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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From my website: mikevallely.com Skating With Natas ...It was a magical time… We were both in our late teens and truly had very little interest in girls, partying or anything else other than skating. We just had to skate. It wasn’t about our profession, obligation to sponsors or with any thoughts of posterity… It was the moment. It was necessity. Spending weeks at a time, day in and day out with Natas, I saw some of the best street skateboarding that has ever been done. There were no cameras around to document it, no audience to impress… It was just us… and the moment. Our only motivation was the concrete unfolding in front of us… and as I followed behind, Natas would draw the most amazing, spontaneous lines — Poetry written on the wind. After staying with Natas I would always return to New Jersey a much better skater. He brought out the best in me and I always looked forward to my next visit and skating with him again. Sure enough, cars and girls and the rest of it would eventually creep into our lives… and our friendship based solely on skating and nothing else would fade into the past as our lives went on… Still, I’ll never forget those days and nights in Santa Monica, skating with the best of the best. Read the whole piece here: http://mikevallely.com/skating-with-natas/ #mikevallely #nataskaupas @oscarputdowntheknife
The Evel Knievel Factor: ...As Vallely continues to navigate his place in skate culture, the industry, and even film and music, Knievel’s lessons are always close by. “What resonates the most about Evel Knievel is the message that you can fall many times in life but you’re never a failure if you keep trying to get up. That’s him in a nutshell.” That’s not a legacy any skateboarder, or any human being for that matter, should ignore. -- Read the whole article by @parkingblockdiaries here: http://mikevallely.com/the-evel-knievel-factor/ #mikevallely #evelknievel @official_evel_knievel
The Evel Knievel Factor So what reconciles that steadfast internal drive with the unwavering determination to put on a good show, whether its for a crowd of 5 or 5000? Vallely connects it to the Evel Knievel factor, and when he talks about it, he sounds a lot like Knievel himself. -- "If you can’t actualize what you are about then who are you? When it comes to a demo or performance, you go as hard as possible and put it all on the line, at the end that makes the handshakes and the dialogue more meaningful. The audience sees someone who challenged everything in front of them and had the courage to take it on. You can talk, but unless you live it, it lacks depth.” -- Read the whole article by @parkingblockdiaries here: http://mikevallely.com/the-evel-knievel-factor/ #mikevallely #evelknievel @official_evel_knievel
The Evel Knievel Factor: You don’t have to wear a red white and blue jump suit or ride a motorcycle to be inspired by the legacy of history’s greatest daredevil. Mike Vallely is living proof. Knievel’s entire life was an epic performance. There were the triumphs of fame and glory, and the tragedy of his later life, when settlements stemming from his assault on a biographer left him bankrupt and shunned, but a message of self determination and living a life un-compromised echo through the whole show. That’s what Mike Vallely has been given by the “Last Gladiator.” He’s seen his own fame rise and fall, seen business ventures live and die, and whether its switching skate companies, or making music, his personal choices have often been controversial. As Vallely continues to navigate his place in skate culture, the industry, and even film and music, Knievel’s lessons are always close by. Read the whole article by @parkingblockdiaries here: http://mikevallely.com/the-evel-knievel-factor/ #mikevallely #evelknievel @official_evel_knievel
The Evel Knievel Factor: “The Jackass mentality — These people credit him as an influence, but none of the stuff he gave birth to resonates the way he does. People do double back flips on motorcycles now and I don’t give two shits about that,” says Vallely. “I care about Evel Knievel… He birthed the extreme generation, he’s a superhero. What he did was so out there, so aggressive. Sure, there were people before and after him that jumped motorcycles, but who cares? They’re not Evel Knievel.” Read the whole article by @parkingblockdiaries here: http://mikevallely.com/the-evel-knievel-factor/ #mikevallely #evelknievel @official_evel_knievel
The era of The Stache in the NHL is over… I’m saddened to see it go… But glad to have witnessed it and had close proximity to the OG Violent Gent himself: Mr. George Parros!!! Congrats @georgeparros on a career (both on and off the ice) that is deserving of nothing but respect and admiration. You’re one of the good guys George. Much love!!!! #georgeparros #mikevallely #vghc @violentgentlemen
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