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Wall to Wall Portland

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Artist David D’Andrea headed to the eastside of Portland to create a new piece of art as part of our Wall to Wall series.



The Artist

David D’Andrea combines the draftsmanship of the poster artists and album cover designers of the 1960’s and 70’s with a raw detailed grittiness to create an organic pen and ink style that is unmistakably his own. His t-shirt designs, hand colored silk-screen prints and album covers are highly sought after and have won much praise from fans and admirers. He completely throws himself into his work and each new piece is an extension and evolution from the last one. David is a wandering soul and will probably continue to search and improve until the day he stops drawing.

Where It’s At

Portland has a great scene these days. The art, food and music really seems to be drawing a younger crowd from all over the country. The city is cheaper than Brooklyn and greener than Austin. Surprisingly the Lower Burnside area has taken a long time to become the hip part of town. Part of the areas appeal is that it’s close to the river and the downtown area. People have finally caught on and are coming in from the outer neighborhoods to be a part of what’s happening on Burnside.

Portland, Oregon

Converse Big Boi Sweepstakes

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013


1. Who is eligible?
This Sweepstakes is open only to legal permanent US residents who are thirteen (13) or older at the time of entry. Employees of Converse, Inc., its parent company, NIKE, Inc., their subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively “NIKE”), or of other companies associated with the promotion of the Sweepstakes, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children, and each of their respective spouses) and household members of each such employee are not eligible. In addition, NIKE sponsored athletes and their immediate families are not eligible.

Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the promotion. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

2. Who is sponsoring the Sweepstakes?
The Sweepstakes is sponsored by Converse, Inc., One High Street, North Andover, MA 01845 (the “Sponsor”). Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, terminate or modify the promotion if it cannot be operated, conducted or completed as planned, for any reason. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to Converse, Inc. and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for purposes of the Sweepstakes.

3. When Can I enter?
The Sweepstakes starts on or about 3:00 pm (ET) on January 3rd, 2012 and ends at 12:00 midnight (ET) on January 4th, 2012 (the “Entry Period”). Entries submitted prior to or after the Entry Period will be disqualified.

4. How do I enter?
During the Entry Period, send an email to with your name, date of birth, home address and sneaker size and you will be entered for a chance to win a pair of Converse Big Boi sneakers. There is a limit of one (1) entry per person. Subsequent entries will be void.

5. How will winners be selected?
On or about January 7th, 2012, the Sponsor will select ten (10) potential winners in a random drawing of all entries received. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. The potential winner will be notified by email within three (3) days of the drawing. If a potential winner declines to accept the prize, has violated any of these Official Rules, or fails to respond within seven (7) days of notification, the potential winner will be disqualified and an alternate entrant may be selected, at Sponsor’s discretion and if time permits, in his/her place in a random drawing of remaining eligible entries. If an alternate entrant is selected, only two (2) alternate drawings will be held, after which the prize will remain un-awarded.

6. What can I win?
Ten (10) Winners will each receive a pair of Converse Big Boi Sneakers, approximate retail value: $650 ($65 per winner).
Any prize details not specified above will be determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion. Prizes are not transferable and must be accepted as awarded. No cash or other substitution may be made, except by the Sponsor, who reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the prize is not available for any reason as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion. The Winner is responsible for any and all other costs and expenses not listed above. Prizes will be reported as income to a Winner and the Winner is responsible for taxes, if any, associated with the receipt of a prize.

7. What other terms should I be aware of?
Unless prohibited by law, entrants agree to allow use of their name, voice, city/state of residence, photograph, and/or likeness for advertising and/or trade and/or any other purpose in any media or format now or hereafter known without further compensation, permission or notification.
The Sweepstakes is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law. In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Sweepstakes is impaired in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to fraud, virus, or other technical problem, the Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) cancel or terminate the Sweepstakes; (b) suspend the Sweepstakes to address the impairment and then resume the Sweepstakes in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules; or (c) award the prize at random or award the prize according to the Judging Criteria from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Failure by the Sponsor to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. In the event Sponsor is prevented from continuing with the Sweepstakes or the integrity and/or feasibility of the Sweepstakes is severely undermined by any event beyond the control of Sponsor, including but not limited to fire, flood, epidemic, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, satellite or equipment failure, riot or civil disturbance, war (declared or undeclared), terrorist threat or activity, or any federal, state or local government law, order, or regulation, order of any court or jurisdiction, infection by computer virus, unauthorized intervention, technical failures or other cause not reasonably within the control of Sponsor (each a “Force Majeure” event or occurrence), Sponsor shall have the right, in its sole discretion, to abbreviate, modify, suspend, cancel or terminate the Sweepstakes without any further obligation.

By participating in the Sweepstakes, entrants agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor, its parent and related companies, and their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorized human intervention in the Sweepstakes; (b) technical errors related to computers, servers, providers, or telephone or network lines; (c) printing errors; (d) lost, late, postage-due, misdirected, or undeliverable mail; (e) errors in the administration of the Sweepstakes or the processing of entries; or (f) injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt or use of any prize. Entrant further agrees that in any cause of action, the Released Parties’ liability will be limited to the cost of participating in the Sweepstakes, and in no event shall the Released Parties be liable for attorney’s fees. Entrant waives the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages. Entrant agrees that the Released Parties have made no warranty, representation or guarantee, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to any prize.

8. How will disputes be handled?
Except where prohibited, entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Sweepstakes or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in the State of Oregon. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, entrant’s rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Oregon, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Oregon or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Oregon.

9. How can I find out who won or obtain a copy of these Official Rules?
To obtain the name of the winner(s) or a copy of these Official Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Converse Big Boi Sweepstakes, Converse, Inc., One High Street, North Andover, MA 01845. Requests must be received within four (4) weeks of the conclusion of the Entry Period.

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Wall to Wall: Manhattan

Monday, November 5th, 2012

David Ellis started his artistic adventure being immersed in 80′s hip-hop, and things have only become louder.


The Artist

David Ellis is an artist born into a family immersed in music. In his youth Ellis had little patience with piano lessons or reading sheet music. Instead he absorbed everything on The Super Mix, a Saturday night radio program broadcast from the nearby Fort Bragg military base. Each week a new cassette tape of emerging New York hip-hop found its way into the life of a child growing up in a log house in North Carolina and soon after Ellis was writing rhymes and banging out beats with his friends on the desks at school. Things have since become much louder.

Ellis’ work continues to interpret music and sound. His paintings are often recorded in a form of digital time-lapse animation Ellis calls motion painting. Like jazz, these works provide Ellis with an opportunity to combine ideas with collaborators or work solo within a form that promotes improvisation and spontaneity. For a recent commission the artist painted a truck from sunup to sundown over five consecutive days. Ellis often stages events when exhibiting his motion paintings, inviting musicians, performers, and sound artists to interpret the work live. His motion painting, Paint on Trucks in a World in Need of Love was recently exhibited at MoMA.

Ellis’ paintings are frequently improvised. He works directly on the walls of spaces that remain open to the public during installation and shares the making of the work with viewers. The experience is much like a band playing in front of a passing audience.

Ellis further explores sound with kinetic installations that produce analogue sequences in rhythm.

Where It’s At

Situated on 23rd and 11th in Chelsea, a stone’s throw from the Hudson River and the Chelsea Pier, David Ellis’ piece is featured in a neighborhood teeming with art galleries. One block from the highline, NYC’s glorious walkway that hugs the west-side of Manhattan, the piece is dropped in a relentlessly fast-paced, young, and adventurous neighborhood: Chelsea, NYC

Batman: Arkham City – Armored Edition

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition Now Available for Wii U.

Watch The Demo

Game features re-imagined gadgets engineered specifically to harness the power of the Wii U GamePad.

Battle Armored Tech Mode (B.A.T. Mode) – All new armored suits provide power-ups for Batman and Catwoman during combat.

Includes all previous released DLC: Harley Quinn’s Revenge, Catwoman Pack, Nightwing bundle pack, and much more.


Wall to Wall: Huntington Beach

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Heralding from Los Angeles, Push has been creating art for 19 years and exhibited in places as varied as Australia and Korea. His geometric stylings have been featured in MOCA, The Known Gallery, and the Salvation concept store among others. This summer he took his talents to Huntington Beach.



Talk about your art background, how you got started.

I was always drawing as a kid. Around third grade I got into skateboarding, and that pretty much took over my life. Looking back, I feel like it was the good time to be a kid, the cartoons/t.v shows, the toys, and the movies. Later on just being totally engulfed in the late 80′s-early 90′s skateboarding era. It was definitely a new way of life.

When did you first discover your interest in the arts?

Drawing was always there, I guess in Junior High is when I got into graffiti, and that gave me a new perspective and became another way of life, maybe a different and more personal way to express myself?

Travel, where are all the places you go to do murals? Which city is your favorite?

I have had the chance to paint all over the US, and I have gotten to travel to several countries to paint walls and do shows. Japan is my favorite so far.

How do you like the Huntington Beach location?

I think they choose this location in Huntington Beach because the US Open for Surfing was going to be happening. A really nice location, a real beach city, maybe a block or two from the pier, where the US Open takes place.

I finished the wall the day before it started so I didn’t get to see it unfold.

How many hours a day do you spend working on art?

It’s constant.

Who inspires you and how do you keep yourself motivated? Any notable influences?

Traveling is always inspiring to me, everything is new, even if it’s ancient. Progression and development keeps me motivated.

Any last thoughts?

I thought the project worked out well and moved along smoothly. I had the freedom to approach the wall the way I wanted.

Where It’s At

Huntington Beach, the surf capital of the USA, is a sun-kissed beach town 40 miles outside of Los Angeles. Long legendary for its waves, it has emerged as a mecca for music, art and skateboarding – and has helped put Orange County on the map as a cultural hub.Huntington Beach, California

Wall to Wall: Toronto

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Canadian Troy Lovegates aka Derek Mehaffey aka Other began painting on the streets around 1988 after noticing graffiti on the buildings in Toronto that would magically appear overnight.


The Artist

Canadian Troy Lovegates aka Derek Mehaffey aka Other began painting on the streets around 1988 after noticing graffiti on the buildings in Toronto that would magically appear overnight. Also around this time he developed a love for rail travel, so it was natural for him to begin displaying his art on trains. His rail work became part of a nomadic culture that stretches as far back as the 1800s. Transients, train workers, and soldiers originally developed the tradition of inscribing their names on the trains they used to roam around the country. Many of the tags that remain on trains still in use today, but now new forms of art have been added to the boxcar walls as well. Troy Lovegates’ train work consists mainly of black and white outline portraits with exaggerated facial features. Some of the more complex pieces resemble his street murals which are large-scale, multimedia paste-ups created in his studio and then adhered to outdoor surfaces under the guise of nighttime. His train pieces are influenced by many uncontrollable factors, all of which add to the urgency of the art form. Often times there are people working in the train yards which makes it difficult to focus on one piece for too long.

In order to fund his train work, Troy Lovegates exhibits his art in galleries. To date, he has painted pieces and had art shows in Taipei, Tokyo, Paris, Dublin, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, Detroit, Montreal, Toronto, Dublin, Barcelona, Lima and many more cities around the world. His international work has occupied many canvases, from gallery walls to a projection on the side of the Romanian Palace of the Parliament, the largest building in Europe.

Photo Gallery


Where It’s At

The Parkdale neighborhood of Toronto is home to a wealth of artists, music venues, and recent transplants to Canada. The melting pot of cultures and people creates a vibrancy and ugrency to the neighborhood, and Troy Lovegates expressive Wall to Wall piece adds a piece to a neighborhood teeming with artist output. Toronto, Canada

Fools Gold 5th Anniversary Party

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Fool’s Gold is gettin’ grown! The annual anniversary bashes are the stuff of legend, and the fifth one takes place on Saturday, October 20th as part of the ongoing Converse Rubber Tracks Live series of free concerts at Music Hall Of Williamsburg.

The showcase will feature performances from A-Trak, Flosstradamus, Nick Catchdubs, Donnis, World’s Fair, and Troy Ave (all of whom have recorded at the Converse Rubber Tracks studio, and have music featured on our upcoming hip-hop compilation, Loosies). And in true Fool’s Gold fashion, the night will be headlined by rap iconoclast Ghostface Killah. WHAT?!?!? It’s another can’t-miss night out with music’s golden boys…. we’ll see you there!






DOORS AT 9PM, SHOW 10pm-3am

Converse Premium Outlets Allen, Texas: 25 Percent Off!

Friday, October 12th, 2012

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Converse Premium Outlet Wrentham, MA: 25 Percent Off!

Friday, October 12th, 2012

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Converse Premium Outlet San Marcos, Texas: 25 Percent Off!

Friday, October 12th, 2012

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