Vans Celebrates 20 Years of Steve Caballero

Half Cab

Photos by Anthony Acosta/Vans

Vans Celebrates 20 Years of Steve Caballero and the Half Cab, Skate’s Most Iconic Shoe, at the House of Vans Thursday Night

More than 1,000 friends and family descended upon the House of Vans in Brooklyn Thursday, October 4 to salute Steve Caballero and 20 years of the most iconic shoe in skateboarding — the Half Cab. The crowd immersed themselves in a night of music, art and skateboarding in conjunction with the first-ever BOWL-A-RAMA NYC this weekend at Pier 62 Skatepark. Steve Caballero and the Half Cab are the focus of a year-long celebration with special releases monthly during 2012. The history of the Half Cab and information on the latest incarnation available this month, the Vans x Metallica Half Cab, can be found at

Agent Orange with Steve Caballero

Agent Orange with Steve Caballero

The Drunk Injuns

The Drunk Injuns



Hosoi Mountain and Grosso

Hosoi Mountain and Grosso

A full photo recap from last night:

Highlighting the night was a legendary skate rock lineup headlined by seminal three-piece punk outfit Agent Orange joined for the night by Caballero himself. Tony Alva and G.F.P with members of Suicidal Tendencies, Circle Jerks and D.F.L. got the evening started, while originators of Skate Rock, Drunk Injuns, kept the show rolling in between as many of the world’s best skaters took turns in the House of Vans bowl.

Partygoers entered and were surrounded by the TWENTY photo exhibition curated by Lance Dawes featuring classic images of skaters wearing the Half Cab and photographed by luminaries Anthony Acosta, Atiba Jefferson, Ben Colen, Bryce Kanights, Dave Swift, Gabe Morford, Jai Tanju, Lance Dawes, Luke Ogden, Mike O’Meally, MoFo and Rhino.

Cab also handpicked many of his favorite artists to lend their talents in an amazing collection of customized Half Cab shoes. Those featured included Andy Howell, Augie Pagan, Big Toe, Billy Bakker, Bobby Brown, Chris Pastras, Christine Benjamin, Danny Miki, Dirty Donny, Greg "Craola" Simkins, Jason Adams, Jason Janes, Jason Tingler, Jeral Tidwell, Jimbo Phillips, Johnny Rodriguez, Keith Meek, Lance Mountain, MoFo, Orly Locquaio, Greg "Pnut" Galinsky, Rich Luna, Shepard Fairey, Sid Enck, Taka Hayashi, Tony Squindo, and Tanner Goldbeck.

Half Cab Art & Photo Auction Benefitting A.Skate
Each of the photos and Half Cab shoes exhibited are being auctioned off with proceeds benefiting A.Skate which aims to conquer autism with skateboarding. See the catalog and bid on-line beginning Sept. 28 at, search username: askatefdn.

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Saturday was a good skateday. All kinds of stuff giong on. Jeff covered the Pedlow contest and I ventured down south for the Clash at Clairemont event. The old (last years) X Games ramp found a home at the Mission Valley YMCA. The vert demo consisted of most the big names. Bucky, Bob, Lincoln, and of course Tony to name a few. You know if Tony shows up the crowds will follow. He and the other skaters went right to work on the beast ramp.

Tony Hawk stalefish

I’ve be lucky enough to cover The X Games and stand on the deck of these huge ramps many times. But it always blows me away when a guy throws a ten foot plus air in front of me.

Lincoln sky master.

The demo moved into the pool and the session raged.

Chris Miller classic FSA.

Bob was on fire.

Mike Rogers got into the mix. Grind For Life was one of the event sponsors. Always cool to catch Mike skating.

Lots of booths , food and give aways. Big Bonus…. Agent Orange played pool side. It was sick!

Good times all around. Big thanks goes out to Laszlo Kelemen and to everyone else who made this event happen.

Check out the gallery for more photos here: gories.php?cat_id=230