Mike Vallely Skater Profile
Sponsors: Elephant Brand Skateboards, Iron Fist Clothing, Airwalk Shoes
Hometown: Long Beach CA, Stance: Regular, Age: 44, Status: Pro
Last Update: Friday, March 23, 2012 Submit an Update
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STREET PLANT @emilyvallely and I are busy processing and packing your orders! Our first offering of boards sold out in less than 20 minutes. Thanks for the support — It’s truly appreciated! The next boards will be in within a week or two. Stay Tuned! And follow @streetplantbrnd Video filmed and edited by @lucy_vallely #engineeredforthestreets #streetplantbrand #mikevallely #streetplantbattalion #mikevallelyvideo #lucyvallely
END OF SEASON CLEARANCE SALE IN THE US WEB SHOP Huge discounts on selected styles of our 2014 stock. We’re making way for new designs (Some dudes pro-model — Ha, ha). So, now is the time to save huge on the best skate shoes on the market. Designed by and for skateboarders @servant_footwear Get ‘em here: http://servantusa.tictail.com/ #servantfootwear #servantusa #mikevallely
The Ramp In The Woods We heard about a ramp in the woods By the Brunswick Square Mall Under the guise of being normal teenagers seeking social rituals at the mall — Kevin's mother dropped us off She said she'd pick us up in a few hours We were not seeking social rituals We were seeking a ramp in the woods We walked in one door of the mall and out another Across the highway and into the woods Through the bramble, where there was no path We cut our way using our boards as machetes A hazy dusk descended upon us Seeping down through the autumn trees We were lost and about to give up When we heard it… Faint in the distance — Like a blade being sharpened on leather The now unmistakable sound of urethane on plywood We started running in the direction of the sound Into a clearing And there it stood Shining in the imminent darkness The ramp in the woods One lone skater stood on the small deck of the ramp Bernie O’Dowd He hadn’t been expecting us But he was glad that we’d found him Grateful that there were seekers With reckless abandon We took our first ever rides on a ramp Beaming light and warmth into the cool darkness surrounding us We could see our breath And steam rose off of us, through our sweatshirts And it seemed right The riddle of the ramp we had no ability to solve We were just glad to be lost in the enjoyment of the question Back through the black trees Across the highway To the false glow of the shopping mall We returned Initiated and forever changed By what seemed like a dream The ramp in the woods #mikevallely #streetplantbrand Image courtesy of Bernie O'Dowd @sk8boardingsaves
Beyond Influence: Rodney Smith @shutnyc Tom Groholski, And Jim Murphy @woundedkneeskateboards "I skated with Jim at the Barn Ramp mostly, but there was another epic session out at Magic Skatepark, which was this 1970’s style asphalt snake run in Pennsylvania. It was just one of those all day skate into the dusk sessions, and just being around Jim that day was a true privilege. Being around people who live and breathe skateboarding, guys like that, you just bask in it, bask in just being in their presence. Jim Murphy couldn’t Ollie? Who cares. He forking ripped. It was a privilege just skating with him. I always felt I got better just being around him.” Read the complete article by Kyle Duvall @parkingblockdiaries on my website: mikevallely.com Photo: Jim Murphy at The Barnramp, 1986 by Ben Cornish #mikevallely
STREET PLANT To us, skateboards aren't some soulless product you buy at the mall… They aren't just some means to an end… They are an end in themselves. They are alive and have spirit -- The beginning of everything! I am soul satisfied to be working with my friend @kristiansvitak Master Skateboard Craftsman @professorschmitt and my daughter @emilyvallely on bringing @streetplantbrnd to life!!!! Thanks for your support! #engineeredforthestreets #streetplantbrand #mikevallely #streetplantbattalion #kristiansvitak Photo @iriscon
Beyond Influence: Rodney Smith @shutnyc Groholski, And Jim Murphy @woundedkneeskateboards "In skateboarding, as in life, influence is cheap, but inspiration is priceless. Moves can be copied from magazines, styles can be imitated, but influence that cuts deeper, influence that goes straight to the soul, is something else." Read the complete article by Kyle Duvall @parkingblockdiaries on my website: mikevallely.com Photo w/ Rodney Smith, 1998 @giovannireda #mikevallely
Street Plant is a seed grown from three decades of “failure” in the skateboard business. Street Plant is not a blossom grown in a garden. It’s a weed that’s been cast out. A seed that grows even after its been stomped in the dirt. A sprout pushing up from beneath the sidewalk, pushing through the cracks and breaking them open. It’s a seed grown from pure light and nourished by the deepest roots. It’s small, it’s got sharp thorns, it’s hard to kill. But when it bears fruit those fruit will not be plucked for someone else’s harvest. This is a sowing that can only be reaped by seeking what skateboarding can give, not what it can get you. Street Plant is about planting your feet and standing firm when the only thing that’s got your back is a dead end brick wall. The seed that grows from failure: failure to get along and get over. Failure to grow straight and predictable in neat rows with all the other vines waiting to get plucked. Failure to be a “smart businessman” by refusing to make an act of love into a commodity. Street Plant’s roots go deep, back into simple times when pushing limits and creating didn’t pay dividends you could deposit in a checking account. But Street Plant is not about the past. It’s about the never ending now. It’s about a fight that never ends because it’s a fight we love: The fight to create. This is the battle fought in every hour spent charging some bit of ignored architecture in order to keep all the shit in life at bay. It’s about holding it together by tearing something apart: A bit of wood, some aluminum and urethane. Riding a skateboard is not about getting from point a to point b. It’s about riding hard to that never seen place that belongs to us. Even when that trip doesn't last any longer than the infinitesimal moment when metal scrapes concrete. It’s about using a skateboard as a crowbar to forcibly pry out a space to belong… In a world where you don’t fit. Street Plant: The weed that won’t die. The fight that won’t stop. The session that never ends. @streetplantbrnd #engineeredforthestreets #streetplantbrand #mikevallely #streetplantbattalion #kristiansvitak @kristiansvitak @emilyvallely
My Life... I eat, I sleep, I skate... And... Play ice hockey, do stunts, make music, write words and now podcast too... Sorry. Ha, ha... Listen to the first ever episode of @themikevshow podcast where I am joined by professor, philosopher and friend Daniele Bolelli and we discuss the topic of -- Variety in life! https://soundcloud.com/the-mike-v-show/episode-1 Listen on iTunes and Stitcher as well... The Mike V Show #mikevallely #themikevshow #danielebolelli @streetplantbrnd #streetplantbrand #streetplantbattalion #engineeredforthestreets
On the first ever episode of my podcast @themikevshow I am joined by author, philosopher and friend Daniele Bolelli. We discuss his book On The Warrior’s Path, how we became friends, my “pugilistic tendencies,” being a full human being, things that don’t get caught on video, embracing the totality of what we can be as human beings, living stereotypes, imbalance, lacking variety, my greatest crime in skateboarding, the greatest gift I’ve gotten from my love of skateboarding, people that get hung up on taste, the temperature at which a human being lives, "the wild west of skateboarding,” people are going to put you in a box, the most interesting human beings are not about one thing, being known outside of skateboarding, uniforms, subscribing to an identity, messing with expectations, bringing it back to the human level, no image in podcasting, passion for life, Fistfight Volume 1: The CKY Fight, video does not tell the whole story, being physically engaged in life, self-publishing, the beauty of doing it yourself, podcasting: screw the middleman, the best word to describe “skateboarding" is skateboarding, anything that has a heartbeat and stealing Bolelli. Enjoy! https://soundcloud.com/the-mike-v-show/episode-1 Listen on iTunes and Stitcher as well... The Mike V Show #mikevallely #themikevshow #danielebolelli
Now available on iTunes and Amazon — The digital EP from Saints Of Low: Low Road. Featuring four new songs — Into The East, Cold War, Low Road and Until The End. Saints Of Low features @brawninoff on guitar @xmarcxiex on drums and Colin Buis from @revomutha on bass. This band had a quick start and stop but the songs felt so good to us that it was important to us to record them. I was finally able to finish the vocals at the end of this past year and I am glad to finally be able to share these tunes with you all… You can access the buy links on the Street Plant store… Enjoy! http://www.streetplantbrand.com/shop/saints-of-low-low-road-ep/ LOW ROAD There's a beauty that shimmers Where no light shines Just below the tree cover Outside of time Into the fields and the woods The way away from you I'll take the low road home The floor of truth There's a color of spirit That no one can buy They dress up the structure But nothing's inside Into the fields and the woods The way away from you I'll take the low road home The floor of truth I won’t subscribe I won’t attend I’ll stand my ground I will defend My happiness My peace of mind I’ll live my life Outside of time Into the fields and the woods The way away from you I'll take the low road home The floor of truth Cover art by @xmarcxiex #mikevallely #saintsoflow
Svitak The first time I saw Kristian Svitak skate I was moved by what I saw, by what I felt Like Rodney Mullen or Tony Hawk I realized I was in the presence of someone who HAD to skate This wasn’t the mere exploitation of some fine tuned ability This was something deeper He doesn’t just do tricks Svitak SKATES Or maybe another way to say it is: EVERYTHING that he does on his board is a trick Like Duane Peters — No moment on his board is wasted When Kristian pushes — It has meaning He drops-in and kick turns with purpose You watch him assault the streets and every inch of asphalt and concrete is covered with intention It makes you want to skate harder It makes you want to put all of yourself into your skating That’s what the best pros do Inspire us Kristian’s love for skating shines through And you realize in watching him that he is still the young kid that fell in love with skating and that would never stop And he hasn’t and he won’t Since day one he has faced his life and his skating head on with a shit eating grin and a defiant middle-finger Just the way it should be done Svitak is the real deal I’m truly honored to have one of my all-time favorite skaters @kristiansvitak be the first rider on @streetplantbrnd #engineeredforthestreets #streetplantbrand #streetplantbattalion #kristiansvitak #mikevallely
From the @streetplantbrnd website: http://streetplantbrand.com Master Of Puppets Virginia Beach, 1986 I was wearing a Lance Mountain T-Shirt Government Issue Army Pants and Converse Chuck Taylor's I had my summer hair cut but it was only late spring I walked in the front door of the school and out the back door Over the fence and down the street Over to Chad’s house We just sat there… Drinking Dr Pepper and eating Double Stuf Oreos Hiding out from the cops Reading Thrasher Magazine When the school hallways emptied out We emerged from the garage Into the driveway with our skateboards Mine a Vision Mark Gonzales We set up the boombox Inserted the soundtrack And skated for our lives Cars and people passed by On there way to nowhere But we were somewhere Failing out of school But succeeding at living Doing street plants while listening to Metallica’s Master Of Puppets http://www.streetplantbrand.com/master-of-puppets/ #mikevallely #streetplantbrand Photo @iriscon
Street Plant is a 100% family owned and operated business. My daughter Emily and I manage and oversee all aspects of the company. Our fingerprint is on every design and every single product passes through our hands on it’s way to you. When you support @streetplantbrnd you directly support The Vallely Family. We are not going through any middlemen and we are not just another brand under someone else's umbrella, helping to sustain someone else's overhead. We are completely independent. Street Plant seeks to encapsulate my entire career and creative output from skateboards to apparel to music to publications. What was, what is and what will be. My days as a mercenary or partnering exclusively with other companies to deliver my products or having my creative output filtered by others is over. Street Plant represents my vision, ideas and passion unfiltered. Thank you for your continued support on this journey… The best is yet to come! — Mike V streetplantbrand.com Photo @iriscon #streetplantbrand #mikevallely #emilyvallely @emilyvallely
Lucy And Ben When I met Ben Harper I wasn’t familiar at all with his music. I’d never heard a note. But I immediately knew that I would be. Not only did I meet and make a friend, I discovered an artist that I could relate to, be inspired by and spend time with… Alone, in my headphones. Ben and I have done miles together, figuratively and literally. His music, his poetry, his voice — A soundtrack for my greatest joy and my darkest sorrow. His friendship a constant presence of love and gratitude — Laughter and bliss. An inspiration. Sharing Ben’s music and friendship has mattered to me. In my own home, my daughter Lucy and I were taken by every note of every song. Playing guitar and listening to Uncle Ben's records together… And dancing. The best artists inspire the best in other artists. Ben’s music became a soundtrack in Lucy’s life as well. And Lucy’s life is dance… That is where she is at bliss. Of course Ben’s music would find a home there. This video is an expression of family, friendship, inspiration, love and gratitude. Thank you Uncle Ben for your friendship, your music and your inspiration in my life and in the life of my little girl. All love and respect! — Mike V Video shot and edited by @tednewsome #benharper #lucyvallely @benharper @harperbenjamin @lucy_vallely
From my website: mikevallely.com My Pal When I was growing up my dad could be a real asshole. Not so much anymore. Now he’s just my pal. Lately, just my email pen pal. I haven’t seen him in what seems like a long time. Years. He lives in Georgia. My life has been rather preoccupied lately with total bullshit. He understands. I don’t. Not anymore. When I was little he was my hero. No one could kick his ass. He worked for Burger King and I thought that that was the greatest thing in the world. Free burgers and fries for us… We were one lucky family. As I got older that wasn’t something to brag about so much. And then he got in my way. He had a lot to say about things he didn’t know shit about — Skateboarding and punk rock music. All that he became was a barricade in my road. I skated right around him. But… He wasn’t wrong. He was just being my dad. He made me fight for and earn every inch of concrete that passed under my feet. When I split town, he was planted firmly in my rearview mirror. I saw him there watching me go. It meant everything. So… I set off to make the old man proud. But… California can be a forked up place. And… When the sun finally set over the Pacific and I was washed up on the rocks — Broken but still breathing. My dad wrote me a poem. I don’t know if he’s ever written a poem before — I highly doubt he has. But he wrote one for me now. When it mattered. And with it he wrote me a note… Saying that he was proud of me. Life’s funny. When I was a kid — I took on my father and I won. Now he’s in my corner — And I can’t lose. http://mikevallely.com/my-pal/ #mikevallely
From my website: mikevallely.com Into The Fire In 1984 I discovered skateboarding and punk rock music. I was 14 years old and I had finally woken up — It was then that I came off of life-support. It was then that I began breathing my own breaths. I walked out of the protective bubble of society… Into a world of fire. Into the wild. Uninterpreted. Unfiltered. Where one must work out one’s life for one’s self. http://mikevallely.com/into-the-fire/ #mikevallely
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