Van Taylor's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Poor, Lazy Overachievers

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Cleveland, OH

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 7

  • ON DVD:

    Roadtrip Nation: Season 7

VAN TAYLOR MONROE

Shoe Artist
Obama Shoe

“When things got tough, I didn't just give up. I was going to be a success story.”

INTERESTS:

Art Fashion

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Perseverance Success Passion Experience Goals Hard Work Individualism Inspiration Risk

TAGS:

affecting others, airbrush, business, comfort zone, conventional path, dreams, effort, gps, making a difference, money, painting, quitting, Smithsonian, Smithsonian Museum, stock broker, stretching, tennis shoes, vision

BIOGRAPHY:

Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, to a family of nontraditional artists, Van's creative spirit was nurtured at an early age, as he was encouraged to celebrate his self-expression through art. At the age of two, Van began sketching "panes" which his mother later discovered were airplanes. Van Taylor Monroe brings awareness through art on sneakers. From the passionate "Save Darfur" sneaker, to the popular "Barack Obama '08" shoe, Monroe has developed a unique way to motivate social and civic engagement to a visually stimulated generation fueled by pop culture.

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