According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “far-out” is defined as “marked by a considerable departure from the conventional or traditional.” Urban dictionary digs into the hippie lexicon defining the the word as: “Some thing that is out of this world. Some thing so cool that it cannot be compared to anything on this planet.”That 31 minute Dark Star was Far Out, man! So much space!  You get the point.

At Far Out Awards we pride ourselves in making awards that embody the very definition of “far-out.” Every day we dare to depart from the conventional to create pieces of art that are truly out of this world. We specialize in creating custom awards that your run-of-the-mill trophy shop couldn’t even come up with in their dreams. Every award that leaves our offices is truly one of a kind. And while every award we produce is Far Out, there may be one that’s just a little bit further out than all the rest…

The award we are featuring on this Far Out Friday is very near and dear to us. Our company is family owned and operated, and one thing we all have in common, aside from our DNA, is our love for the Grateful Dead (with a name like Far Out Awards, can you really be surprised?). This award has been a vision of ours from the day we opened shop, and finally we have brought our dream award to life and get to share it with the rest of the world. Ladies and gentleman, we bring you: The Deadhead Hall of Fame Award (cue China Cat Sunflower riff).

The Deadhead Hall of Fame Award

Our first recipient of The Deadhead Hall of Fame Award is Richard Comras. Richard has been to over 300 Grateful Dead shows, is a master taper who has recorded hours of priceless live Dead audio, and when Jerry Garcia Band did their month-long gig, Comras was at every show.  While the traditional days of following Grateful Dead may be over, Richard shows no sign of slowing down. In January, Comras traveled to Mexico to watch Furthur (featuring former Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir) jam for four magical nights in the Riviera Maya, Mexico. When it comes to the Grateful Dead, Rich is not messing around. That being said, it is our honor to present the very first Deadhead Hall of Fame Award to Richard Comras. AND it is an honor to present him this award on not just any old day, but on his birthday. Happy birthday, Rich. Thanks for your many years of Dead-ication on the Golden Road. Wishing you many Far Out years to come.

Richard Comras with his Deadhead Hall of Fame Award

Richard Comras with his Deadhead Hall of Fame Award

 

If you or someone you know would like to be inducted into the Far Out Awards Deadhead Hall of Fame, e-mail lindsey@faroutawards.com for more information.

 

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