Glen E. Friedman in
New York City, 2009.
Glen E. Friedman
Born in 1962. He's an American photographer and
artist. His first photograph was published when he was only 14 years
old. He is considered one of the most significant photographers of his
generation. He is especially known for his images of skateboarders and
musicians, including Ice-T, Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C.
and Public Enemy. His photography has been on album covers, art
galleries and museums all over the world and can be found in several
Keep Your Eyes Open,
F*** You Heroes, F***
He included 100 never before seen skate images in the book
The Legend of the Z-Boys, many of which also appeared in the award
DogTown and Z-Boys
for which he was an executive producer and advisor.
He considers himself a progressive political activist,
straight edge (which includes no alcohol, tobacco or other recreational
drugs) and vegan. You can check out his website at
Quotes by Glen E. Friedman:
|When asked what influenced him to become
vegan, he answered:
|"Specifically, it was some friends of mine
that gave me some literature to read many, many years ago. Ö I
read John Robbinsí
Diet for a New America as well as
Diet for a Small Planet
óthat had a lot to do with it as well. Both of those are very
inspirational, and they kind of break it up the same way. They
talk about the environment, they talk about the animals, and
they talk about your own health."
|"I never became a vegan for the animals, I
did it for the environment, and over the years I have become way
more sympathetic to the animal rights groups and cause in
general, it's just a consciousness that develops I guess over
|"Now when I see people eating certain
things, I definitely think of the animal before I think of
|"It is a matter of education and open
minds and thinking clearly, and caring about being sympathetic
to animals and the environment. Anyone who is halfway
intelligent would see that being vegan is the way you gotta go."
|"Donít wait for other people to educate
you. Educate yourself, because if you donít educate yourself,
you are just going to be brainwashed into what they want you to
|"When I first started , which was
over 15 years ago, I think I probably decided to cut out all
meat products except fish, and then I still was eating fish and
dairy products for about six months, and then after that I cut
out all the fish and any animal products. From the day I started
to the day I was completely vegan was less than a year. I think
people should be able to make the transition a lot quicker
nowadays because there are so many options. We have so many soy,
seitan, fake meats, so it is really not that hardóSoy Delicious
ice cream and Tofutti Cuties, soy yogurt, and there are just so
many vegan alternatives now, I donít think it should take that
long at all."
|"I eat a lot of Asian foods, I eat
vegetable sushi, rice-based stuff. I also eat a lot of soy-based
stuff and seitan products. More often than that, I try to stay
as organic as I can, with beans and seaweed and steamed
vegetables. Fruit is a very big part of my diet."
|In an interview in 2011, he was
asked whether he is still straight edge. He answered:
|"Thatís not even a question, I mean I
donít think thereís any other way to be, am I still straight
edge, absolutely, who wouldnít be? ... I wear vegan
shirts, I wear straight edge shirts, some people think Iím crazy
cause Iím 48 years old and wearing these shirts but itís silly
to be controlled by other people."
|"On my Web pages and in my books, my
veganism and straight edge philosophies are always mentioned,
and in every interview I always make it very clear so people
understand that I am vegan and I am straight edge. Itís a good
thing to represent."
Quotes are from his
with PETA2, his
2011 interview with Impose.