You asked for it, you got it! This is the fourth in a series of emericaskate.com "Member’s Only" interviews. After poring over the hundreds of questions you Kids asked him, Emerica pro Andrew Reynolds spent a good amount of time coming up with some short yet insightful answers. Thanks to all you Kids who participated. Stay tuned, future installments of emericaskate.com "Member’s Only" interviews are in the works. Enjoy!
EmErIcA_ToWnEnD16: How’s marriage life?
nut_sak_himself: Who stole your DNA? Because all I see is clones of you.
The aliens from The Simpsons.
Double-E: What is your favorite song by Biggie?
I can’t say. They’re all too good.
rye: Is the Hollywood life "all that", like portrayed in magazines?
I didn’t know that the magazines said it was cool here.
RasaLibre4Life: Will retirement after Baker 3 take you out of skateboarding? If not, will you still skate street? Take it easy kind of thing?
Retirement? I’m just getting started!
BrianHerman3Flip: Have you kickflipped / frontside flipped El Toro?
xSkateEmerica89x: How’s it been being clean—no alcohol, etc.?
It’s like being a kid again.
1fallenskateboarder: What makes you love skateboarding so much?
I don’t know. It’s the only thing I know.
1fallenskateboarder: What was it like growing up as a kid? Were you popular, or were you just one of the kids that a lot of people didn’t notice?
I had my skater friends, but for the most part, I was not too popular with the school kids.
-(emerica)-: I remember reading somewhere that you were going to name your child after Tom Penny, if it’s a boy. Is this true? If not, what are you going to name him / her?
I was joking. We don’t have a name picked out yet.
Yfguitarist: Describe a bad skate day for you.
Spenser: How was snowboarding?
Fun for about 30 minutes.
Yfguitarist: What trick are you struggling with right now?
Switch frontside flips.
Spenser: I know you used to have to wear leg braces or something as a kid, but I don’t know exactly when. Did you want to try skating while you had them, or was that after? Was that a big motivating factor to get them off?
I was just a baby, I don’t really remember.
EmericanKid200: Describe an average day of your life
EmericanKid200: What’s a flatground trick that stresses you?
Switch frontside flips.
emericask8ter3: Who are your top five favorite ams and pros?
Ams: Theotis Beasley, Rammy Issa, Braydon Szafranski, Jimmy Shingler, Antwuan Dixon. Pros: Erik Ellington, Spanky, Bryan Herman, Dustin Dollin, Jeff Lenoce.
Emericaskateforever: Which are your top 10 favorite bands around today? P.S. How does the toe hold up on your new shoe? It doesn’t look very strong.
White Stripes, Ima Robot, Coldplay, King Straggler, The Situationists. That’s all I can think of. The toe on my new shoe is fine.
foreverskating: What stuff gets you hyped to go out and skate? (Music, videos, etc.)
Knowing I can get a new trick to put into my part.
ToshSK8: What was the most difficult decision you’ve ever had to make in your life?
EmericaAndVine: Which moment in the og Piss Drunx days on Warner in HB makes you smile the most when you look back?
Getting into trouble with Erik.
ToshSK8: How does it feel to have everything? A wife, your own company, infinite skate supplies, an inhuman talent for skateboarding, and people who idolize you.
I don’t really think about it, but thanks for the compliment.
emerica11: Do you edit your own parts in the videos you’ve been in, or do other people do it? Is it fun using your creativity while you’re editing your parts (if you do edit them)?
I edit all my parts, and it’s a lot of fun.
stonedoubt: What do the in-laws think of you?
My wife says they love me.
emerica11: If you were to skate any spot in the world with any five people you wanted, where would it be and with who?
Belmont Pier ledges with the Baker team.
emericafan: Is it really true you’re retiring after the Baker video?
I might just sleep more.
emericafan: Groupies suck. Yes or no?
Pro skaters don’t have groupies.
reynolds_11: When you were younger, did you start to push yourself to do bigger stuff because you wanted to get sponsored or go pro? Or did you just skate for the fun of it and let everything fall into place? Congrats on getting married!
I just did it because I loved it.
Nash: Do you find it harder to skate because of your size? I am about 6’2 myself, and wear a size 14 shoe. Do you think skating is easier for people who are smaller than it is for us taller people?
If you’re tall, you’ve got more pop...maybe.
AlienWorkshop77: Hey Andrew, aside from all the amazement you’ve created in the past years with skateboarding, what are some future plans / ideas you have tucked away that you’ve always thought of doing for fun and enjoyment, now that you’re married and all? (Congrats, by the way.)
Play music, have a family, that’s it.
wrecklez: Do you like or dislike demos? Why?
I like demos.
Matt Martin: Which video part has been the most fun to film so far?
The new Baker part.
Matt Martin: Was it hard frontside flipping Wallenberg in front of all those people, or did it hype you up?
I think the people made me more hyped to do it.
J Hopkins [diggity]: What do you think of screamo?
I don’t know what that is.
BoozeHomie: Is there anything you regret from the past?
No, I wouldn’t be where I am today without it.
UK_Emerica: When you see all the little clones wearing your stuff, do you try to move on and get into something new?
I don’t try to do it because of the kids, I just try to not get stuck in one thing.
I AM THE GUN: How does it feel to be an idol for so many kids? Do you try to be a good influence all the time?
I try to do the best that I can.
ramones_were_punk: What time do you usually wake up in the morning?
10:00 in the morning. Basically, when the dogs start barking.
rye: Do you think retirement will make you want to skate tranny?
I already want to skate tranny.
gunther_: I’m so ready to see someone do something OTHER than a grind down El Toro. Wanna step it up? A frontside flip down that mother would be amazing.
Yes, it would be amazing.
Reynolds_fully_rad: Do you have a page on MySpace? There are two people on my friends list that claim to be you
No, they are imposters.
fletch: I once read that Geoff Rowley thinks of the worst-case scenario when trying something big, like a rail or whatever. What’s your method of getting yourself to commit to a frontside flip down a 20, or whatever you’re doing? Do you put it out of your mind, or what?
I just try to do it.
distorted3191: What’s your favorite part about demos?
Pdboss: What inspires you to wear the clothes you do?
One week, rastas; next week, Indians; next week, hippies; next week, gangsters. Everything.
ILOVELIFE: Looking back on your career, what are you most proud of?
Never selling out.
TIS: I know you’re married now. Is that going to affect your skating at all? I hope not.
TIS: At the Wallenberg event, that frontside flip was the sickest thing I’ve ever seen in real life. Every time I watch it, I get goose bumps. Oh, and what made you choose Baker as the name for your company? Is it your nickname or something? Well, keep up the good work, and thanks for inspiring me to go out and skate everyday.
When you get a bunch of people together that are baked, then that’s the type of name you come up with.
Johnson2Owned: Out of all of Jimi Hendrix’s songs, why did you pick "Burning of the Midnight Lamp" for your part in This is Skateboarding?
I just felt it, man.
Carter: When it comes to making a new shoe, do you have to draw it by yourself, or does someone else do it while you are supervising them? How long does it usually take?
I usually draw it myself, then the guys at Emerica do all the technical stuff. It takes about a month to six months to get the shoe right.
rory: Do you think you’ll be able to walk up 17 stairs in 10 years time, or will your knee caps be completely destroyed? What has been the worst injury you have had?
Hopefully, I’ll be ollieing down them.
aidenduffel: Have you ever got into a huge fight and got smashed up (or smashed someone up)?
Yeah, I’ve been beat up quite a few times, but I don’t remember, so it doesn’t matter.
heathdisciple: What worries you more as a professional skateboarder: Making sure your skills are still up to par, or making sure you have a marketable image that will sell your stuff?
I don’t worry about any of that stuff.
helterskelter: How is marriage gonna affect your skate career, if it will at all?
It doesn’t affect it at all.
pickelz: You know when you land a trick and there is that special feeling you get? Well, what has been the best feeling you have ever got from skating?
There is no one time. It’s always the best.
drunkenJFK: What do you like most about yourself, and why?
Well, I don’t really like myself much at all, so I don’t know how to answer that question.
iskateemerica: You being sober inspires me, as does everything else you do. Your tricks rule, your style rules, your clothes rule, your shoes rule, your boards rule, your mind rules, your name is Andrew Reynolds and YOU rule. You’re an inspiration in everything you do. Do you feel really weird when you wear slightly baggy pants after wearing tight ones for ages? I know I do
No, I love change.
Hammertime.: Did you meet and / or see Burt Reynolds naked when you filmed the 1993 box office smash, Cop and a Half? Are you related to Burt Reynolds? If so, is he currently homeless?
I’ve never seen him naked, but he is my uncle.
jimmmylester: How hard is it to run Baker while skating pro at the same time? Did you ever do that gap in Florida that you never ended up doing?
It’s easy. No, I didn’t do the gap.