Desillusion magazine and Nixon proudly present their latest video instalment “This is Andrew”, a video portrait paying tribute to US street skateboarder Andrew Reynolds.
Growing up in a small town in Florida, Andrew started skateboarding at a very young age. Due to his exceptional talent – Reynolds won the first contest he ever entered – he drew the attention of the skate industry and landed on some of the top sponsored teams as a teenager. Following Tony Hawk and others to the Californian epicentre of skateboarding at the age of 18, he met fellow skateboarders like Jim Greco, Ali Boulala and Knox Godoy, later on known as the “Pissed Drunx”, ruling the streets of LA.
Years of money, fame, and fast living follow, until Reynolds aka “The Boss” became the first one to reach a turning point in his life. Going down the hard road of rehab and recuperation, he managed to rise back on track maintaining his skill, style and laid back approach. With his part in Emerica’s “Stay Gold” Andrew again impresses the skateboarding community, fans and friends, showing the world how far stern determination and true passion can lead you.
“This is Andrew” is a thoughtful portrait of one of the most intriguing personalities skateboarding has seen. In some unprecedented interview footage Reynolds shares what inspires him and made him change his lifestyle, his love for skateboarding and deep loyalty to his friends.
After the great success of “This is Trouble”, a short movie portraying snowboarder and musician Trevor “Trouble” Andrew that was launched this past February ( vimeo.com/nixoneurope/troubleandrew ), “This is Andrew” is the second tribute video Nixon x Desillusion magazine dedicate to one of their most influential inspirations in the board sports scene. The video comes along with the latest issue of Desillusion magazine featuring Andrew Reynolds as an exclusive guest editor, available from Monday, 16th of April, 2012.
Explosion in the sky - "Our last day as children"
Pink Floyd - "Time" (buy it on itunes http://bit.ly/Pink_Floyd_Time)
Bob Marley & The Wailers - "Pass it on" (buy it on itunes http://bit.ly/Bob_Marley_Wailers_Pass_It_On)
Much like a flock of birds we found ourselves migrating south once again, after the first cold and wet days hit central and northern Europe. Unlike our avian friends, we didn’t get to spend the whole winter in the warmer climate. Ten days had to be enough to do two demos and fill up on sunshine, warmth and good skatespots.
Malaga was the start and endpoint of our journey. Axel Cruysberghs, Barney Page and Julian Furones met up there with Joan Galceran and Deniz Yilmaz from the Spanish etnies team. On the first day, Axel learned the hard way that you should never leave a backpack with valuable possessions on the backseat of the car. Even if you are skating just around the corner, thieves will know a way to steal your stuff. Finding a Belgian Embassy to get a new passport for Axel became one of the main missions after the weekend.
For our next stop we got to spend two days in lovely Chiclana, met up with some old friends and discovered that some of the spots there, had been destroyed, only to be replaced with new and better ones.
Winter finally caught up with us in Albufeira (Portugal) and we got to spend a rainy day on the beach. The rain didn’t stop us from jumping in the waves and the few people that were about must have figured we were not fully in control of ourselves. When the skies cleared up we discovered some interesting stuff to skate as well as a nice concrete park.
Birds always find their way home when winter is over and we had to mimic that behavior at the end of the trip, even if the cold season had actually only just started for us.