Shameful Dylan Rieder RIP t-shirts posted online

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Within just a few few days of the skate scene taking in the the tragic news of Dylan Rieder‘s unfortunate battle with leukemia, it seems that opportunists were photo-shopping images, not belonging to them, and selling them online for profit on tribute t-shirts.

It’s a very cold and bizarre choice to make considering those close to Dylan, who own the photographs used in the designs, are still in absolute shock and mourning a dear friend, but this paints a bizarre picture of the distasteful lengths people will go to be wealthier from tragic circumstances in 2016.

Various shirt designs were posted online last week that included photography not cleared for use on the website Red Bubble who have allegedly previously ripped off other designs for profit featuring skate legend Tim Brauch (RIP) and illustrations owned by from Fos from Heroin Skateboards, but it was Bryce Kanights’ lens work that was one of the photographs exploited on a shirt this weekend, who posted this response on Facebook after seeing it online:

“That sickening feeling when you discover an opportunist selling your photograph on a tee shirt with a friend who’s recently passed. My fingers are hitting the keyboard to shut this down right now. Ugh!”

This particular design below (and many others) have now been taken down from the website following direct complaints but that will not change the overall feeling of disgust from most who read this, especially within the same week where absolutely nothing should have been promoted in skateboarding out of respect for one of the greatest skaters, with respectable morals, to ever grace our scene.

May the people behind this deplorable idea be shamed for their actions. May Dylan Rieder rest in peace. Our thoughts go out to all of his family and friends.

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Introducing Lifeblood Skateboards

Portland-based Unheard Distribution is preparing to launch Lifeblood Skateboards, a new company headed by none other than someone with a particularly lifelong appetite for skateboarding, Bryce Kanights.

The initial Lifeblood six-pack features Kevin Kowalski, Johnny Turgesen, Frank Faria, Mason Huggins, Oudalay Philavanh and Cody Lockwood. Here’s what Bryce himself has to say about his latest project:

Skateboarding is a truly unique activity that has become a life changer for a great majority of us for years… To work with this crew of young guns and witness their soulful skill, dedication, progression, and camaraderie is awesome and inspiring. All in all, skateboarding is our lifeblood…skate everything

Watch their promo video below and get hyped. A fresh catalogue for Fall 2010 will be available soon. For an interview we conducted with Bryce earlier this year head here and read some words of wisdom from Mr. BK.

Lifeblood Skateboards Promo Video – Orcas Island from Lifeblood Skateboards on Vimeo.