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The Return of Quiksilver? The Dark Rituals and Surf Tripping campaign have groms in their gear again, and it’s the first thing to shock us in a decade

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Photos: Michael Cukr and Nate Lawrence

I’ve talked about this shirt I used to have before. It was pink and it had a skull on it and was tribute to an old Quiksilver campaign that read: “If you can’t rock ’n’ roll, don’t fucking come.” Mom didn’t like the shirt, of course, but that shirt had energy in it. When I wore it, I had energy. It proved something to people. That I was part of a culture that most people didn’t understand. And Quiksilver, at that time, understood that. And I was emulating them. And proud of what it meant at the time. It started with the team.

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They had a variety of people on the team that they used uniquely: Tim Curran and Nathan Fletcher. Kelly Slater and Tom Carroll. Strider Wasilewski (pre WSL version) and Braden Dias. Dylan Rieder and Dylan Graves as groms. Dudes who were unique and gnarly in all sorts of ways. But at the core: they all did something that was fucking sick. And I didn’t feel like it was forced. And while this goes back to my grom days, and it’s been pretty well-documented that Quiksilver has had its troubles with growing up to the size it is today, something recently caught my eye. And it came by way of a box of the strangest, most interesting clothes I’d seen from Quiksilver in a long time.

I poured out the box of t-shirts, shorts and sweatshirts. They look like they were plucked from my 4th grade hamper and enlarged and slightly updated. Sprinkled throughout that mix were strange, fucked up drawings, some you might even call cheesy on their own, but something was kind of coming together when you looked at the line as a whole. Skulls. Crossbones. Aggressive branding. There’s a weed leaf that says “High Performance.” It looked like it just didn’t give a fuck about trends. Or “what’s selling at retail.” It looks like they got Craig Anderson, Dane Reynolds, Mikey Wright and a few other guys on the team together and actually listened to what excited them, from the past and present, and then worked with their designers to create something both fresh and throwback, that their team would actually wear. And they committed to it.

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Now I’m not here to go into much about the retail business or sell-through or any of that shit, but when we recently did a massive event in Huntington Beach, and invited every grom wild enough to come hangout with us on a Tuesday, I looked around and I actually saw Quiksilver shirts on kids who look like they wore them on purpose. Kids who definitely surfed. Skated. Moshed. Probably snuck in. Kids living like us. And they wore the shirts as a statement. Not on accident. And I think the last time I’ve seen that was over a decade ago. Maybe more.

The line that I had poured out on my bed has recently been released, and it is all from the “Dark Rituals” line, and the “Surf Tripping” line. Both throwbacks, but both influenced by Quik’s modern team, and the result has been shocking nearly everyone who sees it on me.

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And whether this makes you go buy a t-shirt or not, doesn’t really concern me, but if anything, we should all do a nice slow-clap to a brand that’s had it’s struggles, it’s triumphs and looks, to us at least, to be re-entering a culture that it more or less created. And instead of using spread sheets to guide the way, they’re using fuckin’ rock ‘n’ roll.—Travis 

Peruse the Dark Rituals and Surf Tripping lines here.

What youth Drinks: The Margarita How to order them this Cinco de Mayo and forever

Cinco de Mayo is around the corner (a week from today in fact!) and we need to get one thing straight:  Cinco de Mayo is NOT the celebration of Mexican Independence — as many have been led to believe. It is a celebration in remembrance of when the French were defeated in Puebla. And in Mexico, Puebla is…

What Youth Eats: The “Couchella” Menu Since we moved on from attending, here’s what we’re eating while we stream

I don’t have the time or the patience or the money to spend this weekend in the desert. (We actually officially moved on from Coachella last year). But I do have time and patience and the money to park it on my couch and watch it all weekend on my internet TV. And while my Coachella viewing…

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What Youth Eats: Turkish Kebabs Now that we’ve graduated from our tour through Europe, let’s cook what we ate the whole time at home

Now that we finished up our three city tour through Berlin, Cologne and Amsterdam, its time to shine a light on the one common thread that has kept us alive for these past few weeks of travel and will through pretty much any trip you take to Europe. The “donner kebab.” This is a Turkish style kebab,…

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WHAT YOUTH DRINKS: BUILD A BAR Home bars made easy. Let’s get the drinks flowing.

Don Draper would approve. Bar carts with gold rails, hand carved mixing gadgets, illuminated backlighting — home bars these days can be really amazing. Like, totally Instagram worthy. Also, really expensive. A fully-stocked home bar should be more a culmination of years of collecting bottles and drinking with friends, as opposed to something that’s set…

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WHAT YOUTH EATS: WHAT YOU’RE GIVEN Make no substitutions, please.

Is your stomach closed-minded? Are you the picky one? Try to eat or drink what you’re given. And like it. It was like traveling with a 4 year old who only likes mac and cheese. Here we are in the Dominican Republic, first night, ready to find waves in the morning, and our gracious host…

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Radical Class: Going to Amsterdam Eat, drink and wander through Europe (Pt. 3 of 3)

Stepping off the train at the Amsterdam Central for the first time is overwhelming. You emerge from this historic building doubling as a train station and step right in to a beautiful array of chaos. Tourists everywhere, business people rushing, stag parties commencing and Heineken tours being planned. Its hard to figure out which way…

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Radical Class: Wintering in Cologne Eat, drink and be blown away by the countries that like it cold. (Pt. 2 of 3)

You’ll remember we started this frozen journey through Europe in Berlin. Today, we’re taking a ride to Cologne. A quick hour flight from Berlin will take you to Cologne, in northwest Germany. A couple days in Cologne is a perfect amount of time to see the city. Like Berlin, Cologne is chalked full of history, but…

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What Youth Eats: Rum for Breakfast, Please Weekend French Toast with Mount Gay Rum Bananas Foster

As a rule, French toast on the weekend is a good call. If you can pile some layers of decadence on top, all the better. Berries, whipped cream, bananas. Here, bananas foster goes on top, making it slightly over-the-top, but that’s what weekend breakfast is for. Then there’s the rum. This is special because it…

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What Youth Drinks: All Day! In it for the long haul? We’re here to help.

There’s not a lot better than when the daytime festivities bleed right into some nighttime fun. Some sun, some drinks, some bros, some babes, some waves — it don’t get no better, except when all that rolls into dinner and drinks and beyond. But making that marathon till midnight doesn’t come easy. It takes stamina…

WHAT YOUTH DRINKS: THE BROWN DERBY Three ingredients to make a perfect blend of sweet and sour.

It’s a drink that throws back to LA’s golden age (though, as we showed you in issue 2, LA is pretty damn golden these days). The Brown Derby, a nice blend of bourbon, citrus, and something sweet, was named after the famous Brown Derby restaurant, and invented in the `30s at the see-and-be-seen Vendome Club….

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Radical Class: Wandering in Berlin Eat, drink and be blown away by the countries that like it cold (Pt. 1 of 3)

Travis told me to tell people about all of the cool shit we get to do (Editor’s Note: Yes, I did). Cool shit like going to visit Europe in the dead of winter. And trust me, visiting cities in Europe in winter is very underrated, because there are several countries that are very good at being…

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WY Drinks: Herbs in our cocktails Herbs plus booze to raise your cocktail game

When you think of herbs, you generally think of food. And when you think of cocktails, you generally think of booze. That is, the spirit: gin, vodka, tequila, and so on. But combining the two, we don’t see that a lot. I heard of herbs in drinks long ago, but wrote off the idea. (Except…

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