But He Never Had A Drinking Problem!

Handled a shoe deal, drug problem and semi-graceful growth from handrail am to finesse pro and still looks like he’s 15, Dylan Rieder’s VBS quadrilogy paints him as a still-young man now on a mission — personally thought his “MF” part held up well enough as a sophomore come-down from the blockbusting done in the Transworld vid, but suppose this really only goes to show how far off my perceptions are from the front-line realities of action-sportoids such as Mark Oblow and others who have front row seats to eyeball melting impossibles*. The Gravis mini-movie didn’t strike me so much as anybody pinnacling but more like this kid gathering his strength, re-setting the bar for what may come next with a lot of moves that seemed sort of founded on the Heath Kirchart-sized gap in the AWS ranks (tall bar b/s tailslide, rooftop ollie, head-high hip frontside flip). The focus on power/altitude over technical-ness seems like a conscious choice that makes sense in terms of retrenching for the next five years of Dylan-dom, but when it comes to tying it all together what would’ve sweeted up the pot would’ve been a couple reminders that this is the kid who switch bigspin flipped that blue stairway after blazing through the bowls in “Time To Shine.”

That’s quibbling though and Dylan Rieder, with this Gravis video, has for the moment outstripped the trappings of his little shit days, his heart-throb cheekbones and personal dark period to win over even the tut-tuttin’est messageboarders, now roundly seen as having recorded one of the better video parts to be seen this year. More interesting is what he aims to do with his hard-won political capital — Barack Obama blew his on health care reform, Jamie Thomas resurrected the street grab, Peter Smolik cleared the table and built for himself an empire of waxed ledge combos. Dylan Rieder is a style guy though, both on-deck and off, and his tastes sometimes run toward the retro which maybe explains his apparent decision to use his platform as a starting point for reclaiming the once-rebellious “McSqueeb” hairstyle, used by young men in the late 80s/early 90s to help invent the Madonna and save mankind from robot-wrought apocalypse. This ‘blog site’ may settle for more switch bigspin flips and another angle of that impossible over the contest barrier.

*BTW, the one over the New York bench ought to jockey with Satva Leung’s maybe-maybe not flip in “Welcome To Hell” for all-time sleight of foot mirages

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6 Responses to “But He Never Had A Drinking Problem!”

  1. Brostoyevsky Says:

    this kid’s got the passive/agressive swag that keeps the underground lit…soty?

  2. MostlySkateboarding Says:

    At the time All Dylan’s park footy in Time To Shine negated any gnarly tricks he had in there. Upon re-watching today it’s a pretty gnarly part, but I’m still of the school of “park footage doesn’t count.” It just reads as filler to me. The Gravis part is golden.

  3. prosthetic eye Says:

    oh man, good call on the satva ‘switch frontside flip’. but the one that i truly can’t figure out is gino’s pyramid ledge trick in his first line from the chocolate tour. at the time and for about a decade i didn’t interpret it as anything but a frontside noseslide, and at one point pappalardo even specifically cited it as such in an interview when elaborating on ~style~, but recently somewhere in internet talk someone posited that it’s actually, if barely, a backside 180 nosegrind to forward. examining it closely, it’s really hard to tell. what’s good internet.

  4. t.a. Says:

    “*”… this is exactly what I’ve been thinking since I heard the hype and saw the footy. Needless to say, he seems like a story of right place, right time, right influences.

    Favorite quote about him (off a website): “that Dylan chick rulez at skating.”

    Rich.

  5. art hellman Says:

    I’m a cold heartbreaker
    Fit ta burn and I’ll rip
    your heart in two
    An I’ll leave you lyin’ on the bed
    I’ll be out the door before ya wake
    It’s nuthin’ new ta you
    ‘Cause I think we’ve seen that movie too

    ‘Cause you could be mine
    But you’re way out of line
    With your bitch slap rappin’
    And your cocaine tongue
    You get nuthin’ done
    I said you could be mine

    Now holidays come and then they go
    It’s nothin’ new today
    Collect another memory
    When I come home late at night
    Don’t ask me where I’ve been
    Just count your stars
    I’m home again

    ‘Cause you could be mine
    But you’re way out of line
    With your bitch slap rappin’
    And your cocaine tongue
    You get nuthin’ done
    I said you could be mine

    You’ve gone sketchin’ too many times
    Why don’t ya give it a rest
    Why
    Must you find
    Another reason to cry

    While you’re breakin’ down my back n’ I been rackin’ out my brain
    It don’t matter how we make it
    ‘Cause it always ends the same
    You can push it for more mileage
    But your flaps r’ wearin’ thin
    And I could sleep on it ’til mornin’
    But this nightmare never ends
    Don’t forget to call my lawyers
    With ridiculous demands
    An you can take the pity so far
    But it’s more than I can stand
    ‘Cause this couchtrip’s gettin’ older
    Tell me how long has it been
    ‘Cause 5 years is forever
    An you haven’t grown up yet

    You could be mine
    But you’re way out of line
    With your bitch slap rappin’
    And your cocaine tongue
    You get nuthin’ done
    I said you could be mine
    You should be
    You could be mine

    Yeah!

  6. tibo Says:

    Gino’s trick is actually only a fs noselide, I remember seeing a Q&A on Crailtap a while ago, and someone was asking the same question. Gino answered it was only a fs noseslide…

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