Dylan Rieder: Like a lusty wave.
Fashion, perhaps better stated as ‘image at large’ has played a major role in the shape-shifting nature of skateboarding. This fact becomes evident while flip-booking through magazines from the last few decades. From neon-colored, surf-style to baggy-ass, gangsta-thug, skateboarding has permeated and saturated almost every facet of the fashion world. The diversity visible within such a small culture is astounding. Purely radical. When it comes to conflating aesthetics and skate-acrobatics, Dylan Rieder works.
Dylan certainly gets his fair share of love and hate. Hell, there is an entire website dedicated to him run by, in all appearances, a hoard for frenzied groupies. Then there are the outraged traditionalists, complaining about forced style. All that matters, end of the day, is that Dylan continues to do his own thing, make even the gnarliest shit look fit for the runway.
Dylan has amassed a rather respectable amount of footage. His Transworld ender-part gained him status as a skater’s skater: ripping pools, switch flipping the big sets. In Mindfield, Dylan began to unveil a streamlined, street version of his style. Finally, just last year, Dylan put out a self-titled video.
Rieder hasn’t always been the same kid. Early on, he stuck to handrails and wore his hair shaggy under a fedora. Later he found Rasa Libre and embraced a more free-spirited take on skating and clothing. These days things look to have gone greaser, though it’s certainly hard to say. Regardless, Dylan keeps it all high-quality.