If you haven’t checked out the work of LA illustrator Max Dower (aka Unfortunate Portrait) yet, you’re in for a treat. As fans of his punny drawings, we were so excited to have him contribute a design to our series of exclusive Sk8-Hi Vans®. There are only 100 (!) pairs of hand-painted beach-scene sneaks available, so read more about Max’s inspo then get yours ASAP.
Talk to us about the inspiration behind your design.
I drew on these after an incredible trip to Turks and Caicos, where every day I woke up to calm turquoise water and swaying palm trees. I loved working on them because the design is a constant reminder of the island.
Where do you imagine someone wearing this pair?
Wherever they want! To lunch, concerts, parties, work—and of course, the sk8 park.
Pick a song that sums up the vibe of these Vans.
“Beautiful” by Pharrell and Snoop Dogg.
What’s your go-to wear-with-sneakers outfit?
White T-shirt and jeans.
And finally, what are three words you’d use to describe these sneaks?
Original, free and fun.