Well it's officially time for a jacket. The morning is visible on your breath and it's dark as you finish lunch. Today, we wanted to take a deep breath, light a candle and point out some of the finer things in life. Hard to find films. Music. Tip our hat to John John for an incredible year of video releases. And offer a few book recommendations for those dark nights that seem to come so fast now.
After the jump is a collage of things that warrant your undivided attention for the next 30 minutes or more.
THE RUNMAN TRILOGY: Chances are you won't be able to find this. In fact, I can't even tell you where to start looking. But what I can tell you, is that these films are classic in every sense of the word. A true, odd, offbeat, authentic depiction of raw history that many people and Encyclopedias won't ever scratch the surface on. For now, do some googling of "Runman" and see what you find.
JOHN JOHN FLORENCE: I'd be hard pressed not to say John John has become perhaps the greatest, and only surfer who's individual offerings this year were worth the wait every single time. Dane did some serious posts in 2012, but 2013 has belonged to John John. Nothing comes close. So we just wanted to tip our hat and hi five John John for this rad work he and Blake Kueny did this year.
BELLROY WALLETS: We don't have any money to put in them, but damn they look sexy. Bellroy is a brand in Australia who's main objective is to make sense of the chaos that exists in your back pocket. And being surfers, they have some of the best travel wallets around. They will fit your passport and fit in your back pocket at the same time. They come with a little mini pen and paper for those awkward and ill-timed customs forms. If we ever make money, this is where we will hold it.
SOL REPUBLIC SPEAKER DECK ($199): These things are our latest obesssion, which is why we are featuring our two favorites. The first, is the SOL Republic Deck. It's bluetooth capable — which still boggles our minds — and durable so you can chuck it in your backpack or boardbag and never have to deal with that awkward moment when you arrive at your destination, snap a beer and realize no one has a fucking radio. These are way more efficient and way sicker. They make way more noise than you'd ever imagine and you will have a hard time destroying.
NIXON BLASTER ($149): You can't talk about speaker decks without mentioning Nixon's Blaster. Nixon's speaker has a really epic design and it's slightly more sleek than the above. It's slightly lighter and would be our choice for surf travel.
MONSTER CHILDREN TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY BOOK: Our friends at Monster Children have always been a major inspiration to everyone here. They've been pushing our culture for a long time now and they've just released their 10 year anniversary hard back book and it's nothing short of incredible. Amazing interviews, photography, sex appeal, blood, sweat, Nirvana, Tupac, Tempster, Rieder — everyone's in there. Having this book floating around your home will up your street cred immediately — and will automatically make you more desirable as a person. A perfect holiday purchase. Get two though, no one deserves to have a gift you don't already have yourself. Grab one here.
MORRISSEY: AUTOBIOGRAPHY: This arrived in the mail from the UK yesterday and the joy it made me feel was visible. On a quiet street, I leapt for joy and began doing dramatic readings of the first lines in my street while flowers and rose petals fell from the sky. Get this book. It releases in the US December 9th.