70’s psych acid influence and 80’s hyper colourways, with some biker vibes thrown in for good measure. Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the latest collaborative collection by the folks at Globe and Dead Kooks.
“We’d had a couple beers one weekend and then got a call on a Monday or Tuesday ’Yo maybe we should work on a little something’, that’s pretty much how it goes” describes Dead Kooks founder, Eden Saul when asked how the collaboration first came to life.
After bouncing ideas back and forth, the creative families of both brands finally had a small collection of high quality tees, trunks, skateboards, shoes and accessories to release to the market. The result? A flawless collection highlighting both Globe’s attention to detail, fits and on point trends, combined with Eden’s creative artwork that’s helped put Dead Kooks on the map over the past decade.
“I’ve never made skateboards before, or shoes. The Globe guys run a tight operation, they had the production dialed and was a nice easy fit creative-wise as we were all pretty much on the same page from the get go. I’m really stoked with the product and hope everyone else enjoys it just as much.” Eden continues.
Thanks for catching up Eden! For those who don’t know, give us a rundown of who you are and what you are about?
No worries. I’m Eden Saul, I’m a surfboard shaper from Byron Bay. I like to surf, I like to run, I enjoy gardening and I’ve got a little surfboard business called Dead Kooks that’s been rolling along for a bit over 10 years now. We make a wide range of boards from fun little fish to longboards, everything in between and we put out some tight collections of apparel and other assorted goods when I find the time.
The Globe x Dead Kooks collaborative collection has just landed and it looks epic. Run us through how this all came to life?
My buddy Eric Tomlinson was working at Globe handling Marketing, we’d had a couple beers one weekend and then got a call on a Monday or Tuesday “yo maybe we should work on a little something”, that’s pretty much how it goes. We sat down had a pastrami Ruben at a nice little lunch spot in Venice and hashed out the details and got to work.
What does the collection include?
We made four skateboards, each with different graphics based on resin work and details on surfboards made specifically for this project. There are some shoes that I’ve been wearing the hell out of. A super-rad little fibreglass 70’s throwback board, some fun easy town cruisers and this super bright longboard, and some extra pieces like this killer tote and some trunks that I’ve been really stoked on.
Run us through the design process. How did you and the team and Globe share the creative control and what was it all inspired by?
I’ve got a great team of guys I work with building boards, I had a solid idea on what I wanted this to look like, so we built about six boards with a few different ideas and then used that as the basis for what this collab became. We bounced ideas back and forth with the Globe guys and they had a clear idea of what was going to work and really refined things from there. There is some 70’s psych acid influence and some 80’s hyper colour and some biker vibes thrown in. I’ve been using this one flame design a lot and really enjoy the juxtaposition of these kinda tough flames over what is much more playful and colourful graphics.
Have you got a favourite piece?
The Blazer setup is pretty rad, gets used a bunch for coffee runs and that’s probably my favourite design-wise, and the shoes are super comfy, I’ve been travelling a lot and they are holding up through a lot of wear and tear.
How does this collaboration differ from others you’ve done in the past and why is Globe such a perfect partner in crime?
Well I’ve never made skateboards before, or shoes. The Globe guys run a tight operation, they had the production dialled and was a nice easy fit creative-wise as we were all pretty much on the same page from the get go. I’m really stoked with the product and hope everyone else enjoys it just as much.