Thank You!

The New Arms, Sacramento, CA. Photo: Rob Wallace.

We’d like to Thank Everyone who came out to our June Shows and brought us such Great and Positive Energy!!!!

Much Love and Thanks to The Picturebooks for having us join them on some of their US Tour Dates and to Claus Grabke, The Hi Hat, The Tower Bar, Goldfield Trading Post, Classic Skate Shop, Holland Reno, Alex’s Bar, Pop Obscure Records, Jason Winfrey, 91 West Skatepark and Programme HQ for Hosting us and Supporting our Music. Arigato!

We will be Playing the Wheels And Fins Festival in Kent, UK on September 9.

More Tour Dates will be announced soon.

Interested in booking The New Arms email:
mike@streetplantbrand.com

The New Arms are Mike Montgomery and Kristian Svitak.

Movement

Street Plant

A Movement away from hype towards Substance.
A Movement away from despair towards Action.
A Movement away from industry towards Community.
A Movement away from tradition towards Optimism.
A Movement away from image towards Character.
A Movement away from culture towards Individuality.
A Movement away from distinction towards Connection.
A Movement away from effect towards Cause.

Skating, Creating and Enjoying w/ Kayne Hayes at the Crescenta Valley Skate Park in Glendale, CA. Photo By: Rob Wallace.

June Tour

Our June Tour Dates Continue… We start up again next Friday, the 23rd at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach, CA w/ The Picturebooks. The rest of our shows will just be us, #MikeVallelyAndTheNewArms and all 3 shows will be FREE & ALL AGES!

6.24: Pop Obscure Records / Los Angeles, CA / Free & All Ages!
6.25: 91 West Skatepark / Peoria, AZ / Free & All Ages!
6.26: Programme / Fullerton, CA / Free & All Ages!

Also, Just Announced: We will be playing the Wheels And Fins Festival on the beach in Joss Bay, Broadstairs, UK on September 9th.

The New Arms are: Mike Montgomery and Kristian Svitak.

Wheels And Fins Festival

We, Mike Vallely And The New Arms are playing the Wheels and Fins Festival on Saturday the 9th of September w/ Twin Atlantic, DJ Danny Howard, The Picturebooks and many, many more… On the beach in Joss Bay, Broadstairs, UK. Also, Kristian Svitak Joey Jett and I will be skating the Mini-Ramp on site and hanging with Everyone all weekend!

Get your tickets now from:
wheelsandfins.co.uk/tickets/

The New Arms are: Mike Montgomery and Kristian Svitak.

June Tour w/ The Picturebooks

Our June Tour Dates with The Picturebooks start Tonight in Los Angeles at The Hi Hat. Doors are at 8:00 PM, Music starts at 9:00 PM. See You There!

The New Arms: Mike Montgomery, Kristian Svitak and Mike Vallely. Photo: Rob Wallace.

6.8: Tower Bar / San Diego. CA*
6.9: Goldfield Trading Post / Sacramento, CA*
6.10: The Holland Project / Reno, NV / Free & All Ages!*
(Skate Jam earlier in the day at Classic Skateshop Reno, NV)

6.23: Alex’s Bar / Long Beach, CA*
6.24: Pop Obscure Records / Los Angeles, CA / Free & All Ages!
6.25: 91 West Skatepark / Peoria, AZ / Free & All Ages!
6.26: Programme / Fullerton, CA / Free & All Ages!

*w/ The Picturebooks

Love

I traded their conference rooms for the Kitchen Table.
I traded destiny for Freedom.
I traded branches for Roots.
I traded trust for Knowing.
I traded fear for Dignity.
I traded contracts for Peace of Mind.
I traded obligation for Sincerity.
I traded artificial for Authentic.
I traded despair for Action.
I traded distinction for Connection.
I traded general demand for Poetry.
I traded culture for Living.
I traded security for Independence.
I traded acceptance for Self-Respect.
I traded industry for Family.
I traded sponsorship for Honor.
I traded their boys club for the Garage.
I traded sacrifice for Love.

Love. Photo: Rob Wallace.

The word – Love – being written on all of our Street Plant Boards is simply about Personalizing Every Board, Touching Every Board that passes through Garageland, and Imparting some Good Energy onto / into them. It’s an idea, a Good Thought — to send the Boards out with Love and Kindness. The Recognition that the Person who receives the Board IS a Person, not a faceless consumer, but Someone Connected to us through this small interaction, and Someone that we Value Greatly.

June Tour Dates

I’ll be hitting the road next week to play some songs with my Friends Kristian Svitak and Mike Montgomery AKA The New Arms. We’ll have shows in California, Nevada and Arizona throughout June. On many of these gigs we’ll be supporting The Picturebooks from Germany and there will be a few Skate Jams and All Ages / Free Shows thrown in the mix as well. Check the dates below for more info. Thanks for Your Support!

6.7: The Hi Hat / Los Angeles, CA*
6.8: Tower Bar / San Diego. CA*
6.9: Goldfield Trading Post / Sacramento, CA*
6.10: The Holland Project / Reno, NV / Free & All Ages!*
(Skate Jam earlier in the day at Classic Skateshop Reno, NV)

6.23: Alex’s Bar / Long Beach, CA*
6.24: Pop Obscure Records / Los Angeles, CA / Free & All Ages!
6.25: 91 West Skatepark / Peoria, AZ / Free & All Ages!
6.26: Programme / Fullerton, CA / Free & All Ages!

*w/ The Picturebooks

30 Years of Professional Skateboarding

5/30/17

Selfie Documentation, on the street outside my hotel in Toronto, on the night that I turned Pro.

Thirty years ago today, I turned Pro at a Vert Contest in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, I was a month shy of 17 years old. I had been sponsored by Powell Peralta for less than a year, and I had only been Skating for two years and nine months. Stacy Peralta called me in early April of 1987, informing me that I’d be turning Pro at a Street Contest in Eugene, Oregon on June 20th. Between that call and the contest in Oregon, Steve Rocco called and said that he would be passing through New Jersey on the Hell Tour II, and that he wanted me to join him. He said that we’d be heading up to Toronto for a Pro Vert Skate Event called Skatewave, where we’d be doing Street and Freestyle Demos, and then back across the USA to California visiting Skate Shops. I told him that I was in school and that I couldn’t go with him. He told me, “drop out” and so I did.

Rocco picked me up in my hometown of Edison, NJ and after driving for a few hours he insisted that I drive. I told him that I had never driven a car, that I didn’t have a driver’s license and that I hadn’t even ever gotten a driver’s permit — that I had no plan to ever drive a car. He just laughed at me and told me to drive. And that was how I learned to drive, on tour w/ Rocco, Trial by Fire.

When we got to Toronto, I decided to enter the Vert Contest. This went against the wishes of my sponsor. They didn’t want me riding Vert, I was a “Street Skater” and they didn’t want me ruining the image they had been creating for me. I didn’t care. I was a Skateboarder, and I didn’t strategize such things… I just Skated. Well, I ended up getting last place in the contest, my “Pro Debut” and this caused a lot of bad feelings about me and my choices back at the home office, but the Skaters that I shared the Ramp with that weekend were stoked that I Skated with them. It showed that I wasn’t out to change anything, that I wasn’t a part of some agenda to put one style of Skating over another, that to me, it was all Skateboarding. The Smiles, Handshakes and Good Vibes on the deck of that ramp were more meaningful to me than someone else’s idea of what My Skateboarding should be.

Back in the van, zigzagging across the USA with Steve Rocco and Johnee Kop, I skated jump ramps and slider rails in strip mall parking lots from New York to California. I had been doing a lot of demos on weekends for Powell Peralta, flying out to Skate Shops all over the USA, but this was my first Tour, and it would inform the rest of my days as a Pro Skater. The Immediacy of a Demo, the Exchange of Energy, the Connection with an Audience. It all found a Home in me, and I Embraced Each Moment. Touring became my vehicle to present My Skating outside of the skate media. 

On June 20th, 1987, I Skated my first Pro Street Style Contest and placed 3rd behind Tommy Guerrero in 1st, and Natas Kaupas in 2nd. I was told again that weekend by my sponsor that I could only Skate in Street Contests going forward. Of course, I ended up Skating in many more Vert Contests anyway.