We had the good fortune of connecting with Andy Dicker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andy, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Ikigai – reason for being. This perspective on life has blossomed in my mind since my head injury back in 2017. Each and every moment in life is truly a blessing to be apart of. Even when it seems everything is an obstacle, everything seems to work out with time. Obstacles shift into opportunities if you will. I almost died. Man, so happy that didn’t happen hahaha. There is a feeling inside my soul to appreciate this gift I have been granted to continue living. With this feeling in mind, there is absolutely no reason for me not to continue flowing with my passions. My reason for being is to do what I love with those that I love. Since my injury, I have had and then also tried to get jobs from a number of different businnesses. Oh hell no! They always end up becoming less than ideal obstacles to endure. With time I began to realize that the opportunity, that has blossomed, is to start my own business. With that, here we are.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My creations are merely expressions from within. Beautifully simple laughs and feelings of joy: this is a reasonable way of explaining my art. What sets me apart is my work is crafted thanks to my soul. All of the experiences of life have mixed together like a wonderful smoothie that has an interesting taste to it. I am most proud of the drive and honest passion that I have to continue crafting and creating, that’s it. Every single person has the ability to create beautiful works of art, from their own perspective. With such a notion, I am proud and excited to be following such a simple truth in life. A natural pursuit if you will. I got to where I am today be just going for it hahaha. Skating has been a huge influence on my pursuits. The lessons I have learned thanks to skateboarding have guided me through so much in life. I truly love skateboarding. My friend Jordan Wilk and I discussed how skateboarding is a personal art form. Although it is expressed and shared in groups, that doesn’t truly articulate the pursuit. No matter what, it is a personal journey and means of expressing our own thoughts or ideas. In order to skate an individual must struggle through the obstacles. It is hard. With that, we are able to grow from these experiences. The lessons we learn through skateboarding flows into all aspects of life. Just like making a decision for what to do later, or how to resolve an issue, skating has taught me to just keep going. Don’t stop. I may fail. I may get hurt. I may get close to dying. Who cares? There is so much risk to literally everything in life, may as well just keep going and see what comes about. Such a concept is what I want the world to know about me (my brand) and my story. We are all going to die at some point. Why not spend the gift of time that you have pursuing what it is that you love? I love smiling, laughing, and sharing joy. That is me.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh, that’s a wonderful question. Every day we have the option of trying a new acai spot for breakfast/brunch. That way we can always experience something different. By the end of the week, we have the option to continue trying new places or return to a spot that was overall the best. Treat yo self! I happen to live in California. I do not drink alcohol since my head injury, so I doubt there would be much time spent at bars or anything of such nature. We would more than likely skateboard, surf, or snowboard nearly every day. That all depends on who is on the trip and how the weather is. Regardless, we are boarding! There would definitely be camping involved in some way for a portion of the time. We could sit by the fire to play some music, craft spoons from pieces of wood we have found, and share beautiful memories or experiences with one another. The talk of a tattoo would come up and absolutely yes we shall make this happen haha. I absolutely love giving tattoos to anyone. It is like sharing a piece of me, through art, with them for the rest of life. Such a beautiful concept for this reason. The exciting people would be anyone who skates or is apart of the crew. I am a fairly open-minded person so I leave “the crew” open to anyone who has an interest in such pursuits. So there is not necessarily a specific itinerary. However, this is a mental template for the joy that we may share together. This is what a trip with my best friend(s) is like.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Oh my lanta! There are so many people who have helped me along this process. First and foremost, my mother and father. My entire family is absolutely wonderful. I truly feel blessed to be apart of an amazing group of beautiful souls such as my family. Another major shout out goes to skateboarding. It is a passion that has propelled me to endure oh so much. With it, I have been granted amazing experiences with new friends and memories all over the world. Todd Larson and Mike Kershnar are two mentors to who I am grateful to give appreciation. Thanks to the wonderful skateboard camp in the Sequoia National Forest, these two amazing people created Skate Wild. What is this Organization you ponder? It is an incredible means of connecting people to nature through skateboarding. Thanks to them, I have experienced what it is like to give love and support to practically anyone/everyone. Both Todd and Mike have been able to use their passions to not only survive but to thrive through that which they love. Jordan Wilk, Joey Tierney, Jason Moniz, Mike Manidis, Trey Littleton, Lawrence Limtao, Elliot Easom, Tom Mull, Mitch Buangsuwon… wait there is not enough room for me to truly express the gratitude I have for the people who have been my mentors in this life. Anyone from skate camp is a mentor in my mind. Skate Camp is my family. So if you happened to be apart of skate camp at some point over the years, I love you with all of my heart, Thank you.
Other: Woodrow Walker – look it up and you shall enjoy 😉
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