Vegetable Shredder – Michael Dean

Michael Dean Vegan Skateboarder BonelessNAME: Michael Dean

LOCATION: Encinitas, CA

OCCUPATION: Surfboard factory hand

Where do you like skating? Poods Park in Enci, both in the park and the perfect red curb in the parking lot.

Why did you go Veg? I went vegan solely to prove my solidarity for animal liberation. I have been vegan now for almost 5 years and I was introduced to veganism through the punk/hardcore music scene. After going vegan, I watched Earthlings for the first time which opened my eyes to speciesism and deepened my convictions for animals as fellow earthlings. Thus my compassion for animals grew tremendously which I didn’t even think was possible. Whereas before I was just practicing a vegan diet, I have now cut out non-vegan friendly hygiene products, clothing made from animals, leather/suede shoes, etc.

Michael Dean Vegan Skateboarder Hippy JumpWhat is your favorite thing to skate and why? My favorite thing to skate is a solid, smooth red curb because once I learned how to slappy, skateboarding became way more fun. I also love a nice long flat rail. Anywhere I can get creative with some basics is gonna glue a grin to my face.

Michael Dean Vegan Skateboarder Board SlideWhat shoe are you skating in now? I tend to stick to canvas classics. Right now I’m skating a pair of Converse Chuck Taylors and Vans Authentic. I like a sole that lasts a long time. Shoe goo is my best friend.

Or just say whatever you want about skating Veg… Roll up to every session with a hand of bananas and listen to Youth of Today.


If your veg and skate, you’re a #vegetableshredder (hash tag that shit everywhere!) Send in some photos and the answer to all the questions above to  Don’t forget to tell us your instagram name and a mailing address so we can get you some rad stickers. ( US only – that international shipping is EXPENSIVE!)


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