Jason Dill: Like an uncertain wave.
Like a Wave continues to move forward, ever-uncertain of our intent. For over a year, this site has featured skateboarding’s finest. From burly Stu Graham to authentic Oyola, a slew of skaters have called this page home. Naturally the format of these features has developed over time. As such, a handful of early posts lack the signature sparkle that accompanies our current features in the form of long-winded, romanticized banter. These deficiencies have long needed attention. Thus, in no specific order and with no particular urgency, enter the old Wavers.
The merits of vision-driven skateboarding are quite questionable. Some skaters act as though they alone determine their image or their identity relative to skateboarding at large. This assertion is arguable, mainly for the fact that it undermines the work of the countless photographers and filmers in the industry. No matter, Jason Dill has put a dent in any traditional approach to skateboarding.
“I would like to think I have adapted a certain style in skateboarding. That is, maybe, less get the trick done and more why are you even doing it… I don’t really care how I am remembered.” Interview by Ashton Maxfield, Transworld Magazine, April 2009
Jason Dill has long been a presence in the skate world. With a career dating back to the days of Blockhead and 101, it might be fair to say that Dill has lived and left his glory days. Then again, that all depends on your definition of ‘glory days.’ As a skate commentator, Dill is gold. His words, not always 100% factual, are the stuff that dreams are made of. But impact goes beyond verbiage alone.
Dill has produced several stand-out video parts. From Photosynthesis onward, Dill’s skating appears as seamless, cohesive blocks. In Mosaic, Dill finds lines that surprise, creating a sense of street atmosphere and flow. This push is furthered in DVS’s Skatemore. City lines, unique spots, and clutch clothing choices give the footage a singular vibe. NYC finds itself as the backdrop for the majority of Dill’s craft in the Workshop’s newest, Mindfield. Again, the whole is far greater than the sum of its parts. Even a simple ollie functions as part of Dill’s overall aesthetic.
Nevertheless, the looming question is: what is to come? Or what does it matter?
Dill, keep creating new looks; keep the hairdos crazy.