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Off the wall is a state of mind. Thinking differently. Embracing creative self-expression. Choosing your own line on your board and in your life. Since 1966, Vans has sought to inspire boardriders, musicians, artists and anyone for whom creativity matters as they inspire us and every product we make.

#livingoffthewall was built to progress that dedication, enlisting some of our favorite story-tellers to share people, places and things that best illustrate such a commitment to originality. Using words, images and motion pictures, #livingoffthewall is a testament to the power of our global imagination, as explored through a surfboard, a microphone, a paintbrush and all tools of the creative trade.

Watch and be entertained. Explore and interact. But also take #livingoffthewall and make it your own. We welcome you to inspire us with your own story of creative expression and thank you for being part of the Vans family.
HAN SU KIM
At the age of 9, the obsession began. South Korean born Han Su Kim took one push on a skateboard, and that's all it took. As he began to form lifelong friendships through pushing, he picked up a video camera and commenced documenting the art of movement and all the unique surroundings that Los Angeles had to offer.

For the last four years, Han Su has teamed up with skateboarding media's finest,theberrics.com, and with clients such as Oakley and Skrillex, he has created honest and compelling pieces all over the world, for all to see.

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JARED EBERHARDT
Jared Eberhardt grew up in Salt Lake City skateboarding, snowboarding and listening to anything on Dischord. After realizing he wasn’t going to be a professional skateboarder, he turned toward photography and design as a way to keep in touch with his friends and satisfy his passion for skateboarding and snowboarding. His work in his basement studio led to him becoming a Design Director at Jager DiPaola Kemp and eventually a Creative Director at Burton Snowboards.

Sometime in 2008 he decided to peruse a career as a fulltime director and has since developed a style based on his love for crafting things. He has an ever growing body of work for various clients and friends including Vans, Scion, Intel, Sub Pop, Lego, Nixon, Footlocker, MTV, Sony, Adobe, Subway, Target, Katy Perry, and Alfa Romeo.

He currently lives in Los Angeles and is represented worldwide by Partizan Pictures.

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JONI ELS
Driven by a desire to travel and document creatives, from street artists to musicians, Joni Els left her home country, South Africa in 2010 and is currently based in Seoul, South Korea. Having worked on everything from production, to editing and camera operation on feature films and television, she figured it was time to go out and tell the stories that interested her. Everyday is about learning something new and experiencing something different with the people she works with and she gets to do this all from behind her lens.

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TOBIN YELLAND
Photographer and Filmmaker Tobin Yelland started taking pictures of his friend’s skateboarding at age 15. His work features the day-to-day experiences of different characters through humor and rawness with youthful invincibility. Tobin’s work has expanded beyond the world of skateboarding to become a collection of images that lend voice to an entire generation transcending many locales and social identities. Tobin continues to make images of culturally important moments through his lens weather shooting stills or making films and he has a good sense of humor.

Dennis McGrath portrait

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VINCENT SKOGLUND
Growing up in north Sweden Vincent Skoglund started snowboarding at an early age. Blending with his passion for photography this led to extensive travel around the globe in the early 90’s; documenting this then new and not yet defined sport. Since early 00’s he started working with different themes of photography like landscape and huge sculptures of waste materials using larger formats.

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ANGELA BOATWRIGHT
Obsessed with heavy metal, Ohio born Angela Boatwright began photographing bands as a teenager in 1990. Using the camera as a way to fit in Angela brought her skill to New York City in 1993 where she captured hardcore bands at legendary venues like CBGB's. Angela has since worked for clients such as MTV, Roxy and AT&T but she's still an awkward teenager at heart.

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PATRICK O'DELL
Patrick O'Dell began his career as a staff photographer for Thrasher Magazine, moving on later for a brief stint as the photo editor of Vice Magazine. That job there eventually evolved into the producer of an ongoing skateboard history and lifestyle show at Vice called Epicly Later'd. Over 50 episodes in, it may be one of the largest archives of skateboard history available.

He has directed music videos for Best Coast, Morrissey, Panda Bear and Wavves and his pictures have been published in Purple Fashion, Self-Service, V Magazine, as well as host of skateboard related publications.

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GRACE LADOJA
Grace Ladoja is a London based film director and a leading figure in UK’s skate and street community. Her obsession with youth culture has inspired her directorial style, experimenting with multi-format techniques across her commercial and personal projects. Grace’s work documents fresh street culture and cutting edge fashion, telling the stories of their pioneers authentically, with her assured and personable style encouraging personalities to resonate on screen.

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LEONG ZHANG
Leong Zhang is from Shenzhen, China. He is one of China’s first skateboard and surf photographers. He is dedicated in promoting skateboarding and surfing through images in China for people to have fun from two great action sports.

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STELLA HONOREL AND STEPHANIE TONNOIR
Born in Berkeley, California in 1994, Stella Honorel moved to Paris with her mother when she was very young. Throughout her childhood she traveled all over the world visiting her family, all the while gaining a deep desire to discover more. She has always had a heightened interest in film, photography and painting, dabbling in a little bit of each without really pinpointing her single passion. In 2012, Stella met Stephanie Toinnoir. Stephanie was born in Brussels and grew up in Saint Tropez in the South of France. She studied cinematic arts in Nice and has a strong passion for skateboarding, filming and dance. The two met in 2012 and their video shares where they are today.