Kelly Williams

De Marchi Presents: Dawn Of The Pros

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 | No comments »

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.

DVS Goes HAM in Canada: CANADIAN BACON

20 December 2013, 21.33 | Posted in Skateboarding, Uncategorized, Video | No comments »

The DVS team was recently galloping through The True North in conjunction with a demo tour for SUPRA Distribution and an editorial feature for Concrete Mag. We dubbed the tour Canadian Bacon, and put together a little video edit to highlight some of the action. Watch the vid by clicking here. View the photos associated with the hashtag by clicking here.

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

10 December 2013, 04.46 | Posted in Art & Design, Culture, Skateboarding, Uncategorized, Video | No comments »

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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 | No comments »

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

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 | No comments »

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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Update From Rob Kingwill

25 April 2013, 01.32 | Posted in Photography, Snowboarding, Uncategorized | No comments »

Rob Kingwill is the troof. For those of you who follow Kinger’s Instagram- you already know that he has been steady ruling this summer. A couple of trips to AK, Summer Camp, and even a viral video commercial for the new Mercedes-Benz C350 4Matic Coupe. I’ve said this before: when I started Compatriot Snowboard Company nearly 10 years ago, I never imagined the boards would somehow end up in 2 different car commercials. None of that would be possible without RK and KJ.

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Kevin Coakley Night Edit

07 January 2013, 22.19 | Posted in Skateboarding, Uncategorized, Video | No comments »

SLAP Magazine recently dropped this edit with homie and Bostonian ripper Kevin Coakley. Filmed by Alex Pelletier and Dan Magee.

Evisen Skateboards x SADAM

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One of the most exciting new brands to appear recently is Evisen Skateboards from Japan. Amazing graphics, talented team, and soon to be available in the United States.

Katsumi has this to say about Evisen’s latest collaboration with Sadam for Maru’s homie, Shota Kikuchi: “Evisen Skateboards will be releasing a first ever guest model for a skateboarder from Sendai Japan, Shota Kikuchi.  The art work is done by SADAM an artist also from Sendai who has offered to design for the previous collaboration board.  The graphic is not just a Bouquet but there is a Gimmick in the graphics. Kotobuki means felicitation.

“The reason why we made a guest board for Shota is that we have huge respect to him but its not only about that.  Our team rider MARU has been skating with Shota from a young age up till now. MARU strongly wanted to give back to his lifetime brother so that is why we have decided to give a Bouquet designed in the board. Thank you skateboarding.”