DRTY VNS hosted by @dopemo & @leonstheron
Kids with dirty vans. Kids with flannels. Kids with cameras. Kids with stickers on their laptops. Kids with art in their hands to give to the world. Kids with big dreams. Kids of all different backgrounds, different narratives, different interests. All united by what brings them together and not by what divides. DRTYVNS.
DRTYVNS2, (pronounced "dirty vans") is a festival created by Monique Perez and Leon Goodrum of San Diego, California. The two creatives, also members and vital organs of thChrch, are well-versed in the art of event curation and bringing like-souls together. They began DRTYVNS in 2014 because of their desire to showcase San Diego's art and music scene in a positive, new light. Unlike other cities in California, San Diego is not thought of to be a hub of sub-culture, generational innuendos, or thought-provoking movements. Of course, this is completely false. Monique and Leon knew there was an undertone in San Diego that most are unaware of; there's an air of artistic direction and musical genius that resides in places unseen. The common denominator, they felt, for these types of creative people were Vans. Shoes.
Here in San Diego, it is normalized to come across folks of all backgrounds, colors, and artistic diagonals, but they all intersect by the type of shoes on their feet. Vans are a statement to California and to the care-free, vibrant spirit that resides here in our community. Leon and Monique knew this, and they knew it would be a statement of culture to bring people closer together. Fortunately for the community, Mo and Leon decided to come back from a year hiatus and bring DRTYVNS to the heart of Barrio Logan. This past Saturday (July 9, 2016) they hosted an event that housed an amalgamation of art, music, and culture to an all age group. Though the ages ranged from 15 to 30, there was a youthful, lively spirit that was alive at thChrch. It was evident. It ran all throughout Logan Ave. It was living and breathing.
Visual artists, musical artists, and artists from a variety of mediums were invited to enjoy good vibes and showcase their talents to a crowd of 200+ from 2-10 P.M. DJ's such as JR Jarris, ANDYINTERNETS and SkywalkerMike began the event out with a succession of tunes to curate the vibes for the rest of the night. FWM Radio came out and set up shop to engage with guests and play a game of "Pin The Cross On 21 Savage". (Trust me, you had to be there.) During the latter part of the evening, artists on the rise graced the stage as more festival-goers flooded into the front door by the hour. Lyricists and performers such as Stevie Crooks, Young Lyxx, Lashaun Ellis, G.R.A.M.Z. and Rossi Rock and so many others that all engaged the crowd into an evening of art, networking and building, and genuine vibes.
DRTYVNS2 was a night of talent and a night of loud, in-your-face art. Most importantly, it was a night of the millennial culture bridging the gaps and breaking normalized, stereotypical barriers. Everyone at thChrch on July 9th was an individual and unique in their own light- but everyone came for one reason. DRTYVNS is a metaphor for a single unit that can unify and bring together individuals through an artistic dialogue. More people need to be aware of events such as DRTYVNS and become "driven by what connects us, not by what divides."
Watch a small recap of DRTYVNS2 by thChrch below:
The line up:
JAYMIE of BUSHWICK SHOP
MARY THE HEATHEN
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