Philadelphia-based shop UBIQ teams up with Vans Vault to rework two of their most storied silhouettes, the Sk8-Hi LX and the Era LX. Looking to do something rather unique, the shop sought out Osaka’s Three Tides Tattoo for graphics that incorporate the ukiyo-e culture of the Edo period with symbolic animals and flowers, set off against a background of waves, clouds and lightning bolts. The shop’s very own Hiroshi Hirakawa applied his original artwork on the Sk8-Hi LX’s canvas mid-panel fixed between black suede panels and the Era LX’s low-top canvas upper. The box for both sneakers also comes fully covered in the same artwork.
Look for the collection at UBIQ’s online shop beginning November 9.