The Face of Madness

We’ve all been drunk and gone internet shopping, but Hunter Thomson (not the author, but definitely just as mental) recently purchased 39 back issues of Monster Children.

You’re probably a little unhinged if buy even one issue if this rag, but 39? Where was his minder at the time? Yes, our back issues are on sale for the low, low price of $5, but still, that’s crazy. When the order came through, we contacted Hunter to make sure he was a real person and, if so, hadn’t recently suffered a bump on the head.

Who are you and where are you located?
My name is Hunter Thomson and I’m currently bunkered down at home on the Northern Rivers, NSW, which I’ve learned, since moving here almost three years ago, is what people say if they live near Byron and don’t want to be too associated with all that. Regardless, I’m super lucky to live here, the beaches have stayed open and everyone’s remained pretty calm and collected.

You purchased 39 issues of Monster Children in one go. Had you been drinking at the time?
I’d definitely had a glass of red or three, but when I woke up the next morning and realised what I’d done, I was curious to see whether it would all come in one giant box or 39 satchels. I still think it’s a steal for $5 a pop. I’ve been a pretty big fan and an avid reader of MC for five years or so, and while we all have some extra time on our hands, I figured it’d be fun to deep-dive some past issues I’ve missed. After losing some issues along the way between moves, I already had a stack of about 15 copies so I’m just trying to complete the collection. Gotta catch ‘em all or whatever.

Of those 39 issues, which one were you most interested in?
I don’t even know what I bought, I probably couldn’t even read when some of these early issues first came out. But if I had to pick one, Issue 35 with the first Team Average crew on the front. Reading about that trip will be interesting. Growing up, those films were pretty significant turning points in the ‘cross-pollination’ between surf and skate cultures. I had friends that skated and friends that surfed, some did both, and I kind of drifted between. But to see these pros from both worlds hanging out and going on a road trip together was sick!

What do you do when you’re not dropping acid and shopping online?
I’m probably taking photos or working, sneaking the odd surf in when I can. I’m a bit of a workaholic. I do a bit of content for McTavish.

Where do your copies of Monster Children in your home, is there a special shelf?
I have a couple of copies propping up my iMac, another stack propping up my second monitor, one under my keyboard, and one I use as a mouse pad. But most of them are in a stack on the coffee table. I also flick through the 10 Years of MC book and read some of those interviews and look at the pretty pictures from time to time.

Did your parents know they were naming you after the author, and does your middle name start with an S?
I think I need to ask them again now I’m of age, but what they told me a few years back was they definitely knew of the author—and his reputation—but just liked the name. However, they’re an artsy pair, so who knows what they were into during the 90s. Fortunately (or not, idk) my middle name does not start with an S. Still fucks up my SEO though.

What have you got planned for the rest of your life?
Other than reading the small truckload of Monster Children I have en-route, I’m not too sure. Once domestic travel and the borders open up, I’m excited to hit the road and do a couple of quick trips to go take photos and surf. Mid-North coast maybe. Or Tassie. My little studio feels like it’s gradually shrinking, so I’m keen to just get out and about.

If you’d like to be an insane person and purchase more Monster Children mags than you can lift without hurting your back, check ’em out at the shop. Five bucks a pop.

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