A Review of Gravis’ Dylan Rieder Video

August 22nd, 2010 | 7:02 pm | Features & Interviews | 18 Comments

The Five Best Tricks That Have to Do With Impossibles in the New Dylan Rieder Gravis Video:

5. The impossible to 5050 down the hubba ledge is a maneuver that will solidify the resurgence of impossibles within modern skateboarding to a more absurd height than ever previously imagined, granting it the sort of ubiquity that coincides with the 360 flip or the nollie flip. Only time will tell how long it takes for east coast “trendsetters” to adopt this trick, and grant it permanent residency in the canon of previously neglected tricks (the backside 360, the no comply, etc., thanks Gino.)

4. The impossible to nose manual down the low hubba ledge, that could easily be straight out the nineties if not for the distinctly post-millennial skateboard fashion at hand and fancy HD camera. Give him some baggy chinos, a XL tee, and film it with a Hi-8 and see how well it fits.

3. The impossible tailgrab. I previously would have never thought that such a maneuver could look appealing to the eye, especially since grabs on street are the most unnecessary things known to skateboarding, right up there with doing a no-comply to revert your stance in the middle of a line, but there are exceptions to this rule. (Another major exception is Benjamin Nazario’s kickflip backside grab down the FedEx six-stair in 2002.)

2. Angle two of the impossible over the Seaport Bench.

1. Angle one of the impossible over the Seaport Bench. My policy on the use of slow motion is that it is absolutely useless, unless it makes it easier to see the trick at hand, i.e. if it is difficult to understand what trick is being done without slowing down the movements onscreen. Mouse barely had any slow motion, therefore, its overall usage is unnecessary. Not only is it unnecessary, it’s stupid. It is just that the majority of videomakers (skate-video-makers are not filmmakers, and skate videos are not films, sorry) have the little kids filming their friends convinced otherwise. This particular trick made absolutely no sense when Bill Strobeck dropped it into one of his B&W montages a while back because it went by so fast. The slowing down of things enables us to see the nuances of the trick in question. It is so absurd that it tends to slip everyone’s mind when discussing the best tricks done at Seaport (P-Rod’s switch back tail, Matt Miller’s switch back lip, Pudwill’s flip back smith, and if you’re as stylistically inclined as you should be, Anthony Correa’s most-tweaked-backside-smith-grind-of-all-time from Peep This.) Seeing it in the beloved slow motion shed some light on the otherwise illogical feat at hand.

But then again, maybe that’s because we’ve all been to that spot, and have never seen any of the others ones in person, so those could all be just as crazy.

The Five Best Tricks That Don’t Have to Do With Impossibles in the New Dylan Rieder Gravis Video:

5. The frontside tailslide kickflip out on the white, gradually ascending ledge. The best line in this dude’s Mind Field part was the frontside nosegrind nollie back shove out, hardflip, and tailslide flip out to fakie on those strips that gradually get higher until they end in Europe somewhere, largely because it was simple, and insanely well done. The tailslide flip out in this video is basically a deluxe version of the last trick in that line, which is saying a lot.

4. The backside tailslide flip out to regular on the ledge over stairs. Doing this trick to regular is a vastly underrated endeavor. Wieger is the only one that seems to really take to it, but maybe more people do it, who knows. I don’t watch that many skate videos.

3. The fakie flip over the double kinked rail. I saw Matthew Mooney almost die after hitting a crack trying to fakie flip the Chinatown seven-stair. How this guy went about doing that over a double kinked rail into a bank is really beyond me.

2. The boardslide down that super-skinny rail to having the board go under a bus to under an SUV. A combo for the ages.

1. The 5050 up the handicap rail down the steps in front of that Warhol building, which I secretly wished was in Pittsburgh for some rugged Rust Belt points, until I saw the 310 in the top corner. Hopefully he was consciously channeling Robbie Gangemi.


Aren’t you the asshole that re-edited his part to Tom Jones and Aerosmith? What, now you’re a big Dylan fan, you fucking fag?

I re-edited his part because he is insanely easy to make fun of, just like Heath having an emotional part to Morrisey is too easy to make fun of, neither one had anything to do with the quality of skateboarding displayed. Despite his controversial stylistic choices (which I personally think make him much more cuter, even without the hair), the dude is a great skateboarder. If you’re dumb enough to think he’s wack because he’s a “hipster,” nevermind the fact that you sound stupid for using that word when assessing skateboarding, then your opinion isn’t really worth anything to begin with. Or you’re fifteen, and just found out what you think that word means.

Do you feel Dylan is transitioning into a new space as a fashion icon with this part?

He is admirably drifting away from the early-twenties, about-to-graduate-art-school-and-start-a-career-as-an-iPod-DJ stage of high fashion and transforming himself into a much more resigned, yet all the more distinctive figure in the cultural landscape. He seems much more comfortable simply wearing blacks and shades of grey, complimenting them with irregularly stretched out necklines than he did in his early-2009 Cobra-Snake-esque waxed jeans phase. It is the sort of sartorial space that Danny Weiss wishes he could occupy one day, if only he were to stop confusing all his friends and make a concrete decision on how he wants to present himself to the outside world.

I’m sure everyone would love to see Dylan tackle a Fall/Winter collection though, because his attire seems to lean heavily towards Spring/Summer lines. It is almost as if he deliberately avoids F/W collections, even when it’s clearly cold out, i.e. the ginormous front board gap-out over the sidewalk where everyone else is wearing hoodies, jackets, and hats.

Why are you posting some straight skate nerd shit instead of some “NYC!!! We da best!!!” content like you usually do?

Because this video is particularly exciting and great, and worthy of the Girl / Chocolate / Lakai / Deluxe / Baker / Deathwish / Cliché / Blueprint category that occasionally does see coverage around here.

Do you have a link to this part?

Sure. Embedded below.

Seriously though, I’m not trying to upset anyone with posting a link. Get a copy of the DVD in the latest issue of The Skateboard Mag, due out this week.


Comment by roctakon
  • Yea man, as someone who is really good looking I’ve got to say this part speaks to me…

    August 22, 2010 @ 7:12 pm
  • Comment by weiss
  • as someone who is convinced that i’m really good looking, I’ve got a lot to catch up on after this part

    August 22, 2010 @ 7:21 pm
  • Comment by Snack
  • I take it that many of us have been sitting inside watching this thing on repeat more-or-less throughout this rainy day?

    August 22, 2010 @ 7:24 pm
  • Comment by Oh Sure!
  • This site has really turned into a west coast site that attempts to take place on the east coast

    August 22, 2010 @ 8:10 pm
  • Comment by The Quartersnacks company Porsche
  • oh you mad cause i’m stylin’ on you!

    August 22, 2010 @ 8:21 pm
  • Comment by honestly..
  • i can’t remember the last time i said “what the fuck” out loud that many times while watching a video part

    August 22, 2010 @ 8:32 pm
  • Comment by umad
  • “im off this gay shit” the great words of josh kalis

    August 22, 2010 @ 8:54 pm
  • Comment by Anthony
  • the actual fake quote is “Im off this faggot shit” but thats besides the point, he never actually said it. nice try though.

    August 23, 2010 @ 4:45 am
  • Comment by mike gigliotti
  • hahahhahahaahhaha

    August 23, 2010 @ 11:48 am
  • Comment by WonderWhy
  • are we ever gonna get back to what’s really goin on in newyork and get over this corporate bs? or has the crossover happened and i missed it?

    August 24, 2010 @ 10:00 am
  • Comment by Snack
  • Do you even live in or near New York? Do you know what goes on there in August? Everyone sits around drinking ice coffee and goes to 12th and A once or twice a week. Turning that into a frequently updated website is hard.

    I sold the site to Tech Deck dude, sorry.

    August 24, 2010 @ 11:31 am
  • Comment by the muska
  • meet you guys at cafe gitane then chill at petrosino sq ?

    August 24, 2010 @ 1:19 pm
  • Comment by Hacula
  • Yo chad!

    Might be like 15 minute late bro!

    Finishing up some wheatpastes on crosby st!

    August 24, 2010 @ 1:51 pm
  • Comment by Eli Reed
  • Yo Hareef, where the HELL is my endorsement check for namedropping you in my Transworld day in the life video? It’s been almost two months.

    August 24, 2010 @ 2:38 pm
  • Comment by tron
  • he lands every trick with the dramatizations of giving birth to a new baby jesus or maybe its the intensity of one samurai stabbing another ninja warrior in the heart. i dunno, he’s fucking insanely good, i just always have trouble getting past how cheesy that shit looks.

    August 24, 2010 @ 2:44 pm
  • Comment by .
  • Wait, am I hearing you correctly? Are you really trying to suggest that the pouty boy in this portrait might be cheesy?


    August 24, 2010 @ 3:34 pm
  • Comment by Siskel and Galen
  • Ok: Heres The Truth: The first thirty seconds of this clip is probably the best Quartersnacks clip to date. Yes to date! What follows it is not nearly as genius as the afore mentioned. The profile of the really other cute guys is groovy too, especially the one with the really small ponytail and the neck acnes. Allright: we could really do without all the white Cali sneakers scenes. Lil too much brohem cam. Not enough M. Gigliotti (haircut is sexy). C’mon: squatter footage-dont want to see them in real life let alone here. I think thillest part (post 30 sec, obv.) is the midget with the galligher haircut, taken it to the streets the hardest. One thing this clip doesn’t lack is authenticity. Kudos QS crew:)

    August 24, 2010 @ 9:00 pm
  • Comment by danny
  • worst review ever?

    June 15, 2017 @ 7:58 pm
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