Kelly Williams

Nick Zizzo Interview & Salon des Refuses Video Part

11 December 2015, 07.15 | Posted in Interviews, Skateboarding, Uncategorized, Video | Comments Off

Salon des Refuses or “exhibition of rejects”, was an exhibition of creative work that had been rejected by the critics & juries of the Paris Salon. As skaters, we’re no strangers to critique and refusal. Salon des Refusés is an independent skate video by Permanent Distribution employee Leo Banuelos. The DVD features Leo’s friends Nick Zizzo, Mike Magalhaes, Shane Carter, Ian Weisbecker, Joshua Baker, Leo Moreno, Derick Glancy, Cody Wilber, and Josh Miller.

The introduction, featuring the skating of Format Skateboards rider Nick Zizzo has just been published at Permanent.co along with an interview. Read more »

Ruff Ryderz: Some Cool Stuff For Cycling

11 December 2015, 06.49 | Posted in Culture, Cycling, Products, Uncategorized | Comments Off

As y’all know, I occasionally talk about matters of the two-wheeled ideology. Nearly twenty years ago I found myself living in the dicey community of Camden, New Jersey. I was working as a volunteer, constantly out & about in the streets, where I formed great friendships with the street dwellers living in the once thriving city. Without a car, I relied on my bike and the bus system to get me where I needed to go. I learned real quickly how important it was to properly lock up my bike. But twenty years ago bike lock options were pretty limited, usually the same u-lock and cable lock systems that have existed for half a century. Fortunately I was able to avoid any complete bike theft, but I had to replace a lot of stolen parts. Eventually I ditched all the quick-release hardware and rattle-canned my bike until it was hideous enough that nobody was tempted to permanently borrow it. That seemed to help. After all, I didn’t care – I just needed my bike for transportation.

Shortly after my stint in Camden and at the turn of the millennium, I temporarily returned to life in my secluded agricultural town, where it was quite normal to leave your car doors unlocked without any worry. A stark contrast from the paranoid ritual of locking up every belonging I allowed to leave my sight. I’m not sure if any of that is relevant to this conversation, but now you know.

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Work In Skateboarding Panel Discussion @ Transworld

04 November 2015, 08.23 | Posted in Interviews, Project News, Skateboarding, Uncategorized | Comments Off

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Moderated by Walker Ryan, Talking Shop is a Panel Discussion based on various issues to do with creating a career path geared towards working in skateboarding.

Panelists are:
Kim Woozy – Founder of MAHFIA.TV
David Jurusik – Transworld Skate Marketing executive
Fred van Schie – Leading social media skateboarding consultant
Kelly D Williams – Owner of Permanent Distribution, Broadcast Wheels and Format Skateboards.

Interactive workshop with the Panelists to follow discussion. Tickets available thru Eventbrite.

Permanent Co-op x Village Psychic

16 October 2015, 23.52 | Posted in Art & Design, Fashion & Footwear, Products, Project News, Skateboarding, Uncategorized | Comments Off

The Permanent Co-op is the debut capsule of product from Permanent Distribution, and is designed in cooperation with their extended family of brands, artists, designers, photographers, etc. Released only periodically and truly collaborative in nature, both entities share ideas and concepts- working together to create a very limited run of products that are only available at premium retailers and in the web store. For the debut capsule, Permanent teamed with the enigmatic Village Psychic NYC. This collection consists of wearable goods designed around the mantra “A Cosmic Alliance”, exemplified by the Candle of Good Fortune. For several millennia, it has been believed that those who bear the Candle of Good Fortune will be blessed with positive energy and providence. Basically, good stuff will happen to you if worn regularly. So they offered the collection in two colorways. Balance out the universe and get both. Images courtesy of Todd Midler Photography.

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De Marchi Presents: Dawn Of The Pros

23 August 2014, 18.21 | Posted in Art & Design, Culture, Cycling, Fashion & Footwear, Products, Project News, Uncategorized, Video | Comments Off

demarchi_cover_001Born at the turn of the twentieth century, Emilio De Marchi was a friend of cycling pros such as Ottavio Bottecchia, Fausto Coppi, Giordano Cottur and a list of others including later legends like Basso and Moser. De Marchi’s career began as a bike and motorcycle mechanic, where he eventually became actively involved in some of the first cycling teams ever created. “At that time, quality cycling apparel was hard to come by, so Emilio [through his wife Emma] solicited by many fellow cyclists, started a small homemade production of cycling clothes and actively contributed to the definition of a cycling-specific [garment] standard as opposed to more generic ‘sports’ clothes that were more easily available back in the day.”

To commemorate this legacy, the De Marchi Company has recently assembled Dawn of The Pros, The Evolution of Style in Cycling (1940-1955). This beautiful hardcover book (printed in Italy!) is overflowing with images from this exciting era. De Marchi was there during the early years of cycling and is responsible for the design of some iconic garments such as the Italia track suit and the current jersey design that allows cyclists to breathe freely without the restraints of the rigid collars that were common in sportswear at the time.

I’m sure most readers of this blog could agree that for the past few decades, road cycling has eluded the concept of good style, and we generally equate functional cycling kits with sun-faded spandex covered in excessive logos like some kind of Nascar skin-suit, adorned with mostly unreadable pseudo-sponsorships from banks, car companies, and for some reason, chili peppers. However, this is not always the case. Brands like De Marchi have been quietly producing thoughtful and classic apparel designs that keep cyclists looking sharp as a tack. This is what their heritage is all about. Check out the book at demarchi.com

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DVS+NYC With Daewon Song, Luis Tolentino, Zack Wallin… Featuring Killer Mike & El-P

04 January 2014, 04.41 | Posted in Music, Skateboarding, Uncategorized, Video | Comments Off

A few months ago I traveled with the DVS team to New York to see Luis Tolentino on a week-long trip with Daewon Song, Torey Pudwill, Zack Wallin, Marty Murawski and Jon Nguyen. Here’s a Little Video Edit from the Big Apple, and more visual stimulation can be found in the latest issue of The Skateboard Mag. Filmed & edited by Ryan Dearth. Directed by Kelly D. Williams. Music by Run The Jewels.

Premiere of Lenz II, A Skateboarding Film by Shinpei Ueno & TBPR

10 December 2013, 04.46 | Posted in Art & Design, Culture, Skateboarding, Uncategorized, Video | Comments Off

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Approximately 4 years ago, skateboarding in Japan received a proper depiction in the cult video aptly titled LENZ. Since that time, the world has continued to get smaller – and Tight Booth Productions, Shinpei Ueno & Evisen Skateboards teamed up to produce one of the most unique & culturally rich skateboard films to date. Featuring over 180 skateboarders, LENZ II travels throughout Japan, France, and New York City to show that skateboarding flourishes best when allowed to mutate and adapt to the diversity of global terrain. This video proves that although styles may differ internationally, creativity and expression are fundamental to skateboarding.

PERMANENT Distribution is proud to host the Public U.S. Premiere of this special film, held at the Cha Cha Lounge at 2375 Glendale Boulevard in Los Angeles, California on the evening of Thursday December 12, 2013. While RSVPing isn’t required, arriving early with an RSVP is the only way to guarantee entry if the venue fills. You can do so at: http://lenz.eventbrite.com

This 1-night event is sponsored by Permanent, Evisen Skateboards, Broadcast Wheels, and Modus Bearings.

Waters & Army Welcomes Marek Zaprazny

13 November 2013, 02.25 | Posted in Skateboarding, Uncategorized, Video | Comments Off

Marek Zaprazny gets drafted into the Army. Check his Intro part on HellaClips.com and learn more about Waters + Army here.

Solo Jazz Video Premiere (Bronze 56k) in Los Angeles

17 August 2013, 07.18 | Posted in Art & Design, Culture, Project News, Skateboarding, Uncategorized, Video | Comments Off

I’ll be putting on a quaint video premiere for the release of the latest skate flick from Bronze (56k) titled Solo Jazz this Saturday. If you’re located in the Westerly regions of the North American continent, you’re invited to come and enjoy a brief visual presentation of East Coast skateboarding and redolent spectacle being projected onto a white wall in Los Angeles.

The video premiere starts at 10:00pm on Saturday August 17th at The Vex, located at 5240 Alhambra Avenue in L.A.

If you have no idea what Bronze or Solo Jazz is, then welcome to class. All ages are welcome, no entry fee. Visit permanentdist.com for more information.

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Rapha Presents: La Centième Prints & 100 Years of The Tour De France

29 June 2013, 00.42 | Posted in Art & Design, Culture, Cycling, Uncategorized | Comments Off

Geoff McFetridge is one of the many artists who have recently teamed up with Rapha Cycling to release a limited series of prints in conjunction with the 100th edition of the Tour de France. As it turns out, they sold out almost immediately.

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