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Thirteen Thieves is for the Distinguished Gentleman. Manly, Rugged yet Sophisticated.

Joe Dirt

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I thought I would share something that wasn't related to anything in particular but has meant the most to me. Joe Dirt is a silly movie that can be dismissed as immediately as it is brought up. If you don't take yourself as seriously as the critics, it's an inspiring story mixed up with a lot of campy humor. This movie has offered me inspiration to find the silver lining in the most auspicious of times.

The movie offers some themes that I think people should take advantage of like not having no in your heart. Some people will openly tell you (in the nicest way possible) that you will not succeed, your dreams suck, or it could even be an internal dialogue of self-defeat. Having "No in your heart" is a beautiful mantra. Another one I have discovered recently, Home is where you make it." We all want the bigger house, the stylish car, the safer neighborhood, a better job. We think if we have more money our lives will be fuller and have a deeper meaning. Or we can choose to be happy. What goes on inside you (in your mind) is much more important in determining whether you’re happy or miserable. I finally found my Silvertown, and I hope you do as well.

Alan Watts Wisdom Nuggets

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Thirteen Thieves Alan Watts

"In basic spiritual practice, we understand that energy follows mind and therefore we can safely say that each thought form, creates a verifiable electromagnetic field of energy that broadcasts out into the universe, and creates our own existence. And Science has recently discovered that the universe is mental, immaterial and spiritual. Meaning that all is mind. Thoughts do in fact create our very existence, bringing an end to materialism In lamens terms, this means that every object, including your chair, your car, your house and your own body is made up of particles.

These particles are vibrating on different levels of frequency, and these particles have been proven to be 99.999% space. So in reality, when you think that you are sitting on your couch watching the television, you have in fact created the perception, that you are sitting on a couch watching a television.

So, when you are done playing hide and seek with yourself, you will see that you are not a victim of the world, you are the world. We are not here to dance to beat of the earth’s drum. We are not the dancers. We are the dance."

Photo by Berlian Khatulistiwa

Send Me an Angel and My Thoughts

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Today was a weird day for me. People seemed a little tenser than normal, feelings were more prominent on the sleeve. Even joking around appeared to be a little meaner than normal, with just a smidge of judging. The night wasn't so much better, I felt disconnected, and vulnerable with my thoughts.

I watched an old movie called Rad, I haven't watched that in 6 or 7 years. If you aren't familiar, It is a movie about BMX Freestyle Biking with a character who overcomes the obstacles that are trying to prevent him participating in the BMX race called Helltrack. It was fun to reminisce and remember my friends and me at the time sitting in front of a TV mesmerized, thinking that this was the coolest movie ever. As soon as it was done, we would immediately try to recreate the tricks we just watched only to suffer road rash, scratched elbows and wounded egos. We were 11 at the time, so I don't really think it was as bad as I remember.

It felt so good to remember those times and the simplicity of my concerns and thoughts. One of the defining moments of the movie involves a "School type" dance, and the song Send Me An Angel. This song played the other during my New Wave Music feast. When the song played, I could remember everything about the dance scene. As I listened to the song, I felt myself tear up, as usual, I am unsure the reason why this song does this, but it happens. For a while, I had stopped listening to the song because every time I would hear it I would tear up like clockwork. Ultimately this is what inspired me to watch the movie again especially today with all the uncertainty. I wanted to remember some magic in my life, and of course, when the dance scene came on I cried. So I thought I would share this song with you, and hope you hade the best of days that full of happiness and gratitude. I would encourage you to watch the movie, its dated, its silly, and it is still Rad.

The Thirteen Thieves Origin Story and a Little Promotion

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Thirteen Thieves Vanilla Bourbon

Thirteen Thieves does not have an incredible origin story; we had a solution that worked for our friends and us. We wish things were that simple. In creating the products we have, we put a lot of time and energy into them. We spent countless hours on research as to what made good products. We read books, articles, essentially anything we could find from historical usage data to the newer holistic medicinal perspectives. Based on all the available information, we decided to incorporate as much of that information we felt provided the most optimal results into our products, which is reflected in our current blends.

 

We found this website recently and thought we would share. https://www.handmadehunt.com/etsy/thirteenthieves

 

Our unique blend of ultra-luxe botanical oils

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Thirteen Thieves Pre Shave Oil

You may be among the many men out there that approaches the bathroom mirror dreading what is about to come next, the morning shave. The first step towards the ultimate shave experience is found in Thirteen Thieves Unscented Pre-Shave Oil. Our unique blend of ultra-luxe botanical oils moisturizes the skin and conditions the beard for a closer, smoother shave, without leaving a greasy residue. We use grapeseed, meadowfoam seed, cranberry seed, and organic olive oil to create a soothing and calming experience. This shave oil helps protect skin during the shaving process and helps soothe the look of irritation after. Our Unscented Pre-Shave Oil can be used alone or under our Soothing Shave Cream.

Shaving oil is such an important item in men’s grooming, and it is often overlooked, but it can help solve the much-lamented shave irritation factors. This must-have oil can be used for shaving prep or beard conditioning.This can be purchased at thirteenthievesshop.com on its own or with our shaving kit.

It Starts Now

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Reposted via Alan Watts Wisdom via Facebook

..."This is therefore to say that the transformation of human consciousness through meditation is frustrated so long as we think of it as something that I by myself can bring about, by some sort of wangle, by some sort of gimmick. Because you see it leads to endless games of spiritual one-up-manship. And of guru competition. Of my guru being more effective than your guru. My yogas are faster than your yoga. I am more aware of myself than you are. I am humbler than you are. I am sorrier for my sins than you are. I love you more than you love me. There’s this interminable goings on where people fight and wonder whether they are a bit more evolved than somebody else and so on.

All that can just fall away. And then we get this strange feeling that we’ve never had in our lives except occasionally by accident. Some people get a glimpse that we are no longer this poor little stranger and afraid in a world it never made. But that you are this universe. And you are creating it at every moment. Because you see it starts now. It didn’t begin in the past. There was no past. If the universe began in the past, when that happened it was now. But it is still now and the universe is still beginning now and it’s trailing off like the wake of a ship from now and as the wake of the ship fades out, so does the past. You can look back there to explain things but the explanation disappears. You will never find it there. Things are not explained by the past. They’re explained by what happens now. That creates the past. And it begins here." ~Alan Watts... Video by: Tragedy and Hope

The 11 Differences Between Dating a Boy vs. a Man

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Something that came up recently in my last shrink meeting was similar in thought to this blog post. We were talking about the concept of childlike vs. childish and the positive and negative aspects of those two words and the perception of there meaning. Childish is a judgment placed on behavior that is deemed inappropriate while Childlike is things of children whether that means simple, innocent or a sense of purity of individual qualities."When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child, but when I became a man, I put away childish things." For years and years, I believed this quote to be genuine and accurate. What that essentially did was wreck my beliefs of how to define what a Man is. As I was taught, a Man is someone, completely devoid of those childlike qualities. I was taught and believed that Men are supposed to be tough, stoic, invulnerable and violent if necessary. These ideas and mantras were perpetrated on the playground, among friends and peers, we were told to “be a man,” and “boys don’t cry, or to man up.” We were conditioned to believe without question, our natural emotions are a form of weakness, and for many years I also spread this false ideology. I've been restructuring my belief system, and this conversation with my shrink solidified a lot of the definitions I had confused between what is a man versus a boy.

A friend recommended a different story on this blog, which I enjoyed and started down the rabbit hole of her viewpoints on life. I came across the article titled "The 11 Differences Between Dating a Boy vs. a Man" by Amy C. Even though her perspective is on a dating point of view, the information further illustrated the points as mentioned earlier. I would encourage you to read this and hopefully find some actionable information that you can use to learn what a Man is versus the boy that should have found direction.

Original article;

When I was in my early twenties, if a guy acted aloof, called back only sometimes and showed minimal interest, I would get hooked. You could say I was addicted to the bad boy/ unavailable boy/ player. I was drawn to what psychotherapist, Ken Page terms as “attractions of deprivation” – when we are drawn to people who embody the worst emotional characteristics of our parents. Basically, the theory explains that we are attracted to people who can wound us the same way we were wounded in our childhood, as our psyche tries to recreate the past void and save us by changing its ending.“The child in us believes that if the original perpetrators — or their current replacements — finally change their minds, apologize, or make up for that terrible rupture of trust, we can escape from our prison of unworthiness. Our conscious self is drawn to the positive qualities we yearn for, but our unconscious draws us to the qualities which hurt us the most as children.”  – Psychology TodaySo games used to work on me because 1) I had unresolved daddy issues and 2) At the tender age of 20, I was trying to figure out who I was and to top it off, I was ridden with insecurity and a low sense of self-worth.But somewhere in between the passing of a decade, something changed.I learned to love myself.  I became independent, confident, and started to value my self-worth. I went through hardships and heartbreaks and picked myself back up which built my strength and courage. Instead of relying on beauty as my source of empowerment, I focused on basing my empowerment on my intelligence, successes, values, contributions to the world and how I helped others. In a sense, I finally grew up. I went from being a girl to becoming a woman. And as a woman, you are attracted to very different things than you are as a girl.A girl is attracted to boys. A woman is attracted to men. Now, this has nothing to do with the actual age of a person. I’m referring to maturity, life vision and stage of life. In fact, some people regardless of their age, will never really grow up. You can switch the genders in this post and most points would likely still apply. Or, read this post on “The 11 Differences Between Dating a Girl vs a Woman“.If you are a girl (lack independence, are ruled by insecurity, lack self-respect, throw tantrums, have princess syndrome, don’t have strong values or boundaries and can’t hold yourself on your own) then expect that you will attract only boys. However, if you are a woman (independent, ambitious, knows your worth and value, has a strong moral compass, is considerate and an able communicator and doesn’t let insecurity dominate your psyche), then you should be dating a man. And if you can’t spot the difference just yet, here are some pointers.

  1. A man knows what he wants, and goes for it. A boy may have somewhat of an idea, but not really. He doesn’t think too much about it, and even if he does, doesn’t exert much effort to get it. A boy is passive, a man is assertive.

  2. A man plans for his future and is working towards building a foundation and infrastructure in order to have a family (at some point in his life) or another purpose or passion.  A boy lives only in the moment and his plans are mostly around which bar he’s going to hit up on the weekend.

  3. A man looks for a woman with intelligence, who is supportive, grounded and encompasses a shared set of values when choosing a partner. A boy cares mostly only for girls who are hot, wild and exciting.

  4. A man knows a good woman when he meets one and will take initiative to get to know her. A boy may make an attempt if you’re lucky, but gives up before ever really trying.

  5. A man has the courage to have uncomfortable conversations. He is honest with his intentions and lets people know where they stand. A boy avoids. He ignores confrontation or any serious talks about feelings. Instead of dealing with a situation, he runs away from it or creates drama or excuses to mask the fact he’s not that into you or a relationship.

  6. A man knows when to invest in a woman and jump in with two feet. A boy is always “testing” – he doesn’t fully commit because he never knows if he is quite ready. But the truth is, because he is a boy, regardless of who he meets, he will never be ready due to the stage of life he is in.

  7. A man knows how to have a good time and be social, but is often busy making strides in his career and building his life. A boy is getting crunk with his buddies at the bar every weekend.

  8. A man takes the time to reflect on the type of man he wants to be, the example he wants to leave and the vision for his life. He has put thought into his values. A boy has not established his moral compass or values and consequently, is often inconsistent.

  9. A man has integrity. He means what he says, and says what he means. He has follow through and actions his promises. And if he can’t he has the guts to tell you why. A boy makes promises but doesn’t follow through.

  10. A man is afraid of rejection but will put himself out there anyway. A boy is afraid of rejection and acts passive so that his pride and ego won’t ever get too banged up.

Now, a lot of these differences require taking the time to know someone to figure out if the apple of your eye is indeed a man, or a mere boy. However, one of the quickest filters that you can notice from the beginning is this:11. A boy plays games. A man doesn’t.*To clarify, when I’m referring to “games” I mean mind games.

Original Article can be found here: http://justmytype.ca/11-differences-between-dating-a-boy-vs-a-man/

Photo credit: Jaclyn Auletta

Ready for that AHA moment?

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Tips to Organize your Health, Life, and Spirituality

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This is my most loved, and longest running Podcast I have listened to that has affected my life on more than one occasion. The immense amount of information that I learn through Joe Rogan and his guests is immeasurable. He's my modern day philosopher if I could be so generous with such dramatic licensing. One of my favorite pieces of this show are the nuggets of information that is disseminated in easy to understand and applicable methods.

Chris V, the individual that posted this video said it best "these very clips have changed the way I think, I feel about myself, & the way I treat the rest of the world. Listen in a quiet place with an open mind & use the tools from the video to question how you have been living."

Even Though I am still trying to incorporate many of these thoughts, into my daily life, it is always fantastic to be reminded that you can be the hero of your own story. This video is a testament to the power of words, and when spoken from a loving human such as this. They resonate with such power that any of us can enact change in every person we meet.

LOVE

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The energy created can never be destroyed; it is merely transferred or transformed to evolve into a new form. Thus everything that is affects everything else that is. Authentic love is whole, complete and in essence, beyond suffering. When something dies, you don't lose it, because you never owned it. We suffer most when we are attached to the illusion. True love does not leave a wound when it is lost, because true love can never be lost. Once created, "it" exists forever within the unity of the Devine sphere. The divine conversation of love is something beyond a mere notion or discussion; it is ALIVE, filled with the budding possibility of a butterfly about to open its wings for the first time.

Author David G. Areson for MindBodyGreen.com.

Reposted from
@wgsn Hard not to fall in love with the colored houses dotted around #Nola 📷 by @sarahsarahowen

Remember Why you Started.

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Life gets busy and confusing a lot of the times. We can easily get in a rut that seems impossible to get out of somedays. We all start our projects or new interests with an insatiable pace of passionate feelings. We all get busy with life, I certainly can relate. I can sometimes forget to visit that previous hobby or curiosity because it no longer holds my full attention. Please remember why you started. Whether it is a relationship, a forgotten passion, or simply something you loved that changed for some reason.

Learning is FUN-damental.

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MCML

I have been learning a second language, and this video came across illustrating that English is the toughest language to learn. I'm not entirely sure that is the case. An article I read in The Economist (Title; We went in search of the world’s hardest language) stated "English is pretty simple: verbs hardly conjugate; nouns pluralise easily (just add “s,” mostly) and there are no genders to remember." I read the poem before I watched the video (https://www.fluentin3months.com/tough/) and it is quite the tongue twister, but that was the fun in the poem.

Photo by MCML

Change Your Body, from the Inside Out

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Aubrey Marcus

"I'm talking literal biological changes. When you breathe deep, alkalinity rises, cortisol drops. When you hold your breath, you can boost adrenaline. We have a race car waiting for us to drive, but most of us just set it on autopilot, never intentionally putting our foot on the gas or the breaks. Take control of your breath and take control of your life." ~ Aubrey Marcus