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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I’ve been taking photos with #StreetPlantBattalion members since 1986. I’m a lot less shy and slightly less awkward about it now BUT it has always been very meaningful to me that anyone would take the time to say hello to me ever. I have always tried to honor that moment. This pic was taken in 1990 in Seattle, Washington. I went out for a skate one night and just happened upon Travis skating in a parking lot. He was riding the Snake board and wearing my World shirt. I was blown away. Travis would end up being our special guest at our demos and everywhere we went in the area over the next couple days. We truly felt privileged to have him with us. #MikeVallely #StreetPlantBrand #SkateCreateEnjoy #NeverComply
Salman Agah The first time that I saw him We were in Spain, it was 1991 He kept skating across my line Looking at me kinda’ funny He had an afro I would’ve been annoyed but His skating was undeniable It had emotional content Skating was changing so rapidly So many new names and faces were entering the scene Who could keep track? But then there was Salman Back in the states… We skated a curb one night in Santa Barbara He had a completely shaved head He was wearing his signature cast on his wrist And he had a presence on his board like I had never felt before He was different, singular, fixed on something Suddenly, every skater kid around the world wanted a broken wrist and to skate Switch Stance I did too Before Salman, Switch Stance was just a novelty Something you did to show off Salman made it matter He made it significant He felt it Salman is one of the most meaningful links in the chain He broadened and he strengthened skateboarding as it passed from one generation to the next Breathing spirit and passion into every inch of asphalt Photo: The Legend @salman_agah photographed at his @pizzanista restaurant in Los Angeles, CA by @jgrantbrittain #SalmanAgah #MikeVallely #StreetPlantBrand
STREET PLANT #StreetPlantBattalion Member @y0usufa1i sends in this pic of his @streetplantbrnd #StreetAxe via #StreetPlantArmory Outpost @chopperskate in the UK. Thanks Yousaf and Chopper for the support! #StreetPlantBrand #SkateCreateEnjoy #WeaponsOfMassCreation #EngineeredForTheStreets #NeverComply
STREET PLANT Now available on the @streetplantbrnd web store: The Snake Enamel Pin from @therubbishrubbish Featuring the iconic “Snake” art by Marc McKee from the 1990 Snake Board from World Industries. 1″ Enamel Pin. Available here: streetplantbrand.com/shop #MikeVallely #StreetPlantBrand #MarcMcKee
STREET PLANT When I visited @hiveskateshop in New London, CT back on October 2, I was greeted by an enthusiastic gathering of skaters of all ages. Walking into the shop that evening I was blown away by the kindness and appreciation shown to me. I had dealt with all kinds of travel issues and delays in getting there and it was all worth it the second I crossed the threshold into the shop. One of the first people that I encountered was Sid (pictured here). Sid had his Powell Peralta Elephant Board from ’88 and he wanted to show me that he’d been with me since then. I noticed his grip tape read “Team Us” and asked him about the significance of it. He said that it was his crew back in the day. It made me smile. Team Us. So cool. I said to Sid, “Well, you know I’m on the Team too… We are all on the Team.” Then I was compelled to take this photo of Sid. I think he thought I was crazy for taking his photo but people like Sid are my skate heroes -- People who skate for all the right reasons. That’s where I get my inspiration. Hive is such a great little shop in a cool little town. I felt so comfortable in there, completely at home, talking story with the locals. Every inch of Hive had a personal touch and was infused with inspiration and Spirit. Spirit doesn’t come from hanging skateboards on a wall and calling yourself a skate shop. Spirit is breathed into skateboarding by people who live it. Spirit only blossoms where there is true love and nourishment. Only when and where supply and demand have taken a backseat to engagement and culture does the bouquet of Spirit illuminate our lives. Hive isn’t some crazed hold out. They’re not some relic from skateboarding’s distant past about to fade into oblivion. No. Shops like Hive are the FUTURE of skateboarding. There will be no skateboarding as we know and love it without shops like Hive shining a light and leading the way for the rest of Team Us! If you have ever thought about opening a skate shop... Do it NOW. Skateboarding and Team Us needs YOU more than ever before. #TheMallIsAGraveyard #SkateboardingIsNotASport #StreetPlantBrand #SkateCreateEnjoy #NeverComply #MIkeVallely #StreetPlantArmory
STREET PLANT Limited Run / @streetplantbrnd Coach’s Jacket w/ art by @lancemountain on an Augusta Sportswear Coach’s Jacket. *Snap front *Raglan sleeves * Reinforced slash front pockets * Elastic cuffs * Open bottom * Water-resistant * Machine-washable Available in Men’s Sizes: Large and XL. streetplantbrand.com/shop #StreetPlantBrand #NeverComply #SkateCreateEnjoy #MikeVallely
STREET PLANT Of The Skater. By The Skater. For The Skater. #StreetPlantArmory Outpost @fabric045 In Yokohama, Japan may be one of the smallest skate shops that I’ve ever been in but also one of the very best. Every inch of this shop had a personal touch and was infused with inspiration and Spirit. Spirit doesn’t come from hanging skateboards on a wall and calling yourself a skate shop. Spirit is breathed into skateboarding by people who live it. Spirit only blossoms where there is true love and nourishment. Only when and where supply and demand have taken a backseat to engagement and culture does the bouquet of Spirit illuminate our lives. Fabric isn’t some crazed hold out. They’re not some relic from skateboarding’s distant past about to fade into oblivion. No. Shops like Fabric are the FUTURE of skateboarding. There will be no skateboarding as we know and love it without shops like Fabric shining a light and leading the way for the rest of us. If you have ever thought about opening a skate shop, about picking up a shovel, about planting seeds… Do it NOW. Skateboarding needs YOU more than ever before. #TheMallIsAGraveyard #SkateboardingIsNotASport #StreetPlantBrand #SkateCreateEnjoy #NeverComply #StreetPlantJapanTour2015 #MIkeVallely
#StreetPlantBattalion artist @bigfootone will be at Designercon this weekend in Pasadena, CA. BOOTH: 1220 If you are attending this event, stop by and say hello to Bigfoot. He will have: Figures, T-shirts, Stickers, Skate decks, Original Art, on the spot requests, and possibly some Daruma figures he brought back from Japan to hand paint! It all takes place Saturday and Sunday November 21st and 22nd. Saturday from 9-6pm Sunday from 10-5pm Admission into the Con is $5.00 online purchase. $7.00 at the door. Pasadena Convention Center 300 East Green Street Pasadena California 91101 #designercon2015 #dcon2015 #BigfootOne
STREET PLANT #StreetPlantBattalion member @sounzcrzy sends in this pic of his Barnyard Street, Modern Barnyard and Modern Mammoth @streetplantbrnd boards. Thanks for the support Raymond! Skate. Create. Enjoy! #StreetPlantBrand #MikeVallely #SkateCreateEnjoy #NeverComply #WeaponsOfMassCreation #EngineeredForTheStreets
STREET PLANT In 1994 my skate career was coming to an end. I moved back to New Jersey to start the rest of my life. I had a young family and I wasn’t sure what came next but I just couldn’t escape the nagging feeling that I still had a lot of meaningful skateboarding left to do. And so, while trying to figure out what came next, I turned to the only source of therapy that I knew, the only place that I had to work out my feelings, to make sense of what I was going through — My Skating. And in doing so my skating became re-inspired. This would be ground zero for the rest of my career. I was working and skating for Powell Skateboards and we began working on a new video that would become Suburban Diners. At one point I traveled to Los Angeles to connect with and film with Jason Lee for a day. He shot me in Black & White on Super 8 Film. We used most of that footage in the final edit of the video. Now for the first time we have collected that footage and @markniznisbet has edited it together as it’s own complete piece. View the Full-Length video here: streetplantbrand.com/video #MikeVallely #StreetPlantBrand #MikeVallelyVideo #SkateCreateEnjoy #NeverComply
STREET PLANT The best word for / definition of skateboarding is: SKATEBOARDING. Any and everything else is a reduction. By saying “Skateboarding Is Not A Sport” we are not trying to tear anyone or anything down… We only hope to uplift the culture and expose a greater meaning and purpose for ALL skaters. We hold in high regard the cultural values that make skateboarding unique and creative and so we strive to support the individual skater at the grass roots level and not the mass idea or identity of skateboarding. We have a positive purpose: Skateboarding as a fun, creative, expressive and redefining movement. @streetplantbrnd #SkateCreateEnjoy #StreetPlantBrand #NeverComply #MikeVallely #SkateboardingIsNotASport
STREET PLANT We are working with @professorschmitt and @chromedigital on some very special boards to benefit the Kristen Ann Karr Fund in the battle against sarcoma. I can’t wait to share more details on this project. Stay Tuned to see what we are up to and to find out how you can help! Thanks! @streetplantbrnd #StreetPlantBrand #ChromeDigital #PsStix
STREET PLANT When I was in Japan I visited a lot of skater owned skate shops. I felt good in these places. Completely at home. They were inviting and inspirational. Every inch of these shops had a personal touch. Spirit. Spirit doesn’t come from hanging skateboards on a wall and calling yourself a skate shop. Spirit is breathed into skateboarding by people who live it. Spirit only blossoms where there is true love and nourishment. Only when and where supply and demand have taken a backseat to engagement and culture does the bouquet of Spirit illuminate our lives. @unownzushi was a shop that really stood out to me as a touchstone for everything that I value about skateboarding. I literally spent an entire day and evening in the shop and I was inspired from moment to moment. There was no shop manager, no buyer — Just shop owner Jin Takayama. Jin lives and breathes skateboarding. Skateboarding isn’t just his business. It isn’t just his lifestyle. It isn’t just his passion. Skateboarding is his life. Jin isn’t some crazed hold out. He’s not some relic from skateboarding’s distant past about to fade into oblivion. No. Jin and people like him and shops like Unown are the FUTURE of skateboarding. There will be no skateboarding as we know and love it without people like Jin shining a light and leading the way for the rest of us. If you have ever thought about opening a skate shop, about picking up a shovel, about planting seeds… Do it NOW. Skateboarding needs YOU more than ever before. #TheMallIsAGraveyard #SkateboardingIsNotASport #StreetPlantBrand #SkateCreateEnjoy #NeverComply #StreetPlantJapanTour2015 #unown #MIkeVallely #StreetPlantArmory
STREET PLANT The March To The Olympics. Many of the skateboard industry intelligentsia have convinced themselves that it is Manifest Destiny. And so the positioning, the scheming, the slinking in the shadows is in full swing— All in the hope of securing a piece of the pie, or an appointment of status, or at the very least to just be in the conversation. All in the great name of supply and demand! And in these noble efforts, all Native and Primitive Cultures must comply, assimilate and be absorbed. It is justified and inevitable. This is the corporate way. And in the hands of our leaders, skateboarding is now nothing more than a calf being fattened for slaughter. And who will dine at this great feast? And what banner will they wave with pride and honor as they pat themselves on the back? Telling themselves that this brings our culture the legitimacy that we had always fought for and so rightly deserve — And how they did it all for us. Bullshit! #SkateboardingIsNotASport #NeverComply #StreetPlantBrand #SkateCreateEnjoy #MikeVallely
STREET PLANT #StreetPlantBattalion Team Rider @kristiansvitak x @streetplantbrnd EDGE Board. Popsicle Shape. 8 1/4 x 32 1/4 Wheelbase: 14 1/2 Nose: 7 1/8 Tail: 6 3/4 Available here: streetplantbrand.com/shop #StreetPlantBrand #KristianSvitak #SkateCreateEnjoy #NeverComply #EngineeredForTheStreets #WeaponsOfMassCreation
In the autumn of ’84 we had heard that a roller skating shop in South River, NJ was stocking skateboards. We couldn’t believe it. So, we piled into Al’s grandmother’s car and headed off to South River. We walked into the shop, we were nervous and intimidated but very excited. There on the walls were skateboards. Our eyes opened wide. I walked up right up to the counter where I saw an Agent Orange board on display. That was it, right there in front of me, the very board I wanted. We had just seen Skatevisions and the music of Agent Orange had become our daily soundtrack. And the board, the board had an energy that I couldn’t deny. It was calling to me. I wanted to rip it from it’s display and ride it. As I sat there day dreaming of all the skating that I could and would do on that board, my day dreams were rudely interrupted by some stereotypical Jerseyan working behind the counter. Yo, kid. You like that board? Yes. Do you even know what Agent Orange is? Ummm… It’s a band. A band? I knew it. You’re stupid kid. Why don’t you educate yourself first and learn some respect before you come in here. I couldn’t believe it. Okay, I didn’t know what Agent Orange was but I was a potential customer and I was just a kid. I loved that board and I wanted it so bad but I would never buy it from that shop or that guy. I walked outside immediately and never went back in. I ended up mail ordering my first board from California… A Sims Jeff Phillips. And although I always yearned for the Agent Orange board in some way it was forever tainted for me by that guy. Fast forward to today. A package arrives at my house from Mike Palm of Agent Orange @agentorangemike I open it and am floored. He has (not knowing this story at all) sent me one of these boards. Along with the board is a hand written note thanking me for skating to his music at different events through the years and for recently giving Agent Orange props in a news article about “Skate Rock.” What a righteous guy. I was finally holding an Agent Orange board in my hands and Mike Palm had unknowingly brought closure to a wound that had been open for some 30 years. Amazing! Thanks Mike! #MikeVallely #AgentOrange
STREET PLANT UPDATE: The Yellow Snake Boards have all sold. Stay tuned for the next round! Thanks! Hand Crafted by Master Skateboard Craftsman @professorschmitt at Ps Stix, the @streetplantbrnd Snake Reissue Board matches the exact dimensions of the original 1990 Vallely Snake Board from World Industries. This Snake Reissue, Screen Printed at @screamingsqueegees features the original Snake artwork by Marc Mckee with the addition of the Street Plant logo on the top graphics and an updated and perhaps almost correct (?) phonetical pronunciation of the Vallely name. This reissue is a limited run of 100 Yellow top and bottom veneers. Once these 100 Limited Edition Yellow Snake Boards are sold they will never be reproduced in this color combination. #MikeVallely #StreetPlantBrand #SkateCreateEnjoy #NeverComply
They read me my final rights out at sea They were gonna’ hang from their corporate tree So much for stability and security They read me my final rights out at sea I jumped ship but it was like hitting cement I broke my arm and my spirit And into the cracks I continued my descent I jumped ship but it was like hitting cement A life raft came and they said climb aboard But they weren’t heading towards the shore I don’t know what I got on there for A life raft came and they said climb aboard I fell in with a band of pirates They got me hook, line and sinker with all their bullshit Then they sold me like meat to some other tyrant I fell in with a band of pirates A search party finally located me I was scared and broken but they set me free For I was found by my own loving family A search party finally located me Now I’m home where I belong I’ve got good work to do and I feel strong I can see so clearly now where I went wrong Now I’m home where I belong They read me my final rights out at sea They were gonna’ hang me from their corporate tree #MikeVallely #StreetPlantBrand
STREET PLANT #StreetPlantJapanTour2015 Much Love and Respect to: @bptrading @stormytokyo @heshdawgz_cb Arktz @instantshom @unownzushi @fabric045 @5nuts_skateshop Mossy’s @timeness_ogu True Player’s Skatepark Spotaka Skatepark @isollies Simple City @shelterskatekobe And most of all to all of the skaters that we met, hung out with and who came out to support the art shows and Talking Story events. We love you all and we will see you again in 2016! Arigato! #MikeVallely #BigfootOne #StreetPlantBrand #SkateCreateEnjoy #TalkingStory
STREET PLANT Last night at @shelterskatekobe one of the #StreetPlantBattalion ’s first members @jaewook.chung from South Korea showed to to say hello. My jaw dropped. He had flown to Japan just to see me, I couldn’t believe it. Jaewook was one of the first people to buy one of our boards back in February via our @streetplantbrnd Online Store and now here we were meeting face to face some 8 months later in Japan. So, Jaewook went home today with my board and helmet… It seemed like the least I could do to show him how much I appreciated his thoughtfulness and support! Thank you Jaewook! #StreetPlantBrand #MikeVallely #SkateCreateEnjoy
STREET PLANT The amazing love, kindness and creativity of the Japanese Skaters continues to deeply move me. I received so many thoughtful gifts in Kobe at #StreetPlantArmory Outpost @shelterskatekobe like this beautiful piece cut from a used skateboard from #StreetPlantBattalion member @_solarpower_ Thank You My Friend! Thank You! #StreetPlantJapanTour2015 #StreetPlantBrand #MikeVallely #NeverComply #SkateCreateEnjoy
STREET PLANT #StreetPlantJapanTour2015 @bigfootone and I had a great visit at #StreetPlantArmory Outpost Simple City in Osaka and met and hung out with Natsuki from @zepmfg who hooked me up with these rad magnets made from recycled skateboards. Thank You Natsuki! #MikeVallely #BigfootOne #StreetPlantBrand #SkateCreateEnjoy
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