Mike Vallely Skater Profile

Sponsors: Elephant Brand Skateboards, Iron Fist Clothing, Airwalk Shoes
Hometown: Long Beach CA, Stance: Regular, Age: 45, Status: Pro

Last Update: Thursday, February 26, 2015 Submit an Update

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STREET PLANT @greghigginsart penned the original New Deal Mammoth graphic for me back in 1991, and now 25 years later, @streetplantbrnd is proud to release the City Pusher with art by Greg Higgins on the exact same shape that the Mammoth graphic was released on. The City Pusher is in a sense, an answer to the ’91 Mammoth board. In 1991, my skate career was deemed to be coming to an end, and the Mammoth graphic was meant in a way (by New Deal) to poke fun at my pending extinction. Having the rest of my skate career play out on the “Endangered List” made for some strange times, fighting for survival, but I was happy for the mountain and I embraced the climb. And I am just as happy now to be done with it and to be well over that hill. Being over the hill actually has some great advantages: Namely, total and complete freedom. I am not competing or perceived to be competing with anyone. I am not answering to sponsors, trends or convention in any way. I am just skating for fun, and every moment is true, unfolding from within. The City Pusher sees a representative character, pushing UP the road, towards the city, into the future. On the street below we see the shadow of the Mammoth’s Tusks, and the struggle they represented, fading away into the past with every new push. The sun is shining but there are also, and always will be, dark clouds and storms ahead on the horizon. Still, we push on. Embracing the good times and bad times with an open heart. The top graphic encapsulates the idea of getting back to one’s roots and living a more Lo-fi life in a Hi-fi age: Skate. Create. Enjoy. Keep it simple. Reconnecting with Greg Higgins and having his art be a part of the Street Plant story has been a real blessing. The City Pusher joins a classic line-up and a history of board graphics that seek to tell a story and to be representative of an idea, a feeling. Greg captures the spirit of Street Plant perfectly with this art. There are so many of us, shaking off the exterior influences and getting UP the road in our own way, on our own measure and taking it one push at a time. City Pusher board available here: streetplantbrand.com/shop Photo: @markniznisbet


STREET PLANT At @streetplantbrnd we put the artist first. We deeply value the individual artists that we work with along the way to make our company possible. From @professorschmitt to @screamingsqueegees we recognize and respect the art of making a skateboard — Not some soulless product made in China that you buy at the mall, but something that passes through the caring hands of artists, that is infused with spirit. The graphic artists, photographers and videographers that we work with are not means to an end. We believe that creative people should be free to create and not be micromanaged. It’s never about making something that is commercially viable, it’s about making something that is true. We hold in high regard the creative spark that drives the artists that we work with and we only ever hope to stoke it. We never want the collaborative effort of what we do to be suppressive but instead we aspire for it to be something that is inspirational to all involved. Working with @markferris1974 @greghigginsart @iriscon @crabscrambly @markniznisbet @bigfootone and the many other artists that we work and have worked with has been a source of joy for us. To see their art come to life, to be a conduit for their creative energy is a trust that we take great care in seeing through. This photo of @bigfootone and I at Alley Oop in Sendai, Japan on 4/29/16 by @markniznisbet captures a rad moment. While I was watching some young local rippers and @kristiansvitak skate a cement mini-ramp, Bigfoot was commemorating our visit to Alley Oop with original artwork on their wall, while Mark Nisbet was busy documenting our time in Sendai, filming and photographing the Skating, Creating and Enjoying! Our mottos and mantras aren’t dreamed up in conference rooms, they are lived and breathed by all of us every day in all that we do. #StreetPlantBrand #SkateCreateEnjoy #NeverComply #MikeVallely #BigfootOne #OneHundredPercentIndependentSkateboarding #StreetPlantJapanTour2016

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