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Rachelle

Hometown: Downtown Detroit, which I have a ridiculous amount of pride for. Don't hate!

Favorite Bands: I love anything post-punk or new wave, and most industrial. Faves are Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, Joy Division, Brand New, Sisters of Mercy, Slowdive, Elliott Smith, Bauhaus, Austra, The Smiths, Morrissey, Chelsea Wolfe, The Horrors, VNV Nation, The Misfits, Hanson (yep, "MMMBop" for life!), Of Montreal, Tool, Deftones, The Cult, Sia, Feist, Converge, Skinny Puppy, From Autumn to Ashes, The Black Keys, The Knife, The White Stripes, Jeff Buckley, Type O Negative, a perfect circle, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Death Cab for Cutie, Jimmy Eat World, Sufjan Stevens, City and Colour, Placebo, Christian Death, ohGr, The Birthday Massacre, AFI,  Chromatics, Cold War Kids, The Temptations, The Kills, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Danzig, The Veils, The Damned, In Flames, Bad Religion, Kill Hannah, Interpol,  Gene Loves Jezebel, Love and Rockets, Most Precious Blood, Dillinger Escape Plan, Creature Feature, The Cramps, Johnny Hollow, Portishead, (old) Marilyn Manson, Radiohead, Propagandhi, Rise Against, Tori Amos, Ben Folds, :wumpscut:, At the Drive In, and way, way more.

About Me: I'm an only child. I laugh a lot. I have random celebratory dances. I've got a lil' gangsta in me from being raised in Detroit. I bike and walk mostly everywhere. Trent Reznor and Robert Smith are my personal heroes. If you get to know me, I'm one of the goofiest people you'll ever meet. I can be overly honest. I took hip-hop dance classes for five years. I love soccer and (Detroit) hockey—but watching hockey games drives me crazy! My favorite thing to do with friends is watch marathons ofThe OfficeArrested Development, Flight of the Conchords, Supernatural, The Mighty BooshSex and the City, or Ghost Hunters. I love to deliver straw to backyard dogs, eat vegan food, or … throw an '80s dance party, of course!

I Love: Animal liberation. My cats, Hannah and Lily Monster. Detroit. Bubble tea. Straw delivery. Davey Havok. Conan O'Brien. Fran Mark. Noel Fielding. Boys with tattoos. Writing. Reading. My iPod. Ghosts. The Paranormal. The Detroit Red Wings. Street art. Public art projects. Scarves. Stilettos. October. Halloween. Autumn. Goth nights. Photography. Graphic design. All animals. Iced soy lattes. Independent coffee shops, bookstores, and record stores. Band shirts and pins. Falling in love in the fall. Poetry and writing. Small concerts in even smaller clubs. Skylines. Salem, Massachusetts. Grocery shopping at Whole Foods. Tabling at shows. The artwork of Vincent Marcone. The writing of Henry Rollins, Elizabeth Wurtzel, Sylvia Plath, Augusten Burroughs, and Alice Sebold. Sobriety. Being picked on. Betsey Johnson. Coconut, banana, almond, and cinnamon smoothies. Thunderstorms. Cold weather and rainy days. Vegan Chinese food. Old-school black-and-white horror movies. Nosferatu. Zombies. Anything with pumpkin in it. Michigan lakes in the winter. Indian food. Jasmine tea. Getting flowers. "Meat tray" demos. Indie films. Seeing Nine Inch Nails live.

I Dislike: Apathy and neutrality. People who chain their dogs outside. The smell of gasoline. Driving. Plane trips. Hot weather. Teen comedies. MTV. Objects being pushed at me slowly. Wal-Mart. Drugs. Cigarette smoke. People who lie. Being hungry. Most fruit. Headaches. Most movies. Ignorance. Bad music. Drivers who try to hit you when you're biking!

Animal Rights Tattoos: I have "Liberate, Protect, Avenge" on my collar bone, and "vegan" on my right arm.

Favorite books: Solipsist, The Bell Jar, The Kite Runner, Lovely Bones, Nausea, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Basketball Diaries, Ariel, Running with Scissors, Mysterious Skin. 

What's your favorite veg restaurant and food? OMG. How am I supposed to choose? I love anything Lebanese (fattoush, falafel, grape leaves), and most Indian food (except anything with eggplant, yuck!). My fave restaurants would have to be Sage Vegan Bistro in Los Angeles, California, Detroit Vegan Soul (in Detroit, of course!), Cafe Gratitude in California, and I love a good tofu banh mi!

Why You Went Veg: I grew up an only child in inner city Detroit. My only companion for the first part of my life was my dog, Token. He taught me that animals have feelings, feel pain, get happy, and need us to look out for them. I went vegetarian in high school after doing a newspaper article on the fur industry. I remember staying up really late one night writing it and crying my eyes out after seeing all the images of minks, foxes, and other animals who were skinned alive. I remember sitting there thinking that by being a consumer, I had the power to affect this industry. Some of my research was done on PETA.org. I distinctly remember sitting in my dark living room and just taking in all the images at once; I felt so guilty. From then on, I decided that I was no longer going to support anything that funded abuse, rape, and cruelty to animals. I couldn't ever imagine having my companion animals treated that way—why would I pay for other animals to be tortured?

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