We are still moved about the response ”Contre le football moderne” received. That feeling of ”we’re in this together” is not exactly something that you feel everyday, but the response and the acknowledgement we got from all over Europe, from old and new friends definitely made us feel that. STAND Mag came to life in 2012, great people and a fantastic effort to take on a dragon that is hard to beat – to say the least. A huge thanks to our dear friend Seb, not only for fighting the good fight… but also for giving Råsunda space and respect in the first two issues. STAND or AMF should be free from rivalry simply because it’s counterproductive – like two ethnic groups fighting on the floor of a factory because those in charge have decided that moving the factory to an Asian country will be better for business. The catch here is that in order to have rivalry we will all have to leave out the rivalry for a couple of minutes. And that’s that. Issue number 3 of STAND is on the way as this little thing is getting typed – get it and get inspired.
In early july we did the Our Culture/Connoisseur meet in Manchester (the northern town that has a special place in our soonly non-functioning hearts) during the Roses weekend. Three fanastic days and nights out. Great people and great friends from all over. Sending a special hello to our friends here – Lord Warlord and Reidar Wang, Poxy, Simon, Domenic (Genoa), Brody, Preston, Birmingham Burberry socks, Southampton, Lincoln, Grim from Wigan and of course the Stockport psychos. It was a time we’ll remember. Thanks to Phil Thornton and Ste Connor for showing up and letting us know what’s up. No thanks for imitating my broken english during drunkedness you evil scousers mohahahaha. Watch out for the new version of Casuals in 2013 boys and gals – Our Culture is in it.
By the middle of july we all fucked off and did what real Scandianvians do during the summer… nothing. It took us at least one week to recover from the Manchester trip so maybe the lack of activity was a good thing. It’s pretty blurry here, few of us went to the west coast, ate shrimps and argued with fishermen at the Koster sea. There was the archipelago of Stockholm, road trips, rain, too much beer, food and unfortunately not much footy because of Euro 2012. This is where all the cool concerts and bands should or could come in… but who really gives a fuck about that at this point. The summer came and the summer went.
Late august, we travelled down to Vargön to set a campfire at Halleberg and to mark the end of summer. Did an ancient norse ritual that can’t be mentioned, drank whiskey and swimmed in a forest lake. One of those lakes that makes you weary oand constantly makes you look over your shoulder. For swedes and scandianvians, we would really recommend a hiking trip (or a whiskey fest) to the mountain of Halleberg. It’s just one of those places that has been forgotten – so much history, ancient energy and Norse pride surrounding that whole area. It is worth the drive.
With the fall came the end of an era for some of us. We said a million times that Our Culture isn’t about a certain club or town in Scandinavia. It’s all of us together – likeminded lads from different walks of life sharing stories, the love for style and a beer or two. But respect should be given where respect is due. A few of us lost our second home in the fall, early winter of 2012… so these last couple of months has been a bit of a rollercoaster – laughter and tears combined. Our friends from Stockport and Southampton came over just as a few of us were heading home after a trip to Holland.
We did the crawl thing that ended up being our best one to date. But instead of guiding our thirsty friends to posh bars packed with titties or pretentious waterholes for sheep we chose old classic bars like Tennstopet (Stockholms best bar hands down). The hours drifted away, one bar became two or three and so on. At midnight all hope was lost and then suddenly found again somwhere near Odenplan. Chas from CC stood up, raised his glass and held a speach that still echoes in the arctic nordic night… even the barstaff cried and random drunks that heard his words by accident clenched their fists in both anger, wonder and admiration.
Chippe (Our brother) The DIF bros, BokBajen, Petter, Porco R, McDonnell D and our brother Paulie from Finland and the UK posse – see you all soon friends.
We are now a couple of days away from Christmas & New Year’s Eve. What’s supposed to be a pressure drop and quality time is strangled by stress and a thousand things needed to be done. Just want to take the time now to send a warm hello to all our friends around the world: Russia, Italy, Germany, Greece, USA, Australia, UK and Scandinavia. Thank you for your support, thank you for keeping ”the thing” alive and for being you.
Will not end this about the designs of 2013, new products, collaborations or interesting stories that we will dig into, you are all too good for that. We just want to take the opportunity to wish you all a great christmas (or vinterblot) and happy new year.
2013 WILL BE ANTI-BUSINESS AS USUAL