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 We are beyond stoked to have the hometown support of #StreetPlantArmory Outpost @lbskate If you live in the Long Beach, CA area… Get over to the shop, say hello and check out our new boards. Including the new @streetplantbrnd Modern Barnyard — A True “Double-Tail” — More on that later! Long Beach Skate 3142 E 7th St Long Beach, CA 90804 (562) 434-5527 #StreetPlantBrand #NeverComply #EngineeredForTheStreets #MikeVallely #SkateCreateEnjoy #KristianSvitak #WeaponsOfMassCreation #StreetAxe
STREET PLANT I started skateboarding in 1984 and skateboard design was already behind when it came to the real life application of what us kids were doing out in the streets. In 1986 when I started skating for Powell Peralta I drilled the nose of my Lance Mountain board back so that I could actually use the nose of the board for tricks. Stacy Peralta tripped out on what I was doing trick wise and the fact that the boards he was making were too slow to adapt to what we were doing on them. When I put out my first pro model in 1988, the nose was considered big by the standards of the day. I actually wanted an even bigger nose but the manufacturer saw it as too much of a risk in the market place. World Industries was smaller and nimbler and more in tune with what was happening and so with working directly with Steve Rocco and Rodney Mullen we introduced the Barnyard Board in 1989 -- I was going out on a limb design wise by putting my name on that board BUT that board is considered the prototype for the modern day popsicle stick and for changing skateboard shapes for the past 25 years or so. But the popsicle stick is not the end of the line… Skateboard shapes are back! Freedom in skating is back! And in that spirit @streetplantbrnd introduces the new meaner, leaner and #EngineeredForTheStreets Street Axe— Fine tuned at #PsStix by none other than Master Craftsmen @professorschmitt. Don’t select your Axe from a soulless zombified pretender… Street Plant Brand is your real deal #StreetAxe dealer! #StreetPlantBrand #TheEvolutionOfShape #NeverComply #MikeVallely #SkateCreateEnjoy #WeaponsOfMassCreation
STREET PLANT SKATE, CREATE, ENJOY No one exemplifies these words better than @professorschmitt — He skates, he creates and he enjoys! He was never the best skater and he never worried about it… He made his own path in skateboarding and he has always enjoyed his engagement and involvement in skateboarding — On and off of his board. Truly, it was an honor to hand him one of these @streetplantbrnd SKATE, CREATE, ENJOY posters — Made by the @ITINERANTPRINTER Chris Fritton at @printmuseum The International Printing Museum. Following in a great tradition in skateboarding spurred on by Craig Stecyk @crstecykiii these posters are 14 x 22, and hand set and hand-printed on a Vandercook 15-21 proofing press on some of the very last original Colby Poster Printing Co. backgrounds in existence. They are limited to 100: 50 rainbow roll, 25 fluorescent pink, 20 fluorescent yellow, and 5 fluorescent orange — All hand signed and numbered by @chrisfritton and Mike Vallely. Posters available here: streetplantbrand.com/shop #SkateCreateEnjoy #StreetPlantBrand #NeverComply #MikeVallely #LetterPress #ColbyPosters #ItinerantPrinter
1999 / Disneyland /Paris The promoter told me that they’d built this obstacle just for me… Some sort of Rainbow Doorway Channel thing… I’m not sure why they'd built it with me in mind but that’s some pressure right there. — It was the middle of my contest run… I popped out onto a quarter pipe and eyed it. I hadn’t really done anything on it yet… No one had really. Koston looked at me and asked me what I was going to do… I told him I was gonna’ “Get Hurt.” I didn’t really mean that but then again I wasn’t afraid to either. I started pushing towards the thing with speed and got fixed on the idea of a Japan 1 Foot To Fakie over the Channel. More like a Japan 1 Foot To Fakie over the Channel to Broken Jaw and stitches in my chin. Oh, you built this obstacle just for me? Thanks. Ha, ha! Commentary @tonyhawk #MikeVallely #MikeVallelyVideo #StreetPlantBrand
Unearthed. In 1985 I joined and performed in the New Jersey Hardcore Band: Resistance. I played one fabled show with the band on September 15, 1985 at the Jazz Loft in New Brunswick, NJ. The show was headlined by 7 Seconds — Aggression also played but were not featured on the flyer — A flyer that I helped design… That is all my handwriting. Our local heroes, Pleased Youth, also played that night. I however was grounded that night and it was also a Sunday night, meaning I had school the next day — So, I had to sneak out of my house in Edison and run two towns over to New Brunswick to play the show and then I had to run back to Edison to sneak back into my house, not able to watch the rest of the show. Resistance soon dissolved after that show BUT it was an epic time and the music was good. I’m glad to have reconnected recently with my old Resistance bandmates and we are working on recording some of our original material as well as some new songs for a future release. Thanks to @mitchgtz for digging this flyer up. Too cool! #MikeVallely #Resistance #NJHC
STREET PLANT SKATE CREATE ENJOY Letterpress Posters • 14 x 22 • Made on some of the last original Colby Poster Printing Co. backgrounds. • Made using Colby wood & metal type, hand set and hand-printed on a Vandercook 15-21 proofing press at The International Printing Museum by @ITINERANTPRINTER Chris Fritton. • Limited edition of 100: 50 rainbow roll, 25 fluorescent pink, 20 fluorescent yellow, and 5 fluorescent orange — All hand signed and numbered by @chrisfritton and Mike Vallely. streetplantbrand.com/shop #SkateCreateEnjoy #StreetPlantBrand #NeverComply #MikeVallely #LetterPress #ColbyPosters #ItinerantPrinter
Catchin' Air They go to church They go to school Grounded by the gravitational pull In Tom Groholski's backyard We dare to fly Aim our boards into the sky Catchin' Air They go to work They yearn for sleep Grounded down week after week In Tom Groholski's backyard We dare to fly Aim our boards into the sky Catchin' Air They get old They seek the grave Grounded by their own decay In Tom Groholski's backyard We never age Above the lip, these are the days Catchin' Air #MikeVallely #StreetPlantBrand
STREET PLANT I’ve been enjoying all of the #FlatEarthSociety videos you guys have been posting. Keep it up! This one of @olutta making it happen despite some rain is one of my favorites thus far. Want a chance at winning a @streetplantbrnd #NeverComply Deck? Here’s what you have to do: Follow: @streetplantbrnd x @bluetileSC and tag your flat ground tricks #FlatEarthSociety FLAT GROUND ONLY. Just you and your board. Winner announced August 31st #bluetileXstreetplant For more #Bluetile and #StreetPlantBrand news Follow: @emilyvallely @kristiansvitak @davidbluetile #EngineeredForTheStreets
Last night my wife Ann @annvallely and I had the pleasure of seeing Garett Klahn @staplesinger (Texas Is The Reason) perform solo & with Have Gun, Will Travel @hgwtmusic (a great band from Bradenton, FL). These guys are touring the US so if they’re coming your way definitely go check them out. And Garrett… Thanks for reminding me of that song Jeane. #GarrettKlahn #TexasIsTheReason #HGWTMusic #MikeVallely
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