PICTURES BY RYAN ALLAN
LAST WEEK I MET: DYLAN RIEDER
You know, when someone is so cool, that words are not even needed. Few pictures for the impression, and that’s that. Well I have found myself in that kind of situation with him. Years ago, when the movie Juno came out, I remember hearing one perfect sentence that I wanted to use ever since, and I think now is the right time:
‘Cause you’re, like, the coolest person I’ve ever met, and you don’t even have to try, you know…
Maybe this is a bit over the top, but when I heard he is doing unisex shoes, that was the feeling I got. Dylan Rieder is a pro skateboarder that is more fashion than fashion people. His skateboard shoes always diverge somewhere between skateboarding and fashion, looks matter. So with plenty of new HUF shoes coming out – one of the shoes is also considered for girl – with his HUF nail polish, his DKNY fashion campaign, his sunglasses, now was the perfect time to catch up with him, and talk about… stuff.
HI! HOW ARE YOU, HOW IS EVERYTHING?
RECENTLY I INTERVIEWED CHRIS NIERATKO AND WE SOMEHOW ENDED UP TALKING ABOUT YOU. YOUR GENETICS IN PARTICULAR, WHERE HE ENDED UP SAYING:
“Dylan is a really handsome guy, he could be a garbage man and still get a lot of pussy, that’s just how it works, it doesn’t matter what he does”. Is it annoying, that people almost talk more about your looks, rather than your skateboarding?
Yes kind of. But they also are talking about my skating, they talk about the shoes I’ve designed. Wether its good or bad, as long as they’re talking. Right? Whoever ‘THEY’ are.
RIGHT! AND YOUR STYLE IS WELL TALKED ABOUT. DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE THINGS YOU ARE WEARING, OR ABOUT FASHION IN GENERAL? OR THERE IS NOT MUCH THOUGHT BEHIND YOUR LOOK(S)?
I don’t put much thought into it. I probably wear about the same 10 items in my closet. Some days I dress nicer then others, but its normally some nice slacks, a 2nd hand shirt, and some loafers. I do like a nice button down as well.
YOU’VE ALREADY MENTIONED YOUR SHOES… I REMEMBER LAST JANUARY, THE HUF STAND WAS THE HOTTEST THING AT BRIGHT TRADESHOW! EVERYBODY TALKED ABOUT YOUR SHOES, EVERYONE WANTED TO SEE WHAT YOU DID, IT WAS A MUCH ANTICIPATED THING. DO YOU EVER FEEL PRESSURED, DOES PEOPLE NOW IN GENERAL EXPECT BIGGER AND DIFFERENT THINGS FROM YOU? AND WHAT’S YOUR PROCESS OF DESIGNING LIKE?
No, because I’m not designing shoes for them. I’m designing shoes for myself, and if they like em great!, if not then thats great too. I’ve got 3 new shoes coming out in the next year or so. One unisex high top shoe so girls and guys can wear them, one slip on, and one high end driver (loafer) thats going to be more expensive than my shoe thats out now.
My designing process? I get inspiration from musicians, album covers, fashion brands, my friends and take that, then either start drawing something up with the shoe designers or start drawing something up myself. Then after a while of ehs and i don’t knows, finally get to the “alright, i like this one”.
YOUR HUF VIDEO (THE DYLAN –SHOE) COULD EASILY BE A FASHION VIDEO. THERE ARE THIS FASHION LOOKING SHOES, YOUR STYLE, MOOD, MUSIC AND GORGEOUS KATI NESCHER… VERY DIFFERENT FROM WHAT WE ARE USED TO; WHEN IT COMES TO SKATEBOARD SHOES, BUT VERY YOU. HOW DID YOU END UP DOING THAT?
I just did a lot of cocaine and was like “I’ve got it!” I’m only joking of course. I knew i wanted the film to be a bit on the darker side of things, thats why we filmed most of it in Berlin and in black and white . We actually knew the music before we even started to film the short. We were between this orchestral version of 2nd Waltz by Elliott Smith, performed by The Vitamin String Quartet and David Bowie’s – Some are. Obviously we went with Some Are. That song seemed more fitting at the end of the day when we put it to the skating. Marty Regal (the filmer and editor of the short) and i thought the song felt more powerful. Also went really well with the slow motion stuff.
I wanted a woman in the video to give it a certain romantic feel to it. And no one had ever had a naked woman in there skateboarding video before, not that i know of at least. Ekaterina was so lovely to agree to do it. She was a champ! Not only did she hang out and be filmed naked, she did it on her Birthday. I will forever owe her one. I think the boys were tripped out how comfortable she was just hanging out in the nude.
“LAST YEAR, WAS THE YEAR OF CHERRY” BY FAR THE BEST VIDEO OF THE YEAR! YOU GOT AWARDED FOR YOUR PART – CONGRATS ON THAT, THRASHER NOMINATED YOU FOR SKATER OF THE YEAR, KOTR GUYS HAD TO RECREATE YOUR SKATING, WELL YOURS AND OLSON’S. DO YOU FIND ALL OF THAT FLATTERING, OR? AND DID YOU EVEN IMAGINE, WHILE STILL FILMING WITH STROBECK, THAT VIDEO WOULD BE SO BIG AND POPULAR?
Thank you. Yes I found it flattering, also i found it a bit dumb, but whatever.
I knew the video was going to be special. We all know it was going to be different than any other skate video that had been made. Especially in this day and age. Bill did such an amazing job on that video and the way he put it together, he should’ve one best director, editor, and best film for cherry.
YOUR SKATEBOARDING STYLE IS BY FAR ONE OF THE BEST IN THE INDUSTRY, BUT WHO HAS IT FOR YOU?
Anthony Van Engelen.
YOU ARE NOW AT THAT POINT OF POPULARITY, WHERE YOUR EVERY MOVE IS QUITE TALKED ABOUT. BUT YOU LOOK LIKE A SUPER PRIVATE PERSON. HOW YOU DEAL WITH ALL THAT ‘SHIT TALKING’ AND PEOPLE WANTING TO KNOW EVERYTHING THERE IS ABOUT YOU?
I love the shit talking! the more “they” are talking the better. I just do me, and everyone else can do them.
JUDGING BY YOUR MUSIC CHOICES, THE WAY YOU DRESS AND EVEN THE WAY YOU SMOKE, HAHA, YOU SEEM LIKE AN OLD SOUL! WILLIE, TOWNES… SO WHAT I ENDED UP WRITING HERE, ARE DIFFERENT MOODS, SCENARIOS, TIMINGS AND IT WOULD BE GREAT IF YOU COULD JUST FILL THEM WITH YOUR SONG CHOICE.
- First song: something mellow
- Last song: something mellow
- Happy times song: bob dylan-million dollar bash
- Sad, melanholic time song: audrey Hepburn-moon river
- Driving song: the beta band-dry the rain
- Most sexual song:the Beatles-i want you
- A love song-Colin bluestone-lets keep the curtains closed today
IF YOU COULD BE ONE CHARACTER FROM A MOVIE OR A BOOK, WHICH WOULD THAT BE?
Woland- the master and the margarita.
WHEN ARE YOU MOST AT EASE?
When I’m sleeping
WHAT ANNOYS YOU?
A lot of things
DO YOU DREAM A LOT AND WHAT?
these days not so often but normally its about the ocean and being able to hold my breath forever swimming with sea creatures.
BEST CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM YOU EVER GOT?
You didn’t put enough effort into this.
AND NOW THE WORST…
You didn’t put any effort into this.
LAST WORDS, WHATEVER YOU WANT TO SAY….