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 LINK TO FULL-LENGTH EDIT IN PROFILE. My 2003 retirement plans were short lived. In June of 2003, Vallely Skateboards was out of business and in September of 2003, I was now riding for Element Skateboards and back out on the grind. This was one of the first demos I did in the “Element Era.” The Edison Skatepark Demos have always been very meaningful to me regardless of the board sponsor. Big thanks to Al Battagliotti and Mike Schwarz for always being there, having my back and making it happen through all the years. Watch this video and more here: streetplantbrand.com/video Edit: @markniznisbet #StreetPlantBrand #MikeVallely #MikeVallelyVideo
Jay Adams The first time I met Jay Adams I was living in Huntington Beach, CA. It was 1990. I didn’t know who he was. He came to my house with Tony Roberts. He said he wanted to meet the kid who had told the skateboard industry to Fuck Off. That was me? He was crouched on the sidewalk, outside my Lake St. condo — Like a great warrior, relaxed yet ready. He eyed me up and down. I was scrawny, bad skin, shy. I could tell I didn’t live up to the image. He looked wild. Completely untamable. Dangerous. I didn’t understand what he wanted, why he was there. He made me uncomfortable. He shook my hand like it meant something. Later, Tony tried to explain to me who he was, why he had wanted to meet me. I didn’t get it. I didn’t care. In 2009, I was vacationing with my family on Oahu. We traveled to the North Shore to eat at Cholo’s. As we were being seated, I noticed Jay Adams carrying chips and salsa over to our table. He was a bus boy. I kept my head down, I didn’t want to be recognized. I didn’t want him to see me, seeing him. By this time, I knew all to well who the hell he was and having him bus our table didn’t live up to the image. He recognized me. He crouched down next to my seat — Like a great warrior, relaxed yet ready. He told me how much he loved my show DRIVE on Fuel TV and that what I was doing was in his estimation the real deal. He shook my hand like it meant something. It did. It meant something to me. He went back into the kitchen and came back with a bowl of guacamole. He discreetly slid the guacamole onto our table and kept walking as if busy or distracted by something else. Jay Adams had just flowed us some guacamole. It was one of the coolest, most meaningful things that has ever happened to me. Listen Here: soundcloud.com/streetplantgarageland/jay-adams Photo: @jgrantbrittain #StreetPlantBrand #MikeVallely #JayAdams #SkateCreateEnjoy #NeverComply #OneHundredPercentIndependentSkateboarding
STREET PLANT The @sierra_prescott “Life Is Rad” Limited Edition Collaboration Board is now available from Street Plant. Engineered For The Streets by Sierra and @professorschmitt 8.5 x 29 3/4 N. 4.5 T. 6.5 WB. 14.5 w/ Wheel Wells. We had so much fun working with Sierra and Paul on this board, good vibes all around! Says The Professor: It was great working with @Sierra_Prescott on this board as she brought me 3 totally different setups that she liked some function & design attributes from and mixed them together and then she rode the first one and we fine tuned it a few more time before we came up with this compact board that she expreses her #SkateTivity on in her own unique way. Available Here: streetplantbrand.com/shop Photo: @markniznisbet #StreetPlantBrand #SierraPrescott #LifeIsRad #SkateCreateEnjoy #NeverComply #EngineeredForTheStreets
STREET PLANT Social Media can be a depressing place. Like traversing through sewers. So many people trafficking in utter depravity. And even worse, so many times doing so in the name of art. But art is the expression of values. A little over a year ago I became aware of Sierra Prescott’s Instagram account: @sierra_prescott Here I thought was someone using social media to positively express their bliss, and in doing so, inspire others. And I was inspired. Sierra’s photos have an uplifting quality. We can relate to them because of their simplicity. We too feel that pure joy every time we ride. With so many striving to impress, Sierra chooses to express. And it’s through the expression of her skating that the junkyard is cleared for a moment and we see ourselves as we should be: Skating, laughing and enjoying our time riding, because Life Is Rad! Thank you Sierra. It is a true pleasure to know and to work with you. Sierra Prescott @sierra_prescott "Life Is Rad” Limited Edition Collaboration Board now available from @streetplantbrnd 8.5 x 29 3/4 N. 4.5 T. 6.5 WB. 14.5 w/ Wheel Wells streetplantbrand.com/shop Photo: @markniznisbet #StreetPlantBrand #SierraPrescott #LifeIsRad #SkateCreateEnjoy #NeverComply #EngineeredForTheStreets
STREET PLANT This is Volume 3 in “The Last Samurai” Trilogy from artist Yusuke Tsuge @yusuke_tsuge I met Yusuke at the Shin-Yokohama Skatepark while on the #StreetPlantJapanTour2015 w/ @bigfootone -- On the night that we met, Yusuke gifted me a drawing of a Samurai. As it went from his hands into mine, I was sincerely moved by the gesture and by his very kind and strong words. Since our visit, Yusuke and I have remained in touch via email. The first Volume in the Trilogy, which he handed me that night, was the Samurai facing forward. The second, which I received a few weeks ago was the Samurai’s back. And now the third and final piece is the Samurai “on the forefront” — Leading the Battalion. Yusuke’s art is so powerful, but his words to me, that have accompanied these pieces, have been so deep and meaningful, there aren’t words to express how much this all means to me. Thank you Yusuke. Thank you my Far East friend. Thank You! #StreetPlantBrand #MikeVallely #StreetPlantBattalion
The DIY Spirit and a Love for Animals, Health and Nature mixed with Vintage Fashion and Classic Recipes has seen the Vallely Girls working hard on a new project: The Vintage Vegans @vintagevegans I am so proud of the girls and everything they have created and stand for. It is truly inspirational! Check out The Vintage Vegans @vintagevegans — Their website just went live and already has plenty of content with new content being added daily. thevintagevegans.com Photo: @caseykaui @emilyvallely @annvallely @lucy_vallely @vintagevegans #TheVintageVegans #VintageVegans #EmilyVallely #AnnVallely #LucyVallely
STREET PLANT #StreetPlantBattalion Member @sk8tomotomo visited #StreetPlantArmory Outpost @stormytokyo in Tokyo, Japan and stocked up on @streetplantbrnd goods: Parking Block Keychain, Not A Sport T-Shirt, Lance-Plant Socks and Tusks Rails. All of these items are also currently available in our Online Shop here: streetplantbrand.com/shop Thanks for the support Tomo and Stormy! #StreetPlantBrand #SkateCreateEnjoy #SkateboardingIsNotASport #MikeVallely #NeverComply
STREET PLANT Making Peace With Public Domain: Revisiting And Reconciling A Definitive Video By @parkingblockdiaries Of all of his video parts, it is Mike Vallely’s segment in Public Domain that has followed him closest over the decades. The Public Domain segment has become more than a string of tricks on tape, more than a time capsule of 1988. Its impact has transcended generations of skaters. “Just the other day, a young skater told me he had been talking about what street skating was all about at the local skatepark,” comments Vallely, “and someone there told him: ‘you just need to watch Mike Vallely’s part in Public Domain’. He told me he went and watched it and that it was eye opening, that it had a real impact on his skating.” -- Public Domain has been a part of Vallely’s everyday reality for almost 30 years. “Ever since Public Domain came out, almost every single day someone has talked to me about it,” says Valley, but when the video premiered in 1988, the reaction to the now legendary clip was far from enthusiastic... Read the full article by @parkingblockdiaries here: streetplantbrand.com/making-peace-with-public-domain #StreetPlantBrand #MikeVallely
The Poet The first time that I saw him It was as if he had just materialized An animation moving through the parking lot Mythological, untouchable His limbs like paintbrushes His board a puppet on strings He invited me to join him in a jam session He carried me in his rhythm I felt his radiation The second time that I saw him He carved a maze out of the concrete And dared me to follow him I took to the path earnestly And where I lost the trail He would reemerge and usher me onward I felt privileged to dance behind him To study his choreography To linger in his shadow The third time that I saw him The weather had changed New pedestals were being erected He mocked the passing storm with indifference In a sort of spontaneous performance art He tuned way down, where no one could follow him Where others became frustrated and confused I paid close attention I knew I was in the presence of a genius The fourth time that I saw him We became friends He opened up his world to me He let me hang out where no one else could belong And he ran up a several hundred dollar phone bill on my dime Then pissed himself laughing on my parents couch He lived on the edge of insanity Inspiring me daily And writing the future with each breath The fifth time that I saw him We were both survivors of something He was gracious to my wife and daughter But his eyes were still wild And as we stood together in some new arena I simply thanked him I thanked him for what was I thanked him for what is I thanked him for what will be He’s the poet that wrote our masterpiece Listen here: soundcloud.com/streetplantgarageland Photos: Mark Gonzales / 1987 by @jgrantbrittain #StreetPlantBrand #MikeVallely #NeverComply #SkateCreateEnjoy #OneHundredPercentIndependentSkateboarding
STREET PLANT In 1987, Westwood Cycles hosted yet another demo, this time bringing together The Gonz, Natas Kaupas, Jesse Martinez and myself. This may be one of the only times Mark, Natas and I have ever been videotaped skating together. What I remember most about this demo was that the locals were no longer content to just sit and watch. The talent in the streets had been evolving rapidly and with it came a more snide and ridiculing audience. Although there was plenty of support for us, there was also a great deal of dissatisfaction and frustration with even the idea of a "demo". Where some locals were cheering for us, others began heckling and at a certain point the crowd began to turn on us. Then a bunch of local skaters started skating, completely taking over the demo and getting increasingly louder and louder cheers from the audience than we had been receiving. Suddenly, (not captured here) Natas began to skate away from the parking lot -- Mark and I followed him. We skated fast and hard away from the scene and we ended up at some lunch-break picnic table, behind some business. It was just the three of us and without a word, we just started skating the picnic table, together. No audience, no heckling, no pressure. What no one understood was -- We had to skate, it was who we were -- It had nothing to do with being pros -- And if we were going to get heckled over there, we would be just fine skating together over here. It was a strange moment in time -- I'd only been skating for three years but here I was, fleeing a demo with my heroes who were now my friends. It was a sort of last stand for what had been. I guess that's just the way it goes. Edit: @markniznisbet Watch the full-length edit here: streetplantbrand.com/video #StreetPlantBrand #MikeVallely #MikeVallelyVideo #MarkGonzales #NatasKaupas
STREET PLANT The #StreetPlantBattalion is a source of true joy in our hearts. Skaters who enthusiastically ride our decks and project positivity into the skate scene — It means everything to us. These skaters have developed the more poetic faculty of their being through their very approach to their skating. Not this striving for sponsorship or recognition, but instead, like birds singing while engaged in their labor. It’s a beautiful thing! Skate. Create. Enjoy! Much love to Battalion Member @_jack_burton for all the support! #StreetPlantBrand #SkateCreateEnjoy #NeverComply #EngineeredForTheStreets #MikeVallely
STREET PLANT North Brunswick, NJ / 1987 In the Spring of 1987, my skating began to blossom. I dropped out of school, turned pro and began my further education on the road as a touring professional skateboarder. In-between tours I spent a lot of time in California skating with Natas and Gonz. It was then that I began to close the gap between my potential, my enthusiasm and my passion for skateboarding with my actual abilities. All that time on my board, out on the road and in the streets with the very best of the best was a trial by fire and it began to pay real dividends. I’d learned how to make that skateboard sing and I had the gumption to sing my very own songs. Somewhere in there I found myself on a slab of asphalt in North Brunswick, New Jersey with a few jump ramps, slider rails and a wall. Someone pointed a video camera at me and captured a spirited “demo” for my friends, family and fellow Jerseyan skaters. The business of skating hadn’t begun to dampen my dreams just yet… It was the last summer of innocence. Edit: @markniznisbet View Full-Length Edit Here: streetplantbrand.com/video #StreetPlantBrand #MikeVallely #MikeVallelyVideo
STREET PLANT Complaining about the weather and the state of things is a common sport. Skateboarding is NOT a common sport. @coreyjvollweiler Picks up the shovel and gets on with it. Respect! Skate. Create. Enjoy. @homebase610 #StreetPlantBrand #SkateCreateEnjoy #NeverComply #ShovelAndShred #MikeVallely
STREET PLANT @mikereedtattoo had a dream of opening a skate shop since he was a teenager. Last year he decided to start carrying boards in his tattoo shop and sectioned off a part of his lobby at @controltattoo and filled it w/ decks and hardware and @bedlamskateboards was born. With the support of the local skate scene, Bedlam Skateboards has now outgrown the lobby of the tattoo shop and this coming Sunday, Feb 7th, Mike and the crew are hosting the opening party for the new Bedlam Skateboards storefront! Free food, drinks and mini-ramp! If you live in the Titusville, FL area, get over there and support! Congrats to @mikereedtattoo and @bedlamskateboards This is what it’s all about! This is the 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. Shops like Bedlam Skateboards are the FUTURE of skateboarding. There will be no skateboarding as we know and love it without shops like Bedlam Skateboards opening up, shining a light and leading the way! #bedlamskateboards #titusvilleskateboarding #TheMallIsAGraveyard #SkateboardingIsNotASport #StreetPlantBrand #SkateCreateEnjoy #NeverComply #MIkeVallely #StreetPlantArmory
The First Push The first push Consciousness The asphalt passing underneath The infancy of my education Absorbing all with no attachment Like the first born man Conforming to nobody The meeting of the heavens and concrete I linger long in this moment And I will return to loiter here for the rest of my days The anti-depressant Art by: @muellerstudios #StreetPlantBrand #SkateCreateEnjoy #NeverComply #MikeVallely
STREET PLANT Link to Full-Length Edit in Profile. Chenga World. Cleveland, Ohio / 1997. I wrote “The Dream” in 1996. It was my call to arms, my mission statement for the skateboard industry and the skateboard culture that I hoped to help cultivate and participate in. It was the spelling out of the pro-career that I wanted to have and the things that I hoped to accomplish as an active member of the skateboard community. I took to the road throughout 1996 and 1997 and shared these words with audiences at skate shops, skate parks as well as in restaurants, coffee shops, music clubs, basements and in parking lots all across the United States. Anywhere skaters were willing to gather and hear me out, I went and I spoke and I shared my thoughts, feelings and dreams. No doubt the skateboard landscape was changing at that time and I felt it was as important as ever to know what role I wanted to play in that change, to define my vision and participate in the dialogue. My focus was then and always has been about fun, expression and creativity through skating. I have always valued the experience of the individual skater over the mass-identity of skateboarding. It was my dream back in 1996 that skateboarding would be as meaningful to the next generation of skaters as it was to me when I first started out — And that is still my dream and my focus today. #StreetPlantBrand #MikeVallely #MikeVallelyVideo #NeverComply #SkateCreateEnjoy
The Living Thing Suburbia, 1984. Thrasher Magazine — The “Street Sequence Issue” lands like alien slime. Quickly assimilated and distributed amongst those on the fringes of everything: Family, school and football. The initiated (infected) skate over the rainbow — From black and white to Technicolor and there is no looking back. Dead end streets become runways. Small towns become countries. In the New Oz — Teenage punks breathe life into the inanimate: Curbs, benches, stairs, walls. There is no social justification. No end game. No practice. There is only the living thing. Street Skating. Listen here: soundcloud.com/streetplantgarageland Photo: @iriscon #StreetPlantBrand #MikeVallely #NeverComply #OneHundredPercentIndependentSkateboarding
STREET PLANT #StreetPlantArmory Outpost @lbskate in Long Beach, CA is fully stocked on #WeaponsOfMassCreation as well as our full-line of accessories — rails, pins, key chains —and soft goods — hats, shirts and jackets. LB Skate is located on 7th and Obispo in LBC. Thanks to LB Skate for the continued support of @streetplantbrnd Boards Pictured: Rugby Popsicle Never Comply Family Destroyer Skateboarding Is Not A Sport #StreetPlantBrand #NeverComply #SkateboardingIsNotASport #MikeVallely #EngineeredForTheStreets #SkateCreateEnjoy
STREET PLANT @kristiansvitak and I spent the day with Master Craftsman @professorschmitt working on some new @streetplantbrnd Weapons Of Mass Creation. First up (in my right hand) was the Elephant On The Edge Reissue— Working from the original World Board (in Paul’s right hand) —Thanks to @eeriggs222 — Paul Roller Traced the shape to the exact / original dimensions. This board will be released sometime in 2016 — Stay Tuned! Next up (in my left hand) was The Tusker, a 15.5 wheelbase board for all the Big Boys out there who have been requesting such a board from Street Plant. The shape is a larger scaled, modern version of my original Powell Peralta shape: 9 inches wide and 33 5/8 Long. Paul loved the shape so much that when he finished cutting it, he hand cut one for himself on his preferred 16 inch wheelbase, that’s the two tone board that he’s holding in his left hand. Finally, Kristian dialed in a new shape, working from our Never Comply shape, and a ’91 Max Evans Black Label board, Kristian tweaked everything to the dimensions that he prefers under his feet — The result (which Kristian is holding) is one of the best looking modern skateboards I’ve ever seen. It was a magical moment watching Kristian skate the board for the first time… He was so stoked. We’ll have to figure out a graphic ASAP and get this board in production… It’s too good not to share as soon as possible. Thanks to The Professor for always making time for us and helping us realize our dreams and ideas for these designs and for making skateboards that have soul-power. Photo @iriscon #StreetPlantBrand #MikeVallely #KristianSvitak #PSstix #SkateCreateEnjoy #NeverComply #WeaponsOfMassCreation #EngineeredForTheStreets
We are happy to share that @eastriverskateshop in Brooklyn, NY will carry on and will continue to support the community with the same kindness, sincerity and smile that Richard was known for. ERSS is open and ready — Stop by, say hello and honor Richard and everything he stood for: Love for Skateboarding, Family and Community! #EastRiverSkateshop
STREET PLANT #StreetPlantBattalion Member @dbartley08 ’s @streetplantbrnd Boards. Shops: All of these boards from our 1st Line are still available from our US Distributor @easternskateboardsupply and in Europe from @mdcndist Thanks for your support! #StreetPlantBrand #SkateCreateEnjoy #EngineeredForTheStreets #WeaponsOfMassCreation #MikeVallely #NeverComply #BigfootOne
STREET PLANT Television’s Armchair Adventure Tour Ed Templeton and Mike Vallely Demo. July 14, 1992 Rotation Station Rockford, Illinois Edit by @markniznisbet View Full-Length Edit w/ @ed.templeton Here: streetplantbrand.com/rotation-station-1992 #StreetPlantBrand #MikeVallely #SkateCreateEnjoy #NeverComply #MikeVallelyVideo
Burn It Burn it. The body feeds the mind. A physical philosophy. A poetic willpower. A moving meditation. Forged through muscle and heart. Transforming the body. Transforming the character. Breathing ecstasy into life. Spirituality. The body feeds the soul. Burn it. Listen Here: soundcloud.com/streetplantgarageland Photo: @sierra_prescott / LA, CA / 2015 #StreetPlantBrand #MikeVallely #NeverComply #SkateCreateEnjoy #OneHundredPercentIndependentSkateboarding
STREET PLANT Family Destroyer: 1st Anniversary @streetplantbrnd Collectors Edition Board. Featuring The Home Team! @lucy_vallely @mikevallely @annvallely @emilyvallely Art by @gtuz Only 100 Made. These boards can be signed upon request. The shape is a modernized Snake Shape. 8 3/4 x 32 3/4 Wheelbase: 14 5/8 Nose: 7 Tail: 6 3/4 Assorted Veneers. Available Here: streetplantbrand.com/shop #StreetPlantBrand #MikeVallely #SkateCreateEnjoy #NeverComply #OneHundredPercentIndependentSkateboarding
STREET PLANT The ever growing #StreetPlantBattalion brings joy to our hearts. Thanks to @yusuke_tsuge for posting this picture of his daughter with her first ever skateboard. A @streetplantbrnd Modern Barnyard! #StreetPlantBrand #SkateCreateEnjoy #MikeVallely #EngineeredForTheStreets #WeaponsOfMassCreation
Life Or Death I have battled depression my entire life Skateboarding was the first thing that truly made me happy Just being on my board, it was everything to me My Bliss But the world it seemed didn’t want me to be happy The world wanted me to answer to convention To most of my peers, teachers and family members skateboarding was an epic waste of time Why pursue something that had no end game? The necessity of a social justification for everything that I did was constantly thrown in my face My smile wasn’t enough My satisfied soul had no value And when I rejected the systems impersonal claims upon me I got my ass kicked over and over Who was I to hold onto my own ideals? At every turn there was someone trying to frighten me off from My Bliss To beat it out of me Wanting me to concede to misery, mediocrity and the mundane To accept doom and depression into my heart and soul As a superior authority I refused I had to It was life or death Art by: @muellerstudios #StreetPlantBrand #SkateCreateEnjoy #NeverComply #MikeVallely
STREET PLANT Available Now! All-New @streetplantbrnd Weapon Of Mass Creation! Rugby Board Popsicle Shape w/ Art by Mark Gonzales. 8.5 x 32 1/4 Wheelbase: 14 1/4 Nose: 7 1/8 Tail: 6 5/8 Florescent Orange Bottoms. Assorted Top Veneers. #StreetPlantBrand #SkateCreateEnjoy #EngineeredForTheStreets #WeaponsOfMassCreation
STREET PLANT There was a time before VIP’s, velvet ropes and red carpets. A time before corporate sponsors, chain stores and Chinese Manufacturing. An idyllic time before managers, agents and lawyers pounced on the fledgling careers of skateboarders. A time before every moment stunk of short sighted corporate initiative. A time before money was king. Let’s Miss That Boat Together… Never Comply! When you search for things that can’t be found You lose yourself and you lose your ground When you set your sails for diamonds and gold You lose all of the precious things that you hold I’m not gonna get on that boat I’m okay being left on the coast A buried treasure somewhere at sea It means absolutely nothing to me All the beauty and worth that you carry Is the only beauty and worth you will find You can travel this world forever But the only treasure is your independent mind When you search for things that can’t be found You lose yourself and you lose your ground When you set your sails for diamonds and gold You lose all of the precious things that you hold Listen Here: soundcloud.com/streetplantgarageland Art by @greghigginsart #StreetPlantBrand #MikeVallely #NeverComply #SkateCreateEnjoy #SkateboardingIsNotASport #OneHundredPercentIndependentSkateboarding #LetsMIssThatBoatTogether
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