I sent him an email via his website:
An started an email conversation which almost turned into a Skype conversation from New York!
This is a link to his website burningflags. He is heavily involved with The Occupy Movement such an interesting guy! This is is blog http://idealistpropaganda.blogspot.co.uk/
This really confirms the direction that my research had taken me i.e. that the subculture started the relationship with Vans and it was the photographs in Skateboorder which really introduced the rest of the world to Vans. Before Vans started directly marketing Skateboarder shoes.