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Jason Dill

They don’t make ‘em like Jason Dill anymore and that’s a fact.

There was a long stretch of skateboarding history where it was rebellious, where whatever anyone else was into we were out of, where the words of our pros were purposely antagonistic and confrontational rather than preprogrammed PC sound bites. If you listen to Jason Dill you know he’s never out grown out of that mentality. He speaks his mind, says/does/skates what he wants the way he wants without giving two shits about what anyone thinks about it…that’s the essence of skateboarding. 

Jason grew up in the nineties in Huntington Beach, CA in a time when some of the greatest street skaters ever were making their bones. He was a part of the early World Industries/101 camp that changed the way street skating would be regarded forever more. Since then he’s lived a hundred lives on and off the skateboard, most of them while riding for Alien Workshop, one the most respected brands in the business. His 2000 video part in Alien’s Photosynthesis is the stuff of legends; 50 years from now kids will still look to that part for inspiration. Jason’s smooth, effortless skating throughout his career and his ability to reinvent his appearance and trick selection again and again and again earned him the 28th spot on Transworld’s Most Influential Skateboarders Of All Time List in 2012. 

Jason has been a friend to Vans for many years now. He’s help create and design shoes as classic as he himself is for our Syndicate division and we were unbelievably proud and honored to welcome him officially to the Vans Team in the Summer of 2012. In 2013 Dill & Ave starting making boards through Jason’s 13-year old Fucking Awesome imprint.

 

Interview

What's the best trip you've ever been on?

Acid, all summer when I was 17 in NY and SF.

Favorite Vans Rider? 

Julien Stranger. 

What trick can't you do that you wish you could?

Calming down... That would be a good trick to learn... I haven't quite landed that one yet.

What are some interests/hobbies outside of skating?

I'm not allowed to have them anymore. Apparently they almost killed me. 

Last good book you read? 

Everything Kurt Vonnegut, especially Palm Sunday... I'm reading Do or Die by a woman named Leon Bing... 1980's-90's southern California Gang culture... It’s really great so far.