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TILT Original Artist Series Presents: Ryan Beckman

September 28, 2015

We are extremely excited to release our second Artist Series products.  Since day 1, our mission has been to provide the lacrosse community with a platform to express their love of the sport through a personified brand, design and ultimately, premium clothing.  With the TILT Artist Series, we get to work and collaborate with incredible artists who not only have incredible design aesthetic, but also have a significant impact on the sport itself.

Without further ado, we present you, Ryan Beckman.

ABOUT RYAN BECKMAN:

Location: Los Angeles

Occupation: Designer for Pro Athletics, Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Professional Doodler

His Story:  Originally from outside Washington DC in Bowie, Maryland, Ryan wasn't exposed to lacrosse until he attended high school in Annapolis.  It was love at first ground ball, well, almost.  Art had always been the backbone of Ryan's DNA... doing it longer than he can remember.  Lacrosse didn't become significant to Ryan until he went to college at Morgan State University in Baltimore.  Morgan is know as the first HBCU (Historically Black College or University) to have a lacrosse program, originally founded in 1970.  During his playing years, Dr. Miles Harrison (Kyle Harrison's father) led the team during the 70's.  However, the team folded in 1980 due to Title IX funding issues.  The organization was revived in club form the year before Ryan got to campus.  Putting on that jersey for the first time, he understood how important this game and rebuilding this team was.  His love and passion for the game grew immensely.  

While attending school, Ryan also started a small clothing brand called "Friend or Foe", creating custom painted t-shirts for people around campus... the true beginning of the art Ryan created today.  After graduating in 2010, Ryan followed his dream of moving to LA and attending graphic design school at Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM).  In 2011 Ryan also joined the Pro Athletics' team, a superior sublimated uniform and apparel company, supplying gear for organizations such as the US Men's National Lacrosse Team.

Ryan s artist name,  “Ryan the Foe” is an artifact from his college clothing brand, that was used as an Xbox Live Handle even before it came to represent his work.  Today, Ryan shares an equal love of Graphic Design, Lacrosse, Art, and Washington DC Sports Teams.  He's living proof that if you have a dream, and you're passionate, you can get there.  You just have to constantly learn, work harder than the guy next to you and never let someone tell you that your goals are stupid.

Ryan has helped grow the game in Southern California through coaching youth lacrosse for years, and still currently plays for a men's Post-Collegiate and Box team.


Instagram: @ryanthefoe

Website:  ryanthefoe.com

SHOP: TILT x Ryan Beckman


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