Words: Stuart Gomez
Portrait: Jeff Potocar
Every photo and every clip of Andrew Allen has some sort of twist that holds your attention. Whether it's his choice of increasingly cutty spots, how he wrings every last bit of aggression out of a trick, or even his astonishing fashion sense, Andrew lingers in your subconscious like an Escher print. In the half-dozen videos since Propeller , Andrew displays a welcome diversity that's continually appealing. You just can't take your eyes off him.
Where are you from and where do you live?
I am from San Juan Capistrano, California, but I am currently residing in Los Angeles, California.
What music / bands are you into right now?
I like all music. I’ve been listening to Warren Zevon, Nick Cave, and The Murder City Devils the last few days.
Who has been your biggest influence on your skateboarding?
I look up to Anthony Van Engelen. He is my friend but also a mentor of sorts. His work ethic and determination are inspirational.
Backside 50-50 to backside tailslide. Los Angeles, California. Photo: Acosta
What was your first board and your first memory of skateboarding?
I don't remember my first board. I remember being about four years old pushing in a parking lot while my dad was videotaping me in a shopping cart by my uncle. I have the footage somewhere.
What’s your favorite thing / place to eat?
I pretty much go to Lassens [grocery store] in Echo Park daily. They have a hot food-and-salad bar that I like. It's cheap and easy.
Name your top three movies.
John Wick 2 ; The Outsiders ; and Once Upon a Time in The West .
What your favorite video part?
Fred Gall from Timecode , he skates to Sabbath. When he grinds the rail, then ollies onto the car—it embodies the rawest street skating.
Drop in 50-50. Hollywood, California. Photo: Acosta
What's your favorite trick and who do you think does a perfect version of that trick?
Backside kickflip. The one Marc Johnson does down the Le Dome double set is the best: he does something with his front foot.
If you could hang out with anybody, living or dead, who would it be?
Gram Parsons in Joshua Tree, wearing matching Nudie suits.
What would be your idea of ultimate happiness?
The American Dream. Right?!
Ollie. Silver Lake, California. Photo: Peters
Are Pro skaters role models?
Yeah, of course. A role model is someone you look up to and try to emulate. There're a lot of skaters who I look up to.
What's your favorite quality in a person?
I guess honesty. If a person isn't honest you can't trust them.
Do you think that skaters should represent skateboarding at all times?
Well, yes. I don't want anyone who doesn't skate to represent skateboarding. [laughs]
Half-Cab flip into bank. Los Angeles, California. Photo: Colen