Trickster Company promotes innovative, indigenous design. Trickster was founded by Rico Lanaat’ Worl, Tlingit/Athabascan. His art is a focused study in learning Form line design, the traditional design style of the Tlingit. His work explores themes and issues in Native culture. He strives to represent a prestigious lineage of art in fresh and energetic ways as a celebration of Northwest Coast culture as it lives today.
Rico started designing skateboards for friends and family in his spare time. His skateboards started getting attention of people who wanted to see more of his designs. He saw a way to bring Formline to youth and others through accessible mediums like skateboards and playing cards. He wanted the culture to be every day and affordable. His skateboards are featured in museum collections, such as the Anchorage Museum, the Museum of the North, and the Burke Museum in Seattle.
Rico earned a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. He is an active advocate of diversity in community and works to promote diversity in civic engagement. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.
He is a member of the Sockeye Salmon clan of the Raven House.