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Shanghai’s Most Fashionable Men

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One more interview on That’s Shanghai 2015 September issue.

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How is Shanghai’s Skating scene?

Amazing. Shanghai is the capital of skateboarding in China. Most skateboarding brands have their head- quarters here, and there are so many pros in the city – Chinese, Americans and Europeans. It’s great to be here if you’re into skating.

Favorite places to skateboard in town?

SMP Skatepark and the Place in Pudong. If it’s raining I go to a mini indoor skatepark in Puxi, owned by skateboard- ing company ATD. I only go once a week now, as I have
an 18-month-old baby – I’ve had to adapt to his routine, you know.

Are you going to teach him how to skateboard?

Yes. I’ve already started to bring him with me when I go practicing. I put him on the board and we cruise together. He seems to enjoy it a lot.

How would you describe your style?

Skateboarding has a lot of different style categories: hip- ster – skinny jeans and flat caps – hip-hop – baggy shirts and trousers – and punk – the odd chain here and there, plus more skinny jeans. I like to think of myself as quite neutral. I don’t belong to a specific group. I like to keep it simple – white tees, shorts and original, neat design.

You were in a video in all Shanghai taxis a while back. What was that about?

The hat is Brixton, which is my favorite hat company, from California. The t-shirt is Vans and the shorts are from local skater brand Helas. The socks are Volcom and the shoes are a collaboration between Vans and Anti Hero, another favorite brand of mine. The board is Lady Skateboards from my friend Yuan Fei in Qingdao.

You were in a video in all Shanghai taxis a while back. What was that about?

I collaborated with advertising agency Anomaly,
which did and is still doing this video series called ‘Unreasonable,’ showcased in cabs across six Chinese cit- ies. It profiles different people around the country who are ‘unreasonable’ in the sense that they’ve broken the rules, or done something different with their lives. They chose me as I quit a safe job at Apple to start KickerClub, my skateboarding site, 15 years ago, and have been pro- moting skating culture in the country ever since – pretty unreasonable for China!

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