Andrew Hunter is an all around true individual. He goes about things in a way that sometimes is hard to understand, yet there’s reasoning behind them and it makes total sense – from sleeping in his car that’s parked out front of his friends house, to crashing on the roof of a party just cause he thought it would be nice to look at the stars. Safe to say his approach to things is rare, yet totally admirable. Andrew is an all-around creative person, always giving an authentic feel to whatever he may be into. From filming skateboarding with his old vx1000, to his photography and his artwork, Andrew doesn’t seem to let down and will leave you wanting more. He visited me recently in Echo Park and it gave us a chance to grab a coffee and to have a little chat that you’ll read below. Enjoy.
State your full name
Andrew Paul Hunter
So you grew up in Corona, CA. What made you want to move to Prescott, Arizona?
Pretty much to make a change in my life. I suppose being smothered by smog and congested freeways wasn’t the ideal situation for me. I just was at a point in my life where if I was going to benefit then it was to find a way out.
So what inspires you the most to turn off the world and distractions around you and make art?
As I look around right now I guess you could say its everywhere. Its in peoples eyes, its in a crack in the wall or its in the stars. I believe its kind of everywhere, I’m not generally inspired by specific people, I think its just something that’s always evolving and walking by you or talking by you or sitting by you. (Laughs)
I know that you work with mentally challenged people. How is it going about that and how did you get involved?
I was going to college straight out of High School, it was my second year in. My mother worked for the school district and had an in. I applied and it worked out. The first girl I worked with had down syndrome and just interacting with her and having in depth moments was really touching and heartfelt. I guess from there on out I stuck with it for the past 6 or 7 years on and off. Honestly it does get to the point where it wears on you though, just giving and giving and giving. Don’t get me wrong though, I don’t expect anything back in return, I guess you could say its just out of the kindness of my heart.
I miss the good ol’ days when we would go out skateboarding, you are one of my favorites behind the VX1000. Any chance you’ll start filming again?
I thought about it ya know? If I were to make some money maybe I could start up a board company or something like that. I don’t know if I would film again, but I wouldn’t mind being associated with skateboarding again considering it was a big part of my life and helped me grow into the person I am today. It allowed me to meet genuine people who see the world completely different than lets say an average person walking down the street. People who I am still friends with today, and for that Ill always have a place in my heart for skateboarding. So to answer your question, lets go with maybe. (Laughs)
When I first met you, you were helping out filming some of the Toy Machine guys. Seemed like you had a tight little crew goin, what made you give up filming and just move on?
I got associated with Toy Machine around the time when Good and Evil came out, a good friend of mine Matt Bennett got on the team. Previous to that we met in high school and were just always skating and filming. So doing that and having him get on Toy, it pretty much opened the doors to that whole world. I actually was considered the Assistant Filmer for one of their videos Suffer the Joy. It was a great time for me. I just knew people that were good at what they did, and we would travel around and skateboard. That was my life for so many years. What I would say made me not want to film anymore is that it got to the point where it just wasn’t as fun. When something you love to do eventually reaches a time where you step back and ask yourself why you’re doing it is where I realized it was time to stop. I just stopped doing it one day. People I didn’t know were calling me to go skate, and I was flattered by people considering myself to be a good filmer but at the same time I just wanted to go out with my friends and film and have fun. Its not all about coming out with a new pro model board and getting the gnarliest trick, to me its about going out with good group of friends you vibe with and having fun. So, that’s that.
I can agree with that. Some people get so caught up in the mix you can tell that they aren’t skateboarding for themselves anymore. Its really sad and so terribly obvious. People just gotta do what they’re hyped on, stay true to themselves. Anyways, whats next for you Andrew? Any future plans?
I just gonna keep doin what I’m doin. That’s all you can do, really.
Any plans to move back to California?
If I did maybe it were to be in a city like San Francisco or maybe Los Angeles. I don’t know man a place where people are moving and its motivating. At the same time, just because you’re not surrounded by a scene doesn’t mean you should stop producing things you wanna create. So who knows man? Maybe Ill end up in the woods somewhere. Only time will tell (Laughs)
– Alex Schmidt