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Happy Thoughts and Hump Day with Andrew Brewer

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Andrew might look like he will knife you, but he’s a really nice guy. Photo Jason Tackitt

Interview by Josh Parker

Dirty gypsy. Lover of death metal. Belligerent drunk. Great friend. All of these things describe Andrew Brewer. From his early days in Tahoe winning major rail contests to this year filming for 3 video parts, Andrew has always kept a cool head. That is until you run into him at 3 a.m. in downtown Reno after he’s been day drinking for the last 10 hours. Dressed in all black on the slopes, you would never know that this silent destroyer is one of the kindest guys on the mountain. Hailing from Colorado, Andrew is taking Tahoe, Reno, and the snowboarding world by storm……as long as he can wake up from his hangover.

Where do you live?

Reno, NV

Why do you live there?

I moved there to be able to snowboard in Tahoe.

Why live in Reno and not in Tahoe?

There is more to do in Reno than in Tahoe, but it’s still close enough to shred. Crazy nightlife and more people. And because I’m going to school at UNR.

What have you been up to this season?

Filming with Finger on da Trigger and Filming with Comune. Working on the Bangshow video.

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Why wouldn’t you live in Reno? Photo Robbie Sell

You’re known as a contest kid in Tahoe, you’ve won a lot of events. How was it filming your first real video part(s)?

Contests were a good way to get into it. Once the opportunities came up to film, contests took a backseat. It’s intimidating as shit to film with real companies. There were some features that we filmed this year that I normally would have walked past without thinking about twice, but with these crews they pushed me to step my game up. I liked how with filming a video part you got to be creative and hit different spots every day. With contests, it’s the same stuff every time and that gets boring.

How do you decide which footage goes where?

I filmed with different filmers for each project. When I filmed with FODT, that footage went to that movie. When I filmed with the Comune video, that footage went to them and the Bangshow.

What’s up with the Bangshow?

Bangshow was originally a blog started by my little brother in CO that I eventually started helping out with. Now it has become a huge group of dudes that snowboard, bang chicks (hence the bangshow), and drink. While hanging with Greg, Goodwin, Max, Sproat, Charlie, Helmet, and the rest of the Bangshow dudes, I’ve never seen so much fucked up shit.

What can we expect from that movie?

Its called Back to the Boneyard, and you should be expecting lots of mediocre and good snowboarding, mixed in with a little bit of booze and bad decisions.

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Which video will this stalefish end up in? Guess we’ll have to wait and see. Photo Jason Tackitt

The Comune video is called Black Holes and Invisible Forces Bending Time Through Particle Deformations Creating Infinite Freedom in the Garden on the Moon. What’s that movie gonna be like and what’s with the name?

The answer to that would be “I have no fucking idea what that’s gonna be like.” I know there is gonna be a lot of creative people behind this video. There’s also gonna be multiple edits of the video from people such as Shelby Menzel (of Love/Hate fame) and Corey Smith.

What’s with the teasers?

They are meant to fuck with people’s heads. I think the main point is to piss people off so that they are forced to watch the movie. When there is so much controversy surrounding anything, people get interested in it.

What about FODT’s The Arena. Who’s parts are gonna be big?

As far as I know, I’d be looking out for Travis Kennedy, Cronk, and Jake Devine. They definitely dropped some hammers in Tahoe this year. It was super fun filming with those dudes because they pushed me a lot. As far as the Salt Lake guys go, I’m not too sure.

What do you like about filming with the T9 guys versus the Comune guys?

I liked filming with both a lot. Overall the thing I like most about FODT, we always had a plan with stuff lined up to film. Comune was the opposite (but in a good way.) It was always day to day and seeing what we could find. I really like the seriousness that came with FODT and I really liked the fun “never know what your gonna get” aspect about filming with Comune.

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Hanging out with arsty guys, being artsy. Photo Robbie Sell

You’re a tight pants guy. How is it to film with both tight pants guys and baggy pants guys?

No one ever said anything. Once you get to a certain point, other boarders quit caring about what you’re wearing and start caring more about your riding.

Why do you think people care so much about what others wear?

Jealousy and Immaturity. The simple fact that the people making the comments don’t know how to critique people for anything other than what they wear. Its weird that only tight pants riders get made fun of and not the gangstas that wear 15 layers of tie-dyed XXXL shirts.

What do you think of all the negative comments and hate in general on online forums?

It doesn’t really affect me. After this people will probably hate on me too. I wish people focused more on the riding and editing than what someone is wearing. There is really no reason to hate, but I wish people would critique more than just hate. If you want to give advice on how to make something better than do that, but don’t just say, “you look like a fag”

What kind of riding do you like to do and why?

I like everything. I really like to be on a snowboard and have fun. Everything from backyard jumps, lapping the park at Northstar, hitting a handrail, or taking pow turns. I like to do it all ……except icy pipes.

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More fun than icy pipes. Photo: Robbie Sell

What do you think of all this double cork, triple cork madness?

Good for them. I think it’s cool and they are pushing the sport. I feel like people are so focused on who is flipping the most instead of focusing on style. I would rather watch a gnarly back 180 than a triple cork 1440 or whatever the fuck they are doing now. I feel like people are starting to care less about style and I don’t like that shit.

What makes snowboarding important to you?

I feel like the standard answer for this question would be “Friends.” But what makes it most important to me is that it an escape from every day life and it keeps me balanced and on my toes. Plus it gives me an excuse to party all the time.

Any summer shred plans?

None yet, but who knows what will happen. I’ve been super burned out on Hood in general and could use a break from that scene but then again, it could always be a good time up there.

What are you doing instead of boarding this summer?

Go to LA a lot and visit my home in Colorado.

Why LA?

To hang out, I love it down there because of the people and the diversity. There are a lot more people like myself to hang out with. And you can’t beat the weather.

What does the future hold for you?

Hopefully film again with FODT and hopefully film with Comune again as well. Try and travel a little bit more and hopefully keep my sponsors happy.

Who are those sponsors?

Comune, Monster, DC, Eternal Boardshop, Magical Go Go, IS Design, POW Gloves, Raiden Bindings, Landing Headwear, and my parents.

Any last words?

Words to live by would be “don’t give a fuck about what other people think about you and do your own thing.”

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Tahoe, only 30 minutes from Reno! Photo: Robbie Sell

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Comments (31)

  1. That badass construction site gap is up in my neighborhood. Fuck, I’ve been eyeballing that too

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  2. Cool photos.

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  3. heck yes! Nice photos

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  4. yeahhh brewer! so sick, wished there was a question about a nervous game parker…

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  5. Beastmode!

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  6. ffuck yes brewer! stoked for you bud!

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  7. You look like a fag!

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  9. yeaaaahh

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  10. hell yea doggie

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  11. Good job bud…

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  12. Hell yeah brewer, keep killin it buddy

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  13. ohmymyohmyohmy! o}-<)

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  14. yeah you rock heavy brewer love you kid

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  15. You know you love him.

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  16. Brewer is such a fun guy to watch snowboard. Style for a mile! much love bruthaaa!

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  17. Nice tight pants….f*g.

    Just kidding. Keep killin it.

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  18. the funny thing is, you are looking at the comments to see if there is shit talking. you look like a fag.

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  19. Some sick shots in there… good job Brewer and Robbie Sell… going to google Robbie Sell now. :)

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  20. Brewer is the real deal. He has one of the best attitudes and work ethics out of anyone I’ve ever worked with. Not to mention he gets extremely gnarly on his board and does it with style. Take notes kids, this is a name you’ll be hearing for a long time.

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  21. Robbie is seriously the worst photographer. The photos he takes look so unprofessional. Horrible framing(from the action all the way to the photos not being level, crappy colors(Blue snow?? ), and making stuff look smaller than it actually is(which is technically the framing I guess). I shred Northstar all the time and I’ve heard so many big name pros saying they hate shooting with him…no wonder he never gets anything ran.

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  22. Thank you comment #22, you just made my day!

    So, to counter your statement about ‘blue snow’, I ask if you’ve ever seen a Cole Barash, Scott Serfas, or Ian Ruhter photo, and why do you hate their photo colors? While shooting an indoor temp film or white balance, and gelling your flash with a CTO, the snow will appear ‘blue’. Just sayin…

    Thank you for the time you took to write about my photography style.

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  23. Hahaha, I never thought Robbie Sell would write back to my comment. Kinda cool..In response to your response, Cole Barash and others who have different kind of tints in their photos seem to be doing so intentionally with gels and things of that nature, where as in your photos it seems unintentional and simply just an error in your white balancing, framing, etc, I.E., the more fun the an icy half pipe photo. That seems completely unintentional and just an error in your paying attention to the little things. Also, your photos look a bit out of focus and not as crisp as they should be. The photos in this column taken by Jason Tackitt, whom I’ve never even heard of, are much more crisp and in focus, white balanced correctly, and framed up just right, something that all your photos are lacking. Sorry, I always enjoyed watching your video parts, but the photos I’m seeing look very amature, which to be honest, surprised me. I think you need to focus more on the action and how to make things look the best and biggest as possible as oppose to getting the “abstract” or “artsy” angle. Not that that’s a bad thing, but I dont think you blend the action with the abstract ideas very well. I come from a photography background and went to school for it and it is very apperent that you do not come from a photo background.

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  24. Every single one of those photos were amazing. That front board up the rail is fucking dope as fuck. Pops on the photos and great interview Brewer.

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  25. -Bro’ver it.
    I come from a background of laughing off anonymous comments, like yours.

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  26. …and maybe your teacher forgot to learn you, it’s fuckin’ art, man. There’s no ‘right or wrong’.

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  27. I think Robert Sell III photos are radical!

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  28. but I also like to club baby seals.

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  29. this kid taught me to ride…. ya.

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