NAME: Chris Center
LOCATION: City Heights, CA
OCCUPATION: I’ve been a valet driver for over two years now working at a casino. I’m leaving the job next month though. My first job I worked was McDonalds, vegan the 2 two years that I worked there around 2008.
Where do you like skating? Mostly random things skating the streets and cruising the sidewalks and hills. Dallas skatepark. Fairmount ramp. Curbs.
Why did you go Veg? I was in highschool and realised I was drinking WAY too much soda. I decided to stop even though I didn’t have anybody telling me what was healthy or not. After that I became more concience about what I put in my body and I thought about the chicken sandwiches I was eating every day. I asked myself why I was eating an animal and something clicked. I became vegetarian soon after, then vegan about a month after that. I made some eggs and a friend jokingly said “you won’t eat meat and your gonna eat eggs?” and that made sense so I went vegan.
What is your favorite thing to skate and why? I love parking blocks on transition that you can get good crunchy slappy grinds on. I love the feeling and the sound of it. Hill bombs are great they are exciting and fun. Manny pads and ledges Ive grown up skating them having 4 hour long sessions with friends it’s a great feeling.
What shoe are you skating in now? I’m riding some weird vans shoes that I dont think are for skating. They are actually suede which is new to me. I couldn’t find any vegan shoes at the thrift stores after looking for a very long time and my shoes were barely holding together. I decided to thrift some suede shoes because still it doesn’t cost the life of an animal. Needless to say, I still prefer and look for canvas thrift shoes.
Or just say whatever you want about skating Veg? Make your skate stuff last, skateboarding unfortunately hurts the environment, but its good for the soul. Stay healthy and keep having fun. Don’t let people tell you’re too old for skating. Being vegan doesn’t mean you stop there, be a part of your community and let your actions help humans and non-human animals. Your actions will greatly benefit the community around you, not just not boycotting consumer products. Buy local, use less packing, and try to support non/less corporate stores and shop at farmers markets to help your local community.
Thanks for being so patient for this to go up Chris! We appreciate the words that remembering that veganism, the environment, and humans are all part of one fight! Are you veg and shred? Then you’re a Vegetable Shredder! Send in a some photos and the answer to all these questions to firstname.lastname@example.org Don’t forget a mailing address so we can get you some rad stickers. ( US only – that international shipping is EXPENSIVE!)