Posted on April 7, 2016
Picking up where we left off in Episode One, the Howler crew and Ambassadors are back in paradise of Sayulita, Mexico. After mixing with the locals and filling their bellies with street tacos, the crew decided it was time to wet a line and go fishing. Rough seas may have made for tough fishing conditions, but returning to the Palapa after a day on the water healed all their wounds. They also discovered that even in paradise you can have car troubles. But it just makes the adventure that much sweeter...and hilarious.
Posted on April 4, 2016
Adam Haynes (a/k/a "Stickfort") does what we all want to do – he makes a living off of his passions. Born in Oregon and educated in Montana, Adam turns his deep love and respect for the outdoors into layered and unique visual art. Sometimes it’s art for a commercial purpose, like his designs for Gnu Snowboards, ESPN and FuelTV. And, sometimes it’s just freestyle art for galleries and shows. Adam recently turned out a bad ass piece for Howler that we love. We caught up with him to try and learn a thing or two about what makes him tick.
So, Adam, what can you see out of your window at this very moment?
My house, my snowmobile trailer, and our back yard. Not too many views out of the studio, but the light is good!
You manage to strike the seemingly delicate balance between creating commercial artwork and your own independent work. Is there a difference in your approach when you are doing one or the other?
It’s very different. I spend a lot more time sketching for commercial work. It’s crucial to get the composition and content right before going to final artwork on those pieces, as I’m usually working with feedback from the client to make changes as the project evolves. Personal work doesn’t usually go through nearly as much scrutiny in the early stages. I start off with a sketch on the painting surface, and let it go from there. It’s a really nice contrast to the commercial work process.
Do you get the same satisfaction from both kinds of projects?
Very nearly. I really enjoy working with art directors and clients, and it’s very satisfying to see what comes of a good collaboration. At the same time, it’s nice to be the sole creative. I feel like I’d be in a bit of a rut if I only did one or the other, I like to switch it up.
You are known for being inspired by the mountains and sports like snowboarding but you seem to also have a love for odd pieces of machinery like snowplows, bulldozers and travel trailers. What’s up with that?
I like old things with stories behind them. All that wear and tear came from years of use, abuse, and neglect. They have a lot of character, and I like to try to capture that.
Black Sabbath or Black Uhuru?
Mirror Pond Pale or Rainier?
Both have their moments.
Mt. Bachelor or Bridger Bowl?
I love Mt. B but I’d like to get some BBC action more often.
Give us a little of the “behind the curtain” on the piece you did for us here at Howler.
I’m a sucker for a good adventure-mobile. Whenever time permits, I like to dream up a little something that’d be fun to drive around in. This one is based on a Toyota Delica van. Diesel and 4wd of course. Full of character, lots of stories to come.
Posted on March 30, 2016
The Howler Privateers program is back for 2016! And this year we have even more in store for the lucky winners. Dubbed by many as "the ultimate summer gig", this endeavor will take you coast to coast, let you fish, swim, surf, hang out with friends new and old, shoot photos and video and fly your Howler flag high. As last year's Privateers can attest, it is full-time adventure. We are looking for a winning pair to come on board for the Summer as the second annual Howler Privateers. You’ll get to spend some time at Howler HQ in Austin, TX and then set sail in our deluxe Howler van visiting our retailers, running pop up shops, assisting at trade shows and heeding the call at various ports of call. You’ll get paid (a little) and learn (a lot). Half of it is work but you won’t notice because it will all be fun and an adventure.
Think this is for you? Want to know more? Then, consider these points below:
- We are looking for two people. Applicants MUST apply in pairs, know each other and have a history of getting along while spending time together in small spaces like vans and hotel rooms.
- Both applicants must have a valid driver’s license with a strong driving record and background. We are going to run all of these screens so please consider this before jumping in. Both applicants must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age by June 1, 2016.
- You must be available and free to travel from June 5 – August 15. We know everyone has things going on so we will do our best to accommodate your trip back home to go to Cousin Lanny’s third wedding. BUT, generally, you must commit for this entire time period.
- We want self-starters and hard workers. This is FAR from a typical Summer gig at some investment firm, but you will not always have someone from Howler accompanying you, getting you out of bed and giving you instruction. You will often be in charge of moving from place to place, creating your own agenda and generating creative content from your adventures.
- We love people who are handy with cameras and video cameras and that are generally savvy on things like Go-Pro cameras, video editing, social media and the written word. We also like capable people who can do things like tie knots, change tires, sketch, hang banners, "MacGyver stuff", and get barreled.
- We want professional and responsible people. You will represent Howler Brothers at events and trade shows, sell our goods, handle money and drive a van with our logo emblazoned on the side. Most of this will be fun but this is no boondoggle.
- This is a great way to build a creative resume of video, social media and digital content.
Posted on March 25, 2016
Posted on March 3, 2016
Here at Howler Brothers we are excited to present our Spring 2016 Collection. Inspired by days on the water - surfing, fishing, on a boat, under the surface, on the beach - this offering includes some killer new styles as well as some updated Howler classics. Palm trees and lightning bolts appear throughout the collection. We went down to the Pacific coast of Mexico to capture these products in their intended environments. Howler Ambassadors Blue Hopkins, Kameron Brown, and Patrick Duke join the Howler crew and some local friends to find plenty of action - and a little trouble.
Check out the entire collection here and stay tuned for a deeper dive into our adventure.
HEED THE CALL
Posted on November 17, 2015
Howler Ambassador Kameron Brown has been quietly doing his thing for years on the fringes of Orange County. Often living on a ranch in the hills or on the road in his Sprinter van, Kam spends his time fishing, longboard surfing, bee-keeping and tending his homestead. To add to his well rounded skill-set, he also emits some serious positive vibes. Kam we salute you.
Special thanks to Cyrus Sutton and the crew at Korduroy TV
Posted on November 3, 2015
Everyone knows what happens when the science lab is left unattended. The mice get out of their cages and chew through the electrical wiring setting off a chain reaction where potions topple over and mix with other potions, atoms get supercharged, poles get reversed and the world as we know it is forever changed.
Well, the same thing happens here in Howler HQ after we turn out the lights and head out for a pint. In the darkness, our core lineup cross-pollinates with the strangest ideas from our wildest dreams to generate a brand new and rare DNA; Howler Mutations.
Our first Mutation collection:the Belafonte Strain, generated A Merlin Vest, Knit Cap, Talisman Fleece and two Snapback hats in limited edition colors featuring A one-of-a-kind patch.
See more of our experiments come to life in the Mutations Section of our site, But be warned, these styles won’t be coming back once they are let loose. And check back in periodically because anything can happen...
Posted on October 7, 2015
The Shaman Hoodie returns to the Howler lineup this Fall in a big (and small) way. We are now offering this head-turner in three different color ways: Earth/La Paz, Red/Potosi, and Navy/Puebla. Plus, this year we are offering the Shaman Hoodie in size XS as an olive branch to the ladies.
The medium weight, cotton blend Shaman hoodie with woven jacquard yoke will help connect you with your inner medicine man and guide you on your journey to the spirit world. Features include classic pouch pocket and woven zipper pull cord with leather tabs.
If history tells us anything, these beauties won't last - so be sure and grab yours before they are gone.
Posted on September 9, 2015
Check out our new button downs, hoodies, jackets, vests, fleeces, henleys, pants, hats and t-shirts. If you need tops or bottoms, sleeves or without, we got you covered. Lots of new stuff too. Click here to shop the whole Fall collection.
HEED THE CALL
Posted on August 31, 2015
Well, the keys have been handed back, and the inaugural run of the Howler Privateers has come to a conclusion. We couldn't have asked for two better guys then Drew Ruff and David Mucklow to take this journey and capture this experience. They not only embraced our creed and the Howler way, but made sure to live it each moment. They worked hard and chased every little chance to meet new people and get out on the water. We are proud of you guys for exceeding our expectations and staying true to your commitment to "heed the call".
From everyone here at Howler HQ thanks again, your dedication means a lot to us, and we were happy to help y'all kick some ass this past summer. Her first mission was a success. Who knows where the Howler van will wind up next so keep your eyes pealed, America. As for the first ride of the Privateers, we'll let Drew sum up his experience, here is part of an email he sent the team last week:
When we started, we didn’t think we’d cross the entire continental US, pursue countless species of fish, meet so many welcoming and amazing people, and do it all for such an awesome company. There were so many hard parts about leaving the best summer job I'll ever have. I guess the most difficult part at the end of the Privateer road trip wasn’t looking back at how much we got the chance to do. It was knowing how much more there is to do, how many places we didn’t even pass through, let alone explore, how many people we didn’t get to share a beer with after an evening spent heeding the call. Those places, people, and adventures are for the next Privateers. I’ll end this all with a quote from Drew in our submitted video that rang true for the whole trip, but is even better now that it’s over. “You can’t heed the call from the couch. You have to be out there doing it.”