We had the good fortune of connecting with Angel Lopez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angel, why did you pursue a creative career?
I started to fully pursue this because
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
After getting to a certain level people were asking me how to land a trick. This just blew my mind because I always thought everyone else was better then me. My instagram was flooded with constant questions and I was happy to give out advice or recored myself for one of my followers. Eventually, I had to stop giving people advice altogether because, I felt like I was “man-splaining” at every skate session. I’m one of the very few guys in a female dominated sport so, one could see where I’d have to choose my words carefully to not offend or un-inspire beginner skaters. I thought having a safe designated space to teach would work perfect to fix that problem. I reached out to a few companies and eventually ended up partnering up and offering lessons through deverskates.com . Denver Skates is a small business that teaches our community how to Jam skate, Artistic Skate, and most recently, (with me as a new coach) Park Skating!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
As soon as you arrive 10am first place that I would take you is “Annie’s” You gotta try it whenever you come to Denver. It’s right off Colorado Blvd, on Colfax. They have the biggest portion of crispy breakfast potatoes and their French toast is my absolute favorite! After that, since we are already downtown I might as well take you to Denver Skate Park where all the locals shred. Hopefully we aren’t too late because @thedenverginger likes to get up early and skate before it gets too packed. After that we should keep our skates on because our friend @nyquilzzzonwheels works over at Denver Beer Co and its only 2 blocks away! I hope you aren’t too tired because, we have to make our way all the way over to Arvada Skate Park for the CIB crew meet up. Lucky for you, we are hanging with the cool kids so, you’ll get to skate with all the shredders like @oddreyjean & @queengabriella Now, I know you are tired but its okay because we get to relax a bit before attending Pandemic @ the Disco! What’s that? It’s a 21+ themed rollerskating event held every last Friday of the month where the best costume wins a Gand Prize!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to first shout out my local skate park crew “CIB-Denver” & all of the other CIB Crew chapters for being so welcoming to new roller skaters at the skate park. My local chapter has some awesome skaters like @brinaboosk8s who have pushed and inspired me to be a better skater. Hanging out with them forced me to create bigger goals and achieve them. This small community has been the foundation of any type of success that my come. C.I.B stands for Chicks In Bowls & I feel like they deserve way more credit than I could ever give them.