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Mike Vallely  Street Plant

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This is an outtake from the photoshoot for my 1st ever World Industries Ad (Parrot Girl Ad) 1989. Earlier in the day we (Christian Kline and I) shot photos on Scooter’s Mini-Ramp in Garden Grove, CA and then we ended up at this spot on Beach Blvd. in Huntington Beach / Westminster. A photo from the session at Scooter’s became the ad (Tail Grab) and this pic has been filed away until now. The Board I’m Riding is a Steve Rocco Prototype Shape.
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Ollie Japan | 1989 | Huntington, Beach, CA | Photo: Christian Kline.
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I’m Very Excited to Share these Art Jam Collaboration Boards we are working on with Factory 13 / @danielcreadon. Danny is an Extremely Passionate and Fiercely Committed Board Maker and He Lives, Hand Builds and Hand Screens His Boards right here in Long Beach, CA, just up the street from Garageland!
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These Boards will feature Art that I drew in 1988 after losing a game of pool to Steve Rocco. We had a bet that if I lost I would have to “Skate For” his new clothing company: Ghetto Wear. I lost, so, I had to design a T-Shirt Graphic. I was still Skating for Powell Peralta at that time, and my Elephant Board was something I was Very Proud of. I had Purposely chosen to Emblazon my Pro Model Board with an African Elephant to remind People just how Beautiful these Animals are. In ’88, Elephants were considered Endangered, and I found this to be appalling. That People could be at odds with, and thus slaughter these Magnificent Animals over land, or hunt them for trophies, or to make trinkets from their tusks, brought and still brings tears to my eyes. The Elephant featured on the PP Board was so Powerful looking and I Loved it, BUT I wanted to show a Gentler Side to the Elephant as well, and so in drawing my Elephant I added a Flower to symbolize: Life, Love, Peace and Hope.
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Ghetto Wear was a short-lived affair, but this Art has Always Meant Something to me. I had intended on using it for @streetplantbrnd at some point (it was one of the very first pieces of Art we prepped for use) but it has just never materialized until now. This Art takes on an even more Heartfelt Meaning to me Today as it’s clear that these Animals need Our Voices more than Ever!
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I will be Handwriting on, Doodling on and Signing each Board before a final seal is applied. Each Board will be adorned w/ these words Handwritten by me:
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The Elephant is the Divine Guide, the Breaker of the Way Through the jungle of the World. As long as People continue to torture, bully, cage, train, abuse, neglect, parade, exhibit, poach and murder these Majestic Animals, we are the ones in chains, and we will Always be lost in the jungle of the World.
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Photo: @robxwallace

The Vallely Girls (@vintagevegans) have Veganized a Holiday Standard: Stuffing!
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This is a long standing Vallely Family Favorite Recipe / Dish and we are Excited to share it with You this Holiday Season!
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There is a 1 -2 Day Prep Time on this one so, if You’re interested in making this dish for Thanksgiving, jump in now here:
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vintagevegans.com
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Thanks for Your Support!
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By 2001, I had begun to feel that Pro Skateboarding was being reduced to a game of inches. Fed by a parasitic commercial culture that placed image and technical prowess over Fun and Community, the industry, and thus the Skating they were selling, became standardized and lacking Imagination and Creativity. The premise of why we do what we do had changed. Money became king. This is the corporate way. The skate industry started feverishly climbing that ladder, but it was a ladder leaning against the wrong wall.
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I set out with @mark_jeremias to tell a different story. One of Community, Kindness, Compassion and Respect for others. To Shine a Light on People all around the world who were Doing Good on behalf of Skateboarding with nothing expected in return, other than the Joy of Making a Difference in Their Communities and in the Lives of other Skaters. To me, these were and are the New Heroes in Skateboarding. This was the premise of the Original DRIVE Film and the Television Series that followed.
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Although we had tremendously Positive feedback from our viewing audience, and Skaters all over the world, we never (very much like the people we featured) received any acknowledgement from the skate industry or media. Even my own sponsors ignored what I was doing with DRIVE and constantly pressured me to conform to the standards of the day. But I was and Always will be opposed to elitist “core” culture. My number one goal was and is to Welcome Everyone to Skateboarding, and to make Skateboarding Something Meaningful at Any and All Levels of Skill and Engagement.
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The Values of Drive, my Values, have now been Manifested in Street Plant @streetplantbrnd. I might not have cameras following me around every day anymore, but the Love, the Passion, the Dream, the Work and the Commitment to the Goal of Social Transformation through Skateboarding continues.
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If you are a Skater, are you causing the world to not like Skaters? Or are you doing your part to cause the world to like Skaters?
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The Original DRIVE Film, and All 3 Seasons of the Series, are Available for Streaming or Download here:
vimeo.com/ondemand/driveskateboarding

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We ordered 200 of these @streetplantbrnd Public Domain Holiday 2017 Boards (which have been long sold out) but the presses didn’t stop at 200. We have some 30 extra and they are Available Now! I will Sign and Number each Board with a + and a number (+1 , +2 etc.) and the number 200 will be crossed out: 2̶0̶0̶.
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9.875 x 30 1/8
Wheelbase: 15
Nose: 4 3/8
Tail: 6 5/8
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Red Center Core Veneer.
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Available Direct From Street Plant Here:
streetplantbrand.com/shop
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Skate Shops Worldwide Email:
mike@streetplantbrand.com
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Photo: @robxwallace
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I never cared about being current. I don’t think I’ve ever been current. That was never my focus. I only ever wanted to be me. My approach has Always been mine, Singular and without compromise. I never spent more time looking at the magazines or the videos than I did Skating. I turned whatever Inspiration I did find in them into Perspiration. It was Always more about Board Time than it was about keeping up with the times. I set out at the age of 14 to Pursue a Direction of Self-Determination in as many ways as Interestingly Possible. I put my Heart and Soul into my Skating. I was Completely Engrossed. I Skated Everywhere and I Always Ignored the rules. Skateboarding was my Vehicle to Transcendence. Skateboarding Saved My Life! -------------------------------
Street Plant | Duley Avenue / Edison, NJ | 1986 | Mark Gonzales Board (The last Board I bought and Skated before getting sponsored).
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Happiness From Long Beach, CA!
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Today I received a Special Delivery all the way from Japan via “QPS”. The Lovely Qoo arrived in Garageland with this Beautiful Painting, commemorating my 30 years of Professional Skateboarding, gifted to me by the Great @ishi_14_art.
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Thank You ISHI and Thank You Qoo! Your Friendship, Love and Support over these past 2 Years have meant So Much to me. I will Forever cherish this Painting and Your Friendship!!!! Arigato!!!!!
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Happiness Is a Mode Of Travel!
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@streetplantbrnd Boards and Street Scoundrel Wheels Shipping w/ Love from our Home to Yours!
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Available Direct From Street Plant Here:
streetplantbrand.com/shop
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Skate Shops Worldwide Email:
mike@streetplantbrand.com
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#StreetPlantBrand
#SkateCreateEnjoy
#NeverComply
#WeaponsOfMassCreation
#EngineeredForTheStreets
#SkateboardingTheAntiDepressant
#FlavorFunctionFun
#HappinessIsAModeOfTravel
#TheArtOfSkateboarding
#MikeVallely
#KristianSvitak
#BigfootOne
#GregHigginsArt
#YusukeTsuge
#CrabScrambly
#StreetScoundrelStreetFiendClub
#OneHundredPercentIndependentSkateboarding

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This is my Friend Stella!
Stella is an Inspiration!
She is so Kind, Thoughtful and Caring!
We have been Blessed to have Stella Create Art for @streetplantbrnd — If You’ve purchased one of our Boards in the past ten months or so, You’ve likely seen Her Art on the “Assemble A Skateboard” Insert that comes with every Street Plant Board. So Cool!
Last week I got to hang out with Stella and her Cute little Sister Eliza for a few days. In between Skate Sessions and other outings, we (Stella’s Dad @robertcserafin, @emilyvallely and I) would return to Robert and his Wife Christina’s apartment where we were greeted by Stella and Eliza’s Happy Faces and Loving Energy!!!! We went from one High to the next! At the end of the weekend, after an epic session Skating with Mark Gonzales, I gifted the complete set-up I’d been Riding to Stella. It meant a lot to me to get to Skate the Brooklyn Banks with Mark and her Dad, and so I figured she should have the Board from that session, a Board that had a Story — That’s the kind of Board I wanted Stella to have. Thanks to Robert, Christina, Stella and Eliza for Hosting us in NYC! It Truly means a lot to us! And Thank You Stella for being an Inspiration to me and Street Plant! Big Hugs!!!!
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#StreetPlantBrand
#SkateCreateEnjoy
#NeverComply
#WeaponsOfMassCreation
#EngineeredForTheStreets
#SkateboardingTheAntiDepressant
#FlavorFunctionFun
#HappinessIsAModeOfTravel
#TheArtOfSkateboarding
#MikeVallely
#YusukeTsuge
#OneHundredPercentIndependentSkateboarding

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Perfect for the Little Ripper in Your Family, the @streetplantbrnd Vallely Mini Elephant Board w/ Art By @bigfootone is a Smaller Scaled Modern Interpretation of the Original Vallely x Powell Peralta shape from 1988, brought to life by Master Craftsman @professorschmitt. It is made from 7plys that are 10% thinner (lighter) and built on a mold that is appropriately scaled to accommodate a rider under 5ft. There is 1.5 “Fingers Of Flat” behind the bolts (a tried and true Professor Schmitt measuring system) for that gentle tipping point for a Skater on their first board.
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7 3/4 x 30
Wheelbase: 12.75 
Nose: 6.5
Tail: 6.5
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Black Paint.
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Available Direct From Street Plant Here:
streetplantbrand.com/shop
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Skate Shops Worldwide Email:
mike@streetplantbrand.com
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Photo: @robxwallace
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#StreetPlantBrand
#SkateCreateEnjoy
#NeverComply
#WeaponsOfMassCreation
#EngineeredForTheStreets
#SkateboardingTheAntiDepressant
#FlavorFunctionFun
#HappinessIsAModeOfTravel
#TheArtOfSkateboarding
#MikeVallely
#BigfootOne
#PSstix
#OneHundredPercentIndependentSkateboarding

I’m a Peace Pilgrim.
I Believe in Love.
I’m an Optimist.
I Focus on the Positive.
I Seek Connection.
I Feel Compassion.
I’m Inspired by Nature.
I’m Energized by Art
I’m a Dreamer.
I’m a Doer.
I’m on the Path to my own Heart.
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Inspired by the Peace Pilgrim herself, the @pleasedonteatmyfriends Peace Pilgrim T-Shirt pays Homage to Mildred Lisette Norman Ryder, who for 28 Years (starting in the early 1950’s) and for over 25,000 Miles, walked for Peace, back and forth across the United States. Traveling penniless and without any organization, she walked until given shelter and fasted until given nourishment. Her message was a simple one: Overcome evil with Good, hatred with Love and falsehood with Truth. To do this, she said, various stages of Maturity must be reached, starting with the Self: Inner Peace first, then Peace will be attainable among Individuals, the Community, the Nation and the World. She was an American Saint who transcended all national, religious, or sectarian bonds to communicate Love, Understanding and Integrity. -------------------------------
Let us All take up this Pilgrimage, in our own way, and follow the footsteps to our own Hearts, and like Mildred, make our T-Shirts a Billboard for who we are, and the Journey that we are on. -------------------------------
All @pleasedonteatmyfriends T-Shirts are Made In The USA and 10% of All sales go to Animal Welfare Charities!
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Available Here:
pleasedonteatmyfriends.com
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Available in adult sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XL and 2XL.
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Photo: @robxwallace
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