Interview and intro by Bram De Cleen | Photos by DVL | From Issue 124
It’s only been a couple of months since I sat down with Daan Van Der Linden in a car next to an Antwerp handrail and did a Q and A with him for his Expand feature in Kingpin. The short interview would end up discussing Daan being a hater in general, and particularly of certain clothing trends and people that are too serious about contests, as well as a love for Fred Gall, Andy Roy and Pentagram. Put together, this provided a look into the little man’s taste and attitude. Daan also mentioned that, at seventeen years of age, he already has ten years of skating behind him, just like his brother, and that he spends a lot of time, though “not as much as you’d think”, at Area 51, his local skatepark.
The intro to that interview said that he is developing a taste of his own, which is definitely true, but it is also obvious that there are people behind Daan who made it possible for him to live the life he’s lived so far, and who put the things that he’s grown to like in front of his eyes. For each zero to hero story that skateboarding (or at least advertising) loves so much there are other guys that grew up in an interesting skate scene, with a supportive background and Daan is unquestionably one of them. He grew up in a town with a good skatepark, a decent skater-owned skate shop and I think you can tell those things by the way he skates and the way he sees things.
Before doing this interview photographer Davy Van Laere and I spent a night at the Van Der Linden residence, with some of the people that know Daan best. Hosted by Daan’s mother Katina it was a very nice evening, the chicken soup was already on the stove when we entered the house. We came up on some stories that we would’ve never heard if it wasn’t for the help of those present but the conversation that night was too long to transcribe. Nevertheless I would like to thank Katina, Nick Bax, Job Van Der Linden, and Jeroen Sars for their much appreciated help.
Job Van Der Linden is Daan’s brother and a very talented skateboarder himself. “Holland’s best” Daan even claims. He’s been skating a little bit less, lately, but he’s doing his thing, whatever it is.
Nick Bax is one of Daan’s best friends, a teammate on Vans and 100% Skateshop and an Area 51 local.
Jeroen Sars is the long-time owner of 100% Skate shop, also an area 51 local, obviously, and Daan’s first legit sponsor. He started sponsoring Daan after having skated with him in the final heat of a Dutch mini ramp championship. Jeroen had this to say:
“I was a bit skeptical about sponsoring him at the time, especially because there was already a lot of attention for him and he was still really young. I didn’t want an Eindhoven local to skate for a skate shop in a different city though. So I went and asked his mom first. I had only seen this kind of talent two times before in my life, those guys were Mike De Geus and Wieger Van Wageningen.”