Blog News

'At Home' with Taika Waititi

For the second instalment of ‘at home’ series, we’ve interviewed Taika Waititi. ‘The Taika’ - as he likes to be called, is a friend of the brand. Ever since he found one of our Banana shirts in Hawaii. He won his first Oscar this year for ‘Jojo Rabbit’, which was no surprise to his biggest fans at Critical Slide HQ. Thanks for being involved Taika.

Whats keeping Taika busy?
It's pronounced "The Taika", thank you very much.

Where are you for lockdown?
I'm staying in LA. My kids are here and I don't want to risk traveling with the family right now. LA has become home over the years and I have a lot of friends here so it's not a bad place to be quarantining. And it's almost summer which I'm looking forward to.

 

Music Hit list please..
Bob Marley makes it all better for me. And my usual hit list which is a mixture of Prince, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Cyndi Lauper, NZ music, and the Grease soundtrack.

Film Hit list please..
I haven't watched a lot of stuff as my kids usually take over the TV, but lately I've watched Onward, Death of Stalin, Stand By Me, Labyrinth, Miyazaki films, Train to Busan, The Vietnam War (Ken Burns), and Don't F**k With Cats.

 

 

Tell us one thing we don’t know about you..
I am The Batman.

If you could pick 3 people (outside of your family) to be in your isolation bubble?
Alive or Dead.. who would they be?
Batman (obvs). 
Alfred (Batman's butler - because, I mean... he's a butler and he could butlerize me.
Yoda.

How are you staying sane?
Chatting with friends now and then, watching films, listening to music, and trying to keep on top of my work - which is limited to writing at the moment.  

What will you appreciate most after Isolation?
Wearing pants. That and seeing people who aren't in town. Like my mum. Apart from that, I don't know. I'm not sure I want to spend as much time in restaurants and bars as I used to. The thought of listening to all those stupid conversations being yelled above music I don't like is already giving me a headache.

Favourite humble meal of ISO..
Caviar stuffed lobster which is then stuffed inside a deep fried fossilized Tasmanian Tiger, lightly smothered with shaved Rhinoceros shit, accompanied by imported Sumo sweat... Oh wait, HUMBLE... hmmm. Ok, well every day I eat eggs. I think eggs in general are the humble hero for me. I've always relied on them and they've always been there for me. Scrambled in particular. 

How do we all get through this?
One day at a time. There will be an end, we know this. But it won't be according to what our currently conditioned minds expect. We don't exercise much patience these days because we've been conditioned to expect everything and anything whenever we want it. I,  personally, am enjoying the fact that we have to wait, or that socialising isn't what it used to be, or that sometimes you can't get whatever food you want on any given day. This is like a massive reset on humanity and society and what we place importance on. I think we'll come out of this changed for the better.

Any messages for anyone? Yourself 20 years ago?
To myself 20 years ago: On behalf of me ( future you), and every other future version of you, don't fucking die. 

Parting wisdom..?
Never take anyone's advice on anything unless it's me. Also, stay home. Forever.

 

 

 
Lookbook - Summer 15 'Hotel Particular'

Lookbook - Summer 15 'Hotel Particular'

TCSS Summer 15 is now in stores and online. View the latest campaign imagery here.
Read more
Pirated goods in Taiwan

Pirated goods in Taiwan

I was on my way over to Bali for the usual pumping waves, top food and spot of yoga jaunt. But a volcano got in the way.
Read more
TCSS x Desillusion at Lone Wolfs, Venice CA.

TCSS x Desillusion at Lone Wolfs, Venice CA.

Last Thursday, we pulled together a rowdy bunch for the launch of the TCSS x Desillusion capsule at Lone Wolfs, Venice. See the results here.
Read more
'Apocalypse in Paradise' Spring 15

'Apocalypse in Paradise' Spring 15

Sundrenched and un-inhibited freedom is what we seek. Welcome to Spring 15. View the Clip here.

Read more
TCSS x Desillusion shot by Life Without Andy

TCSS x Desillusion shot by Life Without Andy

The snaps from TCSS x Desillusion Magazine's Soleil Noir at Beach Rd Hotel are up on Life Without Andy. Stay tuned for the Venice, CA leg.
Read more
A Session with Kai & Jake

A Session with Kai & Jake

The crack of dawn my alarm is screaming at me, I can faintly hear the train tooting as it's anxiously waking the seaside San Clemente.
Read more
Pama Davies feat. Love Buzz

Pama Davies feat. Love Buzz

Pama Davies taking his Hayden Shapes sled for a whirl. All shot and edited by our good pal, Dane Singleton.
Read more
Wheels & Waves Festival 2015

Wheels & Waves Festival 2015

Wheels & Waves Festival 2015 may well be wet, but has not deterred a couple of thousand bikers and surfers from across the globe.
Read more
Greenroom Festival - Day 1

Greenroom Festival - Day 1

Once again we've headed over to Yokohama, Japan for Greenroom festival. Over 100,000 people gathering together in celebration of surf!
Read more
Sliding Taito with CJ Nelson

Sliding Taito with CJ Nelson

CJ Nelson joined Jimmy Slide and the TCSS team last Saturday in Japan for a few waves pre-Greenroom Festival 15.
Read more
Welcome to Peaceville - Winter 15 Clip

Welcome to Peaceville - Winter 15 Clip

'Welcome to Peaceville' Winter 2015. Clip features Dead Kooks & Kai Ellice-Flint. View the clip here.
Read more
Welcome to Peaceville - Winter 15

Welcome to Peaceville - Winter 15

Welcome to Peaceville, Winter 15. All the gear is now available in good stores and our online shop.
Read more
Small Adventures

Small Adventures

Small Adventures is a collaboration between us in here at TCSS and Nathan Oldfield. Featuring waves and happenings from Noosa 15.
Read more
Another Perspective - Woody Gooch

Another Perspective - Woody Gooch

The shots from Noosa Festival keep on coming through. Here's a nice selection via photographer, Woody Gooch.
Read more
TCSS - Almost Real

TCSS - Almost Real

Last week we had the lovely Michelle and Katie from Almost Real visit our new studio space & throw some questions.
Read more
2015 Noosa Fest & the Duct Tape

2015 Noosa Fest & the Duct Tape

A collection of shots from the highly photogenic Noosa National Park during Noosa Festival 2015.
Read more
Pray for Pineapples

Pray for Pineapples

The brisk months are upon us, we help you rug-on-up and enjoy the cool with a swag of heavier weight wears for the modern adventurer.
Read more
Early Riser Kai Ellice-Flint

Early Riser Kai Ellice-Flint

Lil clip of Kai getting some earlies at his local peak. Shot & edited by Fletcher Jack, Blake Donkin & Ben Canty.
Read more
CJ Nelson - Down Under

CJ Nelson - Down Under

CJ's returned to the US after spending a month travelling up and down the East Coast of Oz. Here's a collection of images from the trip.
Read more
139 results

SIGN UP FOR 10% OFF YOUR FIRST ORDER

Your discount code will be sent straight yo your inbox. Signing up will keep you in the loop on all TCSS new product drops, events & sales. Thanks from the TCSS team!

Select your region:

Australia

Europe

Rest of the world