dylandylan-rieder-photo-atiba-jeffersonOn October 12th 2016, Dylan Rieder passed away at 28 years old from complications related to leukaemia.

To mourn the passing of an individual you have never met is a confusing feeling. We grow up idolising professional skateboarders. We aspire to do the tricks they do, dress the way they dress, support the brands that support them, acquire their taste in music and so much more.

They influence not just skateboarding but every aspect of our lives. Even into adulthood, they are superheroes who dust themselves off after the hardest falls and keep fighting. They bleed yet at the same time they’re invincible; they are one of us but what we aspire to be. It feels like they will always be there, always making you want to run out the door and ride your skateboard.

We saw Dylan as a kid in Subject to Change, witnessed his style mature in A Time To Shine, battle his demons throughout adolescence during the era of Mind Field – to then emerge in his eponymous video dylan. as the stylish skateboarder we adore. When Dylan seemed to almost disappear from skateboarding, shortly after his outstanding part in cherry, frightening whispers began to circulate which have regrettably proved more than rumour. It is harrowing that such a unique individual has been taken at such a young age.

Cuffed black jeans, slip-ons, ripped t-shirt, leather jacket, slicked-back hair, rings, necklace, tattoos… Dylan had a style so instantly recognisable, so widely imitated but still inimitable, so effortlessly cool; like skateboarding’s answer to James Dean and it is a tragedy their comparison extends to this sad conclusion.

Power and finesse comparable to none and inspired a generation with pure nonchalance whenever he stepped on a skateboard, popped an impossible, and with every single push. Dylan Rieder’s legacy is an enduring reminder that less is more.

“I’m never gonna know you now, but I’m gonna love you anyhow.”

–  Waltz #2, Elliott Smith

Rest in peace, you handsome devil.

Dylan Joseph Rieder

26th May 1988 – 12th October 2016


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MADE Chapter Two


On September 21st, the crowds gathered outside London’s Prince Charles Cinema for the premiere of MADE Chapter Two; the fifth Emerica video and fourth to be directed by Jon Miner. It’s easy to forget 1997’s Yellow came before the classic This Is Skateboarding in 2003. Probably as the iconic image of Emerica we know, that of greens and golds, is Miner’s Emerica. MADE Chapter Two has been around three years in the making and in hindsight makes its predecessor, 2013’s MADE Chapter One, feel like a prequel to this lengthier feature. The video of boasts footage of the whole team, a new rider, a full part from comeback kid Kevin ‘Spanky’ Long and a ‘retired’ legend whose one trick got the loudest cheer of the video. Anyway… Green hue, names, action.

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Tom Knox on ‘Vase’ & Isle Skateboards

Tom Knox has been a well known figure in the UK scene for about ten years now and following the release of Isle Skateboards’ ‘Vase’, his exposure to the wider world felt like it was a long time coming. After delivering an outstanding opening part in possibly the most important British skateboard video since Blueprint’s ‘Lost And Found’ [2005] it is hard to think of someone who deserves to have their name (well, initials) on a board more than Tom. With fatherhood imminent towards the end of last year, Tom managed to find a spare hour talk all things London, Isle Skateboards, ‘Vase’ and his friendship with Jacob Harris. 

December 30th 2015,  9:19pm.

Tom Knox, portrait by Henry Kingsford
Portrait by Henry Kingsford.

What part of London are you from and who did you grow up skating with?

I’m from North London; Finsbury Park to be precise. I grew up skating with my brothers in the area I’m from, some of them used to skate, some still do. The guys I was at school with skated so I was always with them and then I started making trips into Central London. That’s how I met the people I skate with now mostly.

You’ve had a few different sponsors over the years before Isle and New Balance Numeric. Including Blueprint during the Make Friends With The Colour Blue [2010] era. How did that come about?

Jake (Harris) actually started filming for Blueprint right near the end of that video. I think (Dan) Magee met Jake once and asked him if he wanted to film some stuff, I guess he knew he could film with a VX pretty well. Through that, Jake showed (Paul) Shier and Magee my footage and they were down to start giving me some boards. Continue reading “Tom Knox on ‘Vase’ & Isle Skateboards”

Josh Wilson & Dick Rizzo on Quasi Skateboards, New York City and Bronze56K

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What’s a standard day like for you guys; do you work jobs, go to college or anything like that?

Dick: Right now, it’s just skating. I pulled myself out of college a month ago, shit was bugging me out and I decided that now wasn’t the time.

Josh: Usually I make some breakfast and coffee and then hit the streets to skate, weather permitting. I graduated from college last spring and since then I’ve just been skating and working odd jobs.

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Josh Stewart talks Theories of Atlantis & Life After Static IV

After giving a fond farewell to the Static series in 2014, Josh Stewart has since been putting all his energy towards his esteemed distribution company Theories of Atlantis. Operating out of his apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Josh has also been placing more focus on the Theories brand itself and the result has been a great selection of interesting graphics with just as interesting stories behind them from season to season. Having been fairly quiet since embarking on his Static sabbatical last year, I caught up with Josh to see learn about life post-Static IV, separating Theories distribution from the brand, designing graphics, TOA Times and more.

Photo by Pep Kim.
Photo by Pep Kim.

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Rian Pozzebon talks Ten Years of Vans Syndicate

Eric Dressen, Jason Dill and Rian Pozzebon – ’10 Years of Vans Syndicate’ exhibition. Photo: Blair Alley.

Mention Vans Syndicate to any skateboarder who takes pride in their shoe collection and it would be surprising if you are met with anything but a list of regretful missed releases.  While focusing on a specific theme is nothing new for shoe capsules, it is the relationship of the collaborating individuals with the design team at Syndicate which has set Syndicate above other ‘premium’ lines over the last ten years. Aiming to developing more than just one off colourways and with each release telling a story has allowed silhouettes to often distinctly vary from their classic counterpart.

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Australia, Breaking His Face & Turning Pro with Josh Pall

Portrait by Thomas Robinson
Portrait by Thomas Robinson.

Easy Josh, what time is it in Oz right now, about half nine, half ten?

I’m half ten. I had an early night, I was just going to bed and was like ‘oh fuck!’ Emailed you and then fell asleep. Got the interview anyway I guess (laughs), but yeah, just woke up.

Yeah, sorry for the delay getting back in touch with you, had something on that ran way over.

Oh man, it’s sweet. Yesterday I was helping my girlfriend move out and then just when you were actually calling me I was talking to Middsy (Chris Middlebrook), the Nike TM over here, cause he just got back and every conversation with him is at least an hour long. Just catching up and stuff so I was like ‘oh fuck’ – could hear the beeps come through and you trying to call but yeah, we made it (laughs).

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In Good Company with Chris Johnson

While the title of CJ’s current exhibition, In Good Company, refers to the skateboarders he’s photographed over the years, it’s also a fitting way to describe the man in question. Having covered a handful of events this past summer alongside him, Chris has provided laughs, booze, (some) structure to the occasions and always made for a more interesting and amusing time. Ranging from what was supposed to be quick interviews spanning into intense hour long discussions, to spending a taxi ride with Mike O’Meally narrated by his MCing skills (much to the driver’s displeasure and Chris and myself being in absolute stitches) it’s been a pleasure getting to know the guy who’s shot some of the most iconic images of UK skateboarding over the past years.

Following on from a trip to Liverpool early in the summer for the launch of Geoff Rowley’s new shoe, Russ Weasel at Bold Street Coffee approached Chris in regards to hosting his own exhibition there which has been on display since the first of this month. It seemed a fitting time to talk all things skateboarding photography related so read on for a few thoughts on the UK skate scene, cover stories  and more from the rad dad with a bad back and Sidewalk Magazine’s senior lens pointer.

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