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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Friday Dec. 5: Revolution Mother @revomutha plays at @spikesbar_rosemead in Rosemead, CA w/ @the_henchmen 7 Dirty Words and The Bourbon Saints 21 + / Tickets available here: https://www.purplepass.com/#18450/Von_Badsville_Events-Rev_It_Up_feat._REVOLUTION_MOTHER_(with_Mike_Vallely)_&_more!-Spike's_Bar_&_Billiards-December-05-2014.html #revolutionmother @thehampton @brandonpertzborn #mikevallely
The Noside Banks The thing is It wasn’t cool That’s what was so cool about it We didn’t strive to fit in To be cool We just were Unconscious Strength A gravitational pull Misfits, outlaws, poets, freaks That’s who we were That’s who we attracted When the school bell rang We met in an abandoned lot Somewhere between Dunkin’ Donuts and Burger King Into the dusk And on into darkness Sweat and blood and smiles A meeting place, a proving ground A sanctuary Asphalt and concrete Hardrock Maple, metal and urethane Embedded in our flesh Part of our DNA A moment in time And with us forever The thing is It wasn’t cool That’s what was so cool about it #streetplantbrand @streetplantbrnd #mikevallely
Christmas Morning, 1984 September. Skateboarding was not a welcome visitor in my home. My parents hoped that it was a fad, a trend, a passing interest. Like the music I was listening to. Just something I was going through. The haircut, the bleached jeans. The weird friends. No. If you say it to a young person enough times maybe you kill the urge. Dampen the inner spark. Maybe you steer them away. Back into the flow of the mainstream. Back into the gray of the school hallways. No. October. Mix tapes and borrowed boards. Black Flag and The Bones Brigade. I’d never been so sure of anything. Every moment inspired. Every inch of asphalt alive. No. November. Teachers, the kids at school, local business owners, the police and my parents. With every push I’m more certain. A moving target. Unyielding passion. Definiteness of purpose. No. December. Christmas Morning. Underneath the tree. A Sim’s Jeff Phillips. Gullwings and Krypto’s. Out the front door out into the street. A board of my own. Tears of joy. Yes. I’ll make my own way. #streetplantbrand @streetplantbrnd #mikevallely
I had a great time last night with @annvallely at @steviecab ’s 50th Birthday Bash. It was great to catch up with folks, especially this guy, Bernie O’Dowd @Sk8boardingSaves Bernie is a fellow Jersey Skater and he was the very first person I ever saw ride a ramp - Somewhere in the woods in East Brunswick, NJ. Needles to say that was a heavy moment.. The autumn of ’84. Give Bernie a follow at @Sk8boardingSaves his IG is a fun / creative ongoing love letter to skateboarding. Thanks to @karenmandall for the photo!!! #backwardsbernieodowd #mikevallely
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 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. At that time there were, as there always has been, opposing forces trying to steer skateboarding in opposite directions. I saw value then and I see value now in both directions, both ideologies. I know what I personally like but I can’t really say that what I like is best for others or for skateboarding as a whole. I’ve just tried to remain engaged in the over-all conversation, not outside of it. And so in that, my focus was and always as been about fun, expression and creativity through skating. I value 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. Photo @mikivuckovich 1997 Chenga World / Cleveland, OH Link on my profile to my website to read "The Dream".
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