Chicago’s House of Vans hosted another Get On Board: Girls Skate Jam event on May 18th in Brooklyn and May 19th in Chicago. House of Vans aims to inspire and encourage women of all ages to get on a board and skate as well as celebrate skateboard culture. Chicago’s best and beginner skateboarders from throughout the city tore the floor with their tricks and flips. The event featured a street market and the artwork by Robin Eisenberg – one of the first females to collaborate with Thrasher Magazine.
A once male-dominated sport, House of Vans is moving in-line to continue to inspire women to skate. Skateboarding is an amazing way for women to build confidence, set goals, conquer fears, and discover what they are capable of. Get On Board: Girls Skate Jam invites women to show off their skills or learn something new at each House of Vans location from 5:00pm to 7:30pm. The event featured members of New York City-based skateboard collective TheSkate Kitchen including Nina Moran, who has previously hosted the Ted Talk “Girls Belong in The (Skate) Kitchen.”
In addition to the Girls Skate Jam and alongside Robin Eisenberg, House of Vans will continue to host an outdoor street market with female vendors. The HoV venue was transformed into a music hall, featuring an opening headliner, theBritish – American indie rock duo, The Kills. Alison Mosshart moved the crowd with clever lyrics and riveting dances moves alongside Jamie Hince, who strummed rigorously on his guitar and accompanied the songs with smooth lyrics and swings. The duo performed an amazing setlist with hits like “Black Balloon,” “Baby Says” and “Doing it to Death”. The band also performed their newly released singles “List of Demands” and Steppin’ Razor.”
We’re certainly looking forward to the next skate jam and rock tunes from House of Vans. With free upcoming shows curated by Vic Mensa on May 31st and Princess Nokia on June 8th, you can RSVP to summer concerts and future events here.
Photo and co-writing credits: Abraham Pina