Emerica The Reynolds

Emerica The Reynolds Vegan Skateboard Shoe Mid-Top Synthetic PU Coated CanvasThe Reynolds is finally available in a vegan colorway! Andrew “The Boss” Reynolds mid-top features some of Emerica’s newest technologies in a durable polyurethane coated canvas upper.  The Reynolds is a clean mid-top with minimal stitch lines and lots of collar padding. The G6 sole provides some big time impact protection too! Emerica The Reynolds Vegan Skateboard Shoe Mid-Top Synthetic PU Coated CanvasEmerica has been moving back towards cupsole skate shoes, with a majority of the pro-line falling into this category. The design or the typical puffy cupsole we knew in the 90s-2000s has changed significantly and for the better. For years the slim vulcanized shoes seemed to be flooding the skate market, and not with out cause. The control from a slimmer, deconstructed skate shoe that did away with layering along toe caps meant a smoother wear and less ripping. .  Slimming the shoes toe where flick and board control are centered was a crucial response to the technical skating that has exploded in the last 10 years.

This left a lot of skateboarders wanting something more out of a shoe; good collar and tongue padding, a cushioned sole, but something light that wouldn’t make your feet clunky or turn into a sweat factory. The Reynolds along with several of the other newest Emerica models (The Heritic X Templeton and Herman G6 which we review next)  have bridged a gap between comfort, form and function in the new era of cupsole skateboard shoes.Emerica The Reynolds Vegan Skateboard Shoe Mid-Top Synthetic PU Coated CanvasThe Reynolds fresh out of the box look smooth. The minimal stitch lines are clear of the high wear ollie area eliminating pre-mature blow out (where the upper meets the soles sidewall). Internal stitching hides the seam line, so when the threading does breakdown the panels aren’t going anywhere.Emerica The Reynolds Vegan Skateboard Shoe Mid-Top Synthetic PU Coated CanvasWithout the laces you can see the large perforations in the puffy tongue.  Just part of the super breathable and lightweight construction.Emerica The Reynolds Vegan Skateboard Shoe Mid-Top Synthetic PU Coated CanvasEmerica The Reynolds Vegan Skateboard Shoe Mid-Top Synthetic PU Coated CanvasA look inside the shoe reveals the internal padding along with the red sock liner. This keeps the tongue centered, but also makes for a snug fit.  One thing that is sure with The Reynolds, the shoe stays put. Emerica The Reynolds Vegan Skateboard Shoe Mid-Top Synthetic PU Coated CanvasThe inner side panel is a partially opened mesh, making The Reynolds light and super airy. Emerica The Reynolds Vegan Skateboard Shoe Mid-Top Synthetic PU Coated CanvasThe padded collar outer is a durable synthetic-nubuck (same material as the as the top of the embossed tongue) with a super soft nylon liner. The sloped angle makes ankle movement comfortable with out the kind of abrasive wear you’d get with a straight cut.Emerica The Reynolds Vegan Skateboard Shoe Mid-Top Synthetic PU Coated CanvasThe back paneling add a stiff contrast to those soft collars, locking the heel of the foot firmly in place. Emerica The Reynolds Vegan Skateboard Shoe Mid-Top Synthetic PU Coated CanvasThe Reynolds uses a similar material as the PU coated Tempster mid-tops. The shape and stiffness of the toe cap feels similar to an internally protected shoe, like the Heritic X Tempster of Etnies Jefferson. However this is just the effect of the construction. Other then the sock liner, its just a layer of polyurethane coated canvas between your feet and the grip tape. Emerica The Reynolds Vegan Skateboard Shoe Mid-Top Synthetic PU Coated CanvasThe little red triangle on the heel is the G6, the technology that makes The Reynolds and several other models full of impact protection but super flexible and bouncy. The white heel and outer toe panels are excellent for giving a little extra wear time for foot drag and skidding! Keeping the rest of the shoe gripping on the Emerica triangle tread!Emerica The Reynolds Vegan Skateboard Shoe Mid-Top Synthetic PU Coated CanvasThe Reynolds after a week and a half of skating. The wear pattern is a great example of smart design. The lines completely envelop the abrasion areas in one single piece. Around the laces, between the 4th and 5th whole, what seems like a skipped eyelet is a clever way to save shoe laces. (Just make sure you go for the over-under pattern) Emerica The Reynolds Vegan Skateboard Shoe Mid-Top Synthetic PU Coated CanvasClose up, an ollie spot is well on its way. It seems to be coming through a bit higher then normal in our test wear, perhaps the effect of the higher profile of the cupsole design.  A little earlier then we’d like to see, this is a combined wear of 4 hours on the skateboard. Compared against the Tempter mid-top, it took about 10 hours to get the same ollie wear. If you aren’t Shoe-Goo averse, then this would be the time to slather some in the spot. Emerica The Reynolds Vegan Skateboard Shoe Mid-Top Synthetic PU Coated CanvasThe Reynolds is an interesting design. If you take a look at the Baker/Deathwish line up, you’ve got a majority of the team either on Emerica or Supra. The Reynolds looks likes Emerica’s answer to the Supra SW1. Style-wise its just different from what we’ve seen from  Sole-Tech in the past, but its clean and a nice break from shoes that can only be differentiated by a few lines of stitching.   We’re still waiting on The Reynolds Low to drop in a Vegan colorway.

More then a solid shoe, even with the early wear, The Reynolds is far from coming apart and feels sturdy. Slipping the shoe on, its instantly comfortable but you’re going to need a full day or more of breaking in time before going for a serious skate session.  This is a bit of a departure, considering several of the Emerica models we have reviewed are instant skaters.  It’s a strange feeling because the shoe is light, but with padding comes a little bulk. This could take some getting used to, especially if your previous shoes are much slimmer.

With all the protection, cushioning, and smoothness to The Reynolds, you may notice a bit of a squeeze in the toe. While the overall fit of the size 10 we reviewed was spot on, a combination of the insole, the sock liner, and tapered toe put a bit of a squeeze on our tootsies. If you have wide feet this could be uncomfortable and might try a half size up.  Another way to go, which seemed to remedy the squeeze was to remove the insole.  This drops the footbed down and reduces the toe squeeze a bit. The trade off, a little ruff riding and some heel slippage. The price tag is a bit higher then we’ve seen in the past which may be an issue for some. If the next version featured a synthetic leather like we saw in The Heritic X Tempster, this shoe would be unstable.Emerica Vegan Skateboard Shoes Ed Templeton drawing No Cow No Problem Transistor Sect Vegan Vegetarian leather free synthetic material  Our favorite new tag, that you may just find hanging on your next pair of Emerica’s!  Check back for an update with some more wear and durability photos.

Emerica Grey/Black sizes 6-14 $89.99

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Hybrid Turkey investigation by Mercy For Animals

Mercy For Animals Canada recently released an investigation revealing extreme cruelty at a turkey breeding operation in Bright, Ontario.   Hybrid Turkeys is not in the business of slaughtering animals for meat production, but is centered on breeding animals that will end of up on factory farms.

The fact that Hybrid Turkeys is a breeding facility coming under scrutiny and not a typical slaughter production is an important difference. It further extends the argument that at all levels, animal agriculture is incapable of escaping exploitation and cruelty.

CBC’s Marketplace did an interesting piece on Hybrid, called “The Trouble With Turkey.”  They’ve featured other MFA investigation footage in the past and offer some excellent followup.  At the end of the Hybrid Turkey piece, Marketplace shows a “natural” turkey farmer on Vancouver Island.  This natural, free-range, organic model is often presented as an alternative. However the key flaw is that even these free-range farms get their eggs from a breeding facility.  The birds still die and have a violent end no matter their quasi-peaceful existance. Furthermore, rounding up any animals for slaughter, (no matter how small the farm) will bring about a chaos and pandemonium that is inherently prone to callousness and cruelty. The day any human can take dozens of lives with calm and care, will be a bleak one indeed.  Alternative to cruelty, go fucking vegan.

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Chris Klich at The Unheard Ramp (RIP)

The Unheard Ramp is over,  Our buddy Chris Klich aka VeganFixed rips it one last time in this video brought to us by his shop sponsor, Daddies Board Shop.  Chris rips and wears the Vegan badge on his sleeve proudly.  Thanks for ripping so hard Chris!

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War on Women: Interview with Shawna Potter

photo: Carl Pocket

photo: Carl Pocket

War on Women is a band from Baltimore, Maryland. Shawn Potter (vocals) Brooks Harlan (guitar) Nancy Hornburg (guitar) Evan Tanner (drums) and Sue Werner (bass) make up the fierce hardcore group who pointedly took the name War on Women; a phrase often used to describe the right wing political attacks on women centered issues.

War on Women toured the West Coast with Propagandhi and The Flatliners last month. I spoke with Shawna after the tour to talk about music, politics, and beautiful Baltimore!

-Mr. Fakie


Mr. Fakie: How’s your Sunday going?

Shawna Porter: Good.

MF: Did you go to church?

SP: Nooo…

(Laughter from all)

MF: War on Women is a hardcore band. What was your introduction to hardcore and who were some of your influences?

SP: I will admit that I’m the person in the band with the least hardcore and punk street cred. I grew up listening to all kinds of music but it was a lot of R&B. I came up on more punk rock in the way that Sonic Youth is punk rock. It was less about the straight ahead, three chord yelling about the government kind of stuff. But still, being really young, I listened to the Sex Pistols because I had heard of them and I should listen to them because they’re a staple. Through that, it got me really into the first Clash record, which I love. As well as Bikini Kill, and the Slits, Refused, and even if it doesn’t count, I love Danzig. I’ve always liked heavy music that’s a little creepy in some ways. So as long as it has a good melody and it’s a bit creepy, I’m down with it. I also really like Isis and Tides. But after all of it, my favorite artists are Prince, Beyonce, Slant 6 and Helium. I was so into Helium growing up.

MF: So you got into the hardcore scene as more of an active participant than just a fan?

SP: Yeah. Mainly because it has such a bad rap for women. I lived in Nashville so all of my friends were in bands. I know it’s not like that in every town but everyone loved music, everyone’s parents were studio musicians. I’d see my friends play all ranges of music but it was common knowledge that if you went to a random punk or hardcore show, you’d be holding your boyfriend’s coat. The punk that I was into, that felt safe for me, was Riot Grrrl. No one was going to judge you for your playing ability and it was mixed gender. So the traditionally male oriented stuff took me a while to get into because I didn’t want to.

MF: When you started to get into music was it instantly political?

SP: No. I didn’t really start thinking about politics and my place in it until George W. Bush was elected. One day I heard he wanted to restrict abortion access and I thought, “That’s not right. He doesn’t have a uterus. Why does he get to say who has access?” That started the spiral. I consciously ignored it and stayed apathetic for a long time because of my young age (being under 18). I didn’t think I could do anything. I felt that I had no power so most of the lyrics I wrote were about people. That’s fascinating. People are fascinating. So when I started to think more about what’s going on in the US, it wasn’t really until we started War on Women that politics came to the forefront. Brooks and I made a conscious decision to do this. Before in our band Avec, we’d write about anything we wanted to. This is a project with a direction and there’s no limit to what I can write about because women’s equality can be tied to any topic.

It was never really “you should elect this person or pass bill number whatever,” it was that people are fucking telling me what to do with my life and my body and they have no right to do that. So in that sense, yeah, if that’s political, I was conscious of that.

MF: You’re writing and singing in this band, previously you played guitar in a band with Brooks?

SP: Yeah, I’ve played guitar since I was 12 in a few different bands. I was in a mostly female 90s pop, kind of alternative, band with three part harmonies when I was in high school in Nashville. I also did some solo acoustic kind of stuff and then joined the band with Brooks that became Avec. Which was jazzy, mathy kind of rock. And this band, the original inspiration came from a Bikini Kill cover band I was in with Katy Otto, who runs Exotic Fever Records and plays drums in Trophy Wife. She has a long history of music in the DC scene.

We played a few shows and I decided to sing, I was going to be Kathleen Hanna because it was fun. Then Brooks came to see us and said, “This is really good. We should do this for real.” And I thought, “Cool.” We are different people and weren’t going to be Bikini Kill 2, we wanted to write different songs. I think when people compare us it’s because there’s a limited scope and they instantly tie us to bands with women even though we may sound more like a band with men.

photo: Carl Pocket

photo: Carl Pocket

MF: Speaking of that, bands like L7 and Babes in Toyland were hard rock bands but got lumped into to this catch-all ‘girl band’ category. Do you feel that its a bad term to be lumped in with this ‘girl band’ category?

SP: I think it sells my gender short. It’s easily dismissible. I think of ‘girl group’ and I think of the Ronnettes. I think of fluffy stuff. And not that Motown wasn’t awesome, it’s just not that challenging today. It’s just good pop music. And we’re not doing good pop music. I just want to do good music. I think the term is misleading. It sells us short and it sells the audience short. I want to give more credit to digest something. It’s not that odd to see more than one gender in a band. I think if people see us live, I’d like to think that they wouldn’t forget that I’m a woman, but more importantly they’d remember that we bring it and put on a good show. If you think that at the same time, then you can stop thinking of it as a ‘girl band’. I’m also 31. I’m sick of being called a girl.

MF: There’s certainly this trap or novelty but can it feel safer for women, especially young women to have an alternative getting into music?

SP: I’ve always felt, having been on stage for a long time, that every time you see a woman on stage, it’s an opportunity to inspire a young woman in the audience. I’m not so bigheaded to think that, “Oh, I’m an inspiration” but I didn’t know that I could be on stage and play a guitar until I saw another woman do it.

I’d see music videos of a bunch of dudes playing and I’d think, “That’s cool, I like music.” but it wasn’t until I saw a video of a woman playing guitar and realized that I can do that. I think that’s a really important idea for people to think about. Having a bi-racial family in a cereal commercial, or on a Cheerios box is way more important than you think because it normalizes someone’s existence and will normalize an experience that more and more families are having. I think that having a mixed [gender] band is way more important than being all women playing the same stuff. It shows that we’re able to work together to promote equality for everyone. That’s where feminism or any good cause should be. We need partnerships and have to realize that we can’t do it alone. It ensures that men know that they can be a part of it.

MF: Let’s start with a quote then a question. I think this is interesting because you definitely hear, at times, people rejecting the word feminist. The author, Caitlin Moran, wrote a book called How to be a Woman and in it she challenges women who reject the association with feminism with this question: “Put your hands in your pants,” (laughing)  you don’t have to do that.

SP: (Also laughing) How do you know I’m not already?

MF: “A) Do you have a vagina? B) Do you want to be in charge of it? If you said yes to both, then congratulations, you’re a feminist.” Do you ever encounter women, especially in the hardcore scene or life in general who push back on the term and try to rationalize feminism as a term to distance themselves from the idea?

SP: My personal experience is that there’s younger women, especially high school age who are still being tricked to think that’s a bad word. They haven’t talked enough with other people about it to change their minds. You know they’re going to get over that, there’s still just a few ideas of patriarchal society to get over. In the hardcore and punk scene there’s no woman I’ve come across who hasn’t identified or been proud to see a woman on stage. So that aspect has been good so far.

I’ve experienced people not identifying with feminism if they more strongly identify with womanism or they feel that feminism is for white women, which is a valid concern. They’re still in the good fight for equality and civil rights but they don’t need feminism to do that. I’m cool with that, I want to be an ally to that way of thinking. So in that case, no, I don’t think the lack of self-identifying as a feminist is a bad thing. I see it more with people that have more entitlement and privilege and they think life is great for them so why isn’t it for every other woman? They only think that because their life is very charmed. Most people in punk, or the scenes I’m in, don’t feel that way.

MF: Let’s talk about a group called Hollaback that you’re involved with in Baltimore that focuses on street harassment. Could you tell us a little about that?

SP: The Baltimore chapter that I run is a part of a larger international movement to raise awareness for street harassment. To call it by name, let people know they’re not alone and to educate folks on how to avoid accidental harassment. And also to deal with it in the moment and even after the fact in a proactive way that can help other people deal with it.

MF: I wanted to talk about a few songs on the record. “Broken Record” and “Effemimania” are parallel, I think. In “Broken Record” you talk about street harassment which is an aggressive and ugly side of sexism but “Effemimania” explores misogyny, in the way that men have a standard for women that doesn’t allow them to express themselves sexually. Effectively that men can control a situation and act a certain way around women. Maybe you can explain that side of the song a bit.

SP: It’s more about the gender spectrum. That there’s not a certain way to be male or a certain way to be female and that there’s a bunch of genders in between. We’re all a lot more similar than society would have us believe. They want to pit us against each other, men versus women,  and it shouldn’t be like that. My inspiration for that song was definitely “Whipping Girl” by Julia Serano. Reading her account of her unique experience, that not everyone shares, her experience of transitioning and how she views the world viewed her and what parts of her changed was really fascinating and reassuring. I really feel like humans are so similar and we have much more in common than we don’t. So there’s no reason to fight against each other.

MF: Let’s talk about the politically aware hardcore scene. You mentioned before that you’re not receiving as much push back for feminism and also going back to the scene in Nashville where women hold their boyfriends’ coats.

SP: I think that was a common experience for people of that time, not necessarily unique to Nashville.

MF: I’m 33 and grew up in the Pittsburgh hardcore scene where the girls are in the back…

SP: Because the dudes are gonna go crazy and “We don’t wanna hurt you ladies!”

(Laughter from all)

MF: There’s the politically aware hardcore scene where we know that sexism, racism and homophobia are wrong but you hear people using words that have real impact. Words like bitch, slut, homo, retard even that really can hurt people. I’d be interested to see how you hear people talk in these scenes. And how do you talk to people about their privilege.

SP: It’s really difficult. It’s one of those things where you balance everything, like is it your band’s show? My band’s show? Am I a guest? Am I outnumbered? And you have to decide how well you know this person, and do I feel safe? Am I exhausted from being street harassed all day or have I been reading about rape culture all day and am I fucking over it? There’s no perfect situation or response to behavior like that. Especially if someone is part of that marginalized group. I try to tell my male friends that they should be better bystanders. It’s better and going to be heard more if a man tells another man, “Hey dude, that’s not cool.”

I draw a pretty hard line for myself and my close friends to try to be better with our own language. Even if it’s with my best girlfriend, I’m not going to be like, “Hey, bitch.” Even if it’s fun to say, I try to curb that especially if other people are around because I don’t want to normalize any word like that. The kind of person that would say, “I can say that because that lady said it,” is the worst kind of person to pick up on that language. I let a lot of things go because I can’t fight every battle but I’m very quick to challenge if someone is using slang for genitalia to mean weak or less than. If someone is being a “cunt”, then they’re being “bitchy” but that’s so negative. I never use slang language for genitalia because I think it’s making behavior gendered.

photo: Carl Pocket

photo: Carl Pocket

MF: Speaking of P.C. fascists, War on Women just finished a tour with Propagandhi. What were your favorite moments, road stories or cities?

SP: Let’s see.. I think Oakland was surprisingly awesome and fun. There were a ton of people there early, knew the songs and we felt like we played well. We felt really positive. I also like the L.A. show because I get too comfortable. I’m in DIY punk spaces, I’m with Propagandhi and I don’t hear from many assholes when we play.

MF: L.A. had a dark vibe going on.

SP: Yeah, a really dark vibe. L.A. had a couple of dudes that were ruining it for everyone. They even brought us down for a second. We were like, “Fuck!” It was so offensive that it was worth calling out. We just happened to be playing “Broken Record” next. The song is meditative and about street harassment so we felt good after that and were fine. It’s more rare than you’d think to experience that kind of street harassment and sexism at a live show. People like that are cowards and trolls who usually do that online from the safety of their bedroom where they don’t have to look a human in the face and challenge them. To experience that live is rare but it keeps me on my toes. I felt like it was about time to make sure I still had it.

MF: I remember thinking, “is this a plant?”

(Laughter form all)

SP: We’re not that famous… We’re playing loud ass music and can’t always hear everything but that dude let himself be heard. He wanted to make sure we knew he existed which is entitlement bullshit wrapped in street harassment. The thing I thought about afterwards talking to Jord (Propagandhi) and Jord’s partner, was what would have happened if that guy said the same thing in the street? It was so aggressive, he making sure I heard him and was not getting that I wasn’t interested in hearing him. This is one of those things where you have to give yourself permission to feel the way you feel. I had to give myself permission to have fear of going into the audience in case I was to see him. If I did that, I didn’t know if he’d try to corner or grab me. That’s a really dark flip side, especially because I was on stage with a microphone and lights and in control of the situation and that would be gone. It’s scary and hopefully it was a good show but as soon as I walk off stage, I wasn’t sure if he’d find me. And that’s something we all live with every day. That’s why we’re still a band and have something to sing about.

MF: Brooks is vegan and before the interview you told me that you’re veg and sometimes vegan so while I won’t ask you for Brooks as he’s not here, but for you, how did you become veg or vegan?

SP: Well for me, while I was in Avec, everyone in the band was vegetarian at least. It was really a matter of time and when you understand why they’re doing it and understand it, how can you not change your eating habits? I just had to be exposed to someone who was doing it and willing to tell me why in a nonjudgmental way. For me it’s been 10 years and the options for what you can eat are blowing up. I have the privilege to go to the grocery store and see Tempeh and Tofurkey so why would I not buy that if I can?

MF: How was touring with Propagandhi, the vegan supergroup?

SP: In the US, there’s not really catering, most of the places we play are a house. But when you play in Europe, they feed you, they know what’s up. We had amazing vegan food every night and when you get there, they even have snacks. Which of course, we turned into our lunch. It’s the healthiest I’ve ever been. Why would you buy lunch? There’s no reason to buy anything if you’re covered. Healthy food is so important on the road so you don’t get sick. I was chock full of vitamins.

MF: Let’s see, which member of War on Women has the best kickflip?

SP: Kickflip? Me? I don’t know. I bet it’s Brooks. I think half the band skated in junior high and high school but hasn’t since, I’m sorry to say.

MF: Oh, bummer.

SP: Everyone stopped when their parents health insurance ran out.

(All laughing)

Cannot afford a broken arm. But Brooks has the best chance of being in the parking lot and landing one well.

MF: So if I come down to Baltimore with a skateboard, Brooks can get the kickflip?

SP: My money’s on Brooks.

MF: What’s your favorite John Waters’ movie?

SP: Oh, Crybaby. I watched that for the first time in junior high way before I knew about John Waters or Baltimore. I’d sing along and make my mom rent it every weekend from Blockbuster. Only recently, I got a copy of it. I still know every word. I just fucking love it.

MF: Are you amazed by how absolutely politically subversive he is? Crybaby and Hairspray were big movies for him. Crybaby is all about class war and Hairspray is about integration and even has a race riot.

SP: I can tell you for sure everyone in Baltimore is cool with John Waters. We’re all stoked on John Waters. I was just asking my friends how to celebrate my dirty 30s and someone suggested a John Waters day. Dress up like your favorite character…

MF: …Eat dog shit!

SP: laughing Eat dog shit. So I don’t know what I’ll do but he’s on our minds and in our hearts.

MF: What’s next for War on Women after the Propagandhi tour and selling out of your 10”?

SP: We’re finishing a record. We’re in the middle or recording it and in talks of getting help to finish the last five or six songs and tour on it. We’re not rushing and we think it’ll be worth it.

MF: Any last words?

SP: Thank you for being an ally to women and promoting gender equality.

——————————————————————————————————– Thanks to Shawna Potter and War on Women. Check out their BandCamp page, or get their album on iTunes. Their 10″ record is SOLD OUT! Photos by Carl Pocket at Echoplex in Los Angeles California. A special thanks go out to Joey Zittnan and Jenifer Weber. The resident VSB transcription and spell check team.

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Fallen Patriot III

Patriot III Vegan Skateboard shoe from Fallen Synthetic leather synthetic nubuck Vegan

Fallen Patriot III is an update to the classic vegan skateboard shoe! The most consistent in their cupsole offering, the Patriot III is now slimmer and more breathable but still maintains great durability with a mostly synthetic nubuck upper.  The collar and tongue now feature meshed padding for a more comfortable feel and more venting to keep your feet sweat free.Vegan skateboard shoes Fallen Purple Skateboard skating Veg Vegan synthetic leather synthetic nubuck

Available in Grape Purple and Black; this is the first time we’ve seen a vegan-Patriot come in a non-black model. If you’re into the flashiness you know it’s all about the options and after all, the best flavor of purple is grape.

Black Ops

Skate Warehouse size 7-14 $59.99

Zappos size 5-14 $64.99

Grape Purple

Zappos size 5-14 $64.99

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Food Fight Vengeful Bunny T-Shirt

Vegan revenge tishit XVX Food Fight Grocery PDXThis Bunny has their night of vengeance! Brought to you by our sick twisted friends at Food Fight Grocery and Matt Gauck!  This double sided screen printed t-shirt features our Rabbit friend wielding a bloody butcher knife and a vivisector cut down to size on the front. ( I like to imagine it’s John Henry Draize. A notorious mass murderer of rabbits and other animals used in labs for cosmetic testing.)

Vegan t-shirt Animal Liberation XVX Food Fight GroceryThe back ghoulishly reads, “Their blood is on your hands. Your Blood is on Mine.” In the event any of your friends or family get bummed, remind them that the innocent bunny captive is taking revenge of their evil human captor.  Pretty sure thats kosher everywhere but Florida.

Food Fight XS-XL  $20.00

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Emerica The Heritic X Ed Templeton

Emerica The Heritic X Ed Templeton Vegan Skateboard shoeThe Heritic X Ed Templeton (also The Heritic X The Eye) is the latest vegan skateboard shoe from Emerica! A redesign of a classic Emerica model, this colorway is all about your benevolent overlord, Ed Templeton. The Sect Eye peering from underneath black mesh, and since this is Ed’s shoe, we can only assume is inspired by some fishnet stalkings (wink, wink). Most importantly the shoe is cruelty free and contains no animal products. No leather, no suede, no animal based glues!  Take a look as we examine the newest vegan skateboard shoe from Emerica!Emerica Vegan Skateboard Shoe Ed Templeton The Heritic

Vegan Skate Blog was fortunate enough to get to test out a pair earlier this year and put them through the wringer. And wring we did! Before we get to the carnage lets take a look at these beauties! This vegan cupsole skate shoe is far from a slim canvas number and gets back to what many of us have been missing in a cruelty free skate shoe! Lots of padding lots of life. For the casual skateboarder this is a shoe you can easily skate for six months or more before any significant wear and tear have you searching for your next shoe.

From box to board, The Heritic X Ed Templeton fits incredibly well. Tested in a size 10, the shoe doesn’t feel too narrow despite the extra padding in the toe cap.  The heal and collar are rigid below the padding and cup the heal of the foot considerably well. A solid fit like this makes the shoe skateable almost out of the box.  Emerica Vegan Skateboard Shoe Ed Templeton The HeriticThat stalking green eye stands out on the black toe and vamp. Made of a solid piece of black synthetic leather, the toe cap of the Heritic has an embedded reinforced layer. The promise is both toe protection and added skate life!Emerica Vegan Skateboard Shoe Ed Templeton The HeriticThe inside of the shoe reveals another Sect Eye and more importantly the foamy mid-sole similar to the G6!  Pick up this shoe and its light! Bend it and it flexes like a much thinner shoe! Most of all the impact protection is first rate with the best board feel around!Emerica Vegan Skateboard Shoe Ed Templeton The HeriticFrom straight ahead, The Heritic X Ed Templeton is super low key. If it wasn’t for those big Emerica labels they would hardly be recognizable as a high performing skateboard shoe.  Maybe if you switch up the laces you can get loud, but our test pair only came with black and thats how we like ‘em!  Emerica Vegan Skateboard Shoe Ed Templeton The HeriticThe portion of the upper that isn’t synthetic leather is a reptilian looking coated black canvas similar to what we saw with The Tempster last season.  This stuff holds up well to the stress of tight laces and doesn’t rip, it also handles the abrasion of grip tape fairly well! Add a couple flashes of gold with that Emerica triangle and top eyelet and its looking pretty spiffy. *IMG_9770The padding in the tongue and collar have a medium fill. The feet and ankles maintain movement while being fairly well protected.*IMG_9761Lurking in side, or should we say, for the lurker inside… Ed Templeton’s art on the insoles are a nice touch and may we say, more sophisticated then previous seasons. Vegan Skateboard Shoes The triangle tread soles are all over Emerica’s shoes this season and last. They grip amazingly well with better durability. The Heritic X Ed Templeton have skid spots on the heal for some quick stops and several cross lines for nice sole flex. Vegan Skateboard Shoes by Emerica The Heritic X Ed Templeton Toy Machine Sect Eye Here is a good look at the business end of The Heritic X Ed Templeton. Those caps don’t squeeze the toes, because they are actually embossed to the outer before being wrapped up in synthetic leather.  This means lots of wiggle room for your tootsies and amazing protection from slamming boards.The smoothness of the caps make for easy board flick too when launching into a kickflip!

Rain and general wet riding conditions in the Pacific Northwest can make for some wet feet.  However the toes stayed relatively dry even on rainy days. With synthetic leather this isn’t completely unexpected, but what was super nice is how well the Heritic breathes!  Swamp feet aren’t happening here due to all the mesh and super breathable tongue.

Emerica Heritic 3 and The Heritic X Ed Templeton Vegan Skateboard Shoes From the VSB shoe vault, side by side, the Heritic 3 (left) and Heritic X Ed Templeton (right, duh).  You’ll have to set your time machines to 2008 if you want the pair on the left. The design elements have a few of the same features. Check out those thick rubber toe caps! Great for longer wear but they just don’t have the smooth flick of the newest Heritic! The Heritic 3 and The Heritic X Ed Templeton Vegan Skateboard shoes


Vegan Skateboard Shoes from Emerica

“Thanks For Not Killing Me Emerica” This tag comes on some of the newest shoes from Emerica in 2014!

Ed Templeton original sketch for Vegan Skate Blog

Last year VSB interviewed Ed Templeton and he drew this awesome picture for us! We where super excited to see the tag hanging on several of the newest vegan colorways (more to come)  for 2014!

Lets Let Ed have a little say and show off The Heritic before we get into the carnage.

Ed Templeton Emerica The Heritic X Ed Templeton arrived several months ago and is seen here with about 40+ hours of skate wear. The toe caps are shredded but far from worn out and besides the obvious battle scars everything on this shoe is solid!*IMG_8108While ollie holes are developed the shoe still has quite a few layers left to give. The toe around the kickflip area still feels strong and have hours of skating to go before they wear down to the foam layer seen in the larger ollie hole. *IMG_8102A far fairer side to the worn but unbrutualized side of the Heritic. The toes however have started to sink a little which can look a little off putting. If you find yourself feeling self conscious about this just look into The Eye and remember, you are a scumbag street skater. *IMG_8112The Transistor Sect Eye stares back while we take a look at the abrasions of the black waxed canvas!  *IMG_8128A warn collar still holds strong with padding intact and only a slight run in the fish-net stalkings.*IMG_8121*IMG_8119The soles are just starting to go flat in the ball of the foot but they have maintained their grip well. Emerica has a grippier bottom on The Heritic X Ed Templeton. So while they may be lacking texture the grip is still strong.*IMG_8130The heals of The Heritic aren’t going anywhere. Re-inforced stitching takes care of that. Try as we might, even pulling off the shoes hands free (stepping on the heals for removal) hasn’t caused heal blow out! *IMG_8136Well worn and loved skateboard shoes rarely look anything but a disaster and The Heritic X Ed Templeton have a lot of fun left in them!  We give The Heritic X Ed Templeton our full support and would recommend a pair to anyone looking for a solid skateboard shoe.  The price on Emerica’s pro-line footwear has certainly gone up, but so has the quality.  This would be a solid shoe to see regularly from Emerica, not just as a special edition.

Emerica  size 7-11 $74.99









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Vegetable Shredder – Vernon Laird

Vern VeganNerd Vegan Skateboarder Vegetable Shredder

photo:rob meronek

Name: Vernon Laird

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Occupation: Bones Bearings Team Manager

Where do you like skating? Love Park

Why did you go Veg? A combination of things. A lot of the hardcore bands in the late 80′s and early 90′s had songs about vegetarianism and animal rights. So I guess I was paying attention to the lyrics and not only just hyped on the sound of the music.

There would always be people at shows handing out information about vegetarianism and animal rights so I was a sponge soaking it all up. A girl in my biology class gave a speech about how it was wrong to dissect frogs. All of that happened pretty much the same week when I was 16 in the 10th grade and all my friends were going veg!

Vegan Skateboarder Vernon Laird

photo:nicolas delavalle

What is your favorite thing to skate and why? I don’t really have a favorite thing to skate. I guess if I had to say something, it would be street. I just get enjoyment from the second I step on my board and push down the street. I like to skate everything, but street is the most accessible. It brings a smile to face and all my friends notice how happy I get when I’m skating. I usually have a stupid smile on my face the whole time. I think when I was younger and “trying” to get sponsored I would stress out over tricks, throw my board, etc. Now I just don’t take it so serious and skate for the reason I started in the first place, because it’s fun. When it stops becoming fun, that’s the only time I will stop. But as I get older, it’s the only fun thing I have in my life so I don’t know if I will ever stop because it becomes more fun everyday!

Vegan Skater Vern VeganNerd Vegetable Shredder

photo:rob meronek

What shoe are you skating in now? Nike SB Stefan Janoski Black Canvas.


Thanks for sending this in Vern!

If you skate and shred vegetables, let us know, send us the a picture of you skating and your answers to the above questions to fake@veganskateblog.com  Don’t forget your mailing address so we can hook you up with some Vegan Skate Blog stickers!

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Lakai Fura

Lakai Fura Vegan Skateboard shoes canvas veg no animalLakai Fura is the newest model from the champions of low profile skateboard shoes. The vegan colorway is canvas in phantom (also known as dark silvery grey) and copper highlights on the tongue and peeking out the collar. Metal eyelets are always welcome on a slim shoe for some fast lacing.  The Fura is part of the Lakai Select line, which features a vulcanized construction, shock absorbing footbed, and herringbone treads for good board grip. Look comfy but don’t forget the shoe-goo.

Lakai size 5-14 $62.00


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Bad For You: Exposing the War On Fun

Bad For You: Exposing the War On FunBad For You: Exposing the War On Fun, is a new illustrated book by Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham.  The book explores the world of over-protective parents, nanny-state bureaucrats, and do-goodery gone awry and the people making bucks off of a safety industry.   Bad For You: Exposing the War On FunThe title and cover practically scream out to any skateboarder (those of us that came up with no public skateparks) who has dealt with cops, security guards or over-zealous citizen. The book not only covers skateboarding, growing fears of new technologies,  but goes in depth on subjects like Zero-Tolerance policies that have resulted in children’s suspension from elementary school for possession of nail clippers.Bad For You: Exposing the War On FunDespite the comic-book style ( and a cover that nods to the pre comic-code age of Horror Comics) the book is filled with actual hard research; The type that has been debunking the anecdotal busy bodies ruining our fun for decades millennia. Interesting factoid from the book and on BoingBoing’s site, The “Techno-Panic” timeline, which includes Plato’s (360 B.C.E) fear that the written word will wreak havoc on the youths ability to commit history through the oral tradition. haha oral.  Check out the BadForYou blog too!

Buy it through our independent book store friends,  Quimby’s $9.99

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