Vans Syndicate Presents: Mike Hill Retrospective

04.15.13 – Matt Price

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On Saturday, April 13, Alien Workshop co-founder and art director, Mike Hill, held his first-ever solo art show at Chicago’s Peanut Gallery. The event was proudly presented by Vans Syndicate as a celebration of sorts for their collaboration with Hill on a couple of amazing, from-the-ground-up skate shoes. We went to see twenty-plus years’ worth of Alien Workshop art, including OG puppets and dioramas from the earliest days of AWS everslicks, and a very complete collection of Hill’s work up to this day.

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Canvassing: Leper and Dill’s sheep.

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Hill screened a bunch of work onto pre-painted canvases just for the show. The result was pure Memory Screen.

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Do work to show work.

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Good shit on multiple levels.

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No intro needed, but still …

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The rubber stamps come with Hill’s Vans Syndicate collabo shoes.

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Shut up and play the hits. Each OG puppet and its corresponding everslick board were on display. Lots of jarred memories.

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Steve Devenport and CJ Kelley.

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Eric Scholin, Pat Franklin, and Tim Johnson.

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The sea foam version of Hill’s low-top Authentic Syndicate kicks in action.

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Steve Davenport and Marisa Dal Santo.

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Jack Donze and Dave Thomas.

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Silo’s Brant Van Boening and Nate Iott from Syndicate.

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Nick Matthews.

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Wellborn’s Marfa Capodanno and Uriah Ruta from Uprise.

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Spitfire Pride Guy made a passionate appearance.

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Jesse Ward and his lovely lady, Jade.

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Thanks to Vans Syndicate, Uprise Skateshop, Revolution Brewing, The Peanut Gallery, and, of course, Mike Hill for unearthing, trucking, and showing us all this impressive collection of both Alien Workshop’s and skateboarding’s creative history.