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Downtown Showdown 2013

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Paris Is for (Art) Lovers

Photograph By Photo: Vans/Caption: Rian Rhoe

Thousands flocked to La Grande Halle de la Villette in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, France, on Saturday to experience the Vans Downtown Showdown, a skateboarding contest that celebrates creative culture on a grand scale. It felt like literally every skateboarder in all of the city attended, along with the most dedicated practitioners from various cities throughout France. Bigger than two Parisian cars stacked on top of each other, the stencil wall took stickering and spray paint to a level that piqued the curiosity of passersby. The crew from ATRIA supplied stencils and this interactive art experience.