Mickey with surfers Leila Hurst & Dane Reynolds
Lizzie Armanto (skateboarder)
Pictured in top header: Surfer Dylan Graves
I love a lot of different shoes, by VANS are hands-down my favorite brand, period. Add into the mix their collaborative efforts with bands (SLAYER, METALLICA, KISS, IRON MAIDEN, etc.) and brands (STAR WARS, DISNEY) and it's stuff-I-love overload. Coming off the heat of their VANS x STAR WARS Collection (a line that I have a couple different pairs of), VANS x Disney brings forth some new shoes for the whole family, and they're loaded with characters that generations have known and loved - Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Minnie, Pluto and more. There's accessories, too (I almost just bought some Donald socks), and to celebrate the release, Mickey himself just made an appearance at the Vans US Open of Surfing. Check out some photos by Mitch Tomlinson below...
James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade as Publisher of The Rock Father Magazine, he joined Adventure Publishing Group as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider—a destination for all things pop culture. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 25 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.
He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers.
Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.
James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.
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