Andy goes Spandy for the Games – Metro US

Andy goes Spandy for the Games

There are dozens of buskers working downtown Vancouver streets during the Olympics. Meet Andy Rimer, aka Spandy Andy, originally from Red Deer, Alta.

Q: Who are you?

A: My name is Spandy Andy, ‘cause I’m Andy and I wear spandex. I do a lot of mime and moon walking and elusionary-style dance … (That’s when) you control a part of your body differently than you would regularly see.

Q: What’s business like?

A: During the Olympics it’s been an average of $300 to $400 per show and I usually do that in two or three hours. If I go all day … I make like $700. If it’s not the Olympics, I make $40 to $100.

Q: How did you start?

A: I became a busker because one year ago I used to work for IBM — I finished college, got a great job … (then) decided I didn’t want to do this nine-to-five.

Q: Of all the other buskers, who’s your favourite?

A: We all hang out together. Flying Bob was my mentor and he is in town for the Olympics. The Silver Elvis is amazing. He inspires me a lot. At the busking party (Saturday) … you know how the superstar comes last? Well, then he just busted it out on the dance floor.

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