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: Thursday, February 26, 2015 Submit an Update
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On this episode of @themikevshow I am once again joined by author, philosopher and friend Daniele Bolelli. We discuss “kung fu”, Ben Harper has “kung fu”, emotional content, presence, nature / nurture, Bruce Lee, my favorite skaters, something else — a spirit, objective versus subjective, spirit of character, looking for a connection in MMA, character being homogenized out of team sports, the system of sports, identity that squashes individuality, orthodox approaches exist for a reason, looking for the unorthodox flair, making the unorthodox work, pushing the limits, the spirit has been bred out of things I love, why is the individual still being crushed in our society?, individual identity requires a hell of a lot of self-confidence, most identities are pre-packaged, resisting the process, we have a lot of work to do as a society, more possibilities today that encourage individuality, little spaces that are open, looking at it through the eyes of my kids, the path of most resistance, my daughter @lucy_vallely changed the way I thought about young people and “spirit of character” when she was 10, Lucy has “kung fu”, looking at the world with fresh eyes, maybe I can learn something, Bolelli’s daughter has “kung fu”, “the man” wants to hammer you into that hole, the challenge is not spending your life bitter about it, the solution to the dilemma, this is how it can be, I’m a dance dad, Lucy’s journey, the Zen idea, an entire family tuned in to something greater, the DIY spirit, the business of skateboarding, I’ve never compromised my skating, clarity in business, the most important thing I could ever do as a husband and father, the circle jerk of the skateboard industry, east coast street skating, other people’s filters, the day I got sponsored, Stacy Peralta’s got “kung fu”, the spirit in my skating, make it your own thing, the first time I saw Thrasher Magazine, my first experiences on a skateboard, my “kung fu”… Enjoy! http://soundcloud.com/the-mike-v-show/episode-3-kung-fu Also available for download on iTunes! #mikevallely #themikevshow #danielebolelli
STREET PLANT Restocked and available in Men’s sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL and XXXL The @streetplantbrnd Barnyard Hoodie features artwork from the Vallely / World Industries Barnyard Board from 1989. 100% cotton. Split-stitched double-needle sewing on all seams. Split front pouch pocket. Twill neck tape. Available here: http://www.streetplantbrand.com/shop #streetplantbrand #mikevallely #engineeredforthestreets
STREET PLANT We are honored yet saddened to donate a @streetplantbrnd "Team Edition” signed Blue Barnyard Board to this cause (we overprinted 7 boards for team / promotional use). Please join the Charlotte skate community, as they rally in support of D'Andre Martin. As a recent victim of a senseless shooting, 14 year old D'Andre faces a long road to a full recovery. In addition to his physical and emotional scars, D'Andre and his family now have to sort through a mountain of medical expenses. Shred for D'Andre is collective effort by local Charlotte skaters to help show love and support for D'Andre and the Martin family, while also alleviating some of the financial burdens they have inherited. The event is scheduled for March 14 at Grayson SkatePark in Charlotte. Join them for an afternoon of awesome skateboarding, live music and family fun. There will be a silent auction held in conjunction with the skate contest. The items available were all personally donated by some of the greatest pros and legends in skateboarding history. Don't miss the opportunity to bid on this signed board from us as well as from Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero, Bucky Lasek, Andy MacDonald, Mike McGill, George Powell & Stacy Peralta, Tommy Guerrero & Jim Thiebaud and others. Also, please take a moment to visit gofundme.com/lrjln0 to donate directly to D'Andre and his family. #mikevallely #streetplantbrand
I never imagined I'd sit in front of a microphone and talk about the sweetness of Kevin Costner's voice... I also never thought I'd discuss depression, an attempt at suicide or how a drunk driver nearly killing my daughter actually saved my life... But now I have... Check out Episode 59 of The Drunken Taoist Podcast... Much thanks and love to my friend Daniele Bolelli for being my friend... Listen here: http://thedrunkentaoist.com/episodes/episode-59-my-friend-mike-v-climbing-out-hell #mikevallely #thedrunkentaoist #danielebolelli
STREET PLANT Street Plant Battalion Member @michaelmac72 can now add his Blue Barnyard @streetplantbrnd Reissue to his collection… Number 49 of 100… What number did you get? Add the hashtag #streetplantbattalion to all of your Street Plant photos for us to see and email your pics for reposting to mike(at)streetplantbrand.com Thanks for your support! #streetplantbrand #engineeredforthestreets
STREET PLANT I love this guy. Our friend @durtymick screen prints our apparel for us right here in Long Beach, CA at @hublbc which is his shop on 4th Street — And it is well worth the visit if you’re into skateboarding, vinyl and motorcycles. Mick has been a supporter of @streetplantbrnd from the very start and we are stoked to work with him and to keep it local and with people we value. Here he is holding a Barnyard Hoodie that he Hand Pulled himself… Photo by @sierra_prescott #streetplantbrand #engineeredforthestreets #mikevallely #vghc
STREET PLANT The @socco78 x @streetplantbrnd Barnyard Socks Available here: http://www.streetplantbrand.com/shop/barnyard-socks/ 80% Cotton, 17% Polyester, 3% Spandex Machine Wash Made In The USA Size: L/XL Men’s Shoe size: 9-12 Women’s Shoe Size: 10-13 #engineeredforthestreets #streetplantbrand #mikevallely #socco #socco78 Photo @iriscon
STREET PLANT I’m jumping for joy!!!! -- Ha, ha! Thanks for all the love and support… Truly! With the first two rounds of Barnyards selling out in just minutes both times… I’ve been completely humbled and stoked by the level of excitement and support for what we are doing with @streetplantbrnd But with the frenzy there has also come some frustration and stress for me in not being able to accommodate every person who wants one of these boards. Of course that is the nature of doing these limited edition, signed and numbered boards — And I do know that as we continue on and continue to produce more boards that we can and will reach everyone… It’s just the frustration between here and there that is hard for me to reconcile at the moment. They say you can’t please everyone… But I want to. Of course I want to. I would have nothing with out the support of skaters around the world for the past 29 years. These are not faceless “collectors” or “fans” — They are people — Individuals — That make my life possible. I can’t dismiss one of them with some “you can’t please everyone” nonsense. I want to please everyone because if someone feels so strongly about a product we are making, spends the time, makes the effort and is willing to spend the $ to get one — I want that person to feel good about interacting with us and our company. — I really didn’t expect this intense interest in what we are doing. I thought I’d sell the boards in a matter of weeks not in a matter of minutes. I just want to let everyone know that we are learning, growing and readjusting as we go… There is no master plan here… We truly did not expect any of this… So, please stick with us and understand that I and my family are committed to doing everything we can to honor everyone that is supporting us and Street Plant. Is it unrealistic to think we can do that? Maybe, but there’s no reason to be in business unless we try. Thanks. — Mike V With the Home Team: @annvallely @emilyvallely and @lucy_vallely Long Beach, CA Photo @sierra_prescott #engineeredforthestreets #streetplantbrand #mikevallely #lucyvallely
STREET PLANT When I first saw this video of @kristiansvitak in 1998 I told @lucero_rip that we HAD to put this guy on @blacklabelskates Funny… This is also the video I referenced when I decided to have Kristian be a part of @streetplantbrnd — Ha, ha. Street Plant is not seeking to “sponsor” anyone… Rather we aspire to simply work with and support skaters — People — that we love and respect for who they are with nothing expected in return except for them to feel free to pursue their skating and their lives as they desire. We just want to be there to be a part of it and to cheer them on. #engineeredforthestreets #streetplantbrand #streetplantbattalion #kristiansvitak
STREET PLANT INFORMATION RELEASE 003 Contact: Mike Vallely Re: Street Plant Armory Support Program Welcome @escapistskate to the #streetplantarmory Support Program. 5 Limited Edition - Signed and Numbered - Blue @streetplantbrnd Barnyard Reissue Boards, as well as plenty of Street Plant T-shirts and @socco78 x Barnyard Socks are in transit to Escapist Skateboarding in Kansas City, MO. Escapist is the very first official outpost in the country, actually in the world, to be issued Street Plant Skateboards. More Armory announcements coming soon. Stay tuned. #streetplantbrand #engineeredforthestreets
STREET PLANT Well, that was crazy... The @streetplantbrnd website crashed... We had to buy more server space and people still couldn't get in / get on or access the store... Even us... Still, somehow the boards sold... I think they're all gone... We had to disable the store so we don't even know... We'll do a count shortly... Sorry to any and everyone who couldn't get through -- We did NOT expect this type of activity... We will figure out a better method moving forward in how to release these and make them available... This response is unprecedented to us so please forgive our inability to manage it... We'll figure it out going forward!!! Thanks for your continued support! -- The Vallelys #streetplantbrand #mikevallely
STREET PLANT "Meet me at the In-N-Out Burger... " The latest round of @streetplantbrnd boards are hand delivered last night in an In-N-Out parking lot by master craftsman @professorschmitt himself... Stay tuned for on sale info... Join the email mailing list on the Street Plant website (right hand column of home page) to stay in the know... streetplantbrand.com Photo @emilyvallely #engineeredforthestreets #streetplantbrand #mikevallely #vghc
Going forward... When I skate, I wear a helmet. Give Episode 2 of my podcast @themikevshow a listen to hear my discussion with Daniele Bolelli and my thoughts on this topic. https://soundcloud.com/the-mike-v-show/episode-2-going-forward Listen on iTunes and Stitcher as well: The Mike V Show Photo @sierra_prescott Long Beach, CA #mikevallely #themikevshow #danielebolelli @streetplantbrnd #streetplantbrand #engineeredforthestreets #streetplantbattalion #vghc @triple8nyc
For the past 13 years or so we’ve been attending the @showstoppersdance competition in Anaheim, CA with both of our daughters. The Showstopper competition has notoriously always been a very tough competition, so we’ve never really put much focus on the competition aspect with our girls… We just simply always enjoy watching our girls dance -- anywhere, anytime and we always just leave it at that. BUT this past weekend at the Showstopper Competition @lucy_vallely rose up and took first place overall beating out over 200 + competitors. CRAZY! I’m so proud of this kid, She’s so beautiful, so talented, so focused and most importantly, so kind and loving… It was definitely a great weekend for Lucy and our family. Thanks to @lv8dance @offthefloordance @kelleyguise #lucyvallely
(2008) With Corey Perry and Steve Montador minutes after Steve "accidentally" broke my nose.... Ha, ha! I'm deeply saddened today to hear of Steve's passing... He brought real enthusiasm and passion to the game and he was the kind of person / teammate you want on your side and in your locker room. I always enjoyed watching him play and following his NHL career. Truly, one of the good guys. My heartfelt condolences go out to to his family and friends. #RIPSTEVEMONTADOR
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