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Saturday, 21 May 2005 01:29

Stevie Williams

Written by Edgard Zuniga

al harrisStevie Williams holds nothing back. His unforgiving skating style is self-described as straight ghetto. In other words, Stevie brings to the skateboarding game a raw, street style that goes beyond the skate park. We’re talking mad street skills here.

Born and raised in South Philadelphia, Stevie spent his youth developing his talent in Philly’s famous Love Park, looking forward to the day he could put those skills to use. Now a citizen of Los Angeles, Stevie spends his time perfecting his skills in between events and promoting his line of
skateboarding footwear and apparel called Dirty Ghetto Kids (DGK).

Staying true to his inner-city roots, Stevie often draws comparisons to thuggish Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson. Anybody who has ever witnessed Stevie skate comes to understand why, as he combines an aggressive street mode with a refined sense of flair when unleashing his combination of challenging stunts and scientific precision on the board. However, in his early years, Stevie had several detractors, including his mom. It wasn’t easy growing up as a young black man and choosing to skate instead of playing football or basketball. Nowadays, his skating prowess allows him to care for his mother.

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However, just a few years ago, Stevie was homeless. With only $300 to his name, he was supposed to drive up to Vancouver, Canada with some friends. Stevie didn’t like one guy, so he decided to stay and devote his time to filming some tricks. During the two weeks his friends were gone, Stevie went nuts, collecting footage nonstop. When the guys came back from Vancouver they were wowed by Stevie’s completed demo.

Then, it was off to L.A. and a deal with Chocolate Skateboards. After that, his next big break came in the form of a deal with DC Shoes. Stevie began to attract more and more attention, and today finds himself promoting DGK thanks to a deal with Reebok.

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You’d have to look far and wide to find another skater that unabas hedly embraces such a profound ghetto flava. The DGK line is composed of Hip-Hop, graffiti-laced, pimped-out themes and it’s all a reflection of Stevie.

Back in Philly, it was Stevie and his Dirty Ghetto Kids, a bunch of kids from the ‘hood that would come downtown and skate at Love Park. Called dirty by the older guys, Stevie and his friends learned to embrace the “Dirty Ghetto Kids” put-downs, and it became their name.


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