Eden Saul aka 'Dead Kooks' navigating the nasal passage in more certain times. (Photo by Jam Hassan)
Stab Recommends: Globe x Dead Kooks Tripped-Out Capsule
An out there range for out there times.
There's movers and shakers in every industry in the world, and surfing's no different.
Eden Saul, the man behind bespoke surfboard builders Dead Kooks, is certainly one, and you can't fault the man's hustle. Early onto the self-shaped, self-marketed program, Eden's taken his brand to the States and beyond, and you can currently find his creations under the feet of A-list loggers like Sis Moniz and Honolua Blomfield, and occasionally Miss Stephanie Gilmore. The latest Dead Kooks output is a collab capsule with Oz surf heritage brand Globe. It's not for the faint of heart, but well, nor is this decade.
Here lies a rare collision of fash-forward and practicality. Globe have been making these high-top, yank on hi-tops in some form for years now, and we'll be blowed if they're aren't the most useful shoe in our wardrobes. Especially if you're on a road trip - easy access and comfort for surf checks, hikes, grabbing petrol etc... Dead Kooks have added a little colour and graphic flare, and what's not to love!
Tees are the hardest part of a collab. You need to simultaneously make them look good, and portray the message. In this case that "I Dead Kooks, take you, Globe, to be my lawful wedded collab partner. We're digging the Comme Des Garcon/resin vibes of the DK x Globe offering. Job well done etc.
Having an aesthetically-pleasing skatey around the house is just plain handy. Checking the surf, whipping to the corner for essentials (good luck) or coffee turns from white noise to tarmac-staining fun. Oh, and you've the added bonus of the outline giving the perfect excuse to void those "do a kickflip" heckles.
We absolutely adore the fact that flames returned. From the height of 90s cool to the daggiest thing imaginable in the proceeding decade, we've finally accepted the iconic decal as novelly fun. The heart spin on the sacred flame print on the DK x Globe trunks is a perfect way jazz up a pair of black trunks, and you'd get away with these at just about any lineup around the globe.
Flames, hearts, resin... there's a lot going on here, and we've nothing but props for anyone with the stones to rock one of these. They say that fortune favours the bold short-sleeved button-up wearer, and if there was ever a time for courage then it surely is now.