Sembra che la formula per restare giovani sia stata inventata. E no, non è a base di una ferrea dieta, tecniche di fitness innovative o ritrovati farmaceutici costosissimi. È tutta nella nostra testa. Più ancora che nella testa: è nel cuore.
You were born in the Italian Motor Valley. Which memories do you have from your childhood?
Marco: Well, my first memory about motorcycles goes back to when I was 2 years old. My grandpa gifted me a small red electric Vespa. Whenever I received it I went down the stairs and broke it! Immediately!
Phonz: In the 1970s my father was a motocross rider. A true rebel. When I was a child, at my grandparent's home, I used to see my father's racing pictures hanging on the walls. That was my first indirect approach with motorcycling.
Phonz: I miei ricordi più vividi sono legati a mio padre, che negli anni ‘70 era un pilota di motocross. Un vero ribelle. Quando ero piccolo, a casa dei nonni, amavo andare nella sua vecchia cameretta, e osservare le foto delle sue gare appese alle pareti…
You really look more like brothers than friends. Do you get along well together?
Phonz: Yes, on the outside we look pretty much similar, but indeed we are different like day and night. And this is one of our strong points because it lets us solve problems very fast. Despite of our differences we get along pretty well together.
What's the essence of your philosophy? How would you describe your customization projects?
Marco: Basically we are seekers. We chase stories, passions, inspirations... we like to re-imagine the past in a modern perspective. This is how our ideas actually come from.
Phonz: For us something has "style" if it possesses a legacy, functionality and uniqueness. For this reason we might say that we implant classic vibes in modern objects, giving them that warmth they lacked before.
Your work seems to go beyond the simple customization embracing whatever you can define lifestyle.
Marco: You got it. We like to convey a way of living, a way of seeing life, a style. Today being a rider is no more associated with a "rebellious" way of life. We take a lot from the fashion world which is a continuous source of inspiration. Anvils also signed many co-branding projects in fashion.
What's the most funny moment you experienced in your work?
Marco: Well, we were taking part to a tv customization context and we had to find out a motorcycle in no time to transform it into a special bike. In a couple of hours we found out this sidecar coming from Moldova.. with bullets on the bodywork! In this a kind of work you never get bored of! Phonz, do you remember when my bike caught on fire?
Phonz: Sure, it was my fault!
How did you start with flat track?
Phonz: We started like true pioneers would have done it. Without the right motorcycles, trying to drift on an open field!
What do you have in common with Pakelo?
Phonz: Values, to start. We both use raw materials which might seem "simple", but which allow us to create something unique in the end.
Marco: This affinity brought us to start a trip with Pakelo. A road that would brought us to Biarritz, to race in "El Rollo" flat track competition.