A Day With Jon Warren

Head of Design for Vans Footwear responsible for creative direction of Vault, California Collection, Vault, and Syndicate. I’m originally from Chicago but have lived on the West Coast long enough to call it home. I started taking photographs as a way to remember the feeling of a trip or the subject matter I was interested in. It’s been evolving into an artistic expression of how I see things. I’m an old skateboarder who gets to make his living designing sneakers & shooting photos… it’s a honor and I am grateful for it everyday. Here’s a little peak into one of the many days of the year, keep traveling and living in the moment…

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A Day With Jon Warren
Head of Design for Vans Vault/Syndicate/California

I’m originally from Chicago but have lived on the West Coast long enough to call it home. I started taking photographs as a way to remember the feeling of a trip or the subject matter I was interested in. It’s been evolving into an artistic expression of how I see things. I’m an old skateboarder who gets to make his living designing sneakers & shooting photos… it’s a honor and I am grateful for it everyday. Here’s a little peak into one of the many days of the year, keep traveling and living in the moment…

Nan Sha Ferry, so much of my job involves the process of travel, the next hour will be spent listening to a good playlist to pass the time.
08:00
AM
Speeding though traffic with Jesse from Asiatan in China, it’s an adventure to say the least…
11:00
AM
Ferry back to Hong Kong… I shot this photo of the back of people heads to show how exciting this ferry ride truly is.
04:00
PM
Taxi from Tsim Sha Tsui underwater tunnel to Admiralty.
07:00
PM
Back to my hotel for a quick break.
09:00
PM
The unofficial mayor of Hong Kong, Brian Siswojo was in the mix as well. Brian is Hong Kong family and has been holding it down for skateboarding here forever, 852 was the first shop to get a Syndicate project in Asia. We are officially part of what Brian calls the Rusty crew for our current state of skateboarding.
11:00
PM
Neon sign worth shooting, my nod to http://www.terrysdiary.com
01:00
AM
07:00
AM
Terminal in Hong Kong… Waiting for the ferry to go into mainland China.
10:00
AM
Waiting at the hotel before my ride to the factory. I remember when I first started coming out to China 10 years ago and it was almost all dirt roads, now it’s city as far as the eye can see.
12:00
PM
Factory tour of Asiatan tannery, it’s beyond belief how much work goes into making a leather shoe. It’s very humbling to be walked through the process, the guys at Asiatan really take pride in what they do.
06:00
PM
Catching the last moments of the sun over Hong Kong, I still find it beautiful after all these years.
08:00
PM
Meeting with Kevin & Eugene from HYPEBEAST. Talked about the importance of what it means to be a designer and the importance of staying true to the strengths of your brand. Thank you guys for the meet up…
10:00
PM
Meet up with Stephane & Charaf from Pigalle / Le Pompon, some of the coolest guys from Paris. Tott’s Restaurant at The Excelsior.
12:00
AM
Off to bars… It’s getting a bit blurry at this point.
02:00
AM
Stephane, Charaf, and myself call it quits… One more shot of Hong Kong at night to wrap up one long day.


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