Vans Taps American Tattoo Legend BJ Betts For “Made For The Makers” Capsule_Fashion at Your Feet


Now that more inclement weather is fast approaching, Vans has launched its newest batch of re-worked classics under the “Made for the Makers” line. For its latest, however, the California-institution is forgoing the all-black ensembles of previous pairs for a military-inspired trio co-created by BJ Betts.


For his first-ever collaboration with the “OFF THE WALL” brand, Betts has drawn not only from his 20+ years in the tattoo industry, which he’s helped define via a series of guides on lettering, but also his family. Spill and slip-resistant iterations of the Old Skool, Slip-On, and Authentic don original camouflage patterns in either muted green, blue, or sand inspired by Betts’ grandfather.

“My Grandfathe[r],” said Betts,”was one of the best men that ever walked this earth. [T]his whole project is dedicated to [him and his military service].”

Furthermore, UltraCush sockliners deliver all-day comfort for the “makers” who work on their feet and need something rugged enough to seamlessly transition from job to play. Each Vansguard® coated-shoe also features other personal touches from the Kennett Square, Pennsylvania-based artist, including a signature on the insole and a nod to 1971 – his birth year – alongside each model’s original style code.

Enjoy a closer look at Betts’ “Made for the Makers” collection ahead, and find all three pairs available on right now. If you’re in Philadelphia, local boutique Lapstone & Hammer is carrying to capsule, too.

For more from the action sports advocate, check out the Old Skool Twist inspired by Salvador Dali.

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