Vans: Off The Wall Campaign

Posted on Mar 27 2017 - 10:00am by poonam

Vans: Off The Wall Campaign

Celebrates the Creative Diversity Across the Brand’s Founding Pillars

Vans, the original action sports and one of the largest youth culture brands in the world, released its global campaign, This Is Off The Wall.  Following up on Vans’ 50th-anniversary series, which welcomed newcomers to the brand’s rich heritage and thanked decades of loyalists, the 2017 campaign focuses on what makes Vans “Off The Wall” – creative expression.

To demonstrate the breadth of activities and pursuits that define “Off The Wall,” Vans has developed a digital-based campaign utilizing a range of film techniques, from slow motion to time-lapse, focusing on the creative endeavors that Vans champions. Vans showcase the essence of “Off The Wall” through a diverse set of ambassadors within a hero montage and a series of shorter spots.2017_Brand_PR_TonyElijah - Vans Off the Wall

“The meaning of ‘Off The Wall’ is the very ethos of Vans, the very identity of our brand – it’s everything we stand for,” said Doug Palladini, Vans Global Brand President. “We’re really pleased to tell this inspiring and sincere, five-decade-long story through our family of ambassadors who has been brought together by their passion for action sports, art, music and street culture all over the world.”

This Is Off The Wall taps into Vans professional athletes, artists, musicians and style purveyors who have long and personal histories with the brand. Their stories are each unique and told through a variety of tones, but ultimately shine a light on the passions that Vans has always supported. The visual nature and the emotions that are evoked in each story are easily translatable around the world, showing that creative expression is inclusive and without borders.Vans Off the Wall 2017_Brand_PR_MischiefGirls3

VP of Global Marketing Fara Howard shares, “It’s hard to assign one definition to ‘Off The Wall’, so we wanted to deliver a campaign that truly shows that our mantra takes shape through various forms of creativity. Whether that’s through music, surfing, skateboarding or customizing a pair of shoes, the through the line in all the stories we tell will communicate the distinct way in which Vans looks at the world.”

“Off The Wall” was a term coined when skateboarders in the mid-’70s were landing new tricks in empty pools by literally skating off the wall. At that time, skateboarders were the outcasts of society that were expressing themselves through the style of their sport. These individuals were not only the pioneers of skateboarding but lived and breathed creativity through art, music, fashion and local culture. For more than 50 years, “Off The Wall” has been synonymous with that original spirit of rebellion and creative expression.Vans Off the Wall 2017_Brand_PR_Pat Gudauskas

About Vans: 

Vans brand promotes the action sports lifestyle, youth culture and creative self-expression through the support of athletes, musicians and artists and through progressive events and platforms such as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, Vans Pool PartyVans Custom Culture, Vans Warped Tour®, and Vans’ cultural hub and international music venue, the House of Vans.

Visit to watch the This Is Off The Wall series and visit  to see how “Off The Wall” will come to life throughout the year.


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