Photos by Seth Barnhard
Vans and Thalia Surf Shop came away with another successful event last night celebrating the Vans x Alex Kopps Surf Sider collaboration. Over 200 friends joined the party, which featured San Francisco-based artist Alex Kopps’ original selection of artwork entitled “Psychic Swimming Pool.” Beer and pizza were served just before Vans surfer Alex Knost closed out the night with his rock band, Tomorrow’s Tulips. Rumor has it, the elusive Kopps himself drifted amongst the crowd incognito.
Alex Kopps’ work ranges from mixed media installations, film, and Polaroid photography, as well as art and video collaborations with Vans surf team riders Alex Knost and Dane Reynolds . Hitting shelves this month, the Vans x Alex Kopps project includes the slim, all-black, slip-on style Surfjitsu with tonal prints and hand-drawn logos designed by the artist.
Vans by Thalia Surf Shop, adjacent to Thalia’s South Coast Highway store, melds Vans’ heritage with Thalia’s bohemian brand of beach culture in what is Vans’ first ever boutique surf partnership. The shop showcases a continuously evolving mix of Vans surf footwear and apparel including limited releases in shoes and signature Joel Tudor apparel. Vans by Thalia Surf Shop is located at 911 South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, CA.