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.

You heard Max, these Vans are b-e-a-utiful. Get a pair of your own before they’re gone here. Then check out the rest of our new sneaks and shoes here.