Rémi Gaillard strikes again! Hahaha
An incredible insight into the mind of THE skater who invented street skating as we know it. Rodney Mullen has been my favorite skater since I started skating and this is a rare interview in which he articulates the mindset of skaters and why we are different from other people.
Even if you know nothing about skateboarding, you should watch this!
Last week I was in Kuala Lumpur for a series of meetings and I hooked up with my good buddy Dato’ David Gurupatham for dinner at The Roof (awesome one-stop entertainment hub in Petaling Jaya) and after we were done with dinner we adjourned to Dato’s regular Wednesday night hangout place – Dukes & Duchess in TTDI.
Now, I’d never been to this place, but I’d heard a lot about it from Dato’, so I was looking forward to checking it out. And boy was the place popping! Crazy! Rammed to max and filled with beautiful people (seems like all of the Brazilian/Russian/Portuguese/Spanish models who are in KL come to this cozy little bar)
I had a great night and met a lot of really friendly people. I haven’t been in a bar with such a friendly crowd/vibe for years! If any of you are looking for a totally unpretentious bar with friendly staff and regulars – give Dukes & Duchess a visit.
Thank you Dato’ David for a great night out!
Dukes & Duchess
No. 52, Lorong Rahim Kajai 14,
Taman Tun Dr Ismail
60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
So so so proud that my good friend Dato’ David Gurupatham was interviewed at depth for the cover story of the Feb/Mar 2014 issue of Newman Magazine.
However, the article doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of what an incredibly inspiring person Dato’ David is, both in the way he lives his life and how he treats those around him.
In the few years that I’ve known Dato’, I’ve been one of the lucky few who has often been on the receiving end of his generosity and I am extremely honored to be able to call him my friend.
Here’s the official video from the launch of DamnFineBeats! @ Cuvée back in February. I’d really like to thank all the party people for the incredibly warm welcome and I can’t wait till the next one!
Thank you for your support!
Just got the news from a VERY reliable source in the US – Quiksilver (that owns DC Shoes) has dropped DC’s whole Auto Division and let Ken Block go.
For those who aren’t clear about Ken Block’s relationship with DC Shoes - he co-founded the company with Damon Way in 1994. In 2004, they sold the company to Quiksilver for USD87 million. However, Ken Block was retained by Quiksilver as DC’s Chief Branding Officer.
No one from Quiksilver had the balls to call Ken and tell him and passed the responsibility to DC’s VP of Marketing to do the honors.
DC Shoes will also be discontinuing their Surf and BMX lines too as part of a company-wide cost-cutting exercise.
Travis Pastrana’s under-performing line has not been spared the axe either as had DC’s very generic-looking women’s line.
DC’s Southeast Asia HQ, situated in Singapore, is also shutting down. Southeast Asia will be managed by Australia from now on.
I honestly can’t say that I didn’t see this coming. In fact I did voice my concern to some of the higher-ups at DC a while back, but my opinions/advice fell on deaf ears.
A company can’t possibly be profitable if you hire too many incompetent people for the job.
Or people who aren’t qualified.
The people working at DC Singapore know absolutely nothing about skateboarding or motorsport.
Neither do the distributors in Malaysia.
In fact, DC’s Malaysian brand manager had NEVER EVEN HEARD OF DC SHOES before being transfered from another department in the company to oversee DC Malaysia.
This pattern is repeated in many of DC’s offices and subsidiaries all over the world.
How can you possibly do anything good for the brand if you don’t understand it’s core values?
A couple of years ago, there were some very smart and clever people working at DC, but they all left and have been replaced by tools.
It’s all went downhill from there.
P.S. DC Shoes has retained the trademarks to the word “gymkhana” and has not assigned them to Ken Block so technically now Ken Block also cannot use the word gymkhana.
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Here it is, hard evidence of the epic party that went down at Cuvée this Chinese New Year.
It was the most insane undertaking ever (who the fuck throws a one-week long party?) but we made history and no one’s gonna forget this one anytime soon.
Thanks to Cuvée and Tiger Beer for the support.
I’d also like to thank my good friend Sean Teoh for believing in my concept!
Thanks to all my lovely DJs for proving that girls can DJ too (and sometimes better than the guys!)
And of course thank you to all the party people for helping to make history!
Yo yo! Groove Nation comin’ at ya in 2013 – taking over a club near you … Starting with Cuvée this weekend!
Many many many more awesome events coming your way soon!
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Round 3 of the 2012 Conemasters International Gymkhana Challenge promises to be the best one yet and I hope those of you who are in the area come to check it out!
The event is brought to you by: Clarion, Infogo, Whiteline, What’s Good?, Epic Sound & Light, Motorsport Playground and the Seri Pacific Hotel.
Not only is Tengku Djan Ley going to be our Guest of Honor and course designer, we also have a special guest photographer – Alex Krasnikov, better known to automobile photography aficionados around the world as ANTYPE.
It’s going to be EPIC.
See you there!
P.S. For those of you who are coming from out of town, we can get very good rates from the Seri Pacific Hotel (that’s where we’ll all be staying) so if you want us to make reservations for you, just holla!
I am SUPER honored to be able to announce that we have an INCREDIBLE Guest of Honor for Round 3 of the 2012 Conemasters International Gymkhana Challenge and its no other than His Royal Highness Tengku Djan Ley aka the Prince of Drift.
Its no secret that I have a profound respect for Tengku Djan and to have him come and support our event just makes it 100x more awesome.
I already love Speed City KL as a venue but to also have Tengku lend his valuable support by just being there AND designing the course that drivers will be tackling on the day is just TOO AWESOME.
Now I’m just wondering if Tengku Djan will bring one of his cars down to show us how to drive.
PSYCHED TO THE MAX!