Posts tagged Monster Children
La Cabane

Surfers Dion Agius, Chippa Wilson and Jay Davies holed up in a small cabin in the south-west of France for the making of short film, La Cabane. While heats and scorecards drew crowds in nearby Hossegor, the guys—with the help of European filmmakers and photographers Yentl TouboulGuillem Cruells and Pierre David—scored waves away from competition, drove to Spain in search of even greener pastures, and annoyed distant neighbours with post-surf beers that stretched deep into the night. Autumn in France is a fine time, indeed, if you know where to look. Hit play on the dreamy five-minute edit, La Cabane, above.

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Oh Là Là Paname

adidas Skateboarding’s recently dropped edit Oh Là Là Paname follows pretty much the whole team through the streets of Paris.

Featuring the young Heitor Da Silva, Lucas Puig, Magnus Bordewick, Gustav Tønnesen, Kaio Hillebrand, Günes Özdogan, Chewy Cannon, Raul Navarro and Benny Fairfax, along with European team riders Marcus Shaw, Titi Gormit, Filip Almqvist, Ruben Spelta, Patrick Zentgraf, Hermann Stene, Gauthier Rouger and Amiel Kornicki. It’s an all-star team like no other, in one of the most iconic skateboarding cities in the world. Watch the video above.

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'Wajung' is a short film by Nathan Oldfield commissioned for The Surfer’s Journal. It features the surfing of Dave Rastovich and the music of Nick Wales. 'Wajung' is the name given to the bottlenose dolphin by the Arakwal People, the traditional custodians of this region of Bundjalung Country on the Far North Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Wajung can live for over fifty years and they typically live as a community of residents along a particular stretch of coast. As a result, they know the local seascape intimately.

Read an interview with Nathan here.

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Whack World

Discouraged by the abominable state of new music these days? Allow me to introduce its saviour: 22-year-old Tierra Whack.

The Philadelphia artist’s debut audiovisual album, Whack World, is a 15-minute tour of multiple genres, rap styles, vocal techniques, and surrealist imagery. Whack first began her musical journey as a rapper by the name of Dizzle Dizz, before experimenting with her sound over the last few years. The result is a mind-melting mix of soundscapes and styles, with each song clocking in at exactly one-minute long.

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This Short Film is Full of Emotional Anarchy

You know why that security footage of an office worker throwing the printer out of a top floor window is so hilarious? Because we’ve all wanted to do it. And if I had a dollar for every time I’ve wanted to slap some loud-talking moron’s phone onto the floor, I’d have enough for that pair of A-grade noise cancelling headphones from Bose that I’ve been angling for for months now, to no avail.

Like a bald Britney Spears trying to mutilate a car window with an umbrella, humans abandoning all form of self-control and partaking in a little emotional anarchy is one of the highest forms of entertainment known to man, which is why two-minute short film Enough is just so good. Director Anna Mantzaris’ cute but dismal characters decide to throw social decorum (and at times, their computers) out of the window, in the most relatable of social situations.

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The Fjordman Might be the Best Surf Film of the Year

According to Asher Pacey, the best surf trip of his life was a month being held against his will in a van, forced to eat hot dogs, circumnavigating Iceland, at the hands of a once prone madman – a barefoot, bearded, beer-swilling, shoe-hating south coaster, Ryan ‘Maddog’ Mattick. "The Fjordman" is the 20-plus minute documentation of this month-long Icelandic expedition/hostage situation. Watch the ensuring madness (or beauty, depending on which perspective you're looking at) above. 

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Vans x WTAPS is a Near Perfect Collab

For the uninitiated, WTAPS (pronounced Double Taps) is a chic Japanese menswear label that grew out of Tetsu Nishiyama’s FORTY PERCENT AGAINST RIGHTS (FPAR) project in the 90s. The brand’s big into cuts, with “place things where they should be” their guiding mantra. This Vans x WTAPS collab includes 13 pieces: footwear, apparel and accessories. It’s a real premium affair, blending Japanese craftsmanship with Van’s iconic design aesthetic.

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Everywhere Unseen

This is the first in an ongoing series where MC sends a group of four photographers out into the world to see what they bring back. The idea is that while they’re all travelling to the same destinations, each photographer will have an individual take on their surroundings, providing four completely different points of view. Check out the first trailer below.

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Kendrick Lamar is the First Rapper to Win a Pulitzer

Kendrick Lamar has been awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his critically-acclaimed fourth studio album DAMN., becoming the first non-jazz or classical musician to receive the prize.

The Pulitzer Prize articulately described the LP as "a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life."

The release was also nominated for Album of the Year and won Best Rap Album at this year's Grammy's.

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Tom Carroll Captured Surfing in the 80s Perfectly

Photography is now so accessible that it’s unavoidable. But if the social media revolution’s proved anything, it’s that the majority of photos aren’t interesting in the slightest. Perfect technical skill is nothing without a compelling subject, and vice versa. Often the ability to wade through the dross and put your faith in finding that one photograph is the most valuable skill of all. Which leads us to Ben Chadbond—someone who lists his occupation as “photography”, but doesn’t take photos (anymore), and Tom Carroll—a 2x World Champion surfer and Australian national treasure, who’s been taking photos for 40 years and storing them in boxes in his garage.

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Mitch King and Penny Collaboration Keeps Psychedelia Alive

Psychedelia and all its associations have been an ingrained part of Southern Californian surf and skate culture since the 60s.

The Brotherhood of Eternal Love being it’s most famous Californian export. If you’re unfamiliar with the BOEL then you need to watch Orange Sunshine. Long story short, the near-mythical gang was an integral part of the Summer of Love and aimed to “turn on the world” through exposing it to LSD. The means to this end was to become the largest network of smugglers, buyers and distributors of acid the world had ever seen. Eventually, it all went predictably pear-shaped, but it’s a radical story in every sense of the word. 

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Little Rats, a Short Film About Graffiti is a Tense 5 Minute Ride

There’s a few hobbies in this world that just aren’t for the faint-hearted.Spraying graffiti onto trains in foreign countries firmly falls into this category. In short film LITTLE RATS, directors Jesse Heath and Theodor Guelat went along for the ride as ‘XXXX’, a 21-year-old South American graffiti writer, travels and escapes the grips of authority (until eventually being arrested and deported to his home country) across Europe.

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The Slurpee Wave

Back in 2015, a strange, albeit beautiful occurrence befell the town of Nantucket, Massachusetts. The freezing temperatures had turned the sea to an icy sludge, and the waves, well, they looked like they were made out of slurpee. We reported on the phenomena the first time around, and now we’re happy to announce it’s happened again. The slurpee waves are back. Photographer Jonathan Nimerfroh managed to capture them in all their glory once again, and we’re all the better for it. 

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Luke Shadbolt and Pure Oceanic Violence

Luke Shadbolt‘s known for capturing the ocean at its most volatile, and his latest exhibition Acquiesce the Front is no exception.The exhibition opened at Photo London with Michael Reid gallery, and get this, it was shortlisted by none other than Brian May. Like, the Brian MayLuke’s series explores the exchange of power in nature, seen in the transfer of energy from the ocean to the land.

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A Guide to Solo Travel

Do what you want, when you want.

Be in total command of your worldly destiny. Sounds pretty good right? Your solitude will also provide in terms of self-reflection, relaxation, and the ability to sort a whole bunch of shit out. Monster Children recently spoke to photographer Laura Austin, who is no stranger to going it alone. Over the years she’s developed an addiction to solo travel, documenting her adventures from the United States to Europe, and everywhere in between.

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Watch Candle; Noa Deane's Latest Freesurfing Miracle

No one, without exception, goes harder at sections on their forehand than dear Noa Deane, and his desire to fly off dry end sections after coming flying out of South Oz pipes is thoroughly commendable. The usual forums hosted much skepticism as to the validity of the Stone shelling out big for Mr Deane, but his productivity since signing has been through the roof, and his cultural capital’s as high as ever. If you haven’t already hit play, do yourself a favour and revel in the current king of the freesurfing world.

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Elliott Routledge's Strange Oasis

Elliott Routledge (or as most know him, Numskull) is a name synonymous with Sydney's contemporary art scene.Living in Sydney, it’s almost impossible not to have come across his work. Splashed across walls, adorning the sides of one of the city’s most visible universities, and exhibited in countless galleries, Elliott’s work is instantly recognisable.

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Meet the Illegal Street Racing Gangs of the Dominican Republic

French-born, NYC based filmmaker Aurélien Heilbronn didn’t travel to the Dominican Republic with the intention of shooting a documentary short. But when he was introduced to a local scene that revolved around illegal street racing at breakneck speeds during the dark hours, he says he knew he had to make a film about it. 

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A Free Day in Paradise

It’s not often that your garden-variety skateboarder rubs elbows with those in Sydney’s elite residential market. 

So when we noticed a glimmer of a backyard pool in a seemingly abandoned multi-million-dollar waterfront property, we knew it might be time to dip the metaphorical (and then literal) toe in the water. Things started off swimmingly, as the suspicious, then agreeable neighbour welcomed us, even thanking us for getting rid of the awful smell coming from the mouldy, neglected pool. However as the hours of disgusting and hard labour progressed, something changed...

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