Mike Giant, Matt French and Zio Ziegler

Written by Michael Hsiung   
Thursday, 25 July 2013 13:28

The Vans US Open of Surfing just kicked off last weekend in Huntington Beach, and droves of folks cruised down to check out the surfing, bmx, and skate action in events such as, Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational and the Van Doren Invitational. Like Van's Supply & Demand show at the House of Vans, Russ Pope invited down a team of awesome artists -Rich Jacobs, Nate Russell, Mike Giant, Matt French and Zio Ziegler - do a collaborative mural in the skate bowl, which was modeled after the legendary Marseilles France Skate Park. Also artists Gregg Kaplan, HEF, and Marco Zamora were also in attendance, working on painting large shipping containers inspired by the classic Vans shoeboxes.

The Vans US Open of Surfing runs from July 20th thru July 28th, with event such as the Van Doren Invitational (skate contest) and the Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational on Saturday, July 27th and Sunday, July 28th. Anyhow, here's some photos I took from Day 1 of the artists working on the skate bowl!

Words by Michael C. Hsiung
Photographs by Michael C. Hsiung, AR4T and artists.

Headed down to the Vans Us Open of Surfing early Saturday . . weather was some what overcast, semi-humid, but overall better than a blazing sun.

Giant Pacifico bottles were out and about along with bikinis, surfers, and families.

As well as girls on long boards and skateboards.

Naturally, I had to put Nate Russell's photo of Ed and Deanna Templeton, who were there Friday, right after the girl on longboard photo.

Headed over to where the skate bowl, model after the Marseilles France Skate Park and where the artists would be painting all day

Looking like a sweet bowl indeed, but sweeter with some art on it.

Russ and the artists arrive shortly. . . some of the guys were able to get some work started the Friday beforehand, but they would end up working 3 days straight.

Mike Giant, Zio Ziegler, and Nate Russell arriving

Hell yeah, that's Neil Blender who stopped by! Um. . .pretty fucking stoked!

Also, got to meet two rad dudes - SF artist Zio Ziegler and Nate Russell.

And down to business.

Mike Giant, Rich Jacobs, and Russ Pope ponder the enormous canvas they've got to work with that day

Mike Giant and his blank canvas

Zio getting to working. . . he laid down the white layer and outline. Time for the filling in.

Neil Blender having a good time adding random graffiti to the bowl . . here's a death box and target sign, which of course, made me think of that awesome run he did at Street Style in Tempe where he spray painted some art during his run.

Russ skating over Neil's death box graffiti

Adding extra checkers t the Van Doren Invitational log haha

Sorry John, but here's one of him spraying Kemp!

Rich getting ready to spray some characters

Russ and his giant brush

Neil Blender & Russ Pope collaborative drain art

View from farther out

Zio's section and progress

Nate Russell section and progress

Mike Giant chalking out his section which would feature text and later a spiderweb on the bottom

The Pope Family out supporting

Banana break

Zio comes up for some air after hours of non stop spraying

Russ helping Nate stay energized and motivated with some donut exercises

Mike Giant takes a much needed blunt break

Some cops checking out some of the bowl art

I think he really digs the Smoke Weed bit by Neil Blender, next to Russ's stuff

More cops talking about the art with Pete

One of my favorite shots that day of Rich

Rad shot of Zio working on the face

Gregg Kaplan stopped by . . .he would be working later on his shipping container.

Zio's massive winding piece, which he just approaches organically, with no plan really, just going with the flow.

Really loving Nate's piece, featuring faces, plants, cats, coffee cup and an egg. Also, really liked how he used the concrete surface as a color.

Dudes chilling above Russ's dudes

Mike and Zio taking a moment to chat

Shhh...it's me

Zio and Rich working on a collaborative face

Looking sickkkk. . . going to be rad when folks start skating it

Pool cracks

Artist Marco Zamora stopped by to check out the work. He'd also be working on a shipping container which sits outside the bowl

Victory blunt

Day two: Artist Matt French cruised down to add a rad eyeball ontop of Zio and Rich's face. Photo by Levi Cook.

Gregg Kaplan's shipping container. Photo courtesy of Gregg Kaplan.

Marco Zamora's shipping container. Photo courtesy of Marco Zamora.

Art imitating life - Russ's portrait of Jai Tanju, next to Jai Tanju.

Skating Nate's piece. Photo courtesy Nate Russell.

Skating the finished Mike Giant bowl! Courtesy of AR4T

Well done guys! Killed it. Group shot: Jai Tanju, Matt French, Nate Russell, Mike Giant, Zio Ziegler, Russ Pope, Rich Jacobs and Gregg Kaplan.

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