Vans just launched the first episode of The Collaboratory featuring Rodney Smith on OTW.tv. The Collaboratory is an on-going show that takes you behind the scenes of Vans’ special projects and into the lives of the individuals it works with, giving viewers a glimpse of the collaboration process.

In Part 1 of The Collaboratory, Vans Syndicate teams up with east coast skateboard pioneer, Rodney Smith, best known for starting up Shut Skateboards with Bruno Musso back in the 80′s and more recently, Zoo York. Some of the original Shut crew describes Rodney and what he meant to many people during the rise of east coast skateboarding. Also, get a lesson in “Rodney speak!”