Tlingit artist James Johnson collaborated with Vans on a collection which is set to release on September 1.
“James Johnson is not only a lifelong shredder and ongoing contributor to the snowboard community, he’s also an award-winning Tlingit artist and carver,” reads a description on the Vans website. “Born and raised in Juneau, Alaska, James belongs to the Tlingit Ch’áak’ Dakl’aweidi [Eagle Killer Whale] Clan, and his strong, traditional native history led him to pursue the Tlingit art form to honor his ancestors through his work.”
The story and art that James shares for this one-of-a-kind Vans collection is that of the Raven bringing light to the world. In the story, the Raven steals the sun from a box and flies it up through the smoke and darkness to release it into the sky, illuminating the world. The choice of colors for the project represents Tlingit Tináa, which was made of copper, and a symbol of wealth and status.
Right now, the VANS X JAMES JOHNSON Off The Wall Tee is available for purchase with the rest available 9/1: Vans x James Johnson Collection with shoes and apparel available at Vans Retail Stores Worldwide and the Vans Snow Collection available at authorized Vans Snowboard Shops.
According to Johnson’s social media post, Vans donated a portion of proceeds from the collection to his tribe in Alaska which will help fund Native Youth Programs.