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 After 31 years of skating I finally have my very own skatepark / training facility. Oh wait, it’s only a yellow parking block? Seems fitting. Thanks to @kyleberard and @frontrockconcrete for the dream obstacle now located in my driveway. #mikevallely #streetplantbrand #nevercomply #frontrockconcrete #readytoroll
If I had a time machine and only one destination I could choose… I’d probably go back to this very day in 1978 to see @springsteen at The Roxy in West Hollywood, CA On the latest episode of my Podcast @themikevshow I talk about the importance of Bruce’s music in my life. You can listen here: http://soundcloud.com/the-mike-v-show/episode-7-the-real-world Also available on iTunes: The Mike V Show #mikevallely #themikevshow #brucespringsteen
I look at it like this… I’ve never been in a bad car accident and I don’t plan on ever being in one but I ALWAYS wear a seatbelt when I get into a car. So, I’ve never had a bad head injury and I don’t plan on ever having one but now I ALWAYS wear a helmet when I ride my skateboard. It’s just been a very natural evolution for me. It feels right. #GetUsedToIT #mikevallely @triple8NYC #streetplantbrand #mikevallelyvideo
It was an amazing week for the Vallely family. First I won @xgames Gold then @lucy_vallely was awarded the @thedanceawards 2015 Teen Best Dancer in Las Vegas, NV. We’ve been floating on a cloud ever since. Thanks again to everyone who voted for my video w/ @tednewsome and to everyone who has supported Lucy in her journey. It’s truly appreciated. Most of all, thanks to the Home Team support system @annvallely and @emilyvallely #mikevallely #lucyvallely #streetplantbrand #thedanceawards #RealStreet #VGHC
1996 Terry Magovern and Bruce Springsteen @springsteen This photo (sent to me many, many years later by someone who just happened to snap it) captures that moment on October 21, 1996 when Bruce signed my New Jersey Turnpike Freehold Exit Ticket. This was a very important and meaningful moment in my life. Listen to my Podcast @themikevshow to hear the full story and how Bruce Springsteen served as a sort of spiritual guide for me as I started making my way through The Real World. Listen here: http://soundcloud.com/the-mike-v-show/episode-7-the-real-world Also available on iTunes: The Mike V Show #mikevallely #themikevshow #danielebolelli #brucespringsteen
@springsteen On this episode of my Podcast @themikevshow I am once again joined by author, philosopher and friend Daniele Bolelli Topics of Discussion: •The River. • Born In The USA. • Human Touch. • Lucky Town. • The Ghost Of Tom Joad. http://soundcloud.com/the-mike-v-show/episode-7-the-real-world Also available for download on iTunes! #themikevshow #mikevallely #danielebolelli #brucespringsteen
This is gonna' be a fun day in Long Beach! I'll see you there! Street Plant and Revolution Mother present: SWITCHBLADES & URETHANE MUSIC FESTIVAL with live performances by: DUANE PETERS GUNFIGHT feat. @dpdisaster MCRAD feat. @chucktreece REVOLUTION MOTHER feat. @mikevallely THE PUSHERS feat. @dickemotion POWERFLEX 5 feat. @salba69 and @coreymillertattoo SKATANIC REDNECKS feat. DAVE REUL Sunday July 19, 2015 At @alexsbarlbc Long Beach, CA Doors- 1:00 PM Music Starts- 2:00 PM Music Ends- 8:00 PM TICKETS ARE ONSALE!! Tickets are available at: www.ticketfly.com www.alexsbar.com and at Alex’s Bar Tickets are $10 Advance / $10 Day Of Show Ages 21 & Over, ID Required Presented by: @streetplantbrnd @pizzanista @confusionmagazine @hublbc @dogtownxsuicidal @purefunskatezine #mikevallely #revolutionmother #mikevallelyvideo
This picture really captures the essence of what makes this whole @xgames #RealStreet experience worthwhile to me. Being out in the streets, utilizing natural terrain — Breathing life into the inanimate to create something meaningful in the moment. The challenge of that and the reward of the process. A process that is collaborative. A process that requires a relationship that is verbalized but that is also instinctual. Skater and Videographer. Myself and @tednewsome. There’s the skating. The filming. The edit. All of it is an art. We willingly entered the competition but we didn’t set out to compete. We set out to create. Create something that was true to us. That would stand alone. Not as a statement of dissent but as an expression of unlimited freedom. This is what skateboarding, what MY skateboarding has always represented to me. To be acknowledged in this way today, to have won the “Fan Favorite” vote and X Games Gold at the age of 45 is affirmation from those that really matter that skateboarding IS still ultimately more about fun, participation, expression, lifestyle and creativity than anything else. That really makes me happy. That’s all I ever hoped to accomplish as a pro skater. Thank you Ted! You killed it!!! Much thanks to @zigmundimposter77 for snapping this pic and all of the behind the scenes help. Thanks to @mike_sinclair_ for including me in this event in the first place and for giving me this platform to share my skating. Thanks to @fredvanschie for his friendship, @professorschmitt for making the boards I rode in filming my part and to @servant_footwear @triple8nyc and @violentgentlemen for all the support — It truly means a lot to me. Thanks to the Home Team @annvallely @emilyvallely and @lucy_vallely for always having my back! But most of all… I’d like to thank YOU, my brothers and sisters of the board — You are my extended family around the world. Thank you for voting and for supporting me and showing me so much love and appreciation throughout all the years! They call it “Fan Favorite” but you are all my friends. Thank you and I’ll be seeing you all up the road! #mikevallely #streetplantbrand #GetUsedToIt
STREET PLANT My @xgames #RealStreet video w/ @tednewsome is my Swan Song. Not that I won’t continue to skate and continue to document my skating going forward, but this Real Street video is a bookend in a sense to what I started in 1988’s Public Domain. Busting out of the house, moving through an environment, having fun and expressing myself. This is the skating I love and value. This is what street skating is to me. #streetplantbrand #mikevallely #GetUsedToIt #nevercomply #VoteForMikeV
STREET PLANT Extinction Is Not On The Agenda: The Story Of The Street Plant Mammoth By Kyle Duvall @parkingblockdiaries Read the entire article by going to the Street Plant site (link in @streetplantbrnd Bio) Or go here: http://www.streetplantbrand.com/extinction-is-not-on-the-agenda-the-story-of-the-street-plant-mammoth From the article: After ’91 professional skateboarding was increasingly being funneled into a very distinct direction, a direction with clear stylistic benchmarks for “legitimacy”. Progression only “counted” if it was progression down one particular path. How high you could ollie didn’t matter if you couldn’t flip off both ends of your board as well. By ’91, for many skaters, doing what came naturally, especially what came naturally for Mike Vallely, was either a statement of dissent or signifier of obsolescence. -- "It’s not that I wasn’t progressing. My skating was just going in its own direction,” Vallely recalls. “I’ve never been “anti” anybody’s skating. I really vibed off of what people like Armando Barajas and Ed Templeton were doing and I always sampled what was interesting to me at the time. I did get into some nollie flips, flipping in and out of tricks, but I’ve always found my way back to my own skating. Some of that stuff stuck, but most of it didn’t.” Photo: Riding a Woolly Mammoth prototype shape in 1991. Photo @cortizphoto #mikevallely #streetplantbrand
STREET PLANT It was really important to me to include a G-Turn in my Real Street video. One of the first things I learned from @peraltastacy (besides “Hey man, don’t eat buttermilk pancakes for breakfast before skating in a contest.” ) was to loosen my trucks and to enjoy turning on my board. Stacy was adamant that turning WAS skating and that I would become a much better skater and enjoy my skating much more if I loosened my trucks. I took his advice and my skating and my style improved and my appreciation for simple movements on my board grew. The G-Turn has been one of my favorite tricks all along. This one down on the beach in Long Beach, CA felt really good. #VoteForMikeV #GetUsedToIt #streetplantbrand @streetplantbrnd
Jeff Phillips My first board ever in 1984 was a Sims Jeff Phillips. That alone made him someone signifiant in my life. But it would be his kindness towards me, when he owed me nothing, in 1989 that would be a real difference maker for me. You can hear the story on the latest episode of my Podcast @themikevshow Listen here: http://soundcloud.com/the-mike-v-show/episode-6-gratitude Also available for download on iTunes: The Mike V Show Photo by the legendary @jgrantbrittain If you don’t follow him, you’re missing out. #themikevshow #danielebolelli #mikevallely
She doesn’t fit on my shoulder anymore and that’s okay. I’m so proud of the young lady @lucy_vallely is growing up to be. So grateful for all the times and memories and for these moments right now. Good Luck Lucy at Dance Awards. Your solo last night was AMAZING! I’ll see you in a few days kid! Love You! #mikevallely #lucyvallely
STREET PLANT Working on my @xgames #realstreet video with @tednewsome was a true joy. We had a lot of fun out in the streets of Long Beach, CA rolling around and we are really stoked on the end result. We set out to tell the story of what street skating means to me: Moving, adapting and spontaneously creating through an environment. In the end, that’s all I could and can do. I have to express MY skating not answer to convention or conform to the standards of the day. I have my own standards, my own ideas and my own path. I respect the other skaters, I respect the other videographers and I appreciate all approaches and I am honored and humbled to have had the opportunity to share my approach in this arena. It means a lot to me. I’d like to thank the @xgames and @theboardr for including me. Much Respect! Photo @zigmundimposter77 #mikevallely #VoteForMikeV #GetUsedToIt #streetplantbrand @streetplantbrnd
STREET PLANT The #streetplantbattalion rules! So many cool photos and rad artwork is being sent our way -- I am beyond stoked at the love and support we are being shown! Thank you all truly! This image is a gift from Battalion Member @scottyg1969 who had artist @crayonblood1 illustrate a duck from the Barnyard Board doing the street plant as featured in the @sierra_prescott photo of me on the 6th St Bridge in Los Angeles. I love that the helmet is included and the @bigfootone @streetplantbrnd tag is in there too! So cool! Thanks Scott and Jaime! #mikevallely #streetplantbrand #GetUsedToIt
STREET PLANT I've been asked about this trick more than any other trick in my edit. I call it a Battagliotti Hand-Flip after a friend of mine, Al Battagliotti who I grew up skating with in Edison, NJ. Al was one of the best skaters in our town and he influenced my skating and pushed me to get better on a daily basis. He invented this trick in '84 or '85 and I've always done it ever since -- With love for where and with whom I grew up skating with. Al still skates and he supports the skate scene in our hometown of Edison through his skate shop @cjskateshop Thanks Al! #mikevallely #mikevallelyvideo #VoteForMikeV #GetUsedToIt #streetplantbrand @streetplantbrnd #nevercomply
STREET PLANT This trick just came to me rather spontaneously. I was in an alley shooting some photos and this wall was just asking for it. Then a few weeks later when @tednewsome and I were filming the Real Street video, I saw this light post and the damn light post was asking for it as well -- Ha, ha. This one is not as simple as it looks. There’s a lot of distance covered and a quick shuffling of the feet at a pretty good clip. I love tricks like this, that utilize the immediate environment in a way that it hasn’t previously been used before. Okay, I know t’s a basic concept: Grab your board and jump off of something BUT in all of my years skating I’ve never seen anyone do it quite like this. I don’t believe in definitions like old school or new school. I just believe in NOW and what feels right NOW! I love this trick. It’s my favorite of the video. #mikevallely #mikevallelyvideo #VoteForMikeV #GetUsedToIt #streetplantbrand @streetplantbrnd
STREET PLANT @emilyvallely and I just dropped off some Limited Edition / Signed Mammoths as well as Mammoth Socks and SP Tag Hats (the hat I'm wearing in this pic) at #streetplantarmory Outlet @socalskateshop -- Check out @socalskateshop to see all of their current @streetplantbrnd offerings! #streetplantbrand #mikevallely #emilyvallely #nevercomply
The Mutha @revomutha gets cranking again tomorrow. Starting at the Born Free Pre-Party in Irvine, CA 6/25: Born Free Pre-Party 7/19: Switchblades & Urethane Fest w/ Duane Peters Gunfight @alexsbarlbc Long Beach, CA 8/21: @missiontobaccolounge Riverside, CA 9/6: @slidebar Fullerton, CA 9/13: @slidebar Fullerton, CA 9/18: @brickbybricksd San Diego, CA 9/19: @yuccataproom Tempe, AZ 9/20: @slidebar Fullerton, CA 9/27: @slidebar Fullerton, CA #revolutionmother #mikevallely
#GetUsedToIT http://www.getusedtoit.com Is not a set of rules I’m not telling you what to do All I’m saying is there are three things That are like so important to the whole world That I don’t happen to find much importance in Whether it’s being hardcore, punk or being cool Because of that I feel… Photo @mehringsbearings #mikevallely @triple8nyc #streetplantbrand
STREET PLANT One of the most important aspects of the Real Street competition is the collaboration of the skater and the videographer. I was blessed to work with long time friend @tednewsome on this part. Instead of a collection of random clips from random places we set out to create a video that told a story. The story of what street skating means to me: The spontaneous adaption to one’s environment — On the Go. We filmed the entire part in Long Beach, CA, where I live, and we had a lot of fun and laughs along the way. The thing is, Ted did more than just document my skating. He was right there with me, adapting and creating in the environment. He didn’t just capture some tricks. He captured the essence of my skating and what I love and value about skateboarding. That is a rare talent and I couldn't be more stoked on the results! Thank you Ted! This trick has always been one of my favorites. The first time I ever saw someone do this was in Virginia Beach, Virginia in June of 1986. Bushka Vidal @BV_N_VB who was easily one of the east coast’s best street skaters was doing these at a heavy late night session under some street lights and it always stuck with me. When I did this one for Real Street it was with Bushka in mind. Photo @zigmundimposter77 #mikevallely #streetplantbrand #nevercomply #VoteForMikeV #GetUsedToIt
STREET PLANT Extinction Is Not On The Agenda: The Story Of The Street Plant Mammoth By Kyle Duvall @parkingblockdiaries Read the entire article by going to the Street Plant site (link in Street Plant Bio @streetplantbrnd ) Or go here: http://www.streetplantbrand.com/extinction-is-not-on-the-agenda-the-story-of-the-street-plant-mammoth/ From the article: If extinction was the intended theme, Vallely’s skating during his short stint at the Deal combined with the image that actually wound up on the board, ultimately put the graphic in quite a different context. Sure, the mammoth was an extinct creature, but in it’s world, a world of saber-toothed cats and cave bears, the mammoth was the ultimate survivor. With its scroungy fur, imposing tusks and swinging trunk, artist @greghigginsart rendering of the mammoth conveys strength, not surrender. It’s half-lidded eyes are focused directly to the front. It looks ready to charge ahead, not lay down and die. Vallely’s segment in New Deal’s “1281” video would definitively turn the tables on that graphic’s original theme. Positioned at the end of the video as a sort of swan song for an outmoded 80’s hero, Vallely’s powerhouse edit didn’t come off as a retirement party, but as a statement on a new era, an era of old and new, technical and aggressive all coming together under New Deal’s sun. #mikevallely #streetplantbrand #mikevallelyvideo
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