charleston, i love you | 006: dorian warneck07/27/12
Dorian Warneck is a skateboarder and video producer at a Charleston-based company called Lunch and Recess (because those were their favorite classes in school). He was born in Berlin but grew up in Columbia, South Carolina. He’s as close to his mom and dad as anyone I’ve ever seen and he’s infinitely wise beyond his years, as he’s only 21.
Charleston, I love you | 006: Dorian Warneck
What brought you to Charleston?
What brought me to Charleston was the company I'm a part of. To be honest, I had no desire to live in Charleston aside from moving here for work. I had been to Charleston numerous times and never realized how great it really is. One of the most important things to me about a place is the people. I knew from the beginning that Charleston was beautiful, but it took a few months before I started meeting all the great people that I know now. Obviously, I was sold on Charleston after that.
What do you love most about Charleston?
Well like I said, the people here are a big deal to me. There is such a tightly knit community of extremely motivated and creative people here. I was astounded by how quickly I was accepted into the community and how open everyone here is. Aside from that, I have become incredibly spoiled by the luxury of being able to get almost anywhere I want to go on my bike. I can even travel via bike out to the beach, which is another perk of this city. I can't forget about the awesome food scene here too. I don't think there's any denying the fact that we live a very high quality of life here in Charleston.
What's your favorite spot in Charleston?
That's tough. My front porch is definitely one of the favorites. Any restaurant or place to have a beer with outdoor seating. The wastelands is a demolished do-it-yourself skatespot out in the industrial area of North King street (where these photos were taken). The abandoned train cars and concrete rubble make for the best place in Charleston to watch the sunset.
What's your favorite restaurant in Charleston?
That's a tough one. I would say Monza is probably the go-to. Awesome food, awesome atmosphere, and awesome service. If i've got the dollarz to spend I like FIG a lot.
That's probably the best fine-dining experience I've had in Charleston so far.
What's a typical day like for you?
Well I stumble out of bed at the very last minute, hop on my bike and ride into work. Spend the next 8 hours hanging out with some of my best buds producing video content for a variety of clients. My evenings vary from skateboarding, biking out to the beach, spending time with my beautiful lady, beers on the porch, etc.
How does Charleston influence your work?
I think it would be impossible for Charleston not to influence my work. The nature of my work is very image driven, and the mere beauty alone that Charleston offers lends quite a bit of inspiration to that. Being in such a close community of creative peers is also a source of inspiration for constantly wanting to create new things and push myself.
A standout Charleston memory?
I think I'll have many memories from my life in Charleston so far that will stay with me for the rest of my life. One that I certainly will never forget was when my parents came to visit to celebrate my dad's 83rd birthday. After an awesome meal at Monza, I dragged them to a party with a bunch of friends my age. Watching the interactions between my open-minded friends and my open-minded parents was something that will definitely stay with me forever. Not to mention the fact that I will probably never again laugh as hard as I did that night.
Describe Charleston in three words.
Live, laugh, love (just kidding, y'all).