Friday, September 25, 2009


It's not official from Alien Workshop or DGK (beside a leaked board graphic), but Josh Kalis has left Alien to reunite with his homie Stevie Williams on DGK. I caught up with Josh to ask him about the change and what happened with Alien and here's what he said...

I was just wondering how the whole DGK thing came about.
Me and Stevie were just talking one day and were saying, "Man, we gotta team back up on somethin'," you know? We were talking about how just stale skateboarding was and how people just don't really hang out with each other anymore. They just kind of skate for companies, whether it be because it's just a cool company or it's a solid paycheck. Whatever, you know? We were just talking about how skateboarding just lost its vibe of friendship and lifestyle, you know? DGK's vibe was always just that—like, this is our life and we roll together and this is what we do—skateboarding is bringing us together. Stevie and I hadn't rode for the same thing forever and we were just like, "Man, we gotta do something like that," and it escalated into, "Why don't we just roll on the same squad? The DGK squad?" because that's what we are...we're old Love Park cats, you know?

How long have you guys know eachother?
We've known one another since the early '90s.

Since he was Lil' Stevie, right?
Yeah, he was lil' Lil' Stevie.

So, how did everything end up with Alien, then?
It wasn't hard. Nobody made it more difficult than what it needed to be. I just told them that this is what I wanted to do—this is what I'm going to do—and it was almost as if they knew it was coming at some point, you know?

Were there things you were unhappy with at Alien? Or did you just want to get back to that homey connection of being back with your friends?
I wanted to skate for fun and with a friend...go back to the homie connection, you know? Me and Alien just grew apart. You know, I felt like I was Alien Workshop, through and through, for 15 years—that's what I was. Alien Workshop was Sovereign Sect and it just grew into something that I wasn't growing with. Me and Workshop had a long run, but we just grew apart from one another.

On the eve of the Flip video, "Extremely Sorry" our good friend Aguinaldo Melo of ESPN Brazil spent the day with Brazilian ex-pat, Bob Burnquist out at Bob's massive home compound while Bob tried to get some last minute tricks for the film. If reports from the premiere hold any truth, Bob's part in the video is sure to boggle the mind. Click the "read more" tab to see a video glimpse into some of the process Bob has to go through to get his mega tricks.

Following on the heels of his excellent video part in Nike's "Debacle" video, Real, Quiksilver and Nike rider Justin Brock has turned pro.

Hailing from North Carolina, Brock first garnered attention from his powerful video parts in the independent "Carolina Love" and "Southern Comfort" videos. After a chance meeting with the Real team, Brock's career has been on a steady rise with solid video and editorial coverage including footage in Nike's "Nothing But The Truth" video. This past year, he earned the covers of both Thrasher magazine and Skateboarder magazine. Brock's pro announcement came in a unique series of documentary-style collaborative video ads produced by his sponsors airing on The Berrics site over a period of weeks. His new pro models are currently being put to the test as he finishes up filming for the much anticipated, new Real video due out soon. Congratulations Justin!