Vans Downtown Showdown brought to you live from Paris

Livewebcast

Stuck on a boat? Missed your Eurostar? Whatever the excuse, if you’re not able to make it to the Vans Downtown Showdown in Paris this Saturday, never fear! Vans are pleased to announce that this unique event of epic proportions will be streamed LIVE across the internet! Available to view at www.downtownshowdown.eu as well as through the Vans Live app (available from Apple’s App Store), you need not miss a trick.

With coverage starting at 12:40CEST (Central European Summer Time), we’ll be delivering all the action from the best seats in the house. We kick things off with a peek behind the scenes, then all eyes turn to the skaters and the obstacles, as we begin the competition! First up are the masterful creations of Palace Skateboards; in the words of Lev Tanju, “some really expensive luggage you can grind”. We then session Flip’s fully skateable Tricolour, followed by Cliche’s take on the infamous ponds found beneath the city’s most iconic landmark, the Eiffel Tower. This brings us to Paris’ pièce de résistance itself, brought to you in shreddable format by Element Skateboards. A truly epic set up!

Throughout the broadcast we’ll be bringing you exclusive interviews with some of skateboarding’s most legendary characters, including Tony Alva, Steve Caballero, Dustin Dollin and Steve Van Doren himself. We’ll also be touring the venue, checking out the live art, speaking to the teams and giving recap of the days events. As the day draws to a close, we present the prizes and crown the champions of the 2013 Vans Downtown Showdown! Wherever you are, don’t miss it!

tune in at www.downtownshowdown.eu
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Vans Downtown Showdown Artists

In keeping with the city’s past, art plays a prominent role in this year’s Vans Downtown Showdown. Internationally respected artists such as Jay Croft, Jay Howell, Rich Jacobs, Jim “Jimp” Hollingworth, Chris Versteeg, FrenchRuss PopeKev GreyNicolas Thomas and Nicolas Le Borgne will be present to apply their signature style to the iconic Vans “Off The Wall” logo in a show of style and creativity, and in celebration of Vans’ 47 years of skateboarding and street culture. In the wake of the event, Vans will host an online auction of Live Art from the Vans Downtown Showdown, with all proceeds going to A.skate. The auction will include works from the likes of Rich Jacobs, Mambo, French and Jay Croft.

Art at Downtown Showdown

Live Art

This year, at Downtown Showdown, we are pleased to showcase skills & talent, not only through great Skateboarding, but also with amazing artists. All of them have some strong link with Skateboard- ing culture and they will work on some masterpieces during the event. Don’t miss this amazing 2013 new feature!

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Stencil Wall

Get involved & express yourself in a pure Vans Off The Wall style. Our friends from ATRIA propose to bring to you an amazing Stencil Art experience. You can choose to be creative on their giant wooden wall, or simply use smaller sten- cils to personalize your griptape.

 

Barbers at Downtown Showdown

A new feature at Downtown Showdown 2013! You want to refresh your style? Don’t hesitate a minute!… get a classic haircut or try their Waffle haircut to pay homage to Vans! These guys are great artists with scissors, comb & hair!

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Hairdresser

Lovenskate at Downtown Showdown

Get creative with Lovenskate & Vans Custom Culture activities. Print your own Vans Downtown Showdown T-Shirts, or just sit for a while, and express your- self with colours on our white-carton shoes. The guys from Lovenskate will take you through the process – why not bring one of your own clothing items to get printed?

Screenprinting

Art at Downtown Showdown

In keeping with the city’s past, art plays a prominent role in this year’s Vans Downtown Showdown. Former Paris resident and graphic artist Mambo not only designed the event artwork, but will be joining other internationally respected artists such as Rich Jacobs, Kev Grey, Nicolas Thomas, Jay Howell and French, amongst others, as they apply their signature style to the iconic Vans “Off The Wall” logo in a show of style and creativity, and in celebration of Vans’ 47 years of skateboarding and street culture.

Live Art

This year, at Downtown Showdown, we are pleased to showcase skills & talent, not only through great Skateboarding, but also with amazing artists. All of them have some strong link with Skateboarding culture and they will work on some masterpieces during the event. Don’t miss this amazing 2013 new feature!

Stencil Wall

Get involved & express yourself in a pure Vans Off The Wall style. Our friends from ATRIA propose to bring to you an amazing Stencil Art experience. You can choose to be creative on their giant wooden wall, or simply use smaller sten- cils to personalize your griptape.

Half Cab’s Travel Exhibition

It’s not everyday you can see that kind of things when you walk in the streets: a Giant Half Cab Shoe laying on the side- walk! We’ve done it, and we give you the chance to discover the adventures of this giant Vans staple, exclusively at the Downtown Showdown.