Vans, the global icon of creative expression, presents “These Projects Are Ads for Creativity”, a new artist-first brand campaign that showcases creativity in its purest form. Through enabling Vans’ family of artists and creatives to go out and make things—drawings, sculptures, music videos, custom shoes, digital animations, and much more—Vans continues to celebrate the diversity of creativity itself and honors the talented individuals behind the work.
Instead of following a conventional ad campaign approach, Vans committed their resources to support the physical act of creativity itself, empowering artists to bring their ideas to life in the vast forms that art can play. Unveiled as a digital hub of art projects at vans.eu/offthewall, Vans’ new brand campaign is an inspiring journey of discovery—while the website serves as a capsule of creativity that will continue to expand all year-long.
Inviting fans to discover new forms of creativity, Vans puts the artist and their stories at the forefront. Whether it’s San Francisco-based Rewina Beshue’s colorful paintings that explore themes of time, space and reality, Annabell Lee’s vibrant painted pillows that parallel her bold personality, Los Angeles photographer Anthony Acosta’s DIY darkroom process or Hong Kong’s Start From Zero’s disciplined woodworking practice – these artists convey a breadth of creative interpretations that represent a beloved global artist community. It’s through their physical tokens of art presented together that a collective beacon of creativity is manifested.
Repping things from this side of the pond are London-based artists Alex Jenkins and Eloise Dörr. An illustrator and cartoonist, Alex Jenkins’ work often explores critical subject matter filtered through a colorful, satirical lens. For this project, he brought one of his characters to life as a six-foot-tall fiberglass sculpture. Eloise Dörr is a skateboarder and artist whose work often features skateboarding characters — sometimes big, sometimes small, and sometimes somewhere in the middle. For her project, she chose to create a triptych of painted skateboards.
“Instead of creating advertising that talks about creativity, we wanted to use this campaign as a vehicle to showcase true, physical creativity in all of its forms. So we simply enabled creatives all over the world to make things,” said Rob Teague, Vans global executive creative director. “Drawings, paintings, music, sculptures, video edits, skate spots, crazy animations, weird surfboards, and things we didn’t expect. In place of traditional ads, we as a brand wanted to get out of the way and support a diverse range of people, and their different creative outputs. That’s what Vans is all about – to not just talk about creative expression, but to actively champion it through our products, platforms and campaigns.”
This ongoing creative journey will live on the Vans website all year long, cultivating a digital hub of global projects that will uplift various artist stories and inspire fans to create their own version of creativity in its purest form.
See the full campaign at vans.eu/offthewall. To share your own story and join the conversation with Vans, use #OffTheWall on social media.