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November 20th, 2014

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Mike V eBay Store
November 19th, 2014

Mike V is cleaning out his closet. Rare items from Mike V’s personal collection are now available. All items can be signed/personalized by Mike V. Click on through to go to Mike V’s official eBay account. All winning auctions will also receive a signed Street Plant 8×10. Happy Bidding!

Signing

Revolution Mother At Spike’s
November 12th, 2014

Revolution Mother will be playing at Spike’s Bar & Billiards in Rosemead, CA on December 5th!

Tickets available here.

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Barnyard Hoodie and Ducks T-Shirt
November 7th, 2014

Now available from Street Plant

The Barnyard Hoodie and the Barnyard Ducks T-Shirt

Ships worldwide! Order here!

Hoodie

Ducks

The Dream (1996)
November 1st, 2014

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 in 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.

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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 right 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 has 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.

— Mike V


The Dream
(1996)

I have a dream.
A dream about a better tomorrow.
A dream.
A dream about a better today.

It’s been a long road and a hard ride that’s found me here tonight
but I’ve been unafraid to walk it, talk it, skate it or relate it.
I’ve taken my bumps and bruises, my ups and downs, my ins and outs, all that self doubt
and I’ve spent some long hard nights just trying to figure it out.
There’s been pain, strain, feeling like I’m about to go insane
with it taking all I have inside of me just to maintain.
There’s been pressure, stress and weeks turned into months
sitting around depressed.
I’ve seen it, I’ve felt it, I’ve dealt it and I’ve smelt it
all long the way — Mostly the hard way.
But I’m determined to see this journey through.
It’s all I know — I have to.

I have a dream.

I have a dream and it won’t let me sleep at night.
It doesn’t matter if I have the covers pulled up
and wrapped around me tight, with my head down
on a pillow in the dark of the night, my eyes may
be closed but I’m looking into the light.

I have a dream.

I have a dream.
A vision I can’t ignore.
It’s not something I can just shelf or call unsure
because I’m so sure and I can’t help but feel it’s
what I’m here for.

I have a dream.

In my dream, the skateboard industry is comprised of
companies — People — that care about you and me.
They just don’t want your money and / or your soul —
They want a better life and a better world with every board
that’s sold.

In my dream, young people and their needs and their issues
are understood by their parents, their teachers, by industry and
the city councils of their neighborhoods.

In my dream skateboarding is a vehicle to broaden one’s scope,
to open one’s mind, to set one’s soul afloat. To be a best friend,
or one’s surrogate family — A true companion — A driving force to
keep one living positively is skateboarding in my dream.

In my dream the words: Skate And Create
are printed upon all of those signs that once
told you where you couldn’t skate… In my dream.

In my dream I hear laughter and shouts of joy
coming from the mouths and hearts of skaters everywhere
while skating by.

In my dream skateboarding brings people together and keeps them that way.
That tricks and trends and politics and fashion and all that other shit doesn’t
get in the way is my dream.

In my dream there’s a public built skatepark in every town —
Where young kids, older kids, moms and dads and brothers and sisters can
skate together safe and sound.

In my dream individuality is golden and celebrated
and it’s individuals that make up the whole.
And in my dream we’re all one big happy family
where fun and good times and self expression
and self exploration through skating is the goal.

In my dream there is no quest for Olympic Gold
or need for anything “Extreme”.
Skateboarding ain’t about that shit in my dream.

In my dream I see you standing there with your skateboard at your feet.
That you and that skateboard can change the world isn’t just a dream —
It’s what I believe.

I believe in skateboarding.
I believe in you.

I have a dream.

GORUCK
October 29th, 2014

Europe GoRuck

In May of 2011, after having not skated for six months while healing up from a broken arm, I participated in the GORUCK Challenge, a serious test of physical and mental toughness lead by current and former Special Operations members. I wasn’t ready to skate quite yet, but I did feel the need to challenge myself in some real way. So, I bought a GORUCK Rucksack, loaded it full of bricks and joined Class 037 in Las Vegas for some 10 hours and 20 miles of Good Livin’.

Class 037

Yes, it was physically and mentally demanding, but the real take away was a deeper understanding of how individuals, working as a team can accomplish so much more together — And a really nice rucksack.

Challenge Tough

GR1

In September of 2011, I joined some 50 other GORUCKER’s for the inaugural GORUCK Ascent in Colorado, where over a few days we trekked a bunch of 14-ers together. It was a really great time, completely off the grid.

Ascent 2

Since then, GORUCK as a brand has been an inspiration to me, and my choice for bags and gear of any kind (dog leashes etc…)— As well as the Mesh Tac Hat that I’ve worn religiously for years.

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If you’re looking to buy a bag, and you want the best and are willing to pay for it and support a company that builds their products in the USA and guarantees them for life… Checkout GORUCK.

Java

Fistfight Volume 1: The CKY3 Fight
October 3rd, 2014

Now available from Street Plant:
Fistfight Volume 1: The CKY3 Fight
By Daniele Bolelli with Mike Vallely

The story behind the story…

Book / Bookmark
18 Pages
8.5 x 5.5
1st Edition: Limited to 500
Numbered and signed by Mike Vallely and Daniele Bolelli
Every order comes with a Free – Limited Edition
Street Plant / Barnyard 25 Year Anniversary Bookmark

Mike Vallely is a legend of skateboarding, a musician, and an actor. Daniele Bolelli is a university professor, a writer and the host of the Drunken Taoist Podcast. Despite the differences in their backgrounds, they teamed up here because they both approach life with reckless passion and to tell a story grounded in just that — High voltage passion.

On the surface, the story written here revolves around the infamous fight that turned Mike into the star of one of the very first viral videos. Ever since that day, Mike has been asked about what really happened in the fight, why it took place, etc. And for the first time, all those questions are answered here. But this is little more than an excuse for a much deeper tale — A tale of willpower breaking down all the doors that were being slammed shut in Mike’s face, of triumph over what doctors considered a career-ending injury, and of unyielding commitment to live life on one’s terms despite what everyone else is telling you. Ultimately, it is precisely the kind of tale that Nietzsche referred to when he wrote, “Of all that is written, I only love what a person has written with his blood.”

Purchase by clicking here!

w/ Daniele

About Daniele Bolelli:

Daniele Bolelli is a writer, martial artist, university professor and podcaster. He was born in Italy and currently lives in Los Angeles.

@dbolleli on Twitter

New Shirt From Violent Gentlemen
September 25th, 2014

Mike V and Violent Gentlemen have collaborated once again. This time creating a design to commemorate Mike’s beginnings in his home state of New Jersey, where he started skateboarding in 1984.

The shirt is available for purchase by clicking here!

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MV-NJD-back

Mike V Places 8th at DEW Tour / Brooklyn, NY
September 23rd, 2014

Mike V had a great weekend in Brooklyn, NY placing 8th out of 15 competitors at the DEW Tour Streetstyle event. Mike entered the event 26 years older than the events youngest competitor, and 14 years older than the next oldest competitor in the top ten. Not only does Mike V’s skating defy convention, it defies age. A crowd favorite from the youngest hardcore skater in attendance, to the oldest casual fan, Mike V continues to be a skater of and for the people.

Mike V’s 8th Place run:

Mike’s 360º Boneless over the car from his 3rd run. Photo: Jen Dessinger

Dew Tour Boneless

Results

Mark & Natas & Tommy & Mike.
September 17th, 2014

Now available from Street Plant Brand

Mark&Natas&Tommy&Mike. T-shirt

The Fab Four of Street Skating on one shirt.

100% Cotton Men’s T-Shirt

Made In The USA

Available Sizes:

XS-S-M-L-XL-XXL

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M&N&T&M.

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