You Are What You Post

On the trail with Friends in Glarus, Switzerland.

You are what you post.

Social media is a Presentation of Values.
Every day, every post is a Time Capsule.
A memo to ourselves and the Universe.
It all accumulates.
And it is either a terrible burden that we must shoulder
or a Beautiful Blessing that Elevates us.
What we say here about ourselves, what we say to and about others,
is what we say about the world we live in.
Manners Matter.
Love and Kindness are Paramount.

What we do and what we say online, is a microcosm of our lives and of our world.
What we project here isn’t fiction.
It is a truth that reverberates and has far-reaching effects.
Imagine, if the same Energy that we used to gossip, to make a joke, to be sarcastic, snide, ridiculing, satirical, degrading or passive aggressive was instead used to be Affectionate, Sympathetic, Compassionate and Understanding.  
The slightest shift of Energy and Perspective could Truly Change the way we Interact with Each Other, and thus, Change The World We Live In For The Better.

Our Energies and our Interests should Always be Concentrated on Transcendental Things.
We can’t fight the fire while we feed the flames.

Who We Are

In the Garage w/ Rizzo. Photo: David Ratunuman.

After two weeks on the road, I have returned to Garageland.
But I am NOT back to “the grind” and “the hustle”.
I find those expressions to be offensive and lacking sincerity, and they have NOTHING to do with what Street Plant is.
To “hustle” and “grind” is to compete, and there is no Freedom in that.
Business is NOT the “art of war” it is a Presentation of Values.
Street Plant is an unfolding from within, a Dream being Lived!
We are NOT chasing after anything — We are simply Following Our Bliss!
Nothing about what We do is a “grind” — It is Fun!
Nothing about what We do is a “hustle” — It is an Honest Expression of Our Love for Skateboarding!
Maybe these are just plays on words, but to Us, the distinction is Important.
The World does not need “hustlers” — It needs Soul Entrepreneurs!
People who Love what they do, who have a Sense of Positive Purpose, and who pursue their Work as its Own Reward.
There is Great Value in that for the Individual, and there is Great Value in that for Society.
Yes, We Work Hard to Actualize Our Dreams.
But we are NOT forced out of bed in the morning by an alarm signaling the start of a race.
We are awoken by a Love for Life and for the Work at hand.
This is NOT just our business, this is NOT just our company, this is NOT just a means to an end.
This is Who We Are!!!!

100% Independent Skateboarding for Love, for Fun.
No rules, no divisions, no schools.
Just a Skateboard as a Paintbrush and the World as an Empty Canvas.
Skate. Create. Enjoy!

Keep Dreaming!

Street Plant started as a Dream, on the streets of Edison, New Jersey in 1984.
I Dreamt of a Skateboard Company that was a Dialogue.
I Dreamt of a Skateboard Company that didn’t just make stuff, but Made A Difference.
I Dreamt of a Skateboard Company that was a part of a Community of People, brought Together by Love, Passion and Positivity.
I Dreamt of a Skateboard Company that saw Skateboarding as an Elevated Art, beyond sport or competition, that was Open and Welcoming to All.
Every day, my Dream is Being Lived
Every Day, my Dream is Coming True!
I’ll keep Dreaming.
You keep Dreaming too!

Thank You Alex Hellings and the #StreetPlantBattalion Worldwide for Your Support, Love and Dreams!

Pictured w/ Kristian Svitak, Mike Montgomery, Joey Jett and Alex Hellings on Alex’s Backyard Garden Ramp.

September Tour Dates

9.2: Southgate House Revival
Newport, KY
Mike Vallely And The New Arms w/ A.M. Nice, Todd Farrell and Max Fender.
Plus Street Plant Skate Session w/ Kristian Svitak, Joey Jett and Mike Vallely.
FREE & ALL AGES!

9.4: Killer Skatepark
Evansville, IN
Mike Vallely And The New Arms w/ Todd Farrell.
Joey Jett “The Dream” Video Premiere.
Plus Street Plant Skate Session w/ Kristian Svitak, Joey Jett and Mike Vallely.
FREE & ALL AGES! / $5.00 to Skate.

9.5: Lester’s Rock N Roll Shop
Middletown, OH
Mike Vallely And The New Arms w/ Todd Farrell.
Plus Street Plant Skate Session w/ Kristian Svitak, Joey Jett and Mike Vallely.
FREE & ALL AGES!

9.9: Wheels And Fins Festival
Kent, UK
Mike Vallely And The New Arms.
Joey Jett “The Dream” Video Premiere.
Plus Street Plant Skate Sessions w/ Kristian Svitak, Joey Jett and Mike Vallely.
ALL AGES!

9.11: Open Hearted Whistable
Kent, UK
5PM – 8PM
Kent, UK
More Info Here!

9.12: Open Hearted Canterbury
Kent, UK
4PM – 8PM
More Info Here!

The Blessings Of Nature

8/23/17

Last evening, while Rambling around the Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in Trabuco Canyon, CA, I came face to face with this Deer. We shared several Lovely (for me anyway) minutes, and I snapped this photo on my phone before she turned and headed back down the trail into the scrub from which she came. I quietly and cautiously hiked up onto the rise where she had been standing and watched her head back down into the Canyon with two other Deer. I had been Rambling for a few hours in utter Bliss as it was when this occurred. What an Exhilarating Moment! As I Rambled on into the Dusk, it seemed that I was in a body without weight, just floating along the Trail. The Blessings of Nature!

No Plan B – Live (2017)

Mike Vallely & The New Arms performing the Good For You Song: No Plan B.

Audio Recorded Live at The Tower Bar in San Diego, CA June 8, 2017.

No Plan B
(Mike Vallely / Greg Ginn)

I jumped off of a cruise ship
Into water like cement
Broken I had to swim to shore
“Hey man, what did you do that for?”

Time collapses like a hit and run
Bullets fired from your tongue

When wild horses are tamed
Their spirit is dead
Death is their domain
Get that in your head

I never had a plan b
The only person I could trust was me
Haunted by what the critics say
Fuck them, who cares anyway?

Time collapses like a hit and run
Bullets fired from your thumbs

When wild horses are tamed
Their spirit is dead
Death is their domain
Get that in your head

I jumped off a cruise ship
My life preserver was a straightjacket
I never had a plan b
Hey man, what do you want from me?

Time collapses like a hit and run
Bullets fired from your tongue

When wild horses are tamed
Their spirit is dead
Death is their domain
Get that in your head

The original version of No Plan B is available on the Good For You LP – Life Is Too Short To Not Hold A Grudge (SST385).

The New Arms are:

Mike Montgomery (Guitar)
Kristian Svitak (Drums)

Filmed & Edited By: Rob Wallace.

August and September Shows

8.26: Pepe Caldo Pizzeria
Coeur d’Alene, ID
FREE & ALL AGES!

9.2: Southgate House Revival
Newport, KY
w/ A.M. Nice, Todd Farrell and Max Fender.
Plus Street Plant Skate Session w/ Kristian Svitak, Joey Jett and Mike Vallely.
FREE & ALL AGES!

9.4: Killer Skatepark
Evansville, IN
w/ Todd Farrell.
Plus Street Plant Skate Session w/ Kristian Svitak, Joey Jett and Mike Vallely.
FREE & ALL AGES! / $5.00 to Skate.

9.5: Lester’s Rock N Roll Shop
Middletown, OH
w/ Todd Farrell.
FREE & ALL AGES!

9.9: Wheels And Fins Festival
Kent, UK
ALL AGES!

Midlife Transcendence

Garageland. Photo: Rob Wallace.

A midlife crisis became midlife Transcendence, through Love.
A Love for Skateboarding, a Love for DIY Ethos and a Love for Family.

Encouraged by the Love of my Family, I went back to the Sources of my Joy (my Family being one of them) and I Reconciled and Reconstructed my Life by bringing all three of them Together into one Vehicle of Consciousness and Life: Street Plant.

I had to make a pilgrimage to the depths of my own Heart, my own Soul.
Back to the place of my Fascination, my Imagination and my Dreams.
This is where my Life began when I was 14, and where I was Reborn at 45.
Where my Life is Fulfilled.
The way out was the way in.

Street Plant is a 100% Independently owned and operated Family business.
We exist to Support, Service, Inspire and Empower our customers – Skateboarders – The Freest, most Unique and Creative people on the planet – By making the highest quality Skateboards and Skateboard accessories.

100% Independent Skateboarding for Love, for Fun.
No rules, no divisions, no schools.
Just a Skateboard as a Paintbrush and the World as an Empty Canvas.

Skate. Create. Enjoy!