Six months ago I got the opportunity of a lifetime to join the DVDASA team. The first thing I was told to do was get my passport in order because there might be a trip to Macau for Steve Lee and Bill Poon. The furthest outside of the US I had been before that trip was Tijuana. It was quite an adventure and you can see it unfold every Wednesday night on DVDASA.com over the next few weeks.
I wasn’t home from China for a week before I got a text that said to buy airline tickets for myself. First I saw the airline was Hawaiian and thought “Oh, cool, team building trip to Hawaii,” but upon further inspection I saw that it was actually a flight to Auckland, New Zealand. I texted back, “Who else is coming? What are we doing?” to which I got a reply “You are going to surprise interview @DVDASAllen2 alone.”
DVDASAllen2, previously DVDASAllen , now Taco.Song, is one of the biggest, most creative family members that consistently contributes videos and pics on Instagram. I was stoked to meet another big fan of the show and see what makes him tick. I sent him an Instagram DM to get his address and said I was sending him a “Special Package” - but didn’t tell him I was the package.
I got in late after a 17 hour flight and Customs grilled me for an hour about only visiting for 4 days with someone I didn’t have a phone number for, so after the mindfuck of driving on the wrong side of the road for the first time, I crashed out at my hotel and planned to meet him in the morning.
When I knocked on the door all I could think was that I hoped he was home, and then he opened the door. His initial shock and surprise gave way to laughter; he instantly knew who I was and couldn’t believe I was there. He welcomed me in and we started talking about DVDASA right away. He told me about different parts of the show he likes and relates to. He also told me about some of his upbringing: the feeling of being torn between two worlds of church and a neighborhood ruled by gangs and drugs; helping the homeless and speaking to youths about religion - and in the same breath talking about robbing cars and smoking weed.
We went to downtown Auckland near my hotel and checked out the Tower. We tried to eat there but they were booked for the night. The next morning we went out to a beach where he told me more about his dedication to DVDASA and the lengths he would go to protect it.