Vans Shop Riot is an original concept series by Vans, promoting Europe’s finest street skaters, whilst offering the core skateboard scene and the best skate shop teams from all over Europe an authentic platform for recognition and community.
Since Vans Shop Riot 2014, we’ve partnered with a different and relevant skate artist each year on the creative execution, to celebrate the creativity of skateboarding and forever progressing just like skateboarding. There’s a very clear synergy between art and skateboarding and this year sees us teaming up with renowned artist and self-described “Antihero graphics duder”, Todd Francis.
TODD FRANCIS – ARTIST FEATURE
Todd Francis is an American artist born and raised in Los Angeles. For the last two decades, Todd has created memorable and iconic skateboard and graphics for several companies including the original Antihero logo and numerous Vans projects. In addition, his studio art has been shown in galleries around the world. Todd’s work has been featured in numerous skate, art and culture magazines including Juxtapoz, Vice, Monster Children, Complex and Thrasher. @toddfrancisart
HISTORY OF VANS SHOP RIOT
Vans Shop Riot was born out of a grassroots event at Burnside Skatepark in the Netherlands in 2009. It evolved quickly and hasn’t stopped growing since then.
Skate shops are the backbone of skateboard culture and Vans Shop Riot is dedicated to shops and their teams, with this original series of contests across Europe. Local qualifiers lead to a European finals event in a different country every year.
Long before skateboarding at the Olympics was even an idea – team and competition skateboarding didn’t exist. When skaters ride in competitions, generally you ride on your own against everyone else to win the prize purse. Every skateboard shop has a team of riders and what a fun idea it was to get these shop teams riding with each other and against other shops in a European skateboarding championship that’s about giving back to the community and celebrating the culture of skateboarding.
Vans Shop Riot is a strict street contest. Each European stop sees the country’s top shops battle it out in one of their best skateparks. Everything is about the team effort when it comes to results and a trip to the finals.