Thursday, June 13, 2013
The old man sketched this one up in 1943 when he was up in the islands laying the foundations of the Papa Nui enigma.
It was published ten years later in the 'Signals', the story of the Australian Corps of Signals.
For those of you curious about the Papa's production facility, here she is! the finest constructed bamboo and palm thatching that money can buy. The Papa wishes to express his gratitude to the 144th Sea Bees, Chief Tali Urulu, Moloko and Emile Kalakoa of the Native Labor Force and the Papa Nui Brand Protection Unit respectively for all their hard work.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
The Papa is putting together winter looks using his newly bought Lofgren workwear as a base. The core elements here are the Natural seeded selvedge chambray shirt which has a beautiful weight and fine texture.
Heavy brown duck bakers pants from John add authenticity when teamed up with Papa's custom belt from Warp and Woof. The Navajo stamped buckle was cast from an original out of a 30's Montgomery Ward Catalog and the Papa had Carnelian stones added. These duck pants will age beautifully when worn and washed down.
The Brown Duck cap was made for the Papa by Warren Schummer of Vintage Workwear and features a shoe string lace up back. Set against old Redwings this is an awesome combo.
Lofgren internal labelling.
Redwing vintage label.
John Lofgren's Speedway Shop in Sendai Japan is one of the few establishments in the Far East that ships abroad hassel free. If you've ever had to deal with Japanese retailers you'd appreciate this point no end! Contact Speedway, talk to John and tell him the Papa sent you. www.speedway-shop.com/
Thursday, May 2, 2013
This is Sam Yoon. Sam is a Gold Coast local who lives at the Southern end within striking distance of Currumbin Alley, Snapper Rocks and the famous Kirra Groin. A few weekends ago he paddled past me on a particularly beautiful Sunday morning when Kirra was cranking, we exchanged pleasantries and talked a bit about his recent trip to Hawaii. As swell lines approached he turned around and paddled into a set wave. From the beach this is what it looked like. Sam sets up with a graceful old school Island stance, legs apart arm trailing in the wall, it reminded me so much of Hackman or the Owl back in the day. Go Sammy go!
Moloko loved aeroplanes, especially the Corsair F4-U which the Marines had lined up and down the coral airstrip at the end of the Island. " Alla same big fella bird!" he used to shout, ecstatically, until one day the Papa took him up for a pass or two over the jungle. Ever afterward he walked in silence among the black men, a soul apart, like one who had discovered things best hidden from humanity.