Vegetarianism in skateboarding - Part II (from 2016 onwards)

Updated 08 February 2020
The previous years - 1978 to 2015 - can be found here.

"Vegetarianism in skateboarding" attempts to document anything vegan/vegetarian/animal rights/anti-or pro-meat/dairy/leather/hunting related from the skateboard scene with a heavy emphasis on the very visible US-American skate industry, especially skateboard graphics, skateboard company ads, vegan skate shoes, skateboard pros that are/were vegans or vegetarians, open anti-vegetarian statements, etc.

If you have any other graphics that fit this framework, please do send them. 

2016
In a pro hunting video published on Youtube in 2016 - Pro skateboarder Geoff Rowley turned hunter (published by goHUNT) - Geoff Rowley describes how he had followed a meat and dairy free lifestyle for many years, and that after many skateboard injuries, at an age of about 27 or 28 years old (this would have been around 2003/2004 - and I suspect his memory is wrong and that this was later, around 2007 maybe) and he "wasn't recovering from slams". He reports that after he started to eat fish he felt, within two or three weeks, that his muscles were "moving better" and "recovering better from fatigue" and that he "was able to retain my muscle mass". Then he also started eating red meat again, and then white meat. And now the more he eats - he stresses "game meat and fish, fresh fish" - "the better I feel". He has since become a passionate hunter and he reports that this outdoor activity has made him feel great. "I feel like I'm in the best shape of my life. I skate better than I've ever skated. I feel like I learn stuff, and I feel strong." He also describes that whenever he is out hunting "I just get so much from it."
File this under #youngmillionaireshobbies or maybe #lackofsciencebasedvegannutritioneducation
For info on vegan nutrition information, see here. Eating enough calories and protein is important for muscle and bone recovery, maintenance and building. Getting enough omega-3s is important for their anti-inflammatory effects (among other things), and avoiding micronutrient deficiencies - first of all vitamin B12 - is important for all vegans, too, of course. 
For a post on Rowley's earlier hunting adventures see here.





In an interview with Geoff Rowley conducted by Steve Olson (the older one) for Juice Magazine (published on 22 January 2016) Rowley, too, mentions hunting: "I always liked hunting and I grew up with a friend that is a Game Warden. Instead of going into the gym, I go hunting in the mountains twice a week, pretty much year round. I’m in high elevation up in the hills with a big pack on my back. I’ve found that’s the best way to build mental and physical strength that’s sustainable. [...] There have been times where I have been at 10,000 feet elevation in snow up to my chest walking for ten yards and then stopping and letting my friend go past and doing that for hours, so that we can get to the particular animal. You can’t build that kind of core strength in the gym. That’s how I stay in shape now. I go hunt. I’m happy doing it. I get to spend time away from the smog in Southern California and I get to look across at L.A. from the highest mountain in Southern California when people are just getting out of their beds and I’m already two hours away from the highway. It keeps me sane and it keeps me happy. More importantly, it keeps me healthy."


From a 2016 (December 15) interview with Spencer Hamilton in Jenkem Magazine:

"[Alexis Castro:] As a vegetarian, do you take more shits as a result of your diet?
[Spencer Hamilton:] Well of course. If you think of your body as a giant juicer, it only makes sense. If you throw an 8 oz. steak down that juicer every day, it’s probably going to get clogged up. It’s not some sort of rocket science. Obviously, if you eat vegetarian it’s going to pass a whole lot faster through you, especially if you eat stuff like sauerkraut and kimchi that’ll help your gut and your digestion. I think if you want to lose weight, obviously that should be the first thing you do, go vegan. Shitting is way easier when you’re more hydrated and eating foods that are more easily digestible.
People tend to just drink coffee and eat a bunch of meat in the morning and then your body is just set up for disaster. Making the switch from coffee to green tea is painfully boring, but over time you’re like, “Oh, this is actually much better. I don’t feel weird or jittery or dehydrated.”"



Interesting to see these two graphics come out on Alien Workshop.

Alien Workshop COM MOD I TY


                                                   Alien Workshop Piggy 

Seems like this graphic already came out in 2015, and was desgined by a chap named Philip Valois - check out his website. 
Says Monsieur Valois (I emailed hime and asked): "The Piggy graphic was a comment on American’s obsession with bacon and bacon laden products. Partly making fun of the fad (like bacon flavored toothpaste) and also a jab at the meat industry in general. The green grass in the field is the USDA logo."


In the International Year of Pulses: a legume themed graphic
Baker Boyardee

    Baker Dustin Dollin
 

An unfortunate choice of graphics in a Chocolate series called "Tradiciones" depicting typically Latin American traditions.
Chocolate Vincent Alvarez (who judging by his Nine Club interview nevertheless seems like the coolest dude ever)

Darkstar Cameo Wilson
Male sexual fantasies of dominance mixed with hunting and violence against women fantasies 
Something like "Hostel"

JART Totally Vegan
Jart have never really demonstrated great style. With this graphic I'm not sure about the style but the thought process behind it evades me. A vagina, a carrot, Bugs Bunny and the word "vegan" was a good starting point, but then ... ?!?

Real Donald Trump eating colon tacos.

Real Hillary Clinton swinging blue eyed white kittens. Interesting that she seems to be portrayed as more demonic than him.


Warriors Skateboards (from Switzerland) Frankenstein's monster - who was, like the author of the book, a vegetarian



 Zero Jamie Thomas Alter Ego
A good looking gorilla on a death themed Christian ex-vegan man's skateboard - not really vegan themed



Organika Karl Watson
Food themed, pretzel themed, ex-vegan-themed, I think

Santa Cruz Tom Asta ("Lucky shot")
Santa Cruz displaying which side of the political spectrum they seem to inhabit.


In 2015 Mike Vallely decided to become vegan again (I don't think he "came out" with that until around 2016) - together with the the rest of his family. They've reissued the "Please Don't Eat My Friends - Animal Farm (aka Barnyard)" graphic on their company Street Plant. They've started a vegan T-shirt company called "Please don't eat my friends". And the Vallely women (Mike V's wife Emily Vallely and their two daughters) have a vegan blog called The Vintage Vegans.
And Bigfoot - co-owner of I-Path and a vegan, too - has been doing some graphics for Street Plant.







From the Please Don't Eat My Friends Facebook page:
"The artist Bigfoot One, became a Vegetarian and later a Vegan inspired by Mike Vallely's Barnyard Skateboard in 1989. In 1994 he began writing “Bigfoot” and his art has always depicted the conflict between respect for nature and the destructive agenda of humans. A frequent traveler to Japan, in 2013 he used a card with the words featured on this T-Shirt in Japanese to help communicate his dietary restrictions while visiting Japan. Later, he made this collage as a social media image and then did a small run of T-Shirts. It quickly became Mike’s favorite T-Shirt to wear (as he is a huge fan of Bigfoot’s art) and he felt strongly about it being a part of our first line of T-Shirts. It’s a true honor for us to work with Bigfoot."

From the Mike Vallely Facebook page:
"Besides his work for Street Plant, Bigfoot has also contributed Art to our Vegan T-Shirt Company Please Don't Eat My Friends.
The Art on this shirt (modeled by the beautiful and inspirational Emily Vallely) comes from a design that Bigfoot One created and previously issued on T-Shirts of his own. When I saw the shirts that Bigfoot made I immediately bought one — I couldn’t NOT buy one — My favorite Artist with a Vegan Message shirt — Too good!

The Art for this shirt comes from a card with the words featured on this T-Shirt in Japanese to help communicate Bigfoot’s dietary restrictions while traveling in Japan. He later made this collage as a social media image before doing a small T-Shirt run. The idea here is that these words are intended to interact kindly with people while traveling who may have no previous understanding of the Vegan Lifestyle, such as waitresses and cooks:
“I’m vegan. I can’t eat meat, poultry or fish including dashi, eggs or dairy. Thank you for your understanding.”
I have first hand seen Bigfoot share these words at an Indian Restaurant in Japan to at first have them tell us that there is nothing on their menu that we could eat. Then seeing our disappointment and appreciating the politeness of these words, the cook agreed to make something special for our party that was inline with the dietary restrictions communicated. It was a really cool and meaningful moment, the kind we should be having everywhere we go.
We are truly Soul-Satisfied to use this great Art and to share it as part of the first offering from Please Don’t Eat My Friends. Thank You Bigfoot!"


From the Mike Vallely Facebook page:
"In early 1987, I saw a television program about the plight of African Elephants, it awoke a sensitivity in me that a working class life in a small town had all but stamped out. I was sixteen years old, but it was as if I was seeing the world with new eyes. How could people kill Elephants for their tusks and how could people be at odds with Elephants over land use? I didn’t understand how the world could stand by and let any of this happen. I was saddened and angered by what I saw and learned, and the disgust that I felt was the catalyst for my journey into the idea of Animal Rights. I decided right then in that moment that I wanted to put an African Elephant on what would be my first Pro Model Skateboard and later that year I became a Vegetarian.
When I released the Barnyard Board in 1989, I had been a Vegetarian for well over a year and I had taken a lot of abuse for it along the way. Everyone around me thought that it was unnatural to not eat animals, that I was going through some teenage phase and that I’d grow out of it. Others were harsher, questioning my manliness and sanity. People were always trying to give me or make me eat meat. They didn’t understand that all that I saw in their hamburgers and hotdogs was the death of an innocent animal who was entitled to the possession of its own life and happiness. People scoffed at me. They told me to grow up. They wrote me off. I may have made a name for myself in skateboarding but my personal life had become increasingly isolated and I was without any kind of support system for my feelings and beliefs, other than my girlfriend (now wife) Ann, I didn’t know any other Vegetarians. But the Barnyard, with its Vegetarian Message of “Please Don’t Eat My Friends”, changed all of that. While it further enraged some people, for many others it was their introduction to the idea of Animal Rights and before I knew it, several of my friends had become Vegetarians and as I traveled around the world from skate shop to skate shop and from health food restaurant to health food restaurant, I would meet kids who were skating that board and who would tell me their lives had been changed by its message. This made me very happy.
After being a Vegan and Vegetarian throughout the 90’s, somewhere in 1999 I lost my way. There’s no excuse or valid reason at all for any of it, believe me, I made up plenty of excuses, all of them completely repulsive to me now. I somehow had buried that sensitivity in myself deep down beneath layers of self-loathing and self-denial and tried to live a lie. I had become my own suppressor. Then in 2014 while walking through Louisville, Kentucky, I accidentally came upon a Pig Processing Plant just outside of town. As I was walking along the retaining wall outside of the plant I heard screams of sheer terror As a meat eater, these screams may have been easy to dismiss if they all sounded the same, but they didn’t. I heard distinct individual voices screaming out in fear, and it was these screams that re-awoken a part of myself I had long subdued. As I came around the corner and I saw the pigs being corralled towards their death, screaming for their lives, my journey into Animal Right began again.
In 2015, my wife Ann and our daughters Emily and Lucy all became Vegans. Shortly after, the girls started their own Vegan Cooking Blog, The Vintage Vegans, and as a family we have grown closer and more focused and we have never been happier or healthier in our lives. And in this spirit and our desire to share the Vegan Lifestyle with people all around the world, “Please Don’t Eat My Friends” is born.
-- Mike Vallely"










és Sesla
All three colorways vegan. I don't think there are/were any non-vegan colorways.



                              
Vans AV Rapidweld Pro LITE (exactly that name, including the "LITE")






Anti Hero series by Todd Francis


Element "End the Hunt" (endangered species) series by Todd Francis


"Six Pack" by Todd Francis

Anti Hero John Cardiel

Evan Smith is also rumoured to be vegan even though his shoe on DC is made with leather except for the canvas ("TX") versions (as of May 2018 all are still made with an all suede upper except for the canvas versions). As already reported on Vegan Skate Blog this topic was a addressed in a Thrasher interview:
"What goes through your head when thinking about your own shoe?
I’m just stoked that I have a shoe. Having the opportunity to sell something that you like with your name on it is humongous, you know what I mean? Obviously with DC’s technical support and my idea for sort of a classic hightop mixed with a boat shoe type of thing, we’ve combined some really cool technology with some really relaxed features. Those were the things that were going through my head, like, “How can I like make a comfy shoe that lasts a long time that skates great?” You know what I mean? It’s, like, I want kids to be stoked on skating, regardless. If I can add to that in any way this is an opportunity for me. I was all, “Yeah, let’s make a shoe!” I already had a hundred ideas ready to go. Let’s just say I had a couple ideas because my brain works way too quick when it comes to creating. So I’m lucky. That’s how I feel at this moment. That’s how I feel at this exact moment—I feel extremely lucky to be able to contribute to our skateboarding industry.
[...]

I understand that you had a little bit of a crisis of conscience thinking about all the leather that was going to be used for you shoe. What were you tripping on?
Yeah, this is a great fucking question. Actually, originally I declined using Super Suede completely on my shoe just due to the fact that animal hides are being used and because of the leather trade. They manufacture out of China, but the treated leather comes from Southeast Asia or India. So I was over it. I didn’t want the idea of hide on my shoe even though it’s the best and it lasts longest. It freaked me out completely. And then, through all the ups and downs as far as durability testing, I couldn’t find anything else that would work. And I’m still searching right now. So if I do revise the model at all in the future, I’m gonna continue to research with the goal of making it completely suede free. But I ended up, unfortunately, using bits of suede for the toe and we came up with this rubber-backed canvas, which is my secondary material, so any spot that doesn’t have to be suede for durability, we can use the canvas and it’s rubber backed so it’s not just gonna rip right away. It lasts at least four times as long as canvas normally lasts. You know canvas, how easy it is to rip. So with that trade off and all that stuff it’s, like, really, really hard. I don’t want to support the slaughtering of any animal for anything that has to do with anything like that. I’m not interested in being one to benefit off the slaughtering of animals. I think it’s complete bullshit and garbage. I mean, I’m pretty bummed on myself for even using suede in the first place. I am. I’m actually bummed on myself and everyone who’s reading this should be super bummed on me for using suede. And you should put that in the fuckin’ interview.
How would it feel to see Danny Way in a pair of your shoes?
Dude, I would be stoked. I would love to see him fuckin’ triple flip indy 900 over the mini gap and then into a double flip front blunt on a soccer goal to take out Bob Burnquist in the new Evan Smiths. I would be so stoked.
[...]
That’s awesome. Your great revelation was that you should hang with your bros. That’s really nice. For some reason I thought you’re supposed to get out there and half starve and get loopy and see a spirit animal or something or have some sort of extra-sensory experience.
Well, there’s definitely the kind of quest where people go fasting for 12 days straight in the woods. That’s a dehydration visual, what you’re talking about. At the moment I just wanted to make a fire by myself and catch a fish and cook it, you know, that was my goal.
Did you catch the fish?
No, I didn’t. Well, I didn’t have anything to catch it with so I was trying to find a snare trap. You hook a piece of twine to a tree and you put bait on this thing and you can catch fish out of the water by doing it with these traps, but I’m not as skilled as I would like to be, especially in that moment. And it was a huge lake so I couldn’t spear anything. So I settled for raw pine nuts from pine cones which you can find all over King’s Canyon. So I harvested a pile of those and I just ate those for dinner."




2017
Etnies is coming out with a new vegan shoe for vegan skater Ryan Lay: the Jameson HT.

  See the post on the Thrasher website, and on the Ripped Laces website.

Ryan Lay



éS Sesla DGK (éS x Dirty Ghetto Kids collaboration), vegan


éS Accel Slim Everstitch, vegan







éS Swift Everstitch black, vegan








éS Swift Everstitch blue, vegan


Blind Kevin Romar Tirbute Chicken R7 board grahic - this graphic is quite clever in two ways, but you might not understand the historical significance (despite the terrible message of eating chicken) of this graphic. Check out the World Industries' anti-vegetarian Jason Lee burger graphic from 1991 and Lee Pheidias's 1993 pro-vegetarian burger ad by Blind here.

In a Feedback NY article that seems to be from 2017 Kenny Anderson says that he's been vegan for around "almost three years" which would be from around 2014. He also mentions that Brian Lotti was/is a vegetarian.  
In 2017 Converse also came out with a limited edition vegan all canvas and animal-free glue (and organic cotton laces) Kenny Anderson Converse and Chocolate collaboration shoe named Coverse x Chocolate CTAS. Note that only the "x Chocolate" models are vegan and that other "Converse CTAS" are made with leather.
In a Villager commercial video/interview published by The Berrics on youtube Kenny Anderson says: "Digging deeper and deeper into environmentalism lead me straight to veganism. [...] Whether we like it or not we are role models. [...] I chose to have a vegan diet. I chose to grow my own food. I chose to design more sustainably."














On 10 May 2017 Transworld posted an article about a Nike SB Project 58 tour. The tour included Cory Kennedy, Blake Carpenter, Grant Taylor, Bobby Worrest, Isho Wair, Donovon Piscopo, Youness Amrani, Ryan Flynn, Andrew Wilson, Max Palmer, Scuba ..., Sinclair ..., and possibly no one else. The article (written by Ryan Flynn) includes the following info: 
"First stop Whole Foods for lunch, snacks for the van, and a damn bird. This stop set the tone a lot more than any of us would have thought. Health food, plant-based diets, dates, Scuba's almond butter and jelly sandwiches, and a damn bird. Everyone had their Whole Foods bags of lunch and snacks for the day, which would be repeated every single day until the last stop in Atlanta.
[...]
Word got to the Wrecking Bar where we were having our dinner that a lot of people on the trip were vegetarian, vegan, or plant-based so they graciously made veggie options for us too"
[...]
We spent our last day of the trip there in Atlanta, skating a few spots, having a sick ramp jam at Stratosphere, which included skating Nick P's car, Donovon smacking his knee violently on the ground, and then plant-based (no cheese) pizza in the parking lot. Scuba was taking this sober, plant-based life very serious."



Vegan Converse x Chocolate BBQ on 29 August 2017:
An article posted by Transworld on 31 August 2017 about a Cons x Chocolate Skate Jam reported: "Nothing but good times at the Cons X Chocolate Skate Jam that went down in the Furnace skate shop parking lot [...]. [...] we all celebrated the rad new collab shoe between Cons and Chocolate [see Kenny Anderson CONS shoes above]. Crailtap OGs [including Kenny Anderson, Rick Howard, and Chris Roberts] were there indulging in Vegan BBQ and a bevy of the CONS squad and locals were skating all the classic parking lot obstacles.
An article on Transworld from the day before had already stated: "A classic parking lot skate jam, free vegan BBQ, all the Villager coconut waters you could ask for [...]. [...] the Converse x Chocolate skate jam at Furnace Skate Shop went off yesterday, all in celebration of Kenny Anderson’s new CONS shoe collab with Chocolate." The food was provided by Plant Food for People ("Plant Food for People is good eats!")

Kenny Anderson

Kenny Anderson and Chris Roberts

Plant Food For People




In an interview with Tyshawn Jones on the website New York Skateboarding (from 6 September 2017), Tyshaw mentions considering vegan-ish eating. From the interview:
"I don’t know if you’ve seen Neen Williams’ video about staying sober and healthy to extend his time skating on a high level at his age of 31. What do you foresee in the years to come for your own career? Do you stretch and take the athlete mentality towards skateboarding?
Hell yeah I’m on that shit. Epsom salt, Ice… I just ordered a gun that’s like $600 but I’m not gonna give y’all my secrets cuz y’all gonna wonder how I’m doing this shit…nah I’m just playing [laughs]. I get chirotherapy, massages. I don’t really drink a lot of soda. I was gonna try to go vegan but I don’t know…chicken, steak all that shit’s too good. I feel like I’m from the south or something, I don’t know why I like chicken and macaroni and all these crazy things. I don’t necessarily think that’s the only way to stay young but…I just say drink a lot of water, stretch, eat fruits. You know, play both sides."


From a 2017 (October 2016) interview with Spencer Hamilton in French skate mag À propos
"[Florian Debray:] I’ve seen that you are really self-conscious [he means "conscious" - see the original French: "J’ai vu que tu étais assez conscient vis-à-vis de certains sujets comme le climat, l’éducation, la politique et même la nourriture."] about some topics in life, such as climate, education, politics and food. Do you remember at what point of your life you started to apply principles in your daily life, such as being vegetarian?
[Spencer Hamilton:] Well I’m not vegetarian right now … I eat meat sometimes when I’m home. I was a vegetarian for a number of years but now I have access to such a crazy community of farmers that produce a bunch of food all year round.
[...] Sometimes I’m waking up earlier to prepare food so I can bring stuff skating, like a little bowl of quinoa salad, hummus… It saves money and I feel better because I know what I like. After so many years on tour, traveling around you start to think : « Alright so I really like this food, I don’t really like that food », so it kinda make your choices. And if I can make it better than I can buy it, I’d rather just make it."


On 9 November 2017 Transworld posted an article about some Nike SB project. It includes a man named Tufty ("Nike SB's Tufty) and the photo subtitle: 
"Tufty manning the grill. He’s a vegan but he can grill up a mean steak!"

A Jenkem Mag article from 2017 mentions that Kevin Coakley is a vegetarian: 
"Do you have a diet that goes along with your practices?
Yeah, I’m a vegetarian. I don’t eat meat, fish, eggs or anything. The only thing that I do eat that is a product of animals is a little bit of cheese. I’m not vegan yet, but I’m trying to cut that out gradually.
The first principle of yoga is ahimsa, which is living a non-violent life. There are a lot of principles of yoga and meditation that help not reacting to certain things and remaining present. Shaucha is another principle that is cleansing, so not letting shit into your body. It keeps my body in shape to go skate and my mind present when I’m doing anything."
Kevin Coakley 2017

Another article on the Jenkem Mag website mentions the following interesting story about Ed Templeton: "Where Hawk has toed the line regarding corporate sponsorships, and Grosso has never been considered a sell-out, Templeton is still saying no to companies that do not align with his morals. Templeton was recently offered an opportunity to sell out his vegan beliefs in a big way and initially signed on happily. He was offered a photography gig with Gucci and as he puts it, “The money was insanity.”
“I was like, “Dude, That’s so much money, I’ll do it.” Then I took a pause and within one hour of looking on the Internet and realizing that Gucci uses all this crazy animal stuff and do this snakeskin boot where you have to skin the snake alive… all this crazy shit and I was just like, “What am I doing?” I just called the lady back and said I was not doing it. It caused kind of an uproar because first, you say yes, then you say no, so it’s fucked up, but I had to pull out.
In my head I just imagined the first Internet comment or something, ‘Oh, Ed the vegan is working for some lame company that uses animals in a fucked way.’” Ed adds, “The line for me was there because it was purely for money and I didn’t really care or need to do that to live.”"



In an interview with Mark Kendrick of Piilgrim Clothing on the Free Skateboard Magazine website (posted on 20 November 2017), Mark Kendrick states: "I also became vegan a couple of years ago now so this is another aspect, it couldn’t be any other way. No cruelty to animals or humans in the production process as we work with factories that have excellent working conditions for all employees, and I provide the eco fabrics. Same goes for packaging where I’m using a variety of recyclable and bio-degradable materials. It’s all fairly new stuff on the market so it’s a bit of a minefield but it’s worth it!"

2018
The Spanish skate company Jart has come out with a board graphic that, for a change, is quite smart, though not intentionally.

hemp seed grapic
Beautifully Almost have produced two (or more?) amazing graphics drawn by - unless I'm mistaken - 90s skate pro and legend Brian Lotti 
 


Skate Mental with a particularly orange, meat-based graphic

Ed Templeton has a new (and vegan) shoe on Emerica, not a skate shoe, but a waxed canvas desert boot - the Emerica Ed Templeton Reserve Vegan Desert Boot




  





And also the Emerica Ed Templeton Reserve Wino (vegan)






Deathwish Neen Williams, Neen Teen-Ager board graphic


In the Alex Olson episode (episode 81; January 2018) of "The Nine Club with Chris Roberts" Alex Olson says that he is vegan and has been vegan for one and a half years.


In the Nyjah Huston episode (episode 86) of "The Nine Club with Chris Roberts" Nyjah Huston describes his current dietary pattern as "I don't eat red meat. I try to not eat too much cheese, no normal milk, I hate eggs [...] aside from not being vegan I am still a really healthy person".


A new website named Salad Grinds and Bean Plants is posting vegan recipes with skateboard industry/culture inspired names.

Deathwish 
Neen Williams "You are what you eat"
If you look at Neen Williams' Instagram it seems that he isn't a vegetarian but does eat a lot of plant-based foods. And he confirms this in his Nine Club episode (episode 63; September 2017): "I eat everything." [a diet including meat] 

Deathwish 
Neen Williams "Happy place" ... looks like a boiled egg there

I'm not sure if this Villager Atiba Jefferson commercial video is from 2018 but it's currently (June 2018) up on the Villager website. Below the video the first sentence is: "Atiba Jefferson has been a vegetarian for twenty six year [!] and has always been aware of products he consumes."
The video starts with Atiba saying: "I've been a vegetarian since I was fourteen. So that's twenty-six years of being a vegetarian. I'm a very health conscious person."



In a Villager commercial video about Miles Silvas he says: "Just randomly me and my girlfriend were like: Let's try to just be vegetarian and not eat meat for a little bit. Just blindly jumped into it. And if you blindly jump usually into anything, without little previous knowledge of it, it's not usually gonna last very long, so we did that [and they started eating meat again]. [...] [A] couple [of] months went by and I was on a trip. She sent me this documentary, and that's when I really got into it. Just the health reasons and all the stuff I didn't realize cause certain things to happen. That just kinda curbed my whole thought process on how I wanted to eat. I rather eat and feel good than eat have things happen to me in the long run or feel pretty bad, so you know ever since then - it's probably been about three years - I try to eat good so I can skate good. Since I've changed my diet I feel lighter and, like, have more energy and stuff like that. But when I get to go on a trip and say I get to cook or something or, like, make a vegan meal or vegetarian meal, like, 90% of people who don't eat like that, when they do eat it, then they're pretty psyched on it. That's like, that kind of changed them a little bit, to be more open to it. But, I think the hardest part is probably the first couple months, 'cause you gotta figure out what you're gonna eat, what is the right suff. [...]"
The Villager website states (below the video): "[...] In this short film, Miles discusses his vegan way of life and the upbringing that propelled him to achieving his goals." However, in the video there is no mention of Miles being a vegan. The above quote from the video rather suggests that he also eats non-vegan vegetarian food (pure speculation). However in the October 2014 issue of Thrasher (see here, under 2014) Miles says that he has been vegan for four months.
Anyway, if you have watched his Nine Club interview, you'll know he seems like the nicest and most gentlemanly dude ever. His signature shoe on adidas is animal suede.


In episode 103 of The Nine Club Brandon Turner - of Shorty's Fullfil The Dream fame - says: "I don't eat meat anymore" [... fish?] "yeah, sometimes."


Supreme "chicken dinner" deck graphic





In the Jamie-Thomas-interviewing-himself episode of his video podcast "Thrill of it all" (episode 6) Jamie Thomas talks about his typical (second) breakfast after yoga class: I make a "bulletproof" coffee, which is coffee, organic coffee with grass-fed butter and coconut oil - to stimulate my brain and get me going."




In the Ray Barbee episode of Jamie Thomas's video podcast "Thrill of it all" from July 2018 (episode 7) behind Ray Barbee on the bookshelf you can clearly see the book "John Robbins: Diet for a new America". This 1980s/90s bestseller and classic of vegetarian/vegan popular literature was the unfortunate "bible of veganism" - similar to the current unfortunate "bible of veganism" titleholder "The China Study" by Colin Campbell (and his son). Without explicitly mentioning the word "vegan" the book "Diet for a new America" used correlations from scientific studies to paint a picture of how a diet free from animal products would prevent disease and environmental destruction. Unfortunately John Robbins did not (and likely does not) understand how nutritional science works but he does not know that he does not know. While Robbins once famously rejected inheriting the Baskin-Robbins ice cream empire from his father, he later rejected vegan diets as unhealthy, and in his 2006 book "Healthy at 100" he makes the outlandish claim that vegans must take carnosine supplements.

In his US-America focused 2011 booklet "A vegan history: 1944-2010" Erik Marcus (who it seems confirmed this information with John Robbins himself) writes: "John Robbins picked up the mantle and wrote the 1987 book, Diet for a New America - the first hugely popular book to specifically advocate veganism.
By the time he wrote the book, Robbins had followed a vegan lifestyle off and on for more than fifteen years. He and his wife Deo became vegetarian in 1968 and vegan in 1969. Becoming vegan in the 1960s was rare enough, but the interesting part of this story is that John's father was ice cream tycoon Irv Robbins, cofounder of Baskin-Robbins. As Irv's only son, it had always been the plan that John would eventually take over the family ice cream empire. Now not only had John taken himself out of the running, he wouldn't even eat the stuff.
When John and Deo's son Ocean was born in 1973, the family continued a vegan diet for six years. In 1979, John and Deo went back to eating dairy products, and Ocean had his first Baskin Robbins ice cream cone.
One of Robbins' close friends is Kali Ray, the founder of TriYoga, a popular California yoga school. In 1984, she convinced Robbins and his family to switch back to a vegan diet. It was around this time that Robbins decided to write a book on this subject, which his publisher ultimately titled Diet for a New America. He worked for nearly two years on his manuscript. As with Akers' 1983 The Vegetarian Sourcebook Robbins' book tied together the health, ethical, and environmental advantages of a vegan diet. Although Robbins read The Vegetarian Sourcebook while researching Diet for a New America, he considers Animal Liberation [by Peter Singer] to be the book that most influenced his manuscript.
At the time Robbins was writing, very few Americans had ever even heard the word vegan. I figured he must have had an awful time trying to find a published for a manuscript on such an obscure subject, but that was not the case. His response to this question: [Marcus doesn't use quotation marks here.] Actually, it wasn't difficult at all. I wrote the entire book, every word of it, before even thinking about publishing. I was just taken over by the need to write it. I never had a single thought about publishing which is odd, when I look back upon it, because we were living on savings that we had built up while I had been a practicing psychotherapist - but for the two plus years I was writing our savings were fast dwindling. Deo was cleaning houses and doing bookkeeping to make money, but she wasn't able to make enough to keep up with our expenses. When the book was done, I sent it to five publishers, and - with one exception - they all wanted to publish it. [I'm assuming the quote ends here.]
Diet for a New America was published in 1987, and has sold more than a million copies. Very few books have achieved such success after getting off to such a slow start. Two years after publication, Diet for a New America had sold just 25,000 copies. But then the book suddenly gained traction and sales soared. For well over a decade, it was the dominant vegan advocacy book.
There are several reasons for the strong success of Diet for a New America. The story of Robbins turning his back on the family ice cream fortune caught people's attention. The book itself was written in an engaging style. And the tone was the exact opposite of The Smith's [!] "Meat is Murder." [!] [the song] Robbins' book avoided stridency at all costs. It was the sort of book you could give to your grandmother without worrying that it would cause offense. And its nonjudmental tone won many a die-hard meat eater over to veganism.
Robbins' May All Be Fed was published in 1992, and it was a sequel of sorts to Diet for a New America. The text was just over a hundred pages, with the remainder of the book consisting of recipes. May All Be Fed focused primarily on hunger issues, and the concept of showing reverence for food. The book did not sell nearly as well as Diet for a New America. In July of 2001, Robbins came out with a full-length follow-up, titled The Food Revolution. It presented updated information first covered in Diet for a New America, as well as a lengthy section on genetically modified foods. The Food Revolution sold about 75,000 copies in its first year.
With the publication of Diet for a New America, the vegan movement at long last had a popular and explicitly vegan advocacy book [It was not explicitly vegan and is full of misinformation.]. During the 1990s, well over a hundred local vegetarian groups cropped up around the United States.
Today, just about every midsized city has a local vegetarian group. And, largely from the influence of Diet for a New America [claim by Erik Marcus], the focus of local vegetarian groups has shifted from vegetarian to vegan. During the 1980s, most potlucks put on by local vegetarian groups were dominated by dishes loaded with dairy products and eggs. By the late 1990s, most local vegetarian potlucks had become 100 percent vegan [claim by Erik Marcus.]."  

In a personal email reply to me from October 2007 John Robbins confirmed to me his opinion that: "In the short term, a strictly vegan diet helps a lot of people. In the longer term, you need to be careful to get certain nutrients: B-12, of course [I agree - take a B12 supplement], and there are a few others, including zinc [easy to get from plant legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains], long-chain omega three fatty acids [It's very uncertain if vegans would benefit from such supplements], and carnosine [not necessary, likely not beneficial, and possibly harmful, also see here]. There are phytonutrients that are essential for health, and are mainly found in plants. And there are carnonutrients [Which?] that are essential for health, and that are more commonly found in animal products.
A healthy vegan diet is certainly possible, but it means eating a wide variety and lots of fresh vegetables, and it means taking B-12 [yes!] and carnosine [no!] and DHA and EPA [not necessary, questionable if beneficial] supplements."

See my vegan nutrient recommendations hereYou can file both "The China Study" and "A Diet for a New America" under: good general recommendation (a plant-based diet) using dodgy, non-science-based but rather personal-ideology-based arguments.

In a blog post from 9 April 2012 Erik Marcus writes: "[John] Robbins certainly has the talent and expertise to write the next major book on veganism [my opinion: he doesn't] and food politics, but No Happy Cows [another book by John Robbins] is not a serious effort to open up a new vein of conversation on the topic."

   
Skate Mental Wieger van Wageningen

In episode 120 of The Nine Club (Spencer Hamilton episode) Spencer Hamilton says how he has switched from a vegetarian-ish/vegan-ish diet to a very meat-heavy ("ketogenic") diet while Kelly Hart reports that he "stopped eating meat kinda lately" because he keeps seeing photos of dead pigs stacked on top of each other. Kelly says "[...] bacon is good [but] you're just like killing an animal". Interestingly the response to this by Roger Bagley and even more so by Spencer Hamilton ("Plants feel feelings, too, brah. [...] You're supposed to eat the fucking meat, eat the veggies, eat the fucking stuff that makes you feel good.") can be filed under "typical manly jock response" a la "empathy with animals is weak/silly/"effeminate"/"gay"/not manly". Maybe in 2018 we still have to consider it progress when the Nine Club hosts and their guests aren't as backwards and reactionary as Donald Trump.   

Kelly Hart, The Nine Club, episode 120 


The nutrition "info" provided by Spencer Hamilton in this issue is just from so deep within anti-science nonsense-land (and I do empathize with Spencer for being diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis and searching for useful info, and I do understand it is not easy to find answers in nutrition, especially for the general public) ... that I did add a comment on YouTube and will cite it here:

"Some confusing statements were made about nutrition. Maybe this will help... Our digestive tract is (in that order): mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (colon), anus. So everything after the stomach is the "gut" or intestine. Almost all nutrients are absorbed in the small intestine: carbohydrates (sugar and starch), fat, protein, vitamins and minerals. Meat is mostly fat and protein with some minerals and vitamins, so yes, these are absorbed in the small intestine - but so are sugar and starch. What is not absorbed in the small intestine is fiber. Foods very low in fiber are all animal products, refined sugar, juices, white flour and oil. Foods high in fiber are fruit, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and mushrooms. Fiber ends up in the large intestine and is fermented there by bacteria into short-chain fatty acids, and these protect our intestinal wall (they also provide a small amount of calories). For general good health, prevention of disease, and lowering inflammation in the body healthy (!) plant-based diets are often recommended. See here: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/protein/ 
If Spencer is only eating fruit, meat and salad, this does not seem to include a good source of calcium, which is important for bones. For info on calcium see here https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/calcium-and-milk/ Instead of just trying "Dr Google", if you're looking for general advice on health or diseases check "Dr Mayo Clinic". If you are interested in healthy eating check "Dr HSPH" (Harvard University; see links above). If you are looking for info on specific supplements, check https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/list-all/ It can be frustrating that medical doctors can "only" give you advice on which medication to take (or which operation to have). BUT that is their job. That is what they are trained in, despite what the general public often expects of medical doctors. If you have a special condition (like ankylosing spondylitis) and are looking for nutrition advice, try to find a registered dietitian (= RD; or another university trained nutritional scientist), ideally one who is specialized in what you are interested in (for example ankylosing spondylitis, or less specific auto-immune disorders). If you live in the US you can possibly find a suitable RD here https://www.eatright.org/find-an-expert 
If you want to look at the latest science yourself (this might be tricky) you can check "Dr PUBMED" and look for reviews (tick "Reviews" on the left). Then just search for example "ankylosing spondylitis nutrition" etc. However, this info is not written for the general public and might not be easily understood ... 
Here's the latest on ankylosing spondylitis and diet: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29657875 I would also make sure to get enough omega-3 fatty acids from (especially also from plant foods) which are anti-inflammatory https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Omega3FattyAcids-Consumer/#h3
Take care!"


In the Nine Club episode 125 Dustin Dollin remembers how he used to get "this first, like, fake vegan chicken, even though I wasn't vegan, but I liked the fake one better". 


Memorable quote from Andy Macdonald: "I'm a chai tea latte soy." [buys it at Starbucks]
Andy Macdonald on the the Nine Club (episode 126)


Ryan Lay (around 2018)

Chris Wimer, a pro for Zero since 2018, in a Thrasher interview (posted on 19 November 2018) said that he is a vegan. 

An article posted on the Transworld website on 8 August 2018 about a Theories of Atlantis skate trip to Mexico (including Ben Gore, Luke Malaney, John Baragwanath, Mike Heikkila, Matt Velez, Kevin Coakley, and Pat Steiner) includes the statement (article written by Pat Steiner): "What better way to celebrate than to eat? 
The street meat had been kind to us but we needed a nice sit down meal. The crew was split between vegan tacos and pizza, [...] [And then after some sort of catastrophe occurring:] Oh, well. These vegan tacos better be good."


On 1 November 2018 Transworld posted an article called "adidas in Oz". Asked about the "Top 3 things you ate in Australia" ... 
Diego Najera responded: 
"I ate a lot of vegan food. I try to eat healthy super foods every day no matter where I am."
Miles Silvas responded:
"Lord of the fries, this restaurant with a vegan "Big Mac" went crazy, and a homemade meal from Tommy Fynn's mom was super dope!"
 ... and
Zach Saraceno responded:
"I ate really good Thai food, vegan burgers, and the same breakfast every single day on the trip. I forget the name of it but it was really good."

Diego Najera (TWS, 2018)

Miles Silvas (2018)

Zach Saraceno (2018)


Aaron Homoki (aka Jaws), Birdhouse


Louie Lopez, Flip, "space monkey"

An article on the Jenkem Mag website about Tyshawn Jones' new restaurant in New York City mentions that "Bill Strobeck came to congratulate TJ and got the chef to make him a special vegan plate." However, in a Tim O'Connor podcast from 2015, Bill Strobeck mentions not being vegan or vegetarian anymore, but having tried out a vegan diet for a while earlier. 
Bill Strobeck, 2018



In an interview with Martino Cattaneo on the Free Skateboard Magazine website (posted on 23 October 2018), there is the following exchange:
"True. You are vegan and you really pay attention to what you buy and eat right? Why did you make this choice?
[Martino Cattaneo:] I’d rather say I am ‘plant based’; it’s more accurate. I pay a lot of attention to what I eat but not that much to what I wear, so I am not really vegan. Anyway, I became vegetarian when I was 17, after awhile I stopped drinking milk and eating milk derivatives. At the beginning I made this choice because of ethical reasons; I didn’t want to support the meat industry in any way. I really believe that the meat industry is consuming a lot of unnecessary energy and is really damaging our ecosystem. But after a while being vegetarian also made me feel better physically and I realised it was good for my body. Since I’ve stopped eating milk derivatives I stopped having pollen allergies and now for me it’s just normal to only eat plants; it became a habit."



In a "Hangig out with ... Mark Suciu" video by Jenkem (14 November 2018), Mark Suciu says: "I'm also vegetarian, leaning towards vegan [...]".





2019
At the very end of the Bobby Puleo episode of the Nine Club (episode 133) the conversation takes a surprising little turn into a small discussion about if they could kill an animal themselves to eat it. 
Chris Roberts: "Do you hunt?" 
Bobby Puleo: "No." 
Roberts: "Could you kill ...?"
Puleo: "No." 
[...]
Roberts: "But going hunting for sport ..."
Puleo: "It's crazy." [...] "I can't fish either." [...] "Fishing is a weird one." [...] "What's the difference between the fish and the ... [land animal/mammal]?" 
[...]
Roger Bagley: "What if you suffocate it?" [...] "... but you take the fish out of water and you're basically suffocating it."
Puleo: "It's true."
Roberts: "It's this weird divide, weird line that I have." [killing mammals like deer or dogs or cats vs. killing fish]
Puleo: "Well, I'm not a huge promoter of the vegan lifestyle."
Bagley: "You're not going around telling everyone you are vegan and...?"
Puleo: "Well, you know, if I have to like, if that comes up, then yeah maybe."

Then Bobby Puleo goes off talking about the idea of absorbing the "negative energy" when you consume the meat of slaughtered animals [this is likely nonsense, even when metaphorically speaking of energy].

Puleo: "If you have a dog, that you take care of, a pet ... you know, would you eat your dog?"
[...]
Roberts: "... because they're killed pretty brutally."
Puleo: "Yeah, it's crazy." [...] "And again, I'm not a hardcore promoter of the, the like vegan lifestyle" 
Roberts: "Right. But you practice it?" 
Puleo: "Yeah, yeah. ... But there is definitely something that makes sense to me, that you shouldn't be consuming flesh, like that [...]."


In episode 135 of the Nine Club Jason Jessee mentions that his "mom ... was a ... equal rights activist, a lay midwife ... so she was, she was pretty ra[dical], they were radical, like, vegan. So my mom was like this, she was a great example of how to be, and I would do the opposite a lot."



At the very end of the episode Jason Jessee says: "I'm gonna go to Long Beach Black [?]. Kenny [Anderson] did the ... vegan. "
Roger: "They've got a vegan menu?"
Jason Jessee: "Yeah, so good!"


Prime Wood LA which might be the same wood shop that in the early 1990s produced the skateboards for the company Prime (under the Steve Rocco - World Industries - Plan B - Blind - 101 - umbrella). Prime Wood LA has a series called Prime Heritage that produces early 1990s rehash graphics. In April 2019 (it seems) they came out with two new versions of the infamous Jason Lee burger graphic from 1991, by World Industries (see here):
- an Ed Templeton Veggie burger ... Why is the burger green?
- a Bart Simpson pork burger

The ad for the Ed Templeton board states that Ed Templeton has been a vegan since 1991, and that the Ed Templeton graphic is originally from 1991 but was never released. I have my doubts because Ed Templeton never rode for any of the Rocco companies (World, Blind, 101, Plan B, or Prime). But the 2019 Prime Wood LA website claims to have manufactured boards for companies like Madrid, Z Products, "World, Blind, Plan B, 101, Shorty’s, Birdhouse, Flip, Hookups, Baker, and the Firm to name just a portion". Interestingly, the website states that their current decks are made in the US: "100% handcrafted quality skateboards, proudly made by skateboarders right here in Los Angeles". Notably their website also says that "To this day Phil [Tuccinardi; one of the owners] speaks of the countless hours Rodney [Mullen] spent shaping and perfecting things at the Prime factory to make top notch, quality skateboards." The decks by the Rocco brands (World Industries, Blind, Plan B, 101, and maybe Prime) in the early 1990s were widely known to be some of the worst quality decks around.
As you can see from the ad the deck is available in a 1990/1991 shape and a modern shape in different widths.


Prime (Prime Wood LA), Ed Templeton Veggie burger (slick)


Prime (Prime Wood LA), Ed Templeton Veggie burger and Bart Simpson burger



In the David Gravette episode of the Nine Club (episode 150) David mentions that he goes fishing and that he releases the fish that he catches (called "catch and release"). This leads to the following exchange of thoughts:

Chris Roberts: "So you're a catch and release guy?"
David Gravette: "Yeah, which ... I mean, I'm definitely a hypocrite, because I'm not a veg... - I eat meat, and I'm out there cat[..], like it's stupid that I ... I've been trying to come to terms with that. I feel like I either need to be like a vegetarian or start taking my own meat cause it's just too like ... annoying to ... I mean, no one has the guts to do it, and the world would be ... probably be a lot better if ... you had to. [..] I mean, I'm catching this meat trout and putting it away and then ordering a fish sandwich from like McDonald's. You know, like, it's stupid."
Roger Bagley: "It doesn't make sense, yeah."
David Gravette: "Makes me feel like a hypocrite.
Chris Roberts: "Right."
David Gravette: "And the one I just ... it wasn't that long ago ... that I finally did take the fish ... and I felt like it was ... because I've been claiming I was gonna do it a lot because I'm always camping, and right there I'll tell ... like, people always be like 'Let's eat like ... catch a fish, let's eat it' and I'll be like 'Maybe'. And then I catch one and before I even think about it my hands have already tooken the hook out and ... put the fish back. But I'm like, like I said, I've just been thinking about how silly it is to keep ... I need to make a choice, kind of ... if I'm gonna be a vegetarian or start eating some of the things that I can catch. ... This fish ... I caught it. I put it in the net, and it was wriggling so hard that it, like, ripped something in its mouth and it was just like prof... I could see that its tongue was all tore up and it was like profusely bleeding, and I'm like 'Shit, this is it. This is the one'. Just went to shore, blessed its soul, thanked it, smashed it with a rock, flayed it right there. Brought it up to the campfire and it was delicious."
Chris Roberts: "That was hard for you to do?"
David Gravette: "It was. I don't like it at all. ... Yeah ... I was a vegetarian for like eight years when I was a kid."
Chris Roberts: "Oh, OK."
David Gravette: "And it stopped at, kind of when I started travelling with skateboarding, because it was like too hard."
Roger Bagley: "It's hard to eat."
David Gravette: "Yeah."
Chris Roberts: "Yeah. ... I mean just hurting animals in general is hard for me."
David Gravette: "That's walking my fightin side, for sure."
Chris Roberts: "Yeah."
David Gravette: "Like, I will not let ... I will not stand there and have someone abuse an animal, even if it ..."
Chris Roberts: "Oh yeah ...? [...] I was watching this YouTube video the other night ... this woman was on a horse and the horse, you know how they, they lift up their front legs, and the horse fell over backwards, onto the woman ... I didn't care about the woman. I was like ... they fucking ... this horse just ... like it hurt my soul."
[...]
Chris Roberts: "But you would hear about, you know, even if a horse would, like, break its leg, they would put it down, you know. And that's fucking gnarly. [...]"
[...]
Chris Roberts: "Animals getting hurt, it fucking breaks my heart, bro. ... But fishing's different though. I feel like maybe I ca... It's something about it. I've said it before ..."
David Gravette: "It bothers me a lot sometimes, but I can't help ... it's just so good, like it's the excuse to get out, to be out there and like ... Man you get addicted to that wriggle too, man. You wanna feel ... You want that pull to hit."




In the Chad Muska episode of the Nine Club (episode 159) Chad says: "I eat a completely plant-based diet but yet my shoes are made of leather at times, and they've been made of leather and suede before I became, ah, ah, vegan - ahm, so, I say plant-based because vegan, I think, is a very strong statement to make. In my time it was, and so just the fact that I would wear leather on my feet goes against the idea of being vegan - I would say so. I eat a plant-based diet. I want to make less amount of products with these, with animal by-products as possible. But the machine is running pretty heavily and it's not all up to me at this point. But I do plan on making vegan products. Right now, especially, like, I have a lot of things, ideas in the works. [...] And I think it's also tricky for vegans as well, if you make a line of vegan products, but then you also have the other side. It's sort of like a ... But I think there'll be some people who will appreciate it if you make, at least offer the versions and ... Some of my shoes have been synthetic, and there are options out there. I have to look into the glues more too, and stuff, to know exactly if they're 100% vegan or not."




 
Some interesting new board graphics by Antihero ... the Brian Anderson lobster graphic is quite disappointing ... true to the cliche that ex-vegetarians are often the worst when it comes to self-indulgent callousness towards making animals suffer (such as, a lobster when it's boiled alive).



Antihero "street anatomy" board graphic series


 





(Photo: Kenny Anderson, London, 2018. Photo by Sam Ashley, Free Skateboard Magazine)

In an interview with Kenny Anderson on the Free Skateboard Magazine website (posted on 6 March 2019), there is the follwing exchange between the interviewer Sirus F Gahan and Kenny Anderson: 
"I tried not to nerd out too much on chatting veganism with Kenny between spots, but it was semi-inevitable […].
So you just visited the UK last week, what did you come over for? It wasn’t for skating right?
Kenny Anderson: Well, there’s this vegan festival called Vevolution that happens out in the UK. They invited this organisation called ‘Eat, Drink Vegan’, which is out in LA. I was one of the ‘Eat, Drink Vegan’ representatives that was invited to speak on their stage, ha ha.
[…]
Did you get any weird questions?
[Kenny Anderson:] Actually no, it was kind of just pertaining to me as a skateboarder and being on a plant-based diet and what that means. Also the speaker asked about how that effects having product in skateboarding and all that, and so I was able to talk about the shoe I put out and the shoe I’m working on. So I guess it’s pretty much just about my life basically ha ha.
[…]
I don’t want to talk about veganism too much, because it can get pretty dry, especially for the non-vegans out there, but I do have a couple more vegan questions (sorry non-vegans). I know what it’s like to be a vegan on a skate trip, and in general it kind of sucks actually… I wanted to ask, how do you go about it? Are you always running off by yourself?
[Kenny Anderson:] It’s definitely a lot easier now actually, because I travel mostly with Converse and a few guys are vegan as well on there. But typically throughout the last years, I’d just do a lot of research on where I’m going, and I’d just disappear and do my own thing. Which is cool because I’ve seen cities around the world that I’ve been to before, but I’ve seen them in a whole different way, just to go to this one restaurant, that I wanted to go to. I’ll break out early and go skate, and be in the zone I’ve never been to before, find a skate spot, things like that.
Yeah, that’s sick.
[Kenny Anderson:] It’s pretty cool.
It’s kind of a conduit to lead you on new adventures, to places you might not have stumbled on before?
[Kenny Anderson:] Yeah! I kind of like that. It’s cool that I can eat with people now, but at the same time I kind of like venturing out by myself a lot.
So the guys on Converse that are vegan, did that all happen because of that trick in Purple?
[Kenny Anderson:] No, it kind of started after this Korea trip we did. It stemmed from a discussion with Mike (Anderson) about the drought in LA, and it just led on to more questions, and I feel like Mike was already going that way. He was also my roommate, so we’d sit there and talk a lot and inspire each other you know?
That’s really cool.
[Kenny Anderson:] And then Aaron (Herrington) was there at that trick in Purple yeah, the noseslide nollie flip. It was one of those tricks that you know, you stick and you just keep buckling. Then a couple guys said that they’d go vegan for three days if I landed it, and then all of a sudden everyone’s chiming in: ‘I’ll go vegan the rest of the trip’ just to kind of spark me up. Which is funny because that would spark me up more than anything. And then yeah, that’s the one I did. That’s why in the video my hands were up; sadly it wasn’t a joy for myself.
It wasn’t self props.
[Kenny Anderson:] No, it was about everyone there, probably about 80% of the people in that crew were going to eat plant-based for the rest of the trip. So then that’s when Aaron [Herrington] started, and he hasn’t gone back. I think it’s been two years now.
And he’s sober as well right?
[Kenny Anderson:] Yeah, vegan and sober, and that’s the thing with Aaron too, we were already having talks, it’s not like it was just like, ‘Oh here’s a trick let me do it, and you can go vegan.’ He was already on that level of consciousness, of shifting his life. And it’s not about just diet; it’s about stress and breathing, and prioritising yourself more you know? And diet just happens to fall in that category. Since then, there have been times when people will just throw it out there during a trick, and it’s kind of cool. I did a Girl and Chocolate trip with Mike Mo and Malto, and they called it out on this trick, and I did it, and they ate vegan the rest of the trip. It was only two more days, but you know it’s kind of a thing now.
For sure, but are these guys actually sticking to it? Ben Raemers told me he said he’d do it once, but would sneak off at night to get Big Macs, ha ha.
[Kenny Anderson:] I remember some people were cheating, which is funny because I don’t really care. It’s more about the concept of it and the conversations that come about. Even a couple of meals, that means a lot to me…
You kinda mentioned it there, veganism in itself is just about being plant-based, but it’s part of a bigger outlook and awareness on your life as a whole. Being conscious, having a greater understanding of yourself as a being, as well as other beings, right?
[Kenny Anderson:] Yeah, it’s like I said about Aaron, and myself too. My transition was more about, yes I didn’t want to hurt animals, yes I learnt more about not hurting the environment, and that’s great you know. Here I am, eating this way and trying to help as much as possible, whilst my own stress was hurting me. You can be a vegan, and help animals, whilst you’re killing yourself with your own stress. You can look at it, and be like ‘well at least save the animals’ ha ha. But to me, it’s more about, connecting to the animals, to earth and to ourselves, all as one. I think when you have that theory that we are all one, then it’s a lot easier to align your actions with those same values you know. Because at that point, you’re not going to do anything to hurt the environment, the animals, ourselves, your friends…
When you realise everything is connected?
[Kenny Anderson:] It’s about a higher consciousness, of all of our actions and the consequences of those. I always feel, especially with having kids, if we were taught about that more, about all of our actions, where all our food comes from, the consequences of purchasing stuff, even purchasing fashion sometimes, like where that came from. If everyone knew exactly where things came from, and what they’re doing to your body, and mind, then I don’t think the majority of us would be making those same decisions. And if you do, fine. I’m not one to judge, I’m just more, on my own life, being a little more conscious of that, and trying to align all those actions.
Because you’re the one you have control over…
[Kenny Anderson:] Right, and I got to the point where, I’m not ever going to consciously hurt our earth, hurt animals or hurt myself. There is a point of that where, man, you realise how much stress, or negative energy, or eating certain things, can do to you. Like when you’re really aware of what that does to your own body, and other people, you start taking steps towards a better option.
And eliminating those things.
[Kenny Anderson:] If something’s going to hurt me it’s not going to be by my own choice, it’s not going to be by the food I put it my mouth, or the thoughts I put in my head. It’s like: if something’s going to hurt me it’s going to be skateboarding, a sucker punch, a car accident. Something I can’t control. I think that’s the biggest thing: being aware that we actually have control over our lives.
So it’s like the more you are aware of your own responsibility in effecting that trinity: yourself, the earth and other beings, the greater your sense of actually having control can become?[Kenny Anderson:] Yeah exactly, and the fact that we’re all one. Some people don’t care about that, and I don’t judge for that. Like some people don’t care one bit about animals, only themselves. It’s just for me; I look at it this way.
[…] We heal on a cellular level, and everything we put in our mind and body, effects our cells. So I started obsessively studying, researching cellular structure, and how our bodies work. I was already eating plant-based, but when I was in my healing process, that was when I really just flipped into like – if I’m going to prioritise myself and my health at this point, it’s going to be one thousand per cent.
You’re going all in.
[Kenny Anderson:] Just go in on every single level to heal. I think every skater will agree; we don’t ever do that. We heal as much as we need to just to be out pushing, and then we’re out skating again. That’s what happened to me for 30 years of skateboarding, yes everything caught up and my ankle’s about to fall off.
Gnarly!
[Kenny Anderson:] It was basically dangling off because I rolled it so many times, and never really took care of it. But then during that time, I prioritised myself more than everything and I was able to heal myself. In about seven months I was skating again. It was kind of scary at first but within a few weeks, I felt better than I’ve felt in ten years.
That’s crazy.
[Kenny Anderson:] So I took a video of the doctor giving me the shot in my knee, and I posted it, and I just said my story really briefly, just saying like, ‘Hey, if anyone’s considering surgery, get 3-4 opinions, I was able to heal myself naturally with breathing, meditation, diet. If you have any questions, hit me up.’ I put my phone away, went to sleep, woke up to a hundred DMs the next day, and that turned into two hundred, three hundred in two or three weeks. That was a trip because some were about my knee, some about a vegan diet, some about meditation, some breathing, some depression, which I didn’t talk about. All these things, from teenage kids, to people in their twenties, thirties, forties, fifties, everyone asking questions about something, and some topics I didn’t even talk about. That kind of opened my eyes up to how many people just need to talk to someone, or are just searching for answers.
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And that all stemmed from allowing yourself to take that time, to heal properly, and give yourself space to think, whilst coming to a greater understanding of how you’re treating your body?[Kenny Anderson:] That goes back to your original question, like it’s not just about eating a plant-based diet. If it was just that I could have been eating fries and soda, it’s not about that. When you truly connect with yourself, and prioritise yourself on a health level and make sure you take care of yourself, then food and diet will just follow. If you really care about yourself, inevitably you’re going to start putting healthier things in your mouth.
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A Jenkem Mag article about Stefan Janoski from July 2019 mentions Janoski eating "vegan artichoke pizza". It also mentions one of Janoski's sculptures being called "vegan grill".
Stefan Janoski 2019



In a post on the Thrasher website titled "Trevor Thompson Goes Pro" (posted in 9 September 2019) it says: "It’s no surprise to us that Trevor “Bone” Thompson is WKND’s newest pro. [...] This past Saturday, WKND hosted a private get together at Kingswell in Los Feliz with some of Trevor’s closets friends for the release of his first pro board, featuring a classic WKND style skit to go along with it. Fueled by vegan doughnuts and copious amounts of free beer, the crowd was stoked to present Trevor with his first pro board.
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There is no better way to Trevor’s heart than a box of vegan doughnuts.
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But most importantly, Maaloof just wanted his piece of the vegan doughnuts."