By Paula Osorio
P. Osorio is a skate culture lover and a full-time writer for SHIT®️ Magazine.
Sharing his name with the British drummer who played for The Cure and the Iggy Pop, gives this skater a reputation to live up to, that he honours greatly. Andy has been skating for many years and he’s not planning to stop in the near future because he found an inexhaustible source of inspiration and drive for life in skateboarding. We’ve seen him skate the strangest places in the most unusual ways and we’re happy to be able to tell his story.
The Origin of Artistry
Andy was born in a city named White Rock located in Canada, close to Vancouver, where he used to take piano lessons when he was a kid. A while after Andy started skating he realised that he didn’t have enough time to play the piano and skate as much as he wanted to. So he discussed this with his mom and they decided that he could stop the piano lessons. It’s so great that he could follow his passion and have such a supportive parent. Now, he had all the time in the world to invest in skating. He took advantage of his childlike, “elastic mind”, that so many children possess and he grew into a “creative genius”.
This shy boy that doesn’t brag about the infinite talent he possesses in his body sees skateboarding as a puzzle. He thinks of skating as a game that he can decipher using his board as a controller and his mind as a medium to accomplish the most unthinkable tricks. Andy knows that his most important asset is his creativity and his mind, that’s why you’ll always see him wearing a helmet. Something that, for some odd reason, is a ‘no-no’ in the skatepark for some skaters. Paradoxically, he says that the secret to his success is not to think about what he’s trying to accomplish, but rather focus all of his physical energy on keeping his body in one specific position. Like, in the case of a nose-manual, on a single wheel. You will notice while he rides that his body is in total harmony with the board. One movement flowing into the next, like a well-choreographed dance. Well...except when he bails, not that graceful :P
A Pro in Every Sense of the Word
The American filmmaker Brett Novak released a short skate film about Andy in 2018 where we could see him perform his best tricks. In the video, he appears and performs with a delightful mastery and such a neutral facial expression that everything seems so easy to do. He mixes street skateboarding (with transitions) and some freestyle tricks on the strangest surfaces. Things that you would only see the Japanese skater, Gou Miyagi attempt.
When you hear him explaining his tricks and how to achieve them, it seems like you’re attending a physics class of some sort rather than talking to a skater, with the type of language he uses. For example, in an explanation about the attributes of bowl skating, he mentioned things like “in wallrides, you’re manipulating some typical forces and inertia to hold you on a wall” or, when he talks about some aspects of freestyle skateboarding, he says that this style has “stationary balance point tricks”. That language is something unusual to hear from a typical skater, right?!?!. That’s one of the reasons why this dude is all but typical, and more like extraordinary.
AndyAnderson in collaboration with Powell Peralta, has definitely brought a fresh face in the contemporary skateboarding scene. That’s why every time that he releases a clip we devour it from start to finish. You should go and check out his videos! Give him a follow on Instagram and keep your eyes open for all the new SHIT® he’ll release.
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