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Unplugged Summer Activity #1: Fixing Bikes

We believe that summer is all about getting outside, riding bikes, building forts, playing games and having fun with friends. To keep the dream alive, we’ll be posting projects and activities to keep you learning and motivated all summer long.

We call it our “Unplugged Summer”!

Our first activity in TGO’s Unplugged Summer is fixing bikes! Watch this quick tutorial from diy.org to learn how to repair a puncture… and then ride your bike to the park!

Tour Blog 35: Be Prepared – Franklin

It was pretty cool hearing about Stuart and Adrian’s Rock ’n’ Roll Scout badges, eh? Our whole band has loved the chance to get better and better.

A lot of it is about playing. A lot is about practice. A lot is about perseverance—not to mention courage. (And trust us, later in life, courage will serve you very well indeed.)

But a favorite lesson of mine was when we learned how to talk about making music. Turns out, it’s all about prepositions.

Let’s have a preposition party!

 

We love to rock out.

To play on.

To get down.

To rise up.

To chase after.

To elevate above.

To fly by.

To jump in.

To bounce around.

To roll about.

To get with.

To hop onto.

To leap over.

To chase after.

To sing along.

And on and on and on and on.

 

What’s your favorite preposition?

– Franklin

 

PS Download the coloring page above by clicking this link!

Tour Blog 34: Be Prepared – Stuart

I’m a certified frontman. You see, I earned it! And that feels pretty great.

Did you read Adrian’s note about his “Guitar Slingin’” badge? Then you know how we love our goals in The Final Hurrahs.

We’re Rock ’n’ Roll Scouts. And we’re gonna spend all summer getting better and better.

What are your plans for summer? Whether they involve getting further along in the spring soccer tournament, or (hopefully) learning to play a musical instrument, we say that practice doesn’t make perfect. Nope. Practice makes perfectly you.

So remember, if it’s a soccer ball or a guitar: put your own spin on it. 

And sing along!

– Stuart

 

PS Download the coloring page above by clicking this link!

 

Tour Blog 33: Follow the Sound

A fuller sound.

We’ve always tried to keep it lean & mean: two guitars, bass and lead drums. And a bit of hollering. Simple and swagger-y.

But there’s just something about the rolling keys and the tickled ivories that can take a band’s sound to a new, more wondrous place.

Comes a time that a band needs a piano player.

It’s called a fuller sound.

 

The Stones had Stu.

Faces had Mac.

Bruce had The Professor. (And he had The Phantom, too.)

 

We’ve got Cate.

 

This Bricktown girl is making our songs sound fuller (and also funner)!

She’s making us laugh.

She’s writing some awesomely creative songs.

She’s got a five-star playlist.

And she’s challenging us to be our best, every single day.

Plus, she loves The Good Ones Clothing.

Stick with us and you’ll hear a lot more about (and from) her.

Her name is Cate, but we call her Cat.

– Stuart

PS Download the coloring page above by clicking this link!

Crew Q & A: Jonathan Barker

What do you do at The Good Ones HQ?

I am one of the Art Directors, I mostly do illustrations and custom type for the clothes and for the website.

I am also the self-appointed head of market growth, promotion and logistics in Australia. It’s a pretty untapped area for us but my nieces and nephews, friends and family, down there are doing their bit, rockin’ The Good Ones everywhere they go.

 

 

What TGO items have you designed?

I am a relative newcomer, so I only have a short list …

Brixton tee / Anything Ever 3/4 Raglan / Anything Ever Adult tee / Final Hurrahs Crew – With Jake Sauer

But stay tuned there’s more on the way!

 

Which item is your favorite and why?

That’s a tough one.

Of the items I have been involved with I am really happy with the Brixton Tee, and I love that it introduces cricket to the US of A, albeit in a pretty subtle way.

But my overall favorite is between the Cattywampus sweatshirt, which is just killer and the Musicians Unite shirt. My young bloke, Thomas, always looks like he is the real deal when he has that on.

 

What do you like to do for fun outside of work?

We have a 5-year old son Thomas and daughter Alice is 2, so they keep us nice and busy. They are into everything and have energy to burn, so it is non-stop tee ball and soccer and riding bikes and swimming and dancing and ping pong.

Having only been living in the states for a little over a year, I am still really enjoying exploring the places, people and customs of this place. And taking a few photos along the way. I have been lucky enough to meet a few of my design heroes, who had always just been names on the other side of the internet, so finding out they were regular people has been pretty cool.

Other cultural highlights have been:

Snowboarding in Utah with some of my Aussie mates that also live stateside.

Discovering cornhole and painting a custom set with my favorite footy team on them, the Richmond Tigers.

Chicken and Waffles. Who knew that was a thing? Which despite my skepticism was a revelation.

And of course shoveling snow and living through the Arctic vortex. Good times.

What / where is your next adventure going to be?

I am meeting family and friends in Kauai, HI, in August. Which is going to be great to catch up and get some beach time. Hoping to get some waves while we are there as well, and eat a boatload of seafood.

But it won’t be all play, I will be loaded up with the next shipment of TGO gear to send back with them to Australia.

 

xx,