Vans Vault and Disney have joined forces in the past, but their latest collaborative project celebrates Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday with four renditions of the OG Sk8-Hi LX with t-shirts to match. In conjunction with acclaimed artists – John Van Hamersveld, Mister Cartoon, George McFetridge, and long-time Vans partner, Taka Hayashi, each offering is presented with the inspiration from each artist while reinterpreting different eras of Mickey’s long-standing heritage.
Illustrator and graphic designer, John Van Hamersveld’s artistic mediums epitomize Southern California culture, melding vivid color palettes and psychedelic designs into his affinity for music and surfing – both of which are synonymous with Vans’ roots. Van Hamersveld uses the upper’s creamy suede application as a blank canvas for his bright and energetic color choice, featuring a deconstructed portrayal of Mickey with different graphics on each panel.
Mark Machado is a famed tattoo artist that also goes by the name, Mister Cartoon. The LA artist applies his unique tattooing method that utilizes diluted black ink to generate shadows and depth onto the design of the side panels. His interpretation is a black and white portrayal of Mickey driving the ’57 convertible while creating a three-dimensional effect, thanks to his use of contrast. “Ooh-hoo. THE RED BOTTOM…”