American skateboard company DGK (Dirty Ghetto Kids) was founded by African-American street skateboarder Stevie Williams in 2002, and his since evolved into a multi-million dollar brand ranging from skateboards to a full apparel collection sold in retailers across the US, including world famous department store Macy’s. Prior to the birth of DGK, Williams already co-owned the Gold skateboard wheels brand with Eli Sotto, and both companies are now distributed by Kayo Corp.
The DGK team features Williams and fellow pros Marcus McBride (with DGK since the very beginning), Josh Kalis, Jack Curtin, Rodrigo Tx, Lenny Rivas, Wade Desarmo and Keelan Dadd, along with ams Dane Vaughn, Marquis Henry, Derrick Wilson, Dwayne Fagundes and Boo Johnson.
Following a sixteen-page feature in TransWorld SKATEboarding‘s April 2012 issue, the DGK squad was named Best Team at the magazine’s 15th Annual Awards ceremony in 2013 ahead of Element and Chocolate. The full-length DGK video Parental Advisory, in which every team member contributed a full part and which featured music by Snoop Dogg, Notorious BIG & 2Pac and Pusha T among others, was also nominated in the Best Video category.
Other DGK videos include a 2011 collaboration with Zero Skateboards called Fresh ‘til Death, featuring Vaughn, Wilson and Curtin together with riders including Chris Cole, Dane Burman and Garrett Hill. Another video, Da Playground, was released in 2011 to coincide with the opening of an indoor training facility in Atlanta, Georgia, providing a location for the DGK team to skate.