Wednesday, October 12, it was announced that skateboarder and model Dylan Rieder succumbed to complications related to leukemia.
Born and bred in California, Rieder started skateboarding at an early age, and gained a name for himself early on by participating in the California Amateur Skateboard League contest circuit. After impressing older signed riders like Stefan Janoski with his ability to tackle the longest of handrails, Rieder started riding professionally for Alien Workshop at age 18, and made his breakout debut in Transworld Skateboarding’s 2006 video A Time To Shine, which established him as a veritable blip on the radar.
Continuing with Alien Workshop, Dylan appeared in the 2009 flick Mind Field, before releasing Dylan in 2010, which was a well-received solo part with footwear brand Gravis. At this point, Rieder’s reputation was on the rise, and VICE even spotlighted the skater in the ongoing Epicly Later’d series, which remains one of the most insightful sources for anyone hoping to learn more about Dylan’s life, background, and skateboarding style, including testimony from photographers and skaters that worked with him.
While Dylan never achieved the commercial success of other Workshop teammates like Steve Berra or Rob Dyrdek, the young skater was a regular on team roadtrips, and seemed much more inclined towards the down-and-dirty attitudes of skaters like Anthony Van Engelen and Jason Dill, hand tattoos and all. When fellow riders Dill and Van Engelen departed from Alien Workshop in 2013, Dylan followed suit and joined Dill’s own label Fucking Awesome.
Partly through this relationship with Jason, another major inflection in Dylan’s career came in 2014 with his appearance in Cherry, from iconic New York City skateboarding imprint Supreme. This cameo – arguably the best skate part of the year – even earned Dylan the title of Transworld‘s “Best Video Part” of 2015. As is obvious to see, the American skater traversed a large part of the skateboarding world, securing sponsorship deals and skate parts with the likes of Supreme, Spitfire and others, and signing shoe deals with HUF and Gravis, with whom he created several divisive slip-on skateboarding shoes.
Foreshadowing future modelling opportunities, Workshop’s pretty boy Rieder modeled for brands like Quiksilver at a young age. But outside the insular world of skateboarding, Rieder gained commercial recognition for his participation in DKNY’s Spring 2014 campaign along with Cara Delevingne and A$AP Rocky. His interest in the fashion sphere also showed in his footwear partnerships, which if anything were much more like ballet shoes than traditional, chunky skate shoe designs.
Since Dylan’s passing, several prominent members of the skateboarding community have taken to social media to air their grief, including Keith Hufnagel, Atiba Jefferson, Ed Templeton, Arto Saari and others. Not only was he talented and graceful on a skateboard, but for many, Dylan represented skateboarding’s eternal youth, and his life will always be an integral chapter in California’s skateboarding history.
In lieu of sending flowers, Rieder’s family has requested donations be made in Dylan Rieder’s memory to Dr. Stephen Forman, an international expert in leukemia, lymphoma and bone marrow transplantation from the City of Hope Cancer Treatment Center.
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