JUDGES

ROBIN EISENBERG

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST

Robin Eisenberg is a Los Angeles-based artist. She loves pastel and neon colors and spends most of her time drawing alien superbabes having rad adventures (and moments to themselves).She is heavily influenced by sci-fi and fantasy, as well as a love of food, road trips, plants, stars, and dogs of all kinds. Growing up in LA, she always felt very passionately about drawing, as well as writing and playing music. She had dreams of one day becoming a professional artist, but wasn’t sure how to turn her love of drawing into a career. After graduating from San Diego State with an English degree, she started playing organ with a band called Crocodiles. She toured extensively with them for several years, and eventually moved to Berlin, Germany on an artist visa. Still drawing constantly, she started getting asked to create art for bands that she connected with on tour. Eventually, she decided to stop touring to try and focus on art full-time. She moved back to LA and opened up an online shop selling pins and patches of her art.  

Robin has created work for Vans including a skateboard and How-To Zine for our Woman’s Skateboarding ‘Get on Board’ initiatives, and spoke on our Women in Art’s panel. Although not a skateboarder herself, Robin spent hours with her sketchbook at the skatepark with her friends growing up, where her skateboard characters caught the attention of Thrasher Magazine who since has collaborated with her for an apparel collection including a rendition of the infamous Boyfriend graphic.  

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HYUN YE

CUSTOM ARTIST

HYNYE is a custom artist who majored in the fine arts and has no boundaries when she customizes. Her works are mostly drawings and have been grabbing attention for collaborating with artist from different genres. HYUNYE’s customizations are based on hand-painting and she sticks to use her client’s own identity as inspiration for each work. She has grabbed the publics attention with her work with many trendy hip-hop artists and is currently working on a collaboration with brand-name labels and placing her work in galleries for the world to see. 

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PANDA MEI

ARTIST

Panda Mei is an artist based in Dali, China.He specializes in illustration, graphic design, mural, screen printing, vinyl figure and other various stuff, includes commercial and editorial illustration projects, as well as personal or collective exhibitions.

He loves drawing and art stuff since childhood and studied graphic design while in College. He starts skateboarding in 2002 and creates graphic for skateboard decks. He used to be the vocal and bass player in a rock band and worked as a lyricist and composer from 2005 to 2012.

He created 2 illustration works to join VANS GSD online art works collection competition and won in 2010.Then started collaborate with VANS up to now. His works have been used in AAT, OTW art collection, HOV APAC and living mural. He prepared two sets of works as the gifts for VANS 50th anniversary. One is the HI-MONSTER figure toy, another one is a group of porcelain vans shoes.

Most of his works are reflected in the integration of the two cultures of the eastern tradition and the western modern. He is also committed to create his own toy brand, names "IHITOY".

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APRIL VITKUS

SENIOR DIRECTOR, GLOBAL BRAND MARKETING AND STRATEGY, VANS

April Vitkus is Vans’ Senior Director of Global Brand Marketing and Strategy. With over 15 years of experience growing and evolving lifestyle brands, April guides Vans’ global brand marketing vision, driving consumer interest, affinity and demand creation. In her current role, April leads global strategic planning, campaign development, experiential marketing and brand programs across art, music and street culture. Since joining Vans in 2008, April has held senior leadership roles in global marketing and footwear merchandising across multiple categories. Prior to joining Vans she was the Head of Sales and Marketing at contemporary designer startup Trovata, where she established a global business operation. Earlier in her career she was the Director of Marketing at BCBG Max Azria Group, building the brand position and image for a portfolio of 15 apparel and accessories brands. April graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a degree in English Literature and Culture. She spends her free time attending live music shows and art exhibits, watching independent films, and keeping up with her active husband and two children in Los Angeles.

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BRIAN JOHNSON

SPECIAL PROJECTS MERCHANDISE MANAGER, VANS ASIA PACIFIC

Brian Johnson came onboard as the Special Projects Merchandise Manager for Vans Asia Pacific in 2015. He facilitates regional collaboration and special projects to help drive energy and bring awareness to Vans. Prior to his life at Vans, he had spent his formative years in San Francisco painting graffiti, DJing small local gigs, and generally running amok.

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JUSTICE LEE

ART & DESIGN MANAGER, VANS ASIA PACIFIC

Justice Lee has been leading the Art and Design team for Vans Asia Pacific since 2012, developing creative content to promote the brand and its identity through its four pillars, Action Sports, Music, Street Culture and Art.

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